Orestimba’s junior varsity Warriors endured a tough lost in their home opener in front of their home crowd on Aug. 27 against the Hughson Huskies.
The Huskies took advantage of big plays in the first half that the Warriors could not answer back to and they went on to a 20-0 win over the West Siders.
Orestimba started the game with a solid effort as Jericko Silva stepped in front of a pass in the Huskies redzone and took it back to Hughson’s own 45-yard line. The Warriors began to get some traction and momentum as quarterback Jacob Velenzuela hit receiver Jacob Mar on a 15-yard pass to put them at the 30-yard line. But from there the Huskies took full control over the West Siders, ending their drive to the endzone and coming up with a huge passing play of 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Warriors once again were looking for a turning point when Juan Esquivez went to work on a 22-yard run and a 15-yard run to put the Warriors in great field position. But the game started to slowly slip away from Orestimba as they fell into penalties that allowed Hughson to once again come up with a huge passing play of 77 yards right down the field for a touchdown to make it 13-0 going into the half.
“Defensively we played toe to toe with Hughson, but what hurt us was the two big plays,” said Coach Mario Martins.
Starting the second half the Warriors punted the ball to the Huskies and on a good return they set up camp on Orestimba’s own 35-yard line. With a short field the Huskies marched down the gridiron scoring their final points and taking the lead 20-0 early in the third quarter, where they ended their scoring for the night.
Juan Esquivez led Orestimba offensively with 62 yards rushing and 17 yards receiving, right behind him was Jacob Velenzuela who had 48 yard passing and 20 rushing yards, while Mar chipped in 14 receiving yards, and Mateo Navarro added in 12 receiving.
Silva was the Warrior’s leader on the defensive side of the ball with five tackles total, one interception and one sack. While Drew Felber, Derek Rosas, and Nick Cuevas each added in another five tackles for the Orestimba defense.
Martins after the game told his players that they played toe to toe with one of the best teams in the TVL and they should be real proud.
The next match for Orestimba are the 1-1 Los Banos Tigers. They have good skill position players with a solid line. Martins explained that if they can just improve on a few things he believes they will be able to compete really well with a solid WAC team and take them into League ready to go.
The JV Warriors will play the Tigers at 5:30 p.m. Friday at home.