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Warriors overcome penalties, win 49-9

Lowrie passes for 218 yards,
Nicholas receives 100 of them

By ERIC LUCERO
Express sports

The Winters Warriors varsity football team continues their domination in the Sacramento Valley League despite an overwhelming amount of yellow flags being thrown last Friday, Oct. 17, against Durham High School. Once again, the Warriors started out with a quick scoring offensive attack putting 21 points on the board in the first quarter.
Things changed in the second quarter though and the Warriors went scoreless the rest of the half. Winters had 10 penalties thrown on them in the second quarter alone.
“It was ridiculous,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Not because they were thrown against us but the inconsistency of the calls. But once again, I was proud of the team for overcoming another obstacle and focusing on what we needed to do to regain control of the game.”
Durham launched a comeback in the second quarter posting nine points on the board but that would end up being all the points they would score. Winters scored 14 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth for a 49-9 victory and improved their league record to 2-0.
Jacob Lowrie led the Warriors offensive attack in the air with 218 yards completing 12 of 16 passes and two touchdowns. Morgan Nicholas was Lowries favorite target as he caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Luke Vice caught four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Jamie Bermudez caught two passes for 43 yards and Chaz Mathews caught one for eight yards.
Vice led the Warriors on the ground with 81 yards rushing on six carries and a touchdown. Lowrie carried the ball nine times for 80 yards and a touchdown. Mathews had 11 carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns, while Ulises Hinojosa had three carries for 28 yards and a touchdown. Omar Rodriguez was perfect on PAT kicks making 7 of 7.
The Warrior defense once again played stellar all night long. Most of Durham’s yardage came from penalties on the Warriors. Outside of that, Winters — the big red wall — shut down the Trojans with 70 total tackles, had four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Mitchel Stewart had another big night leading the defense with 10 tackles. Lowrie and Damon Burke each had seven tackles. Mathews, Bermudez and Ryan Soto each had six tackles. Warren Roberson III, Chris Kays and Ivan Martinez each had five, Hinojosa had three tackles, Chase Pope, Hunter Miller and Ricky Riise each had two, while Nicholas, Ignacio Ochoa, Zach Cox and Jose Bermudez each had one. Kays had three sacks and a fumble recovery, Bermudez had one sack, Lowrie had an interception and Miller had a fumble recovery.
The Warriors will host Live Oak this Friday, Oct. 24, for their homecoming game.