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The Orestimba Warriors are back on the gridiron just after finishing their previous season three month ago. The Warriors have been under way these past weeks in preparation for their season opener on Aug. 20 at Rio Vista. Above, running back Kai Brazil runs through an offensive drill during an evening practice.

After weeks of summer voluntary drills and conditioning, Orestimba High’s football Warriors took the field July 26 for their official start of fall practices. 

Head Varsity Coach Aaron Souza and his assistant staff, along with the players, are excited to get back out there with the huge hometown crowd, and also shared that this season they are going to have the best schedule they have ever had.

The Warriors are heading into this season with their eyes set to a league championship, but with that in mind they will have a number of positions to fill before taking the field for their Aug. 20 season opener at Rio Vista.

Souza, with his 47-man roster, has been out on the gridiron and feeling confident each practice, mostly from the summer program they ran. Offensive and defensive plays were input early so during this time around players can run through repetitions.

“I feel like the offense is really ahead of the game right now from our summer,” Souza said. “Along with the amount of time and practices we have gone through I have seen them getting better.”

While a number of skilled players have returned for the Warriors on offense, they will be in search of guys on defense due to most being seniors last season.

“We lost a lot of veteran players from the last year’s team, especially on our defense. We now have just five players returning, so we will be seeing a lot of new faces,” Souza said. 

Along with having to fill defensive spots, Souza also mentioned that  a starting quarterback spot was needed to be filled, as former starting QB Anthony Casillas graduated last year..

“We are bringing up a sophomore quarterback, Alex Millan. First time we are doing this in about two decades,” said Souza. “He’s a smart kid. He never makes a mistake twice, so he learns and I have faith in him to lead the offense.”

There are some big names coming back to help lead and guide the team through each week, such as Jayden Vargas, Kai Brazil, and Devin Davenport just to name a few, shared Souza.

Orestimba will get its first taste of game action Friday, when the Warriors host a pre-season scrimmage having seven other schools participating including their JV squads.

“Before these scrimmages get here I know they are going to be ready and locked in to face off against someone else finally,” said Souza. “Also I want to encourage family and friends to come out to each home game because these boys deserve it after not having a normal season last year.”