The first time that Anthony Cota found the end zone Friday night, he made it look easy.
A handoff to the right side, Cota sliced back to the left and weaved his way through the Grace Davis defense and sauntered in for the game’s first score – a 16-yard trot that proved his bruising effort last week against Tracy didn’t have any lasting effects.
What nobody in the stadium knew, however, was that he was just getting started.
Once the final seconds ticked off of the scoreboard at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, the Sierra senior had racked up 175 yards on 17 carries and set a school record with seven rushing touchdowns in the Timberwolves’ 52-6 rout of the visiting Spartans. They improved to 2-0 in non-league action.
The success, he said, was a testament to the fluidity of the offense and how well everybody executed their given assignments.
“There was great blocking out there tonight and that really helped us come out here tonight and put up a good win. We played good defense – it was just a good team win,” Cota said. “I felt good tonight. With the job that the line did it was easy for me to find the room I needed.
“Everything is coming together the way that we want it to right now. This is by far the best team that I’ve ever played on and I think that it really showed tonight.”
And save for a single play, Sierra would have pitched a shutout in a contest that allowed for early substitutions on both sides of the ball.
Late in the second quarter, Grace Davis’ Joshua Bocanegra took an inside handoff and dashed 60 yards up the middle for the team’s only score of the game – they had only accrued a pair of first downs prior to that and only added add two more in the entire game.
Seeing his team come back from the shootout last week against former Valley Oak League opponent Tracy and execute so spectacularly was something that head coach Jeff Harbison was proud to see.
“I think that we did a great job shutting them down on both sides of the ball tonight – everything was working well for us,” Harbison said. “Our offensive line did a great job and our blocking in general was great and Anthony did an amazing job running the ball. He has such great vision and he was able to see the field so well because the wide receivers and the backs did an outstanding job with their blocks tonight.
“The good thing about a game like this is that we were able to substitute early and give some guys a chance to perform in a game situation. Everybody got valuable playing time and that’s a big benefit.”