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Inspired Twolves throttle Kimball
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TRACY — Sierra’s 57-22 shellacking of Kimball of Tracy on Friday had it all – an interception returned for a touchdown, points taken off the board for an inadvertent whistle only to have them put back up on the next play, an 89-yard hitch-and-pitch for a touchdown and one big play after another.
But it was something that happened before the game that riled up the Timberwolves.
“One thing that inspired our kids and helped us out tremendously happened before the game,” Sierra coach Jeff Harbison said. “We had our flag in its flag stand and one of Kimball’s coaches came and took the flag and threw it on the ground.
“That inspired us. Our kids played inspired football. We consider ourselves the home wreckers and we did it again tonight. We took care of a team on its homecoming and that coupled with the antics of their coach really inspired us.”
The final two minutes of the first half was dizzying. With the Timberwolves (2-2 VOL, 5-2) leading 14-9, Eriq Kurys kicked a 33-yard field goal to boost Sierra’s lead to 17-9. It took the Jaguars (0-4, 1-6) just one play to come within 17-15 when Joseph Parungao cut loose with a 61-yard touchdown run.
Facing third and 10 from his own 9-yard line, Sierra quarterback Mark Vicente (10 of 17 passing, 248 yards, three touchdowns) hit Jacob Peterson (five receptions, 124 yards, touchdown) with a short pass. Peterson flipped it back to Brandon Arreola (16 carries, 185 yards) who raced the final 81 yards for a touchdown and a 24-15 lead.
“That was a new play,” Arreola said of the hitch and pitch. “He just pitched it back to me and I went all the way.”
The first-half scoring was not finished. With 14 seconds showing on the clock, Peterson gobbled up a fumble and scampered 15 yards into into the end zone. But there was an inadvertent whistle on the play, giving the Timberwolves the ball on the 10.
Vicente wasted little time, hitting Jesse Babauta with a 10-yard touchdown pass for a 30-15 halftime lead.
“We knew we had to win this game to be able to get into the playoffs,” Vicente said. “We came out hard and kept doing what we do.
“That hitch and pitch was a trick play that was designed to make the corner bite and it gave Arreola a footrace for the touchdown.”
Arreola added two more touchdowns on the ground – from 1 and 35 yards out. Babauta had another touchdown catch from Vicente – this one of 29 yards – along with a touchdown on a 32-interception return. Vicente added scoring throws of 62 yards to Peterson and 67 yards to Carlos Perez.