Football dominates Rio Vista, honors former students

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On Friday, Sept. 9, the Winters High School varsity football team won its first home game of the season against Rio Vista High School by a score of 61-8. While the first home game of the year is always welcomed with open arms this game in particular demonstrated what it looks like for a community to come together when it matters the most. Family, friends and community members filled the stands to honor, pay tribute and celebrate the lives that were lost this past year.

“It was a special night for our kids, our community and for all of the families involved in the tragedies that have rocked our little town this past year. The ‘White Out’ theme, balloon release and honorary captains made Friday night’s game one of the most emotional and memorable games that I have been a part of,” said head coach Daniel Ward.

The WHS football team fed off the atmosphere and played the game they love with a great amount of pride. The offensive line had an amazing game. Elijah Mays, Nate Figueroa, Victor Diaz, Robert Maggenti and Cam Higgins all played great games.

“I am very excited about our ability to run the ball and we have both Gio (Jimenez) and Justice (Madsen) averaging over 100 yards per game on the grounds. which is pretty special,” said Ward.

Justice Madsen once again led his team in yards earned with 92 rushing yards and 145 receiving yards for a total of 237 yards in the game. Gio Jimenez was also an instrumental player in the game on Friday with 110 rushing yards.

“Colton Brown has also been working really hard and has come a long way at quarterback. The last two weeks he has thrown for over 350 yards,” said Ward.

Madsen and Ethan Judd each scored three touchdowns, Herrera scored two and Jimenez scored one. Sebastian Pedraza added to the score, earning seven extra point conversions on kicks.

Defensively Ethan Demment dominated the field with nine game changing tackles and several blocks. He was also a crucial player in breaking up Rio Vista’s offensive line.

“Having him back from his injury made a world of difference. He was almost unstoppable on defense and one of the main reasons that we looked so good on that side of the ball, “ said Ward.

Sanders Clark also had a great game at line back, while sophomore Jesse Madsen had a great game at corner where he did not give up a single completion and had a great interception. Julian Herrera had a sack and five tackles during the game and Sebastian Valadez had an interception, fumble
recovery and five tackles.

“We started seven sophomores, which is pretty much unheard of at the varsity level, and I felt like the young guys played great and it just goes to show how bright our future can be,” said Ward.

The Winters High School football team will play at home again on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Dr. Sellers Field.

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