Junior Warrior PeeWees earn their spot in the championships

It was a long and grueling season, but hard work and love for the game is what landed the PeeWees and Midgets a spot in the playoffs.
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Family, heart, community and drive are just a few words that describe the Winters Junior Warrior Football program. On Saturday, Oct. 3, the PeeWees and Jr. Midgets showed up bright and early to go head-to-head with the Dixon Rams. The PeeWees showed their dominance on the offensive side of the ball with EJ Cruz, Macguire Plitt and Jake Woods all scoring touchdowns, and Jayden Blackburn ensuring the Warriors took advantage of every opportunity for the extra point conversion. The Warriors started the game off strong, with Plitt running down the right side of the field for the first touchdown after they received the opening kickoff. Cruz played hard and fought hard for three running touchdowns shortly after.  With just a little over nine minutes left in the game, Woods broke his way through the middle and into the endzone for another Warrior touchdown after a forced fumble recovery by Blackburn near the Rams goal line. Plitt ended the game by running the ball over 80 yards for the final Warrior touchdown. Defensively, the Winters Warrior PeeWees were equally as dominant, with Aidan Baylor, Anthony Mayes, Blackburn,  Woods, Cruz and Plitt leading the team in tackles. Blackburn was on fire, taking down any Ram who had the ball. He sacked the quarterback several times and recovered a fumble. Mayes also had his sight set on the ball. He sacked the quarterback, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble in the second half. The Junior Warrior PeeWees celebrated with the final score being 41-6. At the final whistle, Plitt yelled, “We are going to championships!” The Junior Warrior PeeWees will play in the championships at Vaca Christian High School for their last game of the season on Saturday, Nov.10. “Winning the game today means so much. The kids came together and played their hearts out, I couldn’t be more proud,” said Coach Nate Plitt.   Midget Game After the PeeWees victory, the Warrior Midgets were ready to face the number one offensive team in the league, the Dixon Rams. Dixon started off strong, scoring the first touchdown of the game. The Jr. Midgets weren’t going down without a fight. They showed their resilience by fighting their way down the field. Joel Barrera received a pass from Ashton Baylor for their first touchdown, followed by a point conversion by Gio Jimenez, for an early 7-6 lead. The Dixon Rams showed why they are ranked number one in the league as their offense overpowered the Warriors who struggled with being outnumbered and worn down. “Even though we had such a small team, these kids have heart. We came out strong and drove the ball down the field, unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize and execute every play,” said coach Chris Mayes. The Warriors never gave up. Joel Barrera was able to score another touchdown in the game, with another point conversion. Unfortunately, the Rams scored 42 points to the Warriors 14. “The boys fought hard all season and beat teams that tripled the amount of players that we had. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have the numbers. We need more kids to join the program so we can teach them how to play the game properly,” said coach Mayes. ]]>

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