Youth football turns it up a notch

The Dr. Sellers football field will remain empty as the school districts halts organized athletic conditioning practices. Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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The Winters Junior Warrior Midget team started off slow this season but has since turned on the switch. In the last two games, they have outscored opponents 65–0. These players are the future of Winters High School and the heart and talent they have is going to drive their success, not only at this level, but also following them into them into their high school careers as Warriors.

Aidan Baylor, an eighth grader, is 16-18 over the past two games with 307 yards and seven passing touchdowns. Baylor has done a great job getting the ball around to multiple receivers including Jackson Holbein, Joe Hawkins, Brody Rogers, Cameron Holbein and Mark Gano.

“Gano has also really stepped up running the ball since we lost a veteran running back early this season,” said coach Rudy Baylor.

While the score easily reflects the skills and talent of the Warriors offense,  the defense deserves just as much praise as they have shut out both opponents in the last two weeks.

Anthony Garcia is a veteran seventh grade player on the team and is currently leading the team in tackles.

“Anthony is just plain fun to watch. He just seems to be everywhere and in on every tackle,” said coach Baylor.

The Midget team has also racked up multiple interceptions, fumble recoveries and sacks over the last couple of weeks and has played with a lot of heart.

“I was pretty worried when EJ Cruz broke his arm in week two, but the boys have stepped up to fill his shoes,” said coach Baylor.

The Midgets will take on the Arbuckle Jr. Bears at 3 p.m. this Saturday at Dr. Sellers Field.

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