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PeeWee players with the Menlo-Atherton Vikings were filtering back to area schools this week, impressions of the unforgettable trip to the Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando, Florida,. still vivid and fresh.
The Vikings overwhelmed the Mount Hope, Rhode Island, Cowboys 30-6 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in a Division II consolation game after dropping a 12-6 heartbreaker on Dec. 3 to the College Station, Texas, Raiders.
After the Dec. 3 struggle with College Station, the Vikings offense kicked into high gear against the Rhode Island team. Marcellus Chester raced 80 yards to score on the first Vikings scrimmage play, and Jack Devine and Keyshawn Ashford added subsequent touchdowns.
The final Vikings tally came on a 30-yard pass from Blake Stenstrom to Tate Tussing. Lucas Andrighetto kicked a pair of two-point conversions.
"It was our strongest game of the year," said Coach Steve Stenstrom, who plans to direct many of the same players next season in the Junior Midget category. The team lost only one game -- the first-round Orlando contest -- and captured the Pacific Northwest Pop Warner Pee Wee title to earn the Florida trip.
-- By Jim Gallagher, Vikings Boosters