The tradition of the long-standing Gustine-Orestimba football rivalry game grew even deeper after last Friday night’s game when these two teams battled it out. Both came into the game tied evenly at 36-36-2. For three straight quarters Orestimba was able to come out on top with a 26-7 victory, taking the lead in the series, and claiming the top prize of the Chief and bragging rights for life.  

“To play in this game meant a lot to each player especially the seniors and the energy that night was amazing. I know every one of them put in a 100 percent effort that night,” said Gustine Head coach Ronnie LaBry.

Aaron Souza, his Orestimba counterpart, agreed.

“That game was excellent, there was an electric atmosphere that night from the crowds to the students sections and I know it was even more hyped up with the big news station there.”

Orestimba took a 14-0 lead in the first half, and scored two more touchdowns in the second half compared to the Gustine Reds’ only score that took place in the third quarter. But the Warriors defense was able to prevent the Reds from entering the endzone, setting the stage for Orestimba to come out on top. 

Afterward, Orestimba players and fans celebrated on the field, surrounding The Chief, the wooden statue which goes to each year’s winner.

Lazs King (17 carries for 101, 2 TD) and Vincent Lopez ( 7 for 12, 140 yards, 14 carries for 130 yards , 2 TD) were the two Warriors who were able to lead their team to a victory Friday night with their outstanding rushing abilities.

King opened up the first quarter with a 12-yard rushing touchdown that was set up in great field position by his team to put them up 7-0.

In the second quarter it was King once that was able to capitalize off great field position and found the endzone on a great 33-yard run that extended the Warriors lead 14-0 in the half.

Orestimba controlled the football and took their momentum into the second half. Eventually they scored early in the third, on a 5-yard quarterback keeper from Lopez to go up 20-0. 

Then the Reds were able to find some life and success in moving the ball down the field and were able to answer back with a touchdown of there own when senior quarterback Gio Quezada (3 completions on 9 attempts for 57 yards, 12 carries for 15 yards, 1 TD) was able to muscle pass the defense into the endzone on a 1-yard rush. The extra point was missed and the Reds slightly closed the gap trailing by just two touchdowns. 

But the Warriors would answer on their next possession with another touchdown from Lopez, were he was able to use his legs once again and take the ball from 14 yards out for the Warriors score. They increased their lead to 27-6.

The Reds would desperately look for a score opportunity throughout the remainder of the third quarter and the full length of the fourth, but were unable to be successful and put the ball into the endzone. Time expired with the final score of 27-6.

“It was pretty close until the second half. I feel like the momentum was taken from us when we ran into trouble with a holding call, pass interference, and a big passing play from Orestimba and the game just got away from us,” said LaBry. “But my team went out there and battled every minute and I’m proud of them all.”

“I have to give it up to my offensive line because they did great for our ground game to be successful that night,” said Souza. “Along with that defensively we played great, flying to the ball, stopping their run offense, and only allowing one score.”

The Warriors were able to put up 421 yards (161 yards passing, 260 yards rushing) offensively compared to the Reds 125 yards (57 yards passing, 68 yards rushing) on the night.

Orestmba’s defense helped pave the way for the victory by having six sacks, seven tackle for losses, a blocked field, and numerous tackles on the night.

Julian Perez (3 receptions for 104 yards), Kai Brazil (5 carries for 29 yards), and Jayden Vargas (2 receptions for 27 yards) were other key factors in the Warriors win.

As for the Gustine Reds Zander Leyva (9 carries for 45 yrads, 2 receptions for 37 yards), Danny Hernandez (1 reception for 27 yards) were others who helped the offense.

On the defensive side of the ball Hernandez lead the way with 9 total tackles and two sacks, Mateo Gallichio added seven, Christian Garcia recorded five, Gio Torres chipped in four, while Alex Ramirez and Jose Garibaldi each put three tackles on their stats sheet.

This upcoming week both Orestimba and Gustine have earned a playoff spot advancing to the 2021 CIF Sac-Joaquin Football Playoffs Division VI. The Warriors received the number nine seed facing off against the number eight seed Linden Lions (10-4 overall; 6-0 SDL) at Linden High, while the Reds received the number 10 seed facing off against the number seven seed Liberty Ranch (6-3 overall; 4-2 SVCL) at Liberty Ranch High in Galt. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.