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Daniels breaks T’wolves rushing record

Sierra survives early scare as star RB scores 5 TDs

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POSTED October 17, 2009 2:13 a.m.
It was a record day for Jarrod Daniels.

Against visiting Central Valley on Friday, the Sierra High senior running back rushed for 291 yards, breaking Daniel Teicheira’s school record of 277 for most yards in a game. Daniels’ five touchdowns tied the mark set by Teicheira, who did it as a sophomore against Los Banos.

But more importantly, the Timberwolves toppled the visiting Hawks, 49-20, remaining in a first-place tie with Oakdale in the Valley Oak League.

Sierra (3-0, 6-0) rebounded from a sluggish first half, turning the ball over a total of five times. Included were two interceptions returned for scores in the second quarter.

“You can’t spot a good team with 14 points,” said Timberwolves coach Jeff Harbison.

Thanks to the pair of pick-six by Terrence Sandler and Vicente Lopez, respectively, Central Valley managed to keep pace with Sierra shortly before half time, 21-20.

But a turnover by the Hawks – Daniels batted down a pass into the hands of linebacker John Perez, who rambled from midfield to the 10 – in the waning seconds, leading to Adrian Valencia’s 10-yard scoring strike to Thomas Contreras-Holmes.

Valencia took over for injured quarterback Jonathan Davis.

The third quarter belonged to Daniels.

With his team nursing a 28-20 lead, he scored on runs of 75-, 2-, and 35- yards.

“Credit our receiver for their downfield blocking,” Harbison said.

He was pleased with his team ratcheting it up defensively after the intermission. “We weren’t doing a very good job stopping their sweep (in the first half),” said Harbison.

Lopez, in particular, did most of the damage during that time, rushing for a bulk of his team-high 141 yards.

Sierra scored on its second possession of the game, with Davis leading the charge by connecting on a pair of big passing plays to Contreras-Holmes and Anthony Hall, who hauled in the 62-yard touchdown.

Moments later, the Timberwolves had good field position after defensive back Aaron Manuta led the way in stuffing Central Valley on a fourth-down play.

Two plays later, Daniels scored the first touchdown of his record-setting evening, running behind the offensive line of Adam Bennett, Jose Cortez, Nick Baker, Alex Trujillo, and Levi Baldi.

His long runs were also helped out by the blocking of receivers’ Udoka Uwakwe, Grant Widmer, Hall and Contereras-Holmes, to name a few.

Defensively, T.J. Sataua and Cody Dias both came through with several quarterback sacks.

Next up for Sierra is Sonora.
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