The 8U and 10U Pop Warner youth football teams climbed Lone Mountain earlier in the season.
The 8U and 10U Pop Warner youth football teams climbed Lone Mountain earlier in the season.
Lovelock’s youth football teams faced many challenges this year. They transitioned  into the Pop Warner League, climbed a mountain and remembered a friend in blue. 

Along the way, they had blowout wins and losses and they can’t wait until next year.

As a season-starter, coaches Jessie Canchola and Wayne Maita led their 8U and 10U athletes up Lone Mountain. 

The team descended as a force ready to take on the world.

Saturday, on Yanni Field, the league closed out their season.

The 6U team, coached by Brian Smokey, shut down the Fernley Vaqueros with a final score of 30-0. Canchola’s 8U squad beat the Fallon Greenwave 40-12. 

The Dayton Dust Devils swept Maita’s 10U team 31-0 and Jayce Montes’ 12U boys defeated the Reno Lancers 21-0.

What’s football season without pom poms? Once again, Cece Hanley coached an enthusiastic squad of cheerleaders. They cheered the teams through every contest, win or lose.

During Saturday’s game, the 8U team wore white armbands in memory of Deputy Paul Simms, a law enforcement officer, husband, father and friend.

“The kids observed a moment of silence,” said Connie Gottschalk, the league secretary. “Then they raised their armbands to show love and support for Deputy Simms and all our men and women in blue.”

On Saturday, Oct. 5, coach Canchola will host a dance party in the C-Punch ballroom. He invites the athletes, cheerleaders and their families to attend from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

“All Lovelock Pop Warner participants are welcome,” says Gottschalk.