On Friday, Sept. 16, the Winters High School varsity football team lost its home non-conference game against Esparto High School by a score of 24-12.
“It was a tough loss and I feel like we got outplayed and out-coached by a very hungry and physical Esparto team who returned with a majority of the players that lost in the semifinals year,” said head coach Daniel Ward.
The Warriors, who are learning from their mistakes, are continuing to work and hit their stride before they begin a very tough league schedule in just two short weeks. While the outcome of the game wasn’t what the Warriors had hoped for, there were a few players that played a great game.
Gio Jimenez had another great game with over 120 rushing yards against a very physical defense. Colton Brown had one of his best games throwing the ball and was constantly under pressure. Brown threw over 150 passing yards to Jesse Madsen, Justice Madsen, Ethan Judd and Deigo Casillas. Sophomore Jesse Madsen, who was brought up from junior varsity last week, had some impressive catches in huge situations.
“I am excited to see Jesse develop as the season continues,” said Ward.
Defensively, Sanders Clark led the team with eight tackles, followed closely by Danny Sanchez with six and Julian Herrerra and Ethan Demment with five tackles each.
“I thought Sanders had his best game of the year and I thought our sophomore defensive lineman Danny Sanchez and Julian Herrera both played very well against a much bigger Esparto line,” said Ward.
The Warriors will go head-to-head against Willows High School on Friday, Sept. 23.