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On Friday, Nov. 5, the Winters High School football teams travelled to Arbuckle to take on the Pierce High School Bears.

Varsity
The varsity football team lost their away conference game against Pierce by a score of 51-28.

Although the Warriors have lost several starting players to serious injuries this season, they continue to show up to every game ready to fight for the win.

Edwardo Reyes, Matt Moore, Ethan Judd and Justice Madsen were the leading players for rushing yards in the last official game of the season. Madsen used his strength and speed to put the Warriors in optimal position for scoring, leading the offensive team with 104 rushing yards. Moore, the Warrior’s quarterback, is usually responsible for throwing touchdowns but on Friday night with three yards left to go, Moore took the opportunity to rush into the Warrior end zone for a touchdown.

Memo Valadez and Moore were once again the duo to watch in terms of passes completed. Valadez led the Warriors with 129 receiving yards gained and three touchdowns. Valadez has continued to prove his ability to avoid, outmaneuver and simply outrun the opposing teams defensive line to open himself up to catch forward passes from Moore.

Evan Davis, Judd and Madsen were also able to make themselves available for Moore, getting some critical yardage for the Warriors.

While Pierce was able to put an impressive amount of points on the board, Logan Spears, Ethan Demment and Javier Bermudez worked extremely hard to stop the Bears’ ball carry. Spears led the Warriors with nine tackles with both Demment and Bermudez not far behind.

It was an emotional night for the Warriors, who had just lost what they thought was their last football game of the season. Little did they know, they would get another chance to play the game they love for at least one more week. The WHS varsity football team will be playing in this year’s playoffs on Friday, Nov. 12 in Redding.

Junior varsity
The Winters junior varsity football team lost their away conference game against the Bears by a score of 28-0.

It was a rough ending to a great season for the junior varsity team. While the score doesn’t reflect it, the junior varsity defense played another phenomenal game. The entire defense was executing their individual roles in the game plan, pushing the runner to the middle where Sebastian Valadez was able to stop the play, unfortunately it was the turnovers and field positions that sealed the Warriors fate.

“We don’t keep stats but I would bet they did not have more than 150 yards of offense,” said assistant coach Rudy Baylor.

Offensively, the Warriors also struggled moving the ball to gain first downs. Gio Jimenez was able to run the ball well but was continuously shut down by Pierce’s quick defense. The Warriors needed to step up their passing game, Pierce’s defense was able to key in on the run everytime and prevented the Warriors from putting any points on the board.

“The score definitely does not represent the work our team has put into this season, unfortunately we were just not clicking on all cylinders on Friday night,” said Baylor.

While the junior varsity team’s season has come to an end, it’s safe to say that WHS football has some great years of football ahead.

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