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Pop Warner: Vikings win -- 'Orlando, here we come!'

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By Jim Gallagher of the Vikings Boosters.

"Orlando, here we come." That's the mantra this week for the Menlo-Atherton Vikings Pee Wee footballers (ages 11-12). They earned a trip to the Pop Warner National Championships in Florida with a 20-6 victory on Saturday, Nov. 26, over the Cowlitz County (Washington) Colts at Woodside High.

Vikings Coach Steve Stenstrom, whose total offense record at Stanford would be topped later in the day by Andrew Luck, saw his team trailing 6-0 after a first-quarter touchdown by the visitors, a hard-hitting, well-coached group from the Longview area.

The Vikings struck back in the second quarter, however, on two touchdown passes from quarterback Blake Stenstrom — 18 yards to Tate Tussing and 63 yards to Jack Devine, who also had an effective run at the quarterback position.

Another touchdown pass — Stenstrom to Tussing in the second half — put the game away for the locals. A placekick conversion by Lucas Andrighetto, who also had a critical first-half interception, added two points to the Vikings total.

Some two dozen Vikings players, their coaches and families will fly to Orlando on Thursday, Dec. 1, prepared for a first-round game on Saturday. Another game is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6.

If they're successful, the Vikings will play for the national championship the following Friday. ESPN will televise many of the games from the network's iconic Sports Center in Orlando.

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Posted by Central P
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

Champions of the Pacific Northwest.

Flying to Orlando to compete with other regions for a national championship.

Ladies and gentlemen: your Menlo Atherton Vikings!

Awesome.


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Posted by Tomlin
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

What a great game! The Colts all seemed a foot taller and had a good first drive to score before Menlo Atherton Pop Warner got it together.

Fantastic!

Good luck Vikings! Represent Menlo Atherton with your best!


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Posted by Central P
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

First game is Saturday 1030 EST


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Posted by Tomlin
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Super Bowl brackets released live on the web tonight - Web Link

Go Vikings!


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Posted by PeeWee Fan
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Nov 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

What an awesome game! MA had a successful interception, onside kick, 2-point conversion, 3 touchdown passes,and PHENOMENAL defense! Congrats to the boys AND their wonderful coaches: Dom, Steve, Greg, and Dave!


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