Wolverine Football Locks Down First Win of the Season

Sierra College Football vs San Mateo (Photo by Dave Lawicka)
Sierra College Football vs San Mateo (Photo by Dave Lawicka)

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.

The Wolverines exploded for a 35-0 lead at intermission and pulled their starters midway through the third period to pick up their first win of the season.
"After a heart-breaking loss last week, and losing our starting quarterback for the second week in a row, we really needed a boost," said Sierra coach Ben Noonan. "Marcus gave that to us. He took over the team in a hostile environment on the road and got us a win. He was our MVP."
Curry, the Sacramento area high school player of the year playing for Folsom last season, was starting in place of Justus Spillner, who was injured the previous week.
On the game's first play, he hit wide receiver Draysean Hudson with screen pass. The speedy receiver, who grew up and played high school ball in nearby Berkeley, outraced the defense up the sideline for a 68-yard score.
Two series later, Ryan Graham, a Lincoln high school product, broke off a 71-yard touchdown run to give the Wolverines a 14-0 lead. 
Ante entered the game and tossed his first college touchdown pass in the second quarter before adding two more scoring strikes to put the game out of reach. One of those passes was a 37-yard strike to receiver Kenny McGloan. It was the former Woodcreek high star's first college touchdown catch.
Ante's other TD pass was a tight-window,16-yard slant to Anthony Friend.
Star receiver Brandon Aiuk had two more touchdown receptions and four catches for 127 yards. He leads NorCal JC receivers with 111 yards per game, and is the state leader in touchdown catches with six.
Graham, who is having a strong season at tailback, added a one-yard rushing score late in the third period. Deante McCullough added a 38-yard scamper just before the final gun to complete the scoring.
Curry played well before he had to leave the game, completing 10 of 12 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. His status for Saturday's home game is unknown at press time.
But as good as Noonan's Air Raid Offense was, the defense may have been even better. The Wolverines first unit held the Comets to just one first down and 11 yards total offense.

"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.