On Friday, Nov. 4, the Winters High School varsity football team lost their away conference game against Pierce High School by a score of 29–21.
Emotions were running high for the Warriors as the results of the game would determine whether or not they would make it into the 2022 playoffs. It was an extremely close game but the Arbuckle Bears caught onto the Warriors’ strengths and stuck to star running back Justice Madsen, making it almost impossible for him to make any plays.
Despite the Bears keeping a close eye, Justice Madsen still managed to earn 79 rushing yards and 24 receiving yards for the Warriors. With Justice Madsen marked up, Sophomore Gio Jimenez once again stepped up and made big plays earning his team 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Jesse Madsen supported his team with 77 receiving yards, while Ethan Judd had 34 receiving yards and one touchdown for the Warriors. Ashton Baylor threw in a two-point conversion to Lane Brown, and Sebastian Pedraza added to the score with a field goal.
Defensively, the Warriors made tackles, but they left too many gaps for the Bears to move through — that ultimately cost them the game. Jimenez and Sanders Clark led the Warriors in tackles, followed closely by Ethan Demment and Sebastian Valadez. Demment and Julian Herrera also each played an aggressive game each earning a sack for the Warriors.
While the season has come to an end, the athletes had a great season and should be extremely proud of the accomplishments and growth that they have made.