Judd leads junior varsity football as Moore heals from an injury

With Matt Moore still out from an injury, Ethan Judd filled in as quarterback on the WHS junior varsity football team against Pierce.
No. 21 runs the ball in Friday nights game against Pierce High School. Photo by Jeffrey Rawlinson/Winters Express

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With Matt Moore still out from an injury last week, Ethan Judd filled in as quarterback on the Winters High School junior varsity football team. The game against Pierce on Friday, Oct. 25 was his first full high school game playing in the position.

Memo Valadez started with a 65-yard kickoff return and the first touchdown of the game. The next play Pierce answered, with an 80 yard kickoff return, setting the tone for the entire first half.

Valadez scored the next two touchdowns. The score at the end of the half was 27-21 in Pierce’s favor.

In the second half the Warriors would be kept to only one scoring play, a touchdown by Judd.

Junior varsity put up a fight but could not keep the edge they had earlier in the game. The final score was 42-28, a loss for the Warriors.

Judd had an exceptional game as quarterback keeping the team moving and competitive. Moore was present on the side lines, fulfilling his role as a team captain.

The varsity football team was down a key player on both the offensive and defensive line, as Cooper Andres was suspended due to unsportsmanlike conduct in last week’s game. Andres is expected to return for the Durham game.

Varsity’s offensive line was no match against Pierce. In 40 plays they moved the ball 170 yards. Pierce stopped Winters offensive plays and broke through the line to sack quarterback Carson Lowrie. The Warriors also worked against themselves in the first half, with many penalties, causing a loss of 85 yards.

Lowrie ran the ball into the end zone for the only touchdown, and Julian Solorio kicked the PAT for the extra point, and recovered a fumble from the Bears during a kickoff return.

Lowrie was only able to complete five passes with a total of 17 yards gained. Further attempts to move the ball were through running plays.

Defensively, varsity was able to make 30 tackles. The most tackles were made by Yahir Sanchez (4), Joe Southwood (5) and Cruz (7).

“Hats off to Pierce, They outplayed us and out-coached us. They were a very good team but I feel like we did not show up ready to play. The next two games against Durham and Willows will ultimately decide our season as all three of us are fighting for playoff spots,” said Coach Daniel Ward.

Fernando Guetirrez had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called against him, he was ejected from the game and will miss next week’s game as well.

The Warriors host the Durham Trojans in a Sacramento Valley League game on Friday, Nov.1.

Warriors Scoreboard: Varsity Football: Pierce 43, Winters 7

Offensive stats Passing (plays-yards): Aiden Cruz 2-11, Andrew Del Rio 1-5, David Reyes 1-1, Tony Garcia 1-5

Rushing: Del Rio 2-16, Carson Lowrie 13-53, Garcia 2-5, Cruz 8-63

Defensive stats Tackles: Del Rio 3, Jason Drummond 2, Yahir Sanchez 4, Lowrie 2, Garcia 1, Jimenez 2, Cruz 7, Hunter Godden 1, Dylan Adams 1, Joseph Southwood 5, Wilson Stone 1, Ian Lopez 2

Sacks: Southwood 1

Interceptions: Southwood 2, Garcia 1

Fumble Recovery: Julian Solorio 1

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