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WARRIORS STOP WILLIAMS IN WIN

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By Regina Shiroma

The last time these two teams met, the Cars Plus Rams went home with a championship. However this time around, the story had a different ending. The Rams were undone after suffering a loss to the Pepsi Warriors 16-7 Saturday afternoon at the UOG field.

Rams' Jesse Manglona lays his signature blind side block on Warriors' Justin Andre to protect Rams' QB Will Williams. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams’ Jesse Manglona lays his signature blind side block on Warriors’ Justin Andre to protect Rams QB Will Williams. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Glimpses of splendor defined the Rams team that showed up to play. Their seemingly dynamic style failed them against the tough defense of the Warriors. Will Williams’ usual scrambles in the pocket that usually ended in glorious touchdown-making plays were not the case against the Warriors. Sacks and a loss of yardage were the result of most scrambles, as Williams was unable to find an open receiver and at the same time was swarmed by a host of Warrior defenders. On a few occasions Williams’ was able to grab first downs, in fact at one point, Williams grabbed the first down three times in a row, but all were called back due to a penalty in the backfield.

Throughout the game, the Rams were unable to find their rhythm or gain momentum no thanks to the relentless Warrior defense and aggressive offense.

The Warriors grabbed ahold of a 9-0 lead at the half, and never lost it. Although, early in the third quarter, Williams shone some light on the struggling Rams team after connecting with Jacob Torres to score their first and only touchdown. Jason Baza knocked in the PAT to bring the Rams within two of the Warriors.

Warriors' Sandy Fejeran almost reeled in this long pass in the end zone in the first quarter. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors’ Sandy Fejeran almost reeled in this long pass in the end zone in the first quarter. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors’ Stephen “Juice” Santos thundered right back with a kick-off return touchdown, and kicker Jared Wood’s successful kick put the score at 16-7.

In the first half, after a bad snap by the Rams resulted in a short punt, the Warriors were in dangerous territory for the Rams. However, the Warriors were unable to capitalize on the good field positioning, resulting in a turnover on downs.

Still, the Warriors eager to get on the board recorded two consecutive sacks by Warriors’ Santos and Mike Tamua, pushing the Rams into their own five-yard line and making it third and a long 22 yards. Williams scrambled and took the Rams out of the danger zone, but due to holding in the end zone, officials awarded the Warriors with a safety.

Hosea Ware used his ground game to his advantage, tacking in first down runs to bring his Warriors down the field. Bringing them to second and goal at the one-yard line late in the second quarter, Warriors quarterback Danny Manibusan dove in for the one-yard touchdown. Wood sent the kick through the uprights making the score 9-0.

Warriors’ Ware and Santos were essential forces on their respective sides of the ball. Ware ran hard on the ground, gaining a lot of yardage for his team, while Santos played a part on almost every defensive stop. Through Williams’ scrambles, Santos was just as quick tallying in a few sacks for the day.

For Sunday’s MFL match up, the Angels will face the Falcons at the UOG field at 2:30P.M.

 

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Warriors' Alejo Lujan breaks through the tackle of a Rams defender to make the first down after the reception. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors’ Alejo Lujan breaks through the tackle of a Rams defender to make the first down after the reception. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams' Jacob Torres was able to get past Warriors defender Alex Azcarraga but was unable to come up with the touchdown catch. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams’ Jacob Torres was able to get past Warriors defender Alex Azcarraga but was unable to come up with the touchdown catch. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors' Hosea Ware tries to break free from the tackle of Rams' G.D. West. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors’ Hosea Ware tries to break free from the tackle of Rams’ G.D. West. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors receiver Alex Azcarraga tries to stay in bounds to reel in the catch. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors receiver Alex Azcarraga tries to stay in bounds to reel in the catch. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams' Mathew Cruz punts the ball deep in his own end zone. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams’ Mathew Cruz punts the ball deep in his own end zone. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams' Will Williams tries to escape the tackle of Warriors' Joey Taijeron. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams’ Will Williams tries to escape the tackle of Warriors’ Joey Taijeron. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams' Will Williams looks to connect with receiver Mathew Cruz in the fourth quarter. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams’ Will Williams looks to connect with receiver Mathew Cruz in the fourth quarter. (photo by Regina Shiroma)

Warriors' Casey Cruz was able to force the incomplete pass on Rams' Jacob Torres close to the end zone. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Warriors’ Casey Cruz was able to force the incomplete pass on Rams’ Jacob Torres close to the end zone. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams' Jacob Torres leaps towards the popped up ball to try and complete the reception and score the touchdown late in the fourth quarter. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Rams’ Jacob Torres leaps towards the popped up ball to try and complete the reception and score the touchdown late in the fourth quarter. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

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