It’s time to start thinking football at least for the Winters High School football program. Actually, head coach Daniel Ward hasn’t stopped thinking about football except to enjoy having his first child.
The Warriors are working diligently in the weight room and out in the field to prepare themselves for the upcoming season. Whether it’s the rigorous drills or workouts they put themselves through, football camp or passing league, or all of the above, the Warriors are doing whatever it takes to put them back into contention for a league and section title.
Along with hard work and commitment, players also have to have talent, and the Warriors possess that as well. Winters will have several key players returning to this year’s roster and will add some very good talent from last year’s JV team.
To start with, the Warriors are solid up front with an experienced line coming back, while in the backfield they go even deeper. Their athletic abilities across the board will allow them to be very flexible and unpredictable to their opponents.
At quarterback, junior Daniel Carrion will return after stepping in last year throwing for 951 yards, with six touchdowns in just eight games and rushing for 295 yards with three touchdowns. Senior Anthony Carrion threw for 355 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 328 yards with two touchdowns in just three games. Both Carrions will also play a key role on defense and at wide out.
Senior Sammy Gonzales will return at slot back after rushing for 442 yards with five touchdowns and catching 60 passes for 800 yards with six touchdowns last year. Gonzales was also fourth in the Northern Section in tackles with 141 on the season. Junior Evan Judd was last year’s workhorse, rushing for 725 yards with six touchdowns. Senior Thomas Kakutani caught 15 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns and had 207 yards on kick returns. Kakutani also had 44 tackles, Jaime Garcia had 60 and Logan Pittman totaled 57.
These are just a few standout players that posted some impressive numbers last season, but each year, someone new rises up and stands out.