Colusa 26 – Winters 31
Colusa saw its eight game win streak come to end in Winters last Friday as despite rallying in the fourth quarter, the RedHawks could not overcome a season high five turnovers and, as a result, fell in the Sacramento Valley League game.
Aiden Selover got the RedHawks on the board in the first quarter, scoring from three yards out, and Sutter Moss tacked on six more points with a touchdown reception in the second. But Colusa still found itself in unfamiliar territory down 13-21 at halftime.
After the Warriors added 10 unanswered points in the third, the RedHawks countered with a touchdown run by Hayden McCarty and Landon Humphrey reception for a second score, but ultimately it wasn’t enough.
On the night, Colusa was outgained 372 to 243 in total yards of offense, which was its second lowest output this season.
Head coach Mikey Badaluco summed up the game by saying, “We made a million mistakes. We turned it over five times and lost by five points.”
The RedHawks also struggled defensively, having trouble containing Warrior running backs Gio Jimenez and Justice Madsen, who ended the night with 143 and 136 yards, respectively.
Despite the loss, Dominic Salazar, last week’s CalHi Sports Defensive Player of the Week, finished with 16 tackles, while fellow linebacker William McCoy collected 13, including a sack.
Colusa (8-1, 3-1) looks to bounce back this Friday at home when East Nicolaus (8-1, 4-0), the SVL’s first place team, comes to town.
Pierce 7- Durham 26
It was a tough night on the road for the Bears as they suffered their second straight SVL setback.
Head Coach Anthony Tapia said that despite chances, his team turned the ball over on downs twice, then complicated matters by losing two fumbles.
Pierce got its lone touchdown on the first drive of the second half, after inserting running back Manuel Lopez into the lineup for the first time since Oct. 7, when he suffered an injury against Colusa.
While Lopez scored to make it a five-point game, Tapia didn’t feel he looked completely like himself and held him out for the remainder of the game.
Although no statistics were provided, Tapia said he was pleased that the offense was able to gain some traction through the air against Durham.
This week, Pierce (4-5, 1-3) looks to get back on track when it hosts Winters (4-5, 2-2) in the final regular season game of the year.
Williams 20 – Trinity 48
Mid-Valley League foe Trinity had its high-powered offense in gear from the get-go and, as a result, handed the Yellowjackets their second consecutive loss in conference play.
Without throwing a pass, the Wolves put up 32 first half points before the ‘Jackets could find their bearings in the cool mountain air.
It wasn’t until the third quarter that Williams found the end zone, making good when quarterback Adrian Solis hit receiver Alan Rodriguez on a 35-yard pass.
Solis then connected with Miguel Villanueva for the Yellowjackets’ second score of the third quarter.
And while Williams got a touchdown in the fourth quarter, on a run by Jose Campos, it wasn’t enough to offset the damage done by the Wolves’ offense, which marched up and down the field with relative ease, outgaining the ‘Jackets 466 to 348, despite not throwing a pass.
Solis finished the game with 150 passing yards and 63 rushing, Campos carried 22 times for 106 yards, while Leo Trujillo made three receptions for 79 yards to lead the offense.
For the Jacket defense, Izael Velazquez tied for the game-high tackles with 13, while Angel Munoz finished with nine.
Things don’t get any easier for Williams (2-7, 2-2) this week as they close out the regular season at home against first place Hamilton City (8-1, 4-0) on Friday night. ■