Orestimba wrapped up a frosh-soph Southern League champion in emphatic fashion Friday.
The JV Warriors built a 28-6 halftime lead and went on to defeat host Gustine 61-12.
Orestimba finished with an 8-2 record overall and were 6-1 in league play to claim a share of the title along with Ripon Christian and Waterford.
The Reds battled early, making it a one-touchdown game midway through the second, but ultimately had no answer for the depth of the Warriors after intermission.
Orestimba’s defense asserted itself early, when Warrior Kai Brazil forced a Gustine fumble and came up with the football on the game’s first series.
That gave Orestimba a short field, and the Warriors capitalized when J.D. Horton scored on an 11-yard run to make it 6-0.
The Warriors put together a drive of nearly 75 yards on their following possession to extend the lead.
Runs of 14 yards by Brazil and 17 by Julian Perez moved the chains, and Orestimba scored on a 40-yard Vincent Lopez-to-Brazil screen play. Cyrus Carpenter hauled in the pass on the two-point conversion to make it 14-0 with just over a minute to play in the opening quarter.
Gustine quickly went three-and-out on its following possession, but then the Reds’ defense provided a spark.
Giovanni Quezada picked off an Orestimba pass and returned the ball to the Orestimba 14.
On third down, Quezada found Gio Torres open in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass that cut the OHS lead to 14-6.
Then the floodgates opened for the Warriors.
Drake Perez gathered in the ensuing kickoff, broke a couple of tackles and went up the sidelines for an 82-yard touchdown return. That put Orestimba up 20-6 with six minutes to play in the half.
Orestimba scored again before the break when Horton broke off a 26-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion catch by Carpenter extended the Warrior lead to 28-6 with 30 seconds left in the half. A 30-yard run by Jacob Linares helped set up that score.
The Reds caught a break when Orestimba fumbled the second-half kickoff and Gustine recovered at the OHS 46, but were unable to move the ball.
Orestimba took over at the Gustine 47 following a punt, and once again called Horton’s number. He rambled 47 yards for a score, putting the Warriors up 34-6.
It was Horton again three minutes later. He raced 27 yards for a touchdown and Lopez added the point after as Orestimba extended its lead to 41-6 with four minutes left in the third.
Lopez found Julian Perez for a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth.
The Reds got one touchdown back midway through the fourth, when Quezada lofted a strike to an open Alex Ramirez that went for a 77-yard touchdown play.
The Warriors tacked on two late scores, one on a 60-yard touchdown run by Lopez and the final on a pick six by Linares as time expired in the game.
“Our offense played a clean game for the most part, and defensively we were solid all night,” said Orestimba head coach Mario Martins. “Even though this game is always about the rivalry, this win was more important because it gave us a league championship.”
Horton finished with 124 yards and four touchdowns. Lopez threw for 58 yards while rushing for 79.
Brazil led the Warrior defense with seven tackles. Julian Perez was credited with six, while Horton had a hand in four tackles and Carpenter had four tackles. Horton and Carpenter each had a sack.
Gustine finished 2-8 with a young, inexperienced team that improved as the season went on.
“It was truly a learning process for a lot of our guys,” said Gustine head coach Paul Nocito, was the growth and heart the team showed late in the season. If this team continues that team, they can be very successful over the long term.”