Warriors defeat Yellow Jackets in first playoff game

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After a season with such a great record–9-1 overall 5-1 in the league–the Warriors played in a varsity football home playoff game Friday, Nov. 9. This game was the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Northern Section football playoffs, Division IV. With an almost spotless record, the Warriors earned a favorable seed ranking, giving them a perk of home field advantage. The Warriors played against the Williams Yellow jackets which was expected to be one of the more difficult games. The Warriors controlled the field, both in offense and defense. The offense dominated in control of the field, with hard drives all night. The Warriors defense’s only low point in the game was a momentary lapse that allowed the Yellow Jackets to score a touchdown. In the end the Warriors were victorious with a score of 49-6, allowing the Warriors move onto the second round of playoffs. Coach Daniel Ward stated, “Williams had a high powered offense and were throwing the ball for over 250 yards per game and we were able to limit them to only 89 yards passing, had 3 interceptions to go along with only 31 yards on the ground, so I feel like our defense set the tone all night.”   The Warriors, kept the Yellow Jacket’s passing plays down to minimum, effectively squelching their passing game. The Yellow Jackets quarterback was second in the league, with only 62 percent of his passes caught through the season. At Friday nights came that percentage dropped. “Sophomore quarterback Carson Lowrie grew up right in front of our eyes and had a career night in only his second varsity start,” said Coach Ward. Ward continued to say, “We knew he was tough and a great runner, but I was most impressed with the way he sat in the pocket and threw the ball— which is one of the best individual games in the history of WHS.” Lowrie came out leading the Warriors to a playoff victory. Lowrie had 142 rushing yards, and completed 9 passes for 219 yards. Lowrie also had four touchdowns in Friday night’s game. Dalton Lowrie had a fabulous night with 17 carries for 129 Rushing yards, adding in receiving yards Lowrie had a total of 230 yards  Dalton Lowrie was able to capitalize on these yards by scoring three touchdowns, two of which were passes from his brother, Carson Lowrie, quarterback. “That is the first time I can remember someone having over 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game,” said Ward. Anthony Jimenez had a total of 159 all purpose yards. Jimenez ran the ball for 78 rushing yards and caught three passes for 81 yards. Jimenez saved three drives with timely catches on the third down. Atlas Martinez had two receptions for a total of 37 yards. Jimenez and Martinez were able to capitalize on their plays each with a touchdown. Adrian Cruz had two key plays in Fridays game. At the end of the second quarter Cruz blocked the PAT after the only touchdown for the Yellow Jackets keeping them at six points. Toward the end of the fourth quarter Cruz intercepted a pass and was able to run it back the Yellow jackets 13 yard line. At the end of the game Ivan Santana, the team’s kicker, ran in the last scoring touchdown and kicking the PAT. Santana also made the PATs for all seven touchdowns in Friday night’s playoff game.  Next week East Nicholaus will travel to Winters to play in the second NSCIF playoff game. As of last week the East Nicholaus Spartan are undefeated, with a 46 game winning streak which includes three state Championships. The last time they lost a northern section game was in 2014 against Winters in the section championship. “As for next week, this is one of the biggest games ever played at Dr. Sellars field, and the biggest game in the section this year,” stated Coach Ward. He went on to say, “I’m glad we get to play the game at home and hoping it is a great atmosphere.”]]>

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