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QB Davis leads Timberwolves past Granada

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QB Davis leads Timberwolves past Granada

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POSTED September 19, 2009 1:04 a.m.
LIVERMORE – Following Sierra High’s stunning 27-26 road win over Division I Granada Friday night, Jonathan Davis, all 5-feet, 6-inches of him, was the biggest football player on the field.

Coming into the contest with the tradition-rich Bay Area program, all of the talk centered around George Atkinson III, son of the former Raider great and a blazing fast tailback who had ripped off 143 yards on six carries in a Week 1 rout of Antioch.

While Atkinson ran for 46 yards on five carries including a 36-yard touchdown, Davis was busy gouging the Matadors for 114 rushing yards on 20 carries, and 210 yards on 18-of-22 passing and three touchdowns through the air.

Meanwhile, Sierra’s defense came up with four monster stops, none bigger than Moses Cordova’s fourth-quarter interception on a deep fade route that the defensive back out-fought Atkinson for.

“Right before the play, (head) coach (Jeff) Harbison said ‘Lock up on (Atkinson),” Cordova said. “If it wouldn’t have been for that, I would’ve gone flat side to do my job.”

The interception set up the T’Wolves on their own 20 yard line with 7:06 left. Twelve plays and 79 yards later, Davis touched his knee down for the last time, giving his team a win to remember.

“People will know who we are now,” Davis said. “We’re a fourth-quarter team; we never give up.”

Davis was quick to deflect the spotlight to his offensive line and his receivers afterward, and for good reason.

Anthony Hall was fantastic, catching eight passes for 102 yards, including the game-winning 22-yard touchdown with 10 minutes left in the fourth.

Jarrod Daniels rushed for 81 yards on 18 hard-nosed carries and a five-yard score that made it 14-14 midway through the second.

Daniels experienced severe calf cramping early in the third and spent most of the second half working the injury out on the sideline.

Daniels re-entered at the start of the final drive and picked up first down runs of six and 18, before diving for his eighth and final yard on a third and seven from Granada’s 8-yard-line, sealing the deal.

Sierra’s offense featured a number of new formations, and although the gadgetry worked at spots, the Timberwolves made hay with their bread and butter.

“Last week, we ran the ball exclusively, and I didn’t think they felt like we could pass the ball,” Sierra offensive coordinator Jeff Abrew said. “Their linebackers and DB’s were playing tight, and Jon exposed them.”

Down 26-21 at the end of the third and facing third-and-4 deep in Matador territory, Davis took a keeper into the pile, spun out of a tackle and broke free for a 43-yard burst.

Davis found Hall on the game-winner a play later.

“Our players played tough, disciplined football tonight,” Harbison said. “With all of their speed, we had to change some of our rules up. We did that, and our players did what we asked of them.

“They showed us a lot tonight, and all we can talk about is the heart of this team.”

Davis hooked up with Udoka Uwakwe on a 48-yard touchdown, and found linebacker-turned-tight end Cody Dias from three yards out on play-action to cap a 21-point second for the T’Wolves.

“We heard all about Granada, but we have a great team too,” Abrew said. “We know that we can compete with anybody, and we’re just happy with the way the guys responded to a big game.”

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