Dalton Lowrie, a junior on the Winters High School varsity football team, is the Athlete of the Week. Last week, Lowrie carried the ball 24 times for 145 yards to help lead the Warriors to a 32-30 victory over Dixon.
Lowrie is the Warriors’ leading rusher, with a season total of 382 yards with three touchdowns in the first three games. He is also the fifth leading rusher in the entire Northern Section.
“Dalton has really stepped up for us,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Every carry has been for tough yardage that he has had to fight for.”
Warriors beat Dixon 32-30
It was a nail-biter against a rival team and the Winters High School varsity football team came out on top. On Friday, Sept. 15, the Warriors traveled to Dixon for their third straightaway game and pulled off a 32-30 non-conference victory over the Rams.
It was a team effort for the Warriors, and that means everybody played a part, but none more so than junior quarterback Daniel Carrion. On the offensive side of the ball, Carrion had a career night completing 7 of 14 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball 19 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns. But he may have saved the game on the defensive side when he intercepted his second pass of the game and ran it back for a touchdown with under two minutes to go in the game.
“Daniel made an incredible play at the right time,” said coach Daniel Ward. “That put us up by 10 with 1:27 left in the game and they scored eight more points before it was over. He has grown so much in the last year and we have put a big load on him.”
Junior running back Dalton Lowrie also had a big night, carrying the ball 24 times for 145 yards.
“Dalton has really stepped up as well,” Ward said. “Especially for someone who wasn’t a running back. All his carries are for tough yardage. Right now, Dalton is the fifth leading rusher in the Northern Section.”
Anthony Jimenez had two carries for 22 yards and Anthony Carrion had one carry for four yards. On the receiving end, Atlas Martinez caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown, Thomas Kakutani caught two passes for 54 yards and Jimenez had two receptions for 32 yards. Sammy Gonzales made two PAT kicks for another two points for the Warriors.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kohner Butts led the team with 10 tackles. Gary Molina had eight tackles. Martinez had seven tackles. Lowrie, Jaime Garcia and Kakutani each had six tackles. Logan Pittman had four tackles one for a loss. Anthony Carrion had three tackles. Kerby Borges and Aaron Mendoza each had two tackles, while Erick Mendoza, Sergio Martinez, Josh Combs and Devin Brown each had one. Kakutani and Atlas Martinez each had an interception, while Lowire and Aaron Mendoza each had a fumble recovery for the Warriors.
The JV team lost 12-0 to the Rams but showed a lot of improvement over the last two weeks.
“They played a much better game,” Ward said about the JV team. “They are getting better each week and despite the loss they were in the game the whole night.”
Winters will play their first home game this week when they host a very tough Christian Brothers team on Friday, Sept. 22.