Sierra College Roundup

Wolverines Tied For Valley Conference Lead

Wild 23-22 Win Over Sequoias Keeps Sierra In Race
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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There’s a logjam at the top of the Valley Conference football standings and the Sierra College Wolverines find themselves right in the middle of one of the tightest races among the state’s California’s community college leagues.


Thanks to nerve-racking 23-22 win over College of Sequoias last Saturday, the Wolverines improved to 4-4 overall on the season but more importantly 2-1 in conference play. With two games remaining in the regular season, Sierra’s 2-1 mark leaves the Wolverines tied with American River, Fresno and San Joaquin Delta for the conference lead.


“It’s about as tight of a race that I can remember,” said Sierra coach Jeff Tisdel. “Every week in this league there’s a barn burner somewhere.”


While Sierra was holding on to nip the Giants last Saturday, Fresno City rallied to hand San Joaquin Delta its first loss, a 31-28 defeat, and American River outlasted Modesto, 56-49.


In the Sierra win, the Wolverines scored two key points in the second quarter when Zack Starmes returned a blocked point after touchdown kick by the visitors into a 96-yard return. Sierra also blocked an extra point following Sequoias’ final touchdown, a 65-yard fumble return with just less than three minutes to play.


“We were probably looking at overtime,” said Tisdel. “Special teams were big in this game.”


Sierra quarterback Myles Mckee continued to play well as he connected on 18 of 33 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. One of McKee’s scoring strikes was a 76-yarder to Frankie Gomes and another a 75-yarder to Vince Mayle.


On defense, Sierra was led by Luke Arciniega, Mike Saulter and DeVante Bond, all with nine tackles or more.


The Wolverines will jump right back into the frying pan this weekend when they host co-leader San Joaquin Delta in Rocklin at 1 p.m.


“Every game is big from here on out,” said Tisdel. “This thing is probably going to go down to the last weekend.”