The Winters High School football teams both took a loss against the East Nicolaus High School Spartans in an away conference game on Friday, Oct. 15.
The varsity football team lost against East Nicolaus by a score of 55-6.
Head coach Daniel Ward said the defeat may not have been as hard to accept if East Nicolaus had put up these kinds of numbers against a team that was giving the game every ounce of effort they had.
“I feel like we threw in the towel as soon as things started not to go our way and it was hard to watch and be a part of,” said Ward.
Despite the lack of team effort, Justice Madsen still managed to find a gap and score the only touchdown for the Warriors early on in the game. While Madsen may not have put up the numbers that he is notorious for, he still led the Warriors in earning over 100 yards in the game.
“We are not doing a very good job opening up holes for him, so every yard he gets is earned,” commented Ward.
While Madsen worked extremely hard to carry the Warriors offense he couldn’t carry his team alone. Quarterback Matt Moore attempted to earn his team some points throwing over a total of 200 yards for the night. David Reyes gained a total of 58 yards, Memo Valadez earned 42 yards, Evan Davis put up 35 yard and Ethan Judd put up 21 yards but there just wasn’t enough heart and passion to capitalize on.
Ethan Demment also played a great game on the offensive line and led the Warriors defense in tackles.
“Friday was a hard game to be a part of regardless of the score or outcome…we need to do a better job as coaches and need our leaders to really step it up these last three weeks,” said Ward.
The junior varsity football team lost their game against East Nicolaus by a score of 22-14.
This was a devastating loss for the junior varsity football team who fought hard to redeem themselves after a rough start early on in the game.
Despite the two East Nicolaus touchdowns early on in the game, once the Warriors settled in they were able to move the ball and begin to even out the score a little bit.
Gio Jimenez, Edwardo Reyes and Diego Castillas all made great runs, with some help from their offensive line. While Nathan Figueroa usually isn’t seen running the ball, his role on the offensive line and defensive line stood out this week and he made a big impact on the game. Jesse Madsen also had a very impressive play with a long fourth down conversion reception.