Pacifica Tigershark Njhsanni King Wilhitte matched East Palo Alto Greyhounds Jeremiah Irving touchdown for touchdown as the two were responsible for five scores apiece in the Mitey Mites Pop Warner League game that ended in a 30-30 tie.
Pacifica jumped out to an 18-6 on two touchdown passes from Wilhitte to Sean Quanico. Quanico returned the favor with a pair of passing touchdowns to Wilhitte, one of them for 52 yards.
Despite excellent tackling from Bruce Uperesa, Tolufale Ieremia, Davel Rios and the rest of Pacifica's defensive unit, the Greyhounds held their composure and slowly inched up with a 24-24 tie in the fourth on the legs of Irving.
The stage was now set, two teams going blow for blow as seconds wind down and with less than six minutes left. Greyhounds took the lead on a 55-yard run by Irving.
There was one punch left in the Tigersharks and his name is Davel Rios. Rios would lead the final scoring drive with three huge runs up the middle setting up the games final score taken for another touchdown by Willhite. With no time left on the clock both teams were physically and mentally spent which left them with a tied game.
In the Tigersharks game against Daly City Titans it was all Pacifica from the first play of scrimmage. Daly City fumbled on a handoff which was then recovered and taken back for Pacifica's first score by Davel Rios who also recorded 11 tackles.
Pacifica's offense was so in tune it allowed 18 different ball carriers to rush the ball for almost 200 yards with two rushing touchdowns by Rios and another by Taino Morris.
The passing game was just as effective with a passing touchdown from Wilhitte to Quanico for the second score of the first half.
Midway in the second quarter Quanico would connect on a screen pass to Shane Barnes that resulted in a 53 yard touchdown. Defensively, the Tigersharks were just as strong with 17 players getting at least one tackle and only allowing one rushing touchdown.
The Mitey Mites have improved their record to 3-0-1 and will be hosting the South Valley Grizzlies at Terra Nova this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
One of the Seven Maxims of Football is that the team that makes the fewest mistakes will win. On this day, the Tigersharks' Tiny Mite Division team made far fewer mistakes than the Alameda Wolverines.
A wet field contributed to a number of fumbles across both teams in the first few plays. However, the Wolverines fumbled more often, leading to a touchdown by Carlos Johnson with assistance by a strong offensive line blocking.
Fumblemania continued on both teams for the next few plays on both sides.
Although multiple sacks by Ryder Stubbles in the first half helped out, a great many possession changes were triggered by fumbles. Again, Johnson, behind the blocking of his offense, scored another touchdown.
Others players seemed to fall into strong patterns across the game. JT Nickelson managed to reliably stop a number of up the middle attempts, Stubbles had a quarterback sack, with an assist by Jusiah Vinson.
The game ended with a dramatic run by Johnson again to score as the clock wound down.