Warriors Broken by Trojans, but not Their Spirit

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Anthony Jimenez plays in the Second round of playoffs at Winters High School on Saturday, November 24.

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After two postponements the Winters High School football team played in the second round of championship playoffs for the Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation Division VI. The Warriors played against the Trojans from East Nicolaus, who came into this with a 56 game winning streak. The Warriors played hard in Saturdays play off game. “I was proud of the way the kids fought, and I thought the effort was there. We just ran into a team that was bigger, stronger and just better than us on Saturday,” said Coach Daniel Ward. On Saturday afternoon, under a smokeless sky filled with billowing clouds, The Warriors took the field, ready for the toughest game of their season. That’s what they got. They had to earn every yard they got. The majority of plays the Warriors executed were stopped short by the Trojans. The Trojans controlled the offensive and defensive plays throughout the game, and it resulted in a loss for the Warriors. The score was 46 – 13. The Winters High School football team is out of the championships. Coach Ward stated, “I can see why East Nic has won three straight NSCIF championships and a state championship, and I don’t see anyone beating them this year. They were as good up front as any team I have seen in a long time and dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.” He went on to say, “Offensively I thought we moved the ball very well in the first half, but just shot our self in the foot in some big situations. They have only given up six total points the last seven games, so we knew we it was going to be tough to score a lot of points. But we definitely had our chances early on.” Carson Lowrie threw for 14 passes, nine of which were caught, for a total of 111 yards. Carson also ran the ball 20 times in Saturday’s game for only 67 yards. Carson was also credited with one touchdown and two defensive tackles. His brother Dalton Lowrie caught one of the nine passes and gained a total of 13 yards. Dalton had a total of nine carries for 43 rushing yards. Anthony Jimenez was able to catch four passes for a gain of 55 yards receiving, and ran the ball seven times for a total of 42 yards. Jimenez was able to score the second touch down. Ivan Santana made the first PAT and an attempt. After the second touchdown Santana missed the PAT, for the first time all season. Defensively, the Warriors had just as hard of a time stopping the trojans plays as they did getting through their offensive line. The Warriors made 55 tackles in the whole game. With the Trojans dominating the field, it was not enough. Toward the end of the fourth quarter Cooper Andres was able to scoop up a fumble with in the Trojans five yard line. With n a couple of plays the Warriors were able to turn the good fortune of the turnover into a their second touchdown for the game. The Warriors had their hardest game of the season, but now Winters High School football team is done with their season. The students and town will move on to supporting the school’s sports teams and spirit in basketball and soccer. Coach Ward is already planning next season He stated, “Hoping we learn from this as a program and if we want to compete with teams like this, then it needs to start in the off season and we need to commit to the weight room.” He continued to say, “Even with the loss, this was one of the most enjoyable seasons that I have ever had. We had a great group of kids who are going to do amazing things in life, and it was an honor be called their coach.”  ]]>

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