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Sierra sophomore rushes for 270 yards, 3 TDs in loss at Stagg
Bulletin sports fall 2021
Sierra's Anthony Grady (26) high-steps away from Stagg's Robert Sanchez (6). - photo by SEAN KAHLER


Sierra 6   23    6   14 — 49

Stagg 0     7     7    21 — 35


First quarter

St — Willie Turner 5 run (kick blocked), 4:26


Second quarter

Si — Ben Wheeler 1 run (Seth Villanueva kick), 10:58

St — Turner 59 run (Corbett Freeman pass from Angel Gonzalez), 9:36

St — Kamario Thomas-Gray 76 pass from Gonzalez (Gonzalez run), 1:32

St — Turner 81 pass from Gonzalez (Mercedes Baca kick), :5.8


Third quarter

St — Thomas-Gray 20 pass from Gonzalez (pass failed), 9:00

Si — Anthony Grady 55 run (Villanueva kick), 8:12


Fourth quarter

Si — Grady 5 run (Villanueva kick), 10:30

St — Richard Lockhart 48 pass from Gonzalez (Baca kick), 9:40

Si — Grady 4 run (Villanueva kick), 7:21

St — Turner 46 run (Baca kick), 6:16

Si — Maximus Morales 21 run (Villanueva kick), 4:58

STOCKTON — The young Sierra Timberwolves appeared on their way to a blow-out loss Friday at Stagg.

Sure, they suffered a 49-35 non-league loss before a homecoming crowd at Amos Alonzo Stagg Stadium.

But it could have been worse.

Sierra (0-4) was down 35-7 midway through the third quarter. All of Stagg's scores were made possible by the explosive efforts from the likes of senior running back Willie Turner and senior wide receiver Kamario Thomas-Gray.

"Every scoring play for them came off a big play," said Timberwolves coach Chris Johnson of the Delta King attack.

His team began to click on both sides of the ball in the second half.

The linebacking group of Maximus Morales, Ben Wheeler and Joseph Obrochta began to apply steady pressure on Stagg (1-2).

The Sierra offense line followed suit, opening lanes for sophomore Anthony Grady, who scored three touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 270 yards on 28 carries.

"His best days may still be ahead of him," said Johnson of his young running back.

Morales also got into the act with a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Turner was electrifying for Stagg, particularly in the first half. He and Thomas-Gray turned short passes from Angel Gonzalez into quick bursts of 81- and 76- yard scores, respectively.

Turner's 5-yard score to open up the attack early on was set up by his 61-yard gain. He zigzagged through the Sierra defense on his 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

The Delta Kings led 29-7 at the half, and tacked on another score early in the third.

Grady then broke free on a 55-yard run, cutting the deficit, 35-14. Wheeler accounted for the first-half Sierra touchdown.

The hard-charging defense nearly came up with a safety.

Along with surrendering the big plays, the Timberwolves were also hurt by turnovers, including one on special teams and another on a fumble.

Grady's other two scores came on runs of 5 and 4 yards.

"We have a lot of young players. They're learning that the game starts with that first snap — you got to play with intensity from that first snap on and not when you're behind (35-7)," Johnson said.