Winters Jr. Midgets heading to Championships

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On Saturday, Nov. 13 the Winters Jr. Midgets won their playoff game against East Nicolaus by a score of 25-0.

The Jr. Midgets have had an excellent season, especially considering they started the season off with only nine players. Throughout the season they have been able to recruit other players and build their team to 15 players who work hard every week to learn the game and develop their skills.

“We finished the regular season going 7-2 and qualifying as the #2 seed going into the playoffs,” said head coach Rudy Baylor.

While Aidan Baylor, EJ Cruz and Jackson Holbein are consistent in making big plays and putting up big numbers for the Jr. Midgets, the whole team has really contributed to the success and team standing going into the championships.

Anthony Garcia and Kaimani Ricketts-Mayes are two of the more experienced players on the team. Garcia and Mayes have both been valuable defensive players for the Warriors, using their strength and experience to stop their opponents.

“They have both really worked hard with our new lineman to help them open up the holes and make key blocks,” said Baylor

For a team that started off just being happy to play, it is evident that they are showing up to win now. They are hitting harder, running faster, getting in on big plays that may have been intimidating for them at the beginning of the season. Most importantly they are showing a tremendous amount of heart and have learned to push through rough patches in the game, never giving up.

The Jr. Midgets progress has earned them some attention from other teams, making comments regarding how tough the boys are.

“I’ve had to correct them since one of the toughest on our team is Abby Carrion. Yes a girl, a very tough young lady who doesn’t complain and doesn’t give up,” said Baylor.

The Jr. Midgets will go up against Woodland Christian in the Championships this coming Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Dr. Sellers Football field. Woodland Christian is going to be a hard team to beat, but the Jr. Warriors have improved exponentially since the start of the season and they most certainly won’t be going down without a fight.

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