For the better part of four quarters the Sierra High sophomore football team held visiting Tracy High in check, but in the game’s final minutes the Bulldogs did the unthinkable, scoring with four seconds left for a 14-13 come-from-behind win.
The Timberwolves in Friday’s season opener looked more than in control heading into the fourth quarter with a 13-0 lead. Tracy struck with a 50-yard pass play to set up the first touchdown and then gained possession with just over three minutes to play and put a drive together.
The Timberwolves had one last chance, but Tracy’s line-drive kickoff attempt was fielded in the middle of the field and with an error in the clock operation the referees signaled in the end of the game.
“Turnovers and inconsistencies really hurt our offense,” Sierra head coach Dan Dukes said.
Sierra got standout play on the defensive end from Devin Nunez. Who returned a 60-yard interception for a score.
Sierra 20, Tracy 12
The freshman Timberwolves built a 20-12 halftime lead and tossed a shutout in the second half to hold on for a season-opening win over the Tracy Bulldogs.
Kody Justis had a phenomenal effort for Sierra, returning a pair of interceptions for touchdowns. Justis returned his first pick 21 yards for the score and raced 69 yards for the second return score.
Brian Terrel was solid from the quarterback position, rushing for 154 yards on 14 carries and tossing for another 43 yards on 5-of-9 passing. Terrel also scored on a touchdown run.
“Kody’s first interception was the spark that we needed,” Sierra head coach Justin Muschott said. “And the defense really stepped it up after that.”