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SIERRA'S FIRST

Daniels helped team reach unprecedented heights with record year

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SIERRA'S FIRST

All-Area Football Player of the Year Jarrod Daniels set single-season and career rushing marks at Sierra High in 2009.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED December 27, 2009 1:53 a.m.
Jarrod Daniels finished what Daniel Teicheira started at the beginning of this decade.

It began with promise for Sierra High’s football team, as Teicheira, with legs as strong as they were fast, set program varsity records as a freshman and sophomore and gave Valley Oak League teams reason for worry.

But the budding superstar running back died in a car accident on July 1, 2002. His legacy was forever preserved when the school’s football facility — Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium — was dedicated in his honor a year later.

Daniels, the Bulletin’s All-Area Football MVP, broke four of Teicheira’s records this past season and helped lift the program to new heights.

The Timberwolves (11-2) qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time in 2008. This past fall they captured a share of their first VOL title and set a program record with most wins.

Daniels was named MVP of the league and is the first Sierra player to earn the recognition.

His program records will be tough to match: most single-game rushing yards (296), most single-season touchdowns (33), most single-season rushing yards (1,813) and most career rushing yards (2,939). Daniels also tied Teicheira’s record of most touchdowns in a game with five.

Daniels is proud of the individual records, and there’s no reason for him not to be. But he is most impressed with what the historic 2008 and 2009 teams did for the school.

“If I were to break all those records and we only won four games, they wouldn’t mean anything,” he said. “The team accomplishments to me mean a whole lot more than the individual records.

“I feel like we put Sierra on the map the past two years. For a longtime it was known as a .500 team, but not anymore. I think now a lot of people respect Sierra. They know we’re the real deal, not just a walkover team.”

After beating the city’s former king of high school football, Manteca, for the second straight year, the biggest hurdle Sierra had left to clear was Oakdale — the two-time defending champion that had never lost to the T’Wolves in a varsity football game and was undefeated in league at its home field, The Corral, since 2001.

Daniels did his part by rushing for 119 yards and three touchdowns, but he was taken to the hospital as a precaution after getting pummeled by a late hit in the third quarter.

He never got to see Anthony Hall nail a 40-yard game-winning field goal to cap one of the greatest single-game efforts by an individual at the school. Hall earlier converted from 50 and 45 yards out and returned an interception 95 yards for a score.

Sierra’s monumental 44-42 win led to the title share, and Daniels received the news via text message while lying on a hospital bed. His injury turned out to be a neck stinger.

“It was tough, man,” he said. “I had to watch the rest of it on film, but we won.”

Sierra advanced to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, defeating Mira Loma (59-6) and Benicia (40-39) along the way. Its season ended in Sacramento with a 39-10 loss to Del Campo, which stunned favored Inderkum 16-12 the following week for the D-III title.

“It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, obviously, but we had some success and some great things happened,” Daniels said. “Knowing that we lost to the section champion, it’s not something we’re exactly proud of, but if it’s going to be (a season-ending loss) against someone I don’t mind it being them.”
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