Pee Wees hang on to win streak
The South Lake Tahoe Vikings ended the Truckee Pop Warner Pee Wees’ shutout streak on Saturday. But the Pee Wees winning streak remained as they emerged with a 39-12 victory.
The formerly undefeated Vikings became the first team to score on Truckee, which is now 5-0 on the season, after driving down the field and into the end zone on their first possession of the game.
“The boys were upset, came out flat,” Truckee defensive coach Rich Stull said. “But they bounced right back. That kind of woke them up.”
Truckee head coach Gregg Christian was not concerned about the scoreless streak ending.
“It was like, the streak is over, now we can get back to business,” Christian said.
Truckee’s offense answered the Vikings’ score with a long drive capped by a Zach Petitte 2-yard touchdown run. The extra point by Graham Christian was good, giving Truckee a 7-6 lead. The first quarter went back and forth with neither team scoring again.
The Truckee Pee Wees seemed to awake in the second quarter.
Christian started the quarter with a 20-yard run on a power play, and Sawyer Ballister finished the drive with a 32-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed, leaving the score at 13-6, Truckee.
The Vikings tried to move the ball through the air on their next possession but were thwarted by Ballister, who intercepted the ball and ran it back 28 yards for a touchdown. Christian’s extra point was good, bringing the score to 20-6.
Ballister began Truckee’s next possession with a 23-yard counter before the drive ended on a Ty Englert 8-yard pass to Shawn Howe for the third Truckee touchdown of the quarter. Christian’s extra point was good to give Truckee a commanding 27-6 lead.
Near the end of the second quarter, the Vikings proved on a 15-yard TD pass that they did not make the trip to Truckee to quit before the final whistle. With the extra point failing, Truckee led 27-12 going into the half.
South Tahoe opened the third quarter pushing to get back into the game by putting the ball in the air. The Vikings’ effort again went for naught as Ballister picked off his second pass of the game.
Christian then broke off a nice 50-yard run before he was brought down at the 15-yard line. Christian finished up with a 3-yard push into the end zone for another Truckee score. The extra point failed, leaving the score at 33-12.
With a secure lead, the Truckee Pee Wees replaced many of their starting players.
Englert began a late third-quarter drive with a 15-yard pass to Ballister before Chase ran 15 yards on a reverse for another Truckee touchdown. With the extra point failing, Truckee took a 39-12 lead as the game ended.
The Truckee Midgets play the Douglas Midgets at Douglas on Friday at 8 p.m. The Junior Pee Wees, Pee Wees and Junior Midgets all play at home on Saturday. The Junior Pee Wees start at 10 a.m., Pee Wees starting at 12 p.m. and the Junior Midgets starting at 2 p.m.
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