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Sierra captures first VOL title

Davis throws 4 TDs; Daniels has record night

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Sierra captures first VOL title

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POSTED November 14, 2009 2:28 a.m.
Sierra High knew what it had to do to close out its Valley Oak League season, and there was nothing the Weston Ranch Cougars could do about it during a 35-14 league championship clinching victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

Sierra built a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a trio of Jonathan Davis touchdown passes and never looked back, outgaining the Cougars by nearly 300 yards in the first half.

The Timberwolves’ performance was not flawless, but it was good enough to pull down a share of the first championship in varsity football history.

“We just wanted our kids to come out in that second half and play inspired,” Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison said. “They didn’t really play inspired early. We know these kids can play, so our main goal was for the kids to come out and play four quarters of inspired football.”

Sierra (6-1, 9-1 overall) could taste the league title before leaving the field for halftime. The Cougars’ first five drives all ended in punts, giving a stingy Sierra defense all the momentum it would need.

Offensively, Sierra rested on the right shoulder of Davis, who tossed for scores on two of his first three passes. The senior signal caller found Jarrod Daniels on a 62-yard slip screen and then went back to the play for a 30-yard score to Thomas Contreras-Holmes.

Davis went 7-for-13 passing for 187 yards and finished with four TD passes. Hall proved to be his primary target, hauling in four passes for 86 yards and his customary game-changing big play.

“We just have an amazing quarterback who always steps up when we need him,” Hall said. “Our line did a good job holding up, and we were able to get the job done.”

Weston Ranch (2-5, 3-7) was able to muster up some success late in the second half, but the Cougars’ rough start slipped them into a hole they couldn’t escape.

After squandering a first-and-goal opportunity from the Sierra 1-yard-line, Weston Ranch was able to find the end zone when quarterback Ronnie Collins hit Chris Contreras for a 10-yard pass.

“That’s the main thing for me is these guys could have easily given up, even on the season,” Cougar head coach Mike Hale. “I think they came out in that first half and had it in their minds that they could play with these guys and it showed. They hit us on a couple of big plays, but the thing is they’re a good team and you cannot afford to make those mistakes because they’ll capitalize.”

The Timberwolves added two second-half scores on a 2-yard plunge from Daniels and a 35-yard pass from Davis to Hall. Daniels finished the game with just over 40 yards rushing, but the senior standout would add a pair of school records as well.

Daniels etched his name into the record books by becoming Sierra’s single-season touchdown record holder and the school’s all-time career rushing leader. Both records were previously held by Daniel Teicheira.

Now the Timberwolves will have to put together a solid week of preparation for their first round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III home game. Sierra will likely find out who its next opponent is over the weekend, yet the squad already knows it is in for a challenge.

“This upcoming week I think we have to get after it,” Harbison said. “We went very light this week because we were so banged up from Oakdale (44-42 win last Friday) and we can’t do that because it seems to really affect the mentality come Friday night..

“So we’re going to pad it up Monday thru Thursday and we’re going to get after it.”
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