A big-play offense and smothering defense proved to be a winning combination for the JV Warriors Friday.
Orestimba’s frosh-soph team lit up the scoreboard at the expense of visiting Bret Harte as the Warriors treated their fans to a 55-0 win in the season opener.
The JV Warriors got on the board in their second possession when J.D. Horton broke free on a 46-yard touchdown run. Angel Navarro hit the point after to make it 7-0.
Then the Warrior defense came up big. The Bullfrogs rolled the dice on fourth-and-4, but Horton and Vincent Lopez made the stop to give Orestimba the ball back at the BH 38. Horton made the Bullfrogs pay with a 34-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
A 42-yard punt return by Lopez set up the Warriors’ third score. That return let Orestimba start on the BH 19, and two plays later Cyrus Carpenter hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Diaz. The Warriors added the two-point conversion when Lopez scrambled into the end zone after the snap went awry on the PAT kick attempt.
A fumble recovery by Drake Perez gave Orestimba the ball back at the BH 22. The Warriors needed just one play to capitalize, as Diaz hit Julian Perez with a scoring strike to make it 29-0.
Orestimba was far from done at that point.
Another big defensive play - this time by Carpenter - stopped a Bullfrog gamble on fourth down and put the ball back into Orestimba’s hands at the BH 41. Three plays later, Diaz and Lopez teamed up for a 34-yard touchdown pass to send the Warriors into intermission with a 37-0 lead.
The Bret Harte turnovers and Orestimba points kept coming in the second half. Orestimba’s Jacob Linares came up with a fumble recovery on the BH 34, setting the stage for a 27-yard touchdown run by Drake Perez.
Drake Perez came up with a pick six moments later, returning an interception 57 yards for a touchdown and a 49-0 lead.
Kai Brazil wrapped up the scoring on a 57-yard touchdown run for the Warriors.
Head coach Mario Martins said the Warriors were strong on both sides of the ball in the opener.
“We were able to put a lot of points on the board, minimize mistakes and limit penalties. It was a clean game for our offense,” he commented. “Defensively we were solid all night long, creating turnovers and giving our offense a short field to work with. We were able to swarm to the ball and tackle well. We made the big plays at the right time, and that’s what we are shooting for all season long.”
Horton led the Orestimba offense with 96 rushing yards and two scores.
Diaz threw for 72 yards and three touchdowns. Lopez had 37 receiving yards.
Brazil anchored the defense with 10 tackles. Horton had five tackles, while Drake Perez and Carpenter were each credited with four tackles.
Orestimba visits Hughson Friday as pre-league play continues.