Winters Jr. Warriors off to a great start

Football season is once again in full swing for the Winters Jr. Warriors.
Ken Stewart

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Football season is once again in full swing and the Winters Jr. Warriors have never looked better. On Saturday, Sept. 9, the WJW football teams came out and left everything they had on the field, starting the 2019 season off strong. The day started out at 9 a.m. with the Mitey Mites taking the field against Vacaville Christian. They played a fantastic game and demonstrated what they have been learning in practice.  The PeeWees were the next team to take the field and played a great game against Vacaville Christian with a final score of 26-20, with a victory for Winters. With the help of a hardworking offensive line and intentional blocking, EJ Cruz carried the ball into the end zone three times during the game with Wyatt Hensley scoring the fourth touchdown and two extra point conversions for the Warriors. “I don’t care how many touchdowns I score. The only thing I care about is how well we do as a team. I just want to win championships again,” said Cruz. Aidan Baylor and Brayden Ramirez also carried the ball several times, giving their team the opportunity to take the win. The PeeWees defensive line was lead by Kaimani Mayes, Anthony Garcia and Cruz, who made Vacaville Christian work hard for their runs. Baylor, Hensley and David Lee also made some great defensive plays with ball recoveries and hard tackles. The Vacaville Christian Falcons put up a good fight but once again the WJW PeeWee team showed why they are the reigning champions. Next up were the Jr. Midgets, and they showed up to dominate. With five touchdowns and two point conversions scored, the Warriors were up 33-0 by the third quarter with an unofficial score of 39-0. According to the WJW football program rules, when a team is up by 33 points, the game is over with a running clock for the remainder of the game.  The Jr. Midget offensive and defense are both stacked with exceptionally skilled players. Sebastian Valadez lead the team with a total of three touchdowns, followed by Gabriel Jimenez with two touchdowns and Jesse Madsen with one. Jayden Blackburn also contributed a total of three points by way of a two point conversion and an extra point. Macguire Plitt, Jordan Wojan and quarterback, Jacob Woods were also a big contributing players to the Warriors offensive line. Plitt and Wojan both had impressive runs and Woods was able to make several runs and perfect throws to his teammates getting their team closer to the end zone.  The Jr. Midget defense was also playing at the top of their game. Madsen brought down several Vaca Christian falcons, Valadez sacked the Vaca Christian quarterback, recovered a fumble and made several tackles. Lane Brown, Anthony Matamoros Mayes, Davin Perez, Wojan, Woods and Plitt were also some of the top contributors to the defensive line. This is going to be a team to watch this year.  The Midgets finished opening day with a great game, but unfortunately the home field advantage wasn’t enough and Vacaville Christian won with a final score of 26-0. Colby Kovach, Juan Casillas, Edwardo Reyes and Elijah Mayes all had some great runs, but were never able to break through Vaca Christian’s strong defense. Ashton Baylor, Erick Madueno, Kovach, Casillas, Mayes and Reyes, along with many others from the Warrior defense, put up a good fight but about halfway into the second quarter the Falcons scored their first of four touchdowns.  It was a game of turnovers. Even with the interception by Madueno at the beginning of the third quarter and the interception of Baylor in the fourth, the Warriors just couldn’t gain enough momentum to get into the end zone.   It was an exciting and fun filled day for the players, parents, coaches and volunteers. The WJW cheerleaders offered their support with halftime shows and sideline cheers throughout most of the day. The WJW are off to a great start this season and will play at home again on Saturday, Sep. 14 starting at 9 a.m. ]]>

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