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North Tahoe Rams Junior Pee Wees open season at home

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The North Tahoe Rams Junior Pee Wees opened the Pop Warner season with a tough home loss against an experienced Reno Wolfpack Navy squad this past Saturday.andamp;#8220;Well, it’s always tough to lose your opening game, especially at home,andamp;#8221; said Scott Wilderman, head coach of the Rams. andamp;#8220;We faced a very strong and highly experienced team that is favored to win our division and likely go undefeated. These boys are 10 and 11 years old and have literally been playing football together for half their lives.andamp;#8221;Wilderman said the Wolfpack Navy was a well-coached team that displayed a level of sportsmanship that was unparalleled. The coach also was impressed with the play of his own team.andamp;#8220;I’m most impressed with the way all our kids play with a never-say-die approach, all the way to the end,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;We have a rookie girl starting at quarterback, and she did great in her first real game. Haeden Suter is our local version of andamp;#8216;The Long Shot,’ and she is one to watch all season. andamp;#8220;Our line was handicapped by eligibility rules and illness. We look forward to getting them on the roster and getting starting center Jackson Briedenbach healthy and back at his job.andamp;#8221;The Rams’ defense really came on late in the second quarter. Except for one big play, they would have held Reno scoreless in the second half and managed to stop two extra-point conversions. The linebacking core in particular recorded a number of huge tackles, including Liam Nolan-Bowers, Micheal Hartman, Raul Rodriguez and Winston Pretti. Rookie defensive end Rain Larrabee also had a career day in his first start.andamp;#8220;You can find his picture in the dictionary under andamp;#8216;hustle,’andamp;#8221; Wilderman said.andamp;#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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