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Warriors beat Woodland 28-21

Bermudez totals 323 yards and
four touchdowns

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For the second straight season, the Winters High School varsity football team has defeated the Woodland Wolves on the gridiron this time by a score of 28-21. On Friday, Sept. 25, the Warriors hosted the Wolves in a non league game and came out on top of a very physical and hard fought game.
Still dealing with personnel changes due to injuries the Warriors went into the game not knowing what to expect.
“We knew they were big,” said coach Daniel Ward. “We knew we would have to play our best to beat them and that’s what we did. Our guys continue to impress me with their will to win. No matter what they are faced with, they don’t fold they fight. Some of their coaches and players after the game said that each year we are the hardest hitting team they face. So that says a lot coming from a larger school.”
Winters took an early lead in the game but each time they scored the Wolves would come back with a score of their own one way or another. Woodland scored on a broken play with just under a minute left in the first half to make it a 14-14 game. But in the end the Warriors pulled off a well deserved victory.
Jaime Bermudez had another big night behind center leading the team through the air and on the ground. Bermudez totaled 323 yards and four touchdowns completing 12 of 18 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
“Jaime is an incredible athlete and competitor,” Ward said. “What he has done in such a short period of time is crazy.”
Bermudez had some help though with his favorite targets being Morgan Nicholas and Sammy Gonzales. Nicholas caught five passes for 118 yards and a touchdown and Gonzales caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.
“Morgan is impossible to cover,” Ward stated. “I think Jaime has figured out that when his first reads are covered he is just throwing the ball as far down field as possible knowing that Morgan will go get it. Everything thrown up to him he comes down with. Now with Sammy back taking the swing passes underneath it just opens up more options for us. Sammy will catch anything thrown to him and once he has it he is dangerous.”
On the ground Ulises Hinojosa rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries. Luke Vice had 16 yards on six carries, Nathan Guerrero had six yards on two carries and Gonzales had one carry for five yards. Jose Aguilera went 4 for 4 on PAT kicks.
Defensively, the Warriors totaled 70 tackles with Guerrero leading the way. Guerrero had 17 tackles and recovered a fumble caused by Hinojosa.
“Nathan is the best linebacker that we have had since I have been here,” Ward said. “He has a nose for the ball and when he hits you know you’ve been hit. Woodland had a pretty good running back and Nathan was on him all night.”
Bermudez also had a big game defensively with 11 tackles. Miguel Zaragoza had nine tackles. Hinojosa and Ivan Martinez each had six tackles, Gonzales, Mike Arizaga and Jose Bermudez each had four, Nicholas and Juan Mora each had three, Derik Pittman had two and Greg Creamer had one. Creamer and Martinez each had a sack as well.
Winters will host Gridley this Friday, Oct. 2, but once again will have to overcome injuries. In game two, the Warriors lost starting quarterback Anthony Carrion to a broken ankle. Last Friday, they lost their big man Ozcar Sanchez with a broken hip.
“It has been horrible,” Ward said. “Its bad enough when someone gets hurt but these kids have to deal with some pretty serious injuries and that’s what is so hard to deal with. They have big hearts and just want to get back out there with their team.”