Brandon Arreola threw two touchdown passes for Sierra on Thursday in a 14-6 win over visiting East Union at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in Valley Oak League freshman action.
Early in the second quarter Arreola spotted Christopher Mortano-Monterroso with a short pass that turned into a 42-yard touchdown play and a 7-0 lead. Late in the third period Nashon Tamiano pulled in an 16-yard toss from Arreola and followed a crushing block by Mortano-Monterroso into the end zone to put the Timberwolves ahead 14-0.
Late in the game with Sierra (5-0 VOL, 7-1 overall) bottling up the middle of the field, Patrick Shouland scored on a 10-yard sweep to draw the Lancers (3-2, 5-3) within 14-6. The Timberwolves recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.
Arreola had 59 yards on nine carries and was 4 of 8 passing for 78 yards. Shouland gained 71 yards on 12 carries.
Defensively for East Union, Shouland and Angel Sena both had six tackles, Cesar Vaca five, Jake Harries, Issack Huffman and Isaiah Cormier three apiece and Jose Villagomez-Hernandez a fumble recovery.
Derek Rosendin had a fumble recovery for Sierra and the Timberwolves made six sacks. Deilpreet Singh had two of those sacks and Mortano-Monterroso, Orlando Biggs, Darrin Gusters and Pedro Castillo each had one.
The Timberwolves win sets up a championship showdown with Manteca on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Guss Schmiedt Field. The Buffaloes are also undefeated in VOL play.
Lathrop 38, Sonora 27
Anthony Santos helped the Spartans make their last regular-season trip to Dunlavy Field a memorable one with a thrilling come-from-behind victory.
After falling behind 14-0, Lathrop (1-3 VOL, 1-6) battled back to take a 26-21 third-quarter lead on a 67-yard scamper by Santos. Sonora came back with a long touchdown pass early in the fourth period to go ahead 27-26, but the rest of the game belonged to the Spartans.
Jonathan McCuaig hit Donald Garland with a 32-yard touchdown pass to give Lathrop a 32-27 lead and Santos iced the game with a 70-yard touchdown run followed by making an interception with 1:20 left in the game.
McCuaig connected with Bobby Walls on 1- and 11-yard touchdown passes and finished 13 of 16 passing for 157 yards. Santos added another touchdown on a 3-yard run – set up by his 81-yard kickoff return – and finished with 13 carries for 187 yards and six receptions for 54 yards. John Johnson added 59 yards on seven carries. Santos had 106 yards on four kickoff returns.
Santos carried the day on defense as well, making seven tackles to go along with his interception and he recovered and caused a fumble. Isaac Blase made 10 stops for Lathrop, Christian Akkamby eight, Jordan Hernandez(fumble recovery) seven, Johnson six, and McCuaig and Dominic Arriola five each.