Weeks of hard work culminated in an impressive showing for the Douglas Tigers Pop Warner Peewee squad as they dominated the Sparks Steelers in Friday's season opener at Stodick Park.
The Tigers put up an impressive well balanced attack in which they would reach the end zone three times offensively as well as a defensive score while cruising to a 28-0 victory to open the season.
The offensive unit took on mid-season form from the opening snap as the powerful front six of the Tigers easily moved the ball swiftly down the field on their first posession. The opening drive resulted in an eight-yard touchdown run over the right side by Luke Gansberg and the first score of the season for the Tigers.
The Steelers would struggle to find an answer for the powerful offense which came out in three different offensive formations during the game and showed the ability to run and pass effectively. Lake Saladis and Brady Rodina would add scores in the second and third quarters respectively to round out the offensive scoring for the Tigers.
Things would not get any easier for the visiting Sparks Steelers offensively as they faced the daunting task of trying to score against a fierce Tiger defensive unit.
The Black Hat defense of the Tigers would not even allow a first down the entire first quarter and things would only get worse from there for the Steelers. In the second quarter the Steelers faced a third down and long situation from their own 25-yard line when middle linebacker Anthony Munoz intercepted a pass attempt on a tight end seam route and took off to the end zone on a 35 yard return for a touchdown.
The Tiger defense prides themselves in playing perfect team defense and would allow the Steelers across midfield on only two drives the entire game.
Said coach Troy Valenzuela after the game, "These kids have been working very hard and were excited to get out there and face off against another team. They really came together as a team and the season is off to a great start. The coaches are very proud of them."
Much of the Peewee Tigers have played together for several years now and their experience, composure, and maturity showed on the field Friday night.
The Tigers will travel to South Tahoe this Saturday to take on the Vikings.