The Winters High School football teams took on the Paradise High School Bobcats, who are 6-1 overall in league this season. The home conference game on Friday, Oct. 29, was also WHS Senior Night to celebrate senior athletes and band members.
The Winters junior varsity football team started the evening off on a high, winning their home conference game against Paradise 34-22.
The Bobcats are one of the toughest teams to compete with, but the Warriors came prepared to put up a good fight.
The Winters junior varsity defense has done extremely well all year — this game against Paradise was no exception. The Warriors’ defense was flying at the Bobcats’ offensive line and put an immense amount of pressure on their quarterback. The fans were on the edge of their seats as the Warriors fought to hold Paradise in the last defensive series of the game.
“It was fourth and one and our defense stood them up and did not give them the first down,” said assistant coach Rudy Baylor.
Gio Jimenez had a stand out game defensively with amazing tackles, flipping the ball carrier at least three times and attempting a game-changing interception.
Colton Brown, Sebastian Valdez, and Isaiah Pazmino all stood out offensively with great catching and passing. Valadez was immensely valuable on both sides of the ball — consistently receiving passes from Brown for two touchdowns. Pazmino also had a great catch resulting in a Warriors touchdown.
This coming Friday is a big game for the Winters junior varsity football team — if they win, they will be in a three-way tie for the league championship.
On Friday, the Winters varsity football team lost their last home conference game against Paradise 61-7
The Warriors gave it everything they had, but on top of losing their starting running back Justice Madsen early in the first quarter, the Warriors were simply overmatched. Paradise is one of the best teams in the division and are predicted to win the section championship in the division above WHS.
As devastating as the final score was, the Warriors never gave up. Matt Moore and Memo Valadez were able to move the ball and put numbers on the board.
“Matt and Memo are leading the entire section in passing yards and receiving yards respectively, and I feel like they are one of the best combinations that we have had come through Winters High School,” said varsity head coach Daniel Ward.
Passing was the only way Winters was able to gain yardage on Friday night. However, that didn’t stop running back Eduardo Reyes — a sophomore who moved up to varsity last week — from attempting to get the Warriors closer to the end zone. Reyes took over for Madsen, who left the game due to an injury, and played a great game despite the defense he was up against.
“I thought he ran the ball really well and plays very fast on both sides of the ball,” said Ward.
The varsity Warriors have had a lot of bad luck this year, in regards to injuries, but it continues to show up everyday and work hard to be the best. The Warriors will play in Arbuckle this coming Friday, Nov. 5, against Pierce High School. If they win, they will officially lock in their spot in the playoffs.