Story by Pete Dufour
Photo by Dave Lawicka (from a previous game)
Placer high grad Marcus Ante threw for 153 yards, completing 11 of 14 passes—three of them for touchdowns—leading Sierra to a 56-28 shellacking of Contra Costa College Saturday in San Pablo.
"Coach (Jim) Gray's defense played about as perfect a first half as you can play," Noonan said. "They have been outstanding in all three games."
"Brian Lee (Woodcreek) and the defensive line, Waylon Cozad and Caleb Mitchell at insider linebacker, Jacob Smith, Sheldon Miller, our leading tackler Cheapell Morris and Jason Johnson played great, just to name a few," Gray said. "When you have five sacks and two interceptions, and give up just one first down in the first half, it's a complete team effort."
But Ante's performance play left a lasting impression on Noonan.
"He doesn't practice like a third stringer, he comes ready to work," Noonan said. "That's what we preach to our guys, and he was a good example for our team in this game."
Sierra (1-2) now hosts College of the Sequoias (2-1), which got a late touchdown to defeat Diablo Valley College 40-35 last weekend. Saturday's kickoff is set for 1 pm at Buzz Ostrom Stadium.