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Warriors win 41-8 in first round

Hinojosa rushes for 150 yards, then Bermudez follows up with 148

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Despite losing more key players to season ending injuries, the Winters High School football team continued to show their resilience with a first round victory over the visiting Esparto Spartans.
On Friday, Nov. 13, the number one-seeded Warriors hosted the number eight Esparto Spartans in the first round of the Northern Section Division IV playoff game and pulled off a 41-8 victory to advance on to the second round.
On the Warriors sidelines stood a group of players that are definitely all league and some all section players, the problem was all five of them were wearing street cloths and are out for the season with injuries.
That is what the Warriors have been dealing with all season but somehow each week find a way to overcome it.
“It says a lot about the character of this team,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Every week we have to deal with some kind of adversity but it doesn’t phase them. They make the necessary adjustments and make the most of it.”
On Friday, the Warriors did it again after losing their top receiver Morgan Nicholas. Nicholas is the leading receiver in the league and in the northern section division IV with 889 yards and 11 touchdowns. Not that the Warriors don’t have other good receiver, but Nicholas literally played above the rest. So, Winters went to their ground game and totaled 490 yards against the Spartans.
Ulises Hinojosa was the workhorse for the Warriors with 150 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. Jaime Bermudez was right behind him with 148 yards rushing on 13 carries with two touchdowns. Luke Vice had seven carries for 83 yards. Jaycob Pease had two carries for 43 yards. Warren Roberson had four carries for 25 yards. Logan Ray had two carries for 21 yards and Evan Judd had three carries for 20 yards and a touchdown. Jose Aguilera made three of five PAT kicks and Roberson had a two point conversion.
In the air, Bermudez threw for 72 yards and a touchdown completing five of 12 passes. Sammy Gonzales caught three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown, while Roberson caught two passes for 21 yards.
Defensively, the Warriors were led by their leading tackler Ivan Martinez who had a total of 12 tackles and a sack. Gonzales and Miguel Zaragoza each had 11 tackles. Greg Creamer had 10 tackles with a sack. Jose Bermudez had seven tackles, Hinojosa, Derik Pittman and Mike Arizaga each had five, Jaime Bermudez had four, Juan Mora and Judd each had two, while Ignacio Ochoa, Oswaldo Ochoa, Anthony Ceja, Logan Pittman and William Bauer each had one. Christian Cushman and Derik Pittman each had a fumble recovery.
The Warriors will host Williams this Friday, Nov. 20, in the second round of the playoffs with the hopes of advancing on to the section championship game for their third straight year.