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Warriors beat Colfax 34-21

Lowrie throws for 135 yards, rushes for 112 yards; Mathews rushes for 138 yards


By ERIC LUCERO
Express sports

The Winters Warriors varsity football team opened their season with a convincing 34-21 win over visiting Colfax on Friday, Sept. 5. Some critics questioned coach Daniel Ward’s scheduling this year, putting a powerhouse like Colfax in the opening game.
Last year, Colfax lost just two games, one to Center High School from Antelope and the other to Central Catholic from Modesto who went on to win the California State Bowl Championship. Colfax has been a powerhouse on the gridiron for decades and this year is no different. The Warriors are just better — at least, last Friday they were.
“I didn’t want to schedule smaller weaker teams ust to win our preseason,” Ward said. “If we want to be better than we were last year, we have to step up and take on the tougher teams. We did it in our scrimmage and now we’re doing it in our preseason. Win or lose it will make us a better team, and we just proved that Friday night. I’m extremely proud of how we played and how we handled ourselves.”
The Warriors knew going in that they have an explosive offense but on Friday, their defense prooved themselves as well.
“Our defense played great,” Ward said. “From start to finish, they were flying all over the field. I haven’t seen a defense swarm like that in years. I was impressed.”
Sometimes a good defense is a stingy offense, and that is what the Warriors were in the opening drive. Winters took the opening kickoff and sustained an eight minute drive before punching it in the end zone. It’s hard for the other team to score when they don’t have the ball.
The Warrior offense picked up just where they left off last year in their section championship victory against Hamilton City very explosive and very skilled in both the running and the passing game. The Warriors took a 14-0 halftime lead and then scored 20 more points in the second half.
Jacob Lowrie led the team through the air with 135 yards passing completing 6 of 9 passes with two touchdowns. Chaz Mathews led the Warriors on the ground with 138 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored a touchdown. Lowrie carried the ball 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. Luke Vice carried the ball six times for 66 yards and a touchdown. Jaime Bermudez caught three passes for 67 yards.
Morgan Nicholas caught two passes for 66 yards and a touchdown and Vice caught one pass for a two yard touchdown. Bermudez scored a two point conversion and Omar Rodriguez made 2 of 4 PAT kicks.
“Our offense is very explosive and fun to watch,” Ward said. “We have Lowrie and Mathews back for their third year of varsity ball but we have some juniors that are just as big of a threat. Vice had a great game that really got us going. Bermudez stepped up and played big, and so did Nicholas offensively.
“Our offensive line did a great job as well. We had guys do the same on defense. Chris Kays, Mitchel Stewart and Ivan Martinez all made some big plays. I am excited about the season and can’t wait to start getting ready for St Helena.”