Warriors run the ball to victory over Live Oak

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The Winters High School football teams played against the Live Oak Lions for their Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 22 on Dr. Sellers Field.

Varsity
The WHS varsity football team won their home conference game against Live Oak by a score of 47-6.

The Homecoming game is always one of the biggest games of the year and after taking a loss during the game against Nicolaus, the Warriors were determined more than ever to impress their fans in the stands.

“More so than the outcome, I was very happy with the effort, heart and passion that the kids played with,” said head coach Daniel Ward.

Matt Moore and Memo Valadez both played excellent offensive games and were amazing to watch. Together they were able to complete four catches for a total of 160 yards and three touchdowns.

“They definitely took advantage of every opportunity they were given and while we did not get to throw it very often, when we did those two were special,” said Ward.

In addition to adding points to the board for the Warriors, Moore also broke the school record for passing yards in a season and is the first Winter’s quarterback to ever throw for over 1,800 yards.

“We still have at least two games to play and I am beyond excited for him and all of his success, he definitely deserves it,” said Ward.

Defensively Ethan Demment and Javier Bermudez lead the Warriors in tackles and both played great games stopping the Lions from gaining the yardage they needed.

Elijah Mayes also had a great game on the defensive line. If he can continue that type of play, it will make a huge difference in the Warriors defensive game.

Justice Madsen is another player who stood out in the game on Friday night. Madsen is a powerhouse and never comes off the field. Madsen is extremely consistent in making tackles and is the Warriors second leading tackler at lineback. Ward said Madsen has quickly become one the best running backs in the section with almost 800 yards of offensive runs and six touchdowns.

“Madsen works extremely hard, so to see all of his hard work pay off on Friday nights is special,” said Ward.

Junior varsity
The WHS junior varsity football team won their home conference game against Live Oak by a score of 22-7.

After a tough loss the following week the Warriors were determined to make a comeback. The guys worked extremely hard in practice the week leading up to the big homecoming game and several players had to step up and play different positions due to injuries.

Diego Casillas and Isaiah Pazmino both demonstrated superior skill as they stepped into new positions to fill in for injured players on the offensive line.

“We had Diego at running back and he really impressed me showing a lot of explosive speed on some big runs,” said head coach Chris Kays.

Casillas also had two very impressive interceptions and used his speed to put points on the board for the Warriors. Pazmino and Gio Jimenez also worked extremely hard to make it into the Warriors end zone, giving Winters the advantage in the game. While Sebastian Valadez didn’t quite make it into the end zone he made some amazing catches under pressure, gaining valuable yardage for his team.

In addition to their superior offensive game the Warriors also played a great defense game. Once again the junior varsity team dominated their opponents as they have done most of the season. Julian Herrera and Nathan Figueroa are both having a great defensive season and excel at putting pressure on the Live Oak quarterback. In addition to Herrera and Figuerora, Warrior linebackers Carlos Salazar, Sebastian and Jimenez were all over the field making tackles and stopping Live Oak from any attempt they made at crossing into the end zone.

“Our defense, in eight games this season, has only given up 74 points. And 48 of those were in our two losses,” said assistant coach Rudy Baylor.

The Warriors will play in their last home game of the season this Friday at Dr. Sellers Football Field. There will be a special ceremony to celebrate the seniors on the football team, cheer team and Band members.

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