Winters Jr. Warriors kick off season

Jake Woods and Lane Brown run the flags to the field to honor those who lost their lives during 9/11. Photo by KS Winters Photography/Courtesy photo

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On Saturday, Sept. 11 the Winters Jr. Warriors played their first games of the season against the Esparto Jr. Spartans.

The Warrior Mitey Mites won with a score of 31-20. Jameson Barbosa and Hector Jimenez both stepped up as leaders on the field and played great games.

“I can’t wait to see them help the younger players progress this season,” said coach Rick Garcia.

The Jr. Warrior Peewees also shut out Esparto with a score of 40-0. The team got to showcase all of the hard work and dedication they have been putting into their practices. Every single player showed up ready to play and contributed to the final score.

“Jared Collazo stood out all summer with his leadership and was a calming influence for the team during the game,” said coach Justin Hellinger

In addition to the leadership Collazo demonstrated he also managed to capitalize on a broken play by scoring a touchdown.

The Warriors Jr. Midgets brought home a win with a score of 47-0. They played a great game offensively and were exhausted by the end of the game but never slowed down. Joe Hawkins had a major run as a slot receiver giving the Warriors about 80 yards before he was pulled from the game due to an injury.

Aidan Baylor, EJ Cruz and Jackson Holbein all put points on the board scoring touchdowns, but the most valuable player was Anthony Garcia.

“I can’t even count how many forced fumbles and sacks he had….he really dominated the line both offensively and defensively,” said coach Rudy Baylor.

The Jr. Midgets have the smallest team for the Jr. Warriors but proved they are fully capable of working toward the Championships this year.

Finally the Warrior Midgets had their time to shine, taking home the victory with a score of 43-12.

“Being it was our first game of the season it was so good just to be back on the field after so long,” said coach Nate Plitt.

The Midgets offense did a great job running the ball and getting into the end zone. Jake Woods lead the team with three rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown. Macguire Plitt, Lane Brown and Jordan Wojan also played great game each scoring a touchdown for the Warriors. Jordan Calvert was also an instrumental player, adding points to the score with PAT’s (point(s) after touchdown).

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