Football brings in homecoming win over Live Oak

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On Friday, Oct. 7 the Winters High School varsity football team won their home conference game against Live Oak High School by a score of 41–0. After an exciting Homecoming ceremony the Warriors took to the field ready to make their peers proud.

“As we get deeper in the league we are going to have to be balanced offensively so It’s nice to see our improvement throwing the ball throughout the year,” said head coach Daniel Ward.

The Warriors dominated the game. Diego Casillas, Justice Madsen and Gio Jimenez led the team with the most rushing yards. Casillas ran 73, Justice Madsen 58 and Jimenez pushed hard and ended the game with 106 rushing yards. Justice Madsen was also on the leaderboard in receiving yards, racking up 79 yards, followed closely by his brother Jesse Madsen with 60 receiving yards and Ethan Judd with 61 receiving yards.

“Justice is a special player and we use him in so many different ways that it really makes it fun to coach,” said Ward.

Quarterback Colton Brown, played an excellent passing game with over 230 yards earned for his team, largely due to his strong offensive line.

“We played really well against a Live Oak team who was very physical upfront. We were forced to throw the ball a lot more than normal and Colton had his best game of the year,” said Ward.

Everytime Live Oak attempted to make a move the Warriors shut them down. Julian Herrera, Danny Sanchez and Ethan Demment each broke through Live Oaks offensive line, sacking the quarterback. Marcus Lopez, who played his first game of the season, had an amazing interception with a 15-yard return. Ashton Baylor also shut down Live Oaks’ attempt to gain yardage sticking with their receivers and deflecting a pass attempt.

“Defensively, it was one of the better games we have played in a couple years. I thought our young guys Gio, Sebastian and Danny all played amazing,” commented Ward.

Defensively Sebastian Valadez and Sanchez led their team in tackles, with 10 each. Jimenez and Sanders Clark were also on the leaderboard, Jimenez had nine tackles and Clark had eight. While these four players had the most recorded tackles the entire Warrior defense played an excellent game, which is reflected in the score.

“We have struggled defensively so far so I am hoping we are finally starting to figure out what works best for us both personnel and schemes wise and hope we are hitting our stride at the right time,” added Ward when talking about his defensive team.

This week, on Friday, Oct. 14 the Warriors will face the biggest test of the year as they go head to head against East Nicolaus High School — who is one of the best teams in the league averaging 46 point a game. Join the Warriors and wear Pink to honor those who have fought and who are currently fighting breast cancer.

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