Senior defensive back Trey Johnson locks down on Gaither defensive back Amani Oruwariye during a punt. The Warrior’s only score was off of a blocked punt recovered in the end zone.

The Warriors defense played their hearts out according to head coach Andres Perez-Reinaldo, allowing only 3 touchdowns in 16 drives. There weren’t enough opportunities for the Warrior offense to score in Friday/Monday night’s game, for those 13 times we stopped the Cowboys, the Warrior offensive drives were stopped 15 out of 16 times.

“I can’t really think of anyone who stepped up above the rest for this specific game. We all had our ups and downs and no one played perfectly,” said sophomore defensive back Bryce Jones.

Jones made the play that would allow the Warriors to score their only touchdown.  After a penalty called against Gaither high school on a punt from the 19 yard line, they were moved back to the 4 yard line where Jones blocked the punt after coming close 3 times before and 1 more time after that after that. Senior defensive back, Daniel Villar recovered the loose ball for the Warriors in the end zone for the touchdown.

“It felt great finally getting one. The team needed a boost and we got one. The defense and I played our all and did amazing, that’s in my opinion though” said Jones.

Three players for Steinbrenner, senior running back Kendall Pearcey, junior running back Jake Carroll, and junior quarter back Curtis Fitch carried what was present of this Warrior offense.  Carroll and Pearcey were the running game for Steinbrenner with a combined total of 81 rushing yards throughout the night. Fitch passed for 126 yards in the loss.

“What we need to do is watch the film. We need to watch it carefully, look for specific things, and learn from it. That is what in the end will help us. This, along with practice, will help us win next week’s game against Riverview for homecoming” said Jones.

The Warriors (1-4) (0-2 in the district) will face off against the Riverview Sharks (2-4) for their 2012-2013 homecoming game while the Cowboys (4-1) (2-0 in the district) advance in district standings and face off against East Bay (2-3) at home next week.






 Evan Abramson/Staff Writer

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