Noah’s Spring Water Team of Week 9: Orestimba’s resilient Warrior’s clinch 2nd straight Southern League title

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Orestimba High’s program was struggling  in the Trans-Valley League, before realignment bumped the Warriors to the smaller Southern League. The TVL, at the time, was among the strongest small-school leagues in California and had produced a handful of state champions.

Injuries were as much a concern as the sizable defeats, and the Section realigned Orestimba to give the struggling school time to rebuild. The process is working, as orestimba-waterthe Warriors beat Delhi 33-26 Friday to clinch their second Southern League crown since returning to the league just two seasons ago. (Photo: Orestimba Coach Aaron Souza in the center, flanked by DB Preston Cruey (left) and DB Josh Dominguez (right).

Realignment coincided with a couple of strong classes coming through the program, and that played a key role in Orestimba going 10-0 and stunning Hughson in the Section playoffs. This year’s lone loss came in Week Zero, to a Mendota team that is now 9-0, and Orestimba will try to extend its winning streak to nine when they host Gustine in their annual West Side rivalry.

Orestimba QB Josh Barron, selected as our Taco Bell Athlete of the Week earlier this season, completed 20 of 35 for 288 yards and 5 TDs, without throwing a pick. He threw 3 TDs to sophomore Tyler Vargas and 2 to senior TE Toby Silva.

The Section is beginning realignment talks for the next cycle, which would go into effect for the 2018-19 schools – that’s after the next two football seasons. Expect Orestimba to move back into the TVL, which is not as daunting as it used to be.

About the Author ()

Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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