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On Friday, Sept.14, the Winters High School varsity football team hosted the Pirates from Wheatland and put on a show for the home fans. If an apposing team were to watch film of the Warriors and come up with a game plan to stop their explosive offense, most coaches would say stop number 10 (Daniel Carrion) from running the ball. That is exactly what the Pirates tried to do on Friday night, but what they didn’t count on is Carrion throwing the ball 17 times for five touchdowns. Carrion completed 11 of 17 passes for 238 yards and five touchdowns. The 238 yards passing in a single game is enough to put him in the top 10 most passing yardage in WHS history, but the five touchdowns ties the mark set by his coach Daniel Ward when he threw five touchdown passes against Capital Christian on Sept. 19, 1997. The big difference hear is Carrion did it all in the first half. “It was something,” said Ward. “They were focused on stopping him from running the ball, which is understandable even though he ended up with over 100 yards. But he proved he is just as good of a passer. Our strategy is to just take what is given and that’s what we did. We ran some different offensive sets and Daniel made the right decisions. The amazing thing is that we had three touchdowns called back. Unfortunately for Dalton Lowrie all three touchdowns called back were his. Dalton played the best game I have ever seen him play.” The Warriors were up 35-7 in the first half and then 42-7 early in the third quarter. Wheatland scored two fourth quarter touchdowns after a running clock had been put into play but the damage was done as the Warriors improved to 4-0 with a 42-21 victory. “It was a great game to coach,” Ward said. “Not only the win but just how they played the game. We are a punishing team and it’s getting contagious. The kids love playing with aggression and kind of have a chip on their shoulder. It seems a lot like how I hear it was back in the day when teams did not want to play Winters and it all starts with Gary Molina.” Molina has been the defensive captain and leading tackler on the team all season long, and coach Ward says his leadership is where it all starts. “Gary has always played with an attitude,” Ward said. “Now the rest of the team is just feeding off of him and its fun to watch.” The Warrior offense again was up and down the field totaling 469 yards. On the ground Carrion had 10 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. Lowrie had seven carries for 74 yards with about another 100 yards and three touchdowns called back. Evan Judd had six carries for 46 yards and Anthony Jimenez had two carries for seven yards. On the receiving end of those 11 passes were Atlas Martinez who caught three passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Jimenez caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Judd caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown, while Lowrie caught one pass for a three yard touchdown. Ivan Santana stayed perfect on the season making all six of his PAT attempts. Santana now has made 17 of 17 PAT kicks and is 1 for 1 on field goals with a 32 yarder. The Warriors will travel to Esparto to take on the Spartans for the first time in four years as they open league play.  ]]>

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