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QB Pruitt on point for Twolves
Senior accounts for 5 TDs in rout; defense yields 1
Sierra High wide receiver Hunter Johnson (23) was Jake Pruitts favorite target Friday, hauling in three touchdown catches. - photo by CHRIS LEONARD/

The Sierra High Timberwolves celebrated homecoming Friday by drubbing Kimball, 44-7.

Senior quarterback Jake Pruitt led the way by throwing for four touchdowns and running for another. Hunter Johnson hauled in three TD passes, finishing with nine catches for 199 yards.

“It’s great to come into homecoming and have every player contribute to the victory,” said Sierra coach Jeff Harbison.

The Timberwolves (1-0 Valley Oak League, 3-1) were coming off a bye week. “So we had two weeks to prepare for Kimball,” added Harbison.

His team took the opening drive, marching 73 yards on 10 plays capped by Reid Maestas’ 5-yard touchdown run.

Kimball (0-1, 1-3) needed two plays to answer back. Actually just one – a 70-yard TD run by Gaige Allen. The Jaguars were stopped for no gain on the first play of the drive.

As it turned out, Sierra’s defense wouldn’t allow another score, “It was a testament to our kids and their resilience,” Harbison said.

The Timberwolves then came up with a turnover on special teams. Adam Bettencourt recovered the muffed punt at midfield. A few plays later, Pruitt found Johnson on an 8-yard scoring strike.

Early in the second quarter, Pruitt hooked up with Johnson again for a TD, this one covering 16 yards.

Minutes later, Pruitt hit Johnson in stride yet again. From there, Johnson did the rest, breaking several tackles while making a nifty move to the outside to complete the 51-yard scoring play.

Kimball threatened shortly before halftime. But Sean Murray and Maestas, playing safety, helped out the Sierra defense by converging on a sack. On fourth down, defensive back Devin Nunez swatted away a near TD grab by a Jaguar receiver in the end zone.

Tackle Khalil Williams also came up with some big stops on defense.

On offense, Nunez scored in the third, hauling in a 6-yard strike by Pruitt while giving Sierra a comfortable 34-7 third-quarter cushion.

In the fourth, Pruitt scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper. Prior to that, he completed a 63-yard pass to Hunter to set up the score.

Pruitt, was helped out by receiver Bryson Sanders, who reeled in most of his five catches for 99 yards in the second half.

Maestas finished with 89 yards on 14 carries in the VOL opener.

Place kicker Joshua Gonzalez provided the icing on the homecoming win, delivering on a 43-yard field goal.