It was a big win at the right moment for the Winters High School varsity football team as they defeated visiting Bret Harte 34-6 on Friday, Sept. 29. As the Warriors prepared for league play, it was important for them to put together a solid performance against the Bull Frogs and get their confidence and chemistry back on the field.
Winters did just that, and pulled off a 34-6 rout in their non-league game behind the legs and the arm of junior quarterback Daniel Carrion. Carrion totaled 313 yards with five touchdowns to lead the Warriors to 453 yards of total offense. The Warriors scored 14 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second and 7 more in the third before allowing Bret Harte to put 6 on the board in the fourth quarter.
“This was big for us,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Last year they beat us 41-0, so for us to come back and play this well after a big loss to a great Christian Brothers team last week says a lot. We played the best first half that we have played in a long time.”
Carrion completed 12 of 20 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns in the air and then rushed for another 161 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns. Junior running back Dalton Lowrie also had a big game on the ground with 122 yards on 14 carries. Jaycob Pease carried the ball six times for nine yards and Adrian Cruz had one carry for nine yards as well.
Carrion connected with six different receivers in the game, with brother Anthony being one of them. Anthony Carrion caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Kakutani caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Pease caught three passes for 44 yards. Atlas Martinez and Lowrie each caught one pass for 19 yards and Jaime Garcia caught one pass for two yards. Sammy Gonzales and Martin Alvarez each kicked a PAT and Daniel Carrion converted a two point conversion.
The Warrior defense was stellar against the Bull Frogs, totaling 77 tackles on the night. Garcia led the Warriors with 11 tackles, a sack and batted down a pass. Gary Molina had 10 tackles with three of them for a loss. Aaron Mendoza had eight tackles. Martinez, Jovanny Aguilera, Evan Judd, Logan Pittman and Kakutani all had five tackles. Anthony Carrion and Pease each had four tackles, Lowrie and Josh Combs each had three, Daniel Carrion, Paulo Leal and Devin Brown each had two, while Cruz, Kerby Borges and Bernie Covarrubias each had one. Martinez, Leal and Combs each had a sack for the Warriors as well.
Winters will travel to Live Oak on Friday, Oct. 6, for their first league game.