Galt High School started the momentum Friday night against Highland’s football team and never lost it with a final score of Galt 45 and Highlands 8. Highlands gave up points everyway they could, from safeties, field goals, touchdowns and two-point conversions. It was their second game of the season and Galt’s second win.
Tyler Zulim started the scoring and would go on to have four touchdowns by the end of the night. There were also two safeties in the first quarter.
The second quarter started with a score of 15-0. Quarterback Cole Erman threw to Tyler Zulim again for another score with 9:15 left in the first half. Cole Erman was able to run one in himself, making the score 29-0 with 5:50 left in the first half.
Elijah Gomez then intercepted the ball and brought it all the way back to Highland’s five-yard line. Galt was unable to capitalize this time and lost the ball on the fourth down. Highlands took over on the third yard line, and Rafael Pamplona sacked the quarterback in the end zone. Score: 31-0.
Highlands was finally able to break away from the Warrior defense with five minutes left in the third quarter and score a touchdown. They then made good on a two-point conversion and the score was Galt 31, Highlands 8. Galt was not able to progress the ball and gave it back to Highlands.
Elijah Gomez was ready and caught another interception and gave the ball back to the Warriors with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. Relief quarterback Kayson Jones threw another touchdown pass to Tyler Zulim, leaving the third quarter 38-8. Hunter Freeman was kept busy kicking those extra points.
Starting Quarterback Cole Erman says the team is really working well together this season.
“We are just working as a team these days,” said Erman. “Got a new coaching staff and everything is coming together. We’re working as one and not putting our heads down as we get down in points, and we are picking ourselves up throughout the whole game. The new us.”
Highland fumbled and the Warriors recovered on the 45-yard line with 12 seconds left in the third quarter. Jones passes to Zulim one more time for another touchdown, leaving the score 45-8.
When asked what his game strategy was Head Coach Mervin Brookins responded, “We’ve been preaching all week, all year long, our motto is going to stay the same,” said Brookins. “Progress and growth through consistent effort. Our boys consistently got better throughout the game, and it showed. We don’t count wins and losses here. That is not what it is about. We’re building young men, on and off the field, and they showed resilience tonight. Were going to keep doing what we do. The new Warrior football program is here.”
The Warriors will face Colfax away this coming Friday.