GHS football

Photo courtesy of Paige Lampson

The Warriors’ Luis Suarez helps tackle a Rio Linda player March 27 in the second game of the season.

A slim first half lead gave way to a second half deficit in the Galt Warriors’ second football game of the week after they faced Rio Linda at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field March 27.

The Warriors had led 8-7 before the Knights – a late replacement after Rosemont had a positive COVID-19 case) scored twice in the second half to come away with the 21-8 road win.

Galt had needed an opponent to replace the Wolverines and Rio Linda contacted Galt head coach Tim Cobleigh to see if they wanted to schedule a game.

“It was actually a week of trying to make a decision on a good fit for today,” Tim Cobleigh said after the game. “We wanted someone who was super competitive but who was also kind of going through the same thing with numbers and whatnot. Coach had contacted me and it felt like a good matchup.”

The Knights, who won the 2018 California Interscholastic Federation 5-AA State Championship, saw Juan Black score twice and Anthony Grahn once as they moved past the Warriors and evened their record at 1-1.

Tyler Zulim scored on a reception on a throw by quarterback Vicktor Garcia in the first quarter for the Warriors, with Kenny Tran scoring on a two-point conversion run.

The Warriors fell to 0-2 with the loss and are looking to bounce back as they face crosstown rival Liberty Ranch at Liberty Ranch in the Dairy Bowl.

Although they were again limited to just one touchdown, Cobleigh appreciated the improvement he saw on the field Saturday.

“They played way better today than they did Tuesday but they only played two quarters of football. We’re getting them there. We’re trying to get them motivated, getting in shape the best we can and just keep moving forward,” said Cobleigh.

With a shutout in place until the fourth quarter in a rare Tuesday game, the Bradshaw Christian Pride quickly took over their game against the Warriors in the season opener with a 41-6 win over Galt.

The Pride hosted the Warriors and honored their seniors after the game in an impactful start to their short season.

Bradshaw Christian scored twice in the first quarter, with the second touchdown scored by senior Noah Darchuk with 2:25 remaining before the Pride added a two-point conversion to bring their lead to 14-0.

“I’m very proud of this group because I think we dressed out 15 juniors and seniors and the rest were underclassmen. We have 20 total and for them to battle and play as well as they did was awesome, it was really cool to see,” Pride head coach Drew Rickert said afterward.

The Pride’s defense shone as well, as Jaylen Patterson intercepted the ball with 0:58 left in the quarter after the ball was deflected on a reception attempt by the Warriors.

The Pride scored twice more in the second quarter as quarterback Jonathan Wiser scored on a one-yard run with 1:29 left and scored again on another keeper for the 27-0 halftime lead.

Toward the end of the third quarter, Anthony Tornatore scored on a two-yard run with 4:39 left for a 34-0 lead after the PAT kick.

Despite the Warriors’ issues as they attempted to advance the ball, they had several potentially potent moments, including getting the ball into the red zone in the third quarter and intercepting a pass with 1:01 left on their own 20 yard line in the third quarter.

Cobleigh admitted that without a scrimmage, there was some rust going into the game, which was rescheduled from March 19, and that they’ll be working on more fundamentals ahead of Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Rio Linda.

Galt’s originally scheduled game for Saturday against Rosemont was cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 case on Rosemont’s team.

“One of the most important things we told the kids about this year is that it’s about blocking, it’s about tackling and it’s about doing your job and they have to understand that when we get put on the football field we have a job to do. That’s what we’re going to focus on going into Saturday,” Cobleigh said.

Neither possession led to points, however, and the Warriors had to wait until the final quarter for a TD.

Levi Humphreys stripped the ball as the Pride was attempting to score in the red zone, and Joseph Ortiz later ran the ball in for a touchdown with 8:04 left. The Warriors’ two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful and the score remained at 34-6.

Tornatore scored again on a 26-yard run to end the game with the 41-6 final score after the PAT kick.

In looking ahead to Thursday’s Dairy Bowl, Cobleigh declined to make a prediction when asked if he felt the game would be close, playing it safe instead.

“I think this is going to be a fantastic football game this Thursday night. I think both squads are going to bring everything they’ve got.”

The Dairy Bowl will take place at Liberty Ranch High School at 7:15 p.m., and will be open to immediate household members only due to Sacramento County health guidelines related to COVID-19.