Pee Wee Westside Vikings Fall Short Of Football Title

Team comes up short in second round of Pop Warner West Coast Championship

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013, 6:30:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

Donovan Parks (5) of the Pop Warner Pee Wee Westside Vikings gets a good hit on a Arizona Blackhawks player in a second round game of the Pop Warner West Coast Championship.
Dennis J. Freeman
Donovan Parks (5) of the Pop Warner Pee Wee Westside Vikings gets a good hit on a Arizona Blackhawks player in a second round game of the Pop Warner West Coast Championship.

The Pop Warner Pee Wee Westside Vikings had

one game to go before they reached the finals of the Pop Warner West Coast

Championship to be played this weekend. The Vikings fell short of their goal,

losing to the Arizona Nighthawks in the second round of the Pop Warner West

Coast Championship.

The Nighthawks are just one win away from advancing to the

National Championships in Florida. It could have easily have been the Vikings

playing for the right to compete for the national title.  

The defeat was heart-wrenching for the Vikings’ players and

coaches. Afterward it took coach Shannon Miller a minute or two to gather his

thoughts about the season and the missed the opportunity the Vikings had. The

Vikings held a 20-16 lead deep into the fourth quarter until Arizona scored the

winning touchdown to go up 24-20.

The Nighthawks would end up adding two more points to come

away with a 26-20 road win at Redondo Beach Union High School in Redondo Beach.

The Vikings had made it this far by

securing a 33-24 win against a San Diego team. The Vikings finished the season

11-2. Standouts for the Vikings against the Nighthawks include Luca Diamont,

Xavier Osbey, Christian Miller, Donovan Parks, and Miller Moss.

The last two quarters proved to be rough going for the

Vikings as the team never really presented a serious drive to finish off the

Nighthawks. But if you want to measure heart, the Vikings showed it, battling

hard on every play until the clock hit zero. That is when everything sunk in

for all of the players representing Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice, Malibu,

and Inglewood that their fairy tale run was over.

Despite the defeat, Miller said this season was a great

experience for him.

“This was one of the most remarkable seasons I’ve ever had,”

Miller said. “This is one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve had. The boys

played their hearts out. These boys played great. What they’ll take from this

is a sense of pride and being part of something that was bigger than

themselves.”

On the loss itself, Miller said it was a matter of not being

able to communicate.

“There was a breakdown in communication in the second half," Miller

said. “The boys did what they were taught to do.”      

The Vikings’ season isn’t quite over. Their run to Florida

may be squashed, but the Vikings still have an opportunity end the season a

high note. Miller said the team has been invited to play in a bowl game.         

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