Wendover passes up Warriors
West Wendover quarterback Danny Zacharias completed seven passes for 178 yards as the visiting Wolverines defeated the Whittell Warriors 40-6 in their Nevada 2A opener Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
“We went out flat,” Warrior coach Anthony Esquivel said. “We were really breaking down fundamentally.”
While there was not much they could do about the solid aerial assault led by Zacharias and receiver James Nichols, the Warriors did seem to be in the right places against the run.
Unfortunately, they weren’t able to finish their tackles.
“Tackling really killed us,” Esquivel said. “We seemed to have a man on the ball carrier every time, but we only got a hand on them, and as you know, hands don’t do the job.”
Although the score was lopsided throughout the game, the Warriors refused to give up.
With their pride on the line and time running out, the Warriors drove the ball down field and reached the end zone for their first score of the early season.
Warrior Quarterback Nick Lowe, who was able to buy extra time when running back Joey Massa took on two blitzing defenders, threw a 35-yard bomb downfield to wide receiver Carey White, who corralled it in at the 3- yard line.
On the ensuing play, Massa surged forward to the 1 as the final seconds continued ticking off the clock.
Seeing that they were almost out of time, Lowe hollered for everyone to get set and with only three seconds left on the clock, he snapped the ball and pulled a quarterback sneak through the line and in to the end zone.
“That was very good thinking by Nick,” Esquivel said. “I was very impressed. They never gave up.”
Even though they didn’t get the result they wanted, Esquivel and the coaching staff were quick to mention players like Jake Summers, Massa, Dean Moore and Parker Fox, who collectively brought a lot of intensity to the game from start to finish.
This week the Warriors will continue to work on the fundamentals as they prepare for a road game against Carlin on Friday night. Both players and coach know the importance of winning.
“Every game is a must-win for us,” Esquivel said. “We are really trying to turn this program around.”
Summers agreed with his coach.
“We have to win at Carlin,” he said. “Both Carlin and the Incline game are really important for us.”
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