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April 18, 2006 > Warriors need to regroup

Warriors need to regroup

by Biff Jones

The California Warriors of the Golden Coast Football League opened their season Saturday March 25 against the Bay Ticket 49er's of Redwood City at Newark Junior High. The Warriors struggled offensively as they were defeated by a score of 28-0.

The Warriors, who play in the Bay Area Conference or NFC division of the GCFL, as do the 49er's, then hosted the Stockton Cobras of the Valley Conference or AFC division of the GCFL, on Saturday April 1. Despite losing starting quarterback, Devin Terrell, to injury early in the game, they were able hold on for their first victory of the season, 14-13, and even their record at 1-1.

Next up for the Warriors was an away game against NFC rival Oakland Vipers on Saturday, April 8. The first half turned out to be struggle between the two teams as the Warriors offense was filled with many turnovers, but the defense played tough to keep the game close. In the second half the Warriors defense finally broke down and the Vipers came away with a 25-7 victory, thus dropping the Warriors record to 1-2.

With their 1-2 record, the Warriors were tied for third in the five team NFC. Returning home this past Saturday, the 15th, the Warriors had to take on undefeated (3-0) and NFC leading Northern California Lawmen, playing out of Concord. The Lawmen proved to be too much for the Warriors as the Lawmen led 33-0 at half-time. Then with a little over seven minutes to play in the ball game, Warriors running back, Lopaka Amantiad, suffered a severe arm injury.

Play was then stopped as medical and fire personnel were summoned to the field. Once the medical people arrived and were able to immobilize the player's arm, they carried him to a waiting personnel response vehicle for transport to the nearest medical facility. As he was being loaded onto the vehicle, one of Amantiad's fellow team members told him to relax and jokingly said he would see him at practice next week. Although it appeared Amantiad will be OK, it is doubtful he will be playing any more this season. At that point, with the Lawmen leading 43-0, it was decided to discontinue play and end the game, even though over seven minutes remained. Thus the Warriors record fell to 1-3.

For the Warriors, it is time to regroup and soon. This Saturday's game, April 22nd, will again be on the Newark Junior High Campus, 6201 Lafayette Avenue, Newark (corner Newark Blvd and Lafayette), with kick-off slated for 1:00 p.m. Their opponent is NFC foe, North Bay Rattlers, playing out of Santa Rosa. After this week's game, the Warriors play four of their last five regular season games on the road. So even with a record of 1-3, the playoffs are still within reach, as only the fifth or last place team in each division is eliminated from the playoffs. But now is the time to get things turned around, especially on the "O" side of the ball, or the season will soon have an ending in sight.

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