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A strong second half performance wasn’t enough for the Winters High School varsity football team to overcome a 33-7 first half deficit against the visiting Colfax Falcons. Winters hosted Colfax on Friday, Sept. 2, in a non league game and ended up losing 39-28.
Colfax scored in their opening drive and seemed to dominate the first half of the game. Poor tackling from the Warriors played a big part in the Falcons success early on but Winters made it a more respectable game in the second half.
“Offensively we played a solid game we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot and giving them opportunities in the first half,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Defensively we just had poor tackling. We made some adjustments at half time and pretty much dominated the second half.”
Offensively, Anthony Carrion led the Warriors with 259 total yards and three touchdowns. Carrion completed 13 of 24 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, but gained most of his yardage on the ground. Carrion carried the ball 13 times for 173 yards and a touchdown.
Evan Judd also had a big game with a career high 138 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Sammy Gonzales carried the ball just two times but totaled 71 yards, while Thomas Kakutani carried the ball two times for seven yards. Gonzales led all receivers with 10 receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. Kakutani caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown and Daniel Carrion had one reception for seven yards. Fabian Cruz-Gonzales was 4 for 4 on PAT kicks.
For the second game in a row, Gonzales led the Warrior defense and for the second game in a row was able to strip the ball from a ball carrier and pick up yardage in the other direction. Gonzales totaled 12 tackles and had a fumble recovery. Jaime Garcia had nine tackles, Judd had eight tackles, Daniel Carrion and Greg Creamer each had five, Kakutani had four, Nick Riise had three, Logan Pittman and Wil Maldonado each had two, while Austin Baylor, Oswaldo Ochoa, Anthony Ceja, William Bauer and Noah Murray each had one tackle for the Warriors.
The Warriors will have a bye week this week then will host Dixon on Friday, Sept. 16, at Dr. Sellers field.
JV team
It was a tough night for the Winters High School JV football team as they played host to Colfax on Friday, Sept. 2, at Dr. Sellers Field. Colfax scored 14 in the first quarter, 14 in the second quarter and put 6 more on the board in the third for a 34-0 victory over the Warriors.
Colfax only had about 18 players but all 18 were very good athletes according to coach Mark Layne.
“They were very good,” Layne stated. “All of their players were very good athletes and that was tough for us to handle. They out-hit us, they out-played us and they out-coached us.”
Despite the score of the game, Layne repeated his philosophy of what is important to his team.
“I keep telling them it’s not about winning or losing,” Layne said. “It’s about your effort that you put into it, and we had a few individuals that exemplified that. Anthony Jimenez, Devin Brown and Gary Molina all played their hearts out until the end. Hopefully their example of how to play the game will trickle down to other players.”
Winters will have a bye this week and will host Dixon on Friday, Sept. 16.