Sierra's big 4th quarter pleases homecoming fans

October 25, 2008 

MANTECA -- Sierra High's large homecoming crowd made quarterback Bryan Flores a little self-conscious.

The senior felt a little more comfortable after throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in a 38-14 victory over Sonora at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium on Friday.

"I have to admit I was a little nervous," Flores said. "But our offense came out firing, our defense held them to seven points (early) and we did our job just like the coaches said."

Sierra (6-1, 4-0 VOL) opened up a slim 17-14 lead with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including two scores after Sonora turnovers.

Less than a minute after Sonora closed the gap to three points, on quarterback Matt Relei's 5-yard run, the Timberwolves put the game away with Anthony Hall's 57-yard touchdown catch from Flores to make the score 24-14.

The Wildcats (6-2, 1-2 VOL) fumbled three plays later, giving Sierra the ball back on the Sonora 17. Jarrod Daniels had the spirited crowd chanting his name after a 10-yard run to put the Timberwolves ahead 31-14 with 9:27 to play.

"We couldn't be happier with what the kids did," Sierra coach Jeff Harbison said. "They didn't let anything get them down. Sonora fought back. We know we can score when we need to."

Sonora had a tough time moving the ball in the first half, unable to sustain a drive of more than five plays and giving its defense no rest. Relei finished with 58 yards on 7 of 17 completions.

The Wildcats got on the board when Colin Kelly stripped the ball from Sierra's Elvyn Rodriguez, after a 6-yard catch and took off on a 40-yard touchdown run.

Sonora totaled 226 yards to Sierra's 280.

Flores threw for 234 yards on 15 of 26 completions, with a 25-yard scoring pass to Ryan Erion in the third quarter.

Erion also threw a touchdown pass, tossing to Daniels for a 13-yard score on a flea flicker in the second quarter.

OAKDALE 42, WESTON RANCH 0, at Oakdale -- Nicky Batteate had only six carries, but he made good use of his limited playing time, rushing for 133 yards and scoring two touchdowns as the Mustangs (5-2, 4-0) won their fifth in a row by shutting out the Cougars (2-5, 1-3). It was the second consecutive shutout for Oakdale, which has allowed just nine points in its last three games.

Batteate's 78-yard TD opened the second quarter, then Isaiah Mendez-Borba burst in from 16 yards and Tanner Combs hit Nathan Madsen with a 32-yard TD pass for a 21-0 halftime lead. Combs was 8 of 16 for 132 yards and 2 TDs, hitting Tyler Murdock on a 52-yard TD in the third.

CENTRAL VALLEY 30, EAST UNION 10, at Manteca -- It took the Hawks (3-4, 1-3) a while to get rolling, but once they did, there was no stopping on them as they scored the final 30 points to top the Lancers (0-6, 0-4). EU jumped ahead on Dennis Johnson's 10-yard pass to Dakota Anderson, but CV closed to within 7-6 at halftime when Vince Lopez scored from 1 yard out.

The Hawks opened up their passing attack in the second half, with Trevor Mew (21 of 25, 318 yards) firing TD passes of 2 and 6 yards to Rick Rogers (9 catches, 126 yards) and 10 yards to Deangelo Williams (10 catches, 141 yards). The Hawks went for 2-pointers after each TD and converted all three, with Mew throwing each time -- twice hitting the 6-foot-3-inch Williams.

Bee staff contributed to this report.

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