Orestimba’s frosh-soph Warriors made the long trip to Golden Sierra (Garden Valley) well worth their while Friday.
The defense set the tone by forcing an early turnover.
The offense capitalized.
And the JV Warriors were off and running on their way to a 44-0 victory.
The fireworks started in the game’s opening moments, when Cyrus Carpenter recovered a Golden Sierra fumble to give the West Siders possession at the Grizzlies’ 20. Facing a third-and-long, quarterback Jordan Diaz hit Vincent Lopez on a screen play that went for a 29-yard touchdown. Lopez added the two-point conversion to put the Warriors up 8-0.
Lopez extended the Orestimba lead with a special teams touchdown, bringing a punt back 61 yards for a touchdown. Angel Navarro added the conversion to make it a 15-0 game.
Orestimba stretched its lead to 22-0 when J.D. Horton scored on a 14-yard run. A 17-yard reception by Horton and a 12-yard completion to Julian Perez helped set up that score.
Orestimba continued to roll in the second half.
A screen play to Horton went for 39 yards and a touchdown to make it 29-0.
The defense came up big again on Golden Sierra’s following drive. The Grizzlies rolled the dice and faked a punt, but Carpenter stripped the football and Adrian Reyes came up with the recovery at the Golden Sierra 35.
On the next play, Lopez went the distance to put another touchdown on the board for the Warriors. For the second time on the night, Lopez found his way into the end zone for the two-point conversion after the snap on the PAT kick went awry, making it a 37-0 game.
Orestimba put the exclamation mark on the win when Perez picked off a pass and Drake Perez scored on a 29-yard run on the following play.
“Offensively we put points on the board both passing and running the ball, which kept us pretty balanced. However, we still made mistakes that cost us field position and kept points off the board. We have to clean things up or those types of mistakes will cost us close games,” said head coach Mario Martins. “Defensively, we played another solid game, attacking the ball and causing turnovers that gave our offense a short field to work with.”
The JV Warriors have two shutouts to their credit in three non-league games and have given up just 14 points.
Diaz threw for 139 yards and two scores.
Lopez rolled up 126 all-purpose yards, while Horton had 81 rushing yards and 56 receiving yards. Perez collected 54 rushing yards on the night.
Kai Brazil was a defensive leader with 11 tackles. Perez had eight tackles to go with his interception. Carpenter was on the stat sheet with five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Geraldo Torres was credited with five tackles.
Orestimba has a bye this week before opening Southern League play Sept. 20 at Mariposa.