Christopher Bustamante

Christopher Bustamante looks to move past Union Mine’s defense in the Warriors’ game on Oct. 25.

The Galt Warriors have faced a streak of challenging opponents in the past few weeks but the experience has been one that could spur them to grow as they’ve continued to in recent years into an evolving program.

The Warriors had an 0-3 Sierra Valley Conference record entering last week’s game at Union Mine and after facing an equally energetic Union Mine team that was celebrating its homecoming, lost 47-24.

“We’re having a good week of practice and we’re just coming against some better teams out here,” Galt coach Tim Cobleigh said on Oct. 25 afterward.

The Diamondbacks scored three times in the first quarter, including receptions by Koby Springer, Dalton Heikes (two). The Warriors settled for a 32-yard field goal by Ethan Reece with just over four minutes left to put themselves on the scoreboard at 19-3.

Union Mine’s Chase Yielding scored in the second quarter but Kenny Tran scored on a run with 2:18 left to leave the Warriors within decent range of Union Mine at 26-10.

The Diamondbacks added two touchdowns in the third quarter, however, and despite a fumble recovery by Isaac Madrigal near the end of the third quarter, that led to a quarterback keeper five-yard touchdown by Robert Bulahan Jr. at the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors found themselves too deep into the hole the Diamondbacks had created.

“We made some adjustments and stuff with injuries and things of that nature. Guys that can’t practice because they’re hurt but they’re cleared and they’re giving it their all out there. Sometimes the other teams are just a little bit better. We’ll be 100% focused next week though, that’s the goal,” Cobleigh said.

Union Mine scored with 8:18 left and Zach Ciracand the Warriors responded with a three-yard run with 3:04 left along with a PAT kick by Reece to end the scoring.

Bulahan threw for 118 yards and one touchdown, Chris Bustamante rushed for 61 yards, Kenny Tran rushed for 57 yards and Marcelo Lopez had 67 receiving yards.

The Warriors will go for their first league win of the season in the Dairy Bowl when they face cross-town rival Liberty Ranch at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field at Warrior Stadium at 7:30 p.m.