TRACY — The triple-option offense took another big step forward for Sierra in its Valley Oak League opener at Kimball, churning out a season-high 403 yards and resounding 49-28 win on Friday.
“It’s getting there,” Sierra coach Chris Johnson said. “We’re getting better each week, but there is a lot of stuff to polish up. You can see it start to click in with the kids and they have bought into a completely new system that we’re still figuring out as coaches.
“To put up 49 points is a good night for us all the way around.”
Sophomore running back Kimoni Stanley scored his first five varsity touchdowns Friday and ended with 208 yards on 20 carries. Older brother Nick Stanley added 102 yards on seven carries to go with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Quarterback Shane Johnson was 2 of 4 for 33 yards and hit Carlos Tovar for a 26-yard TD.
The Timberwolves (1-0, 3-2 overall) gained separation early after Kimoni Simoni tallied the first points with a 68-yard run with 5:41 left in the first quarter. One minute, 22 seconds later, following a three-and-out stand by the defense, Stanley doubled the lead with a 3-yard scamper. Nick Stanley set it up with a 69-yard jaunt.
“It’s a huge confidence-builder to be up two scores early,” coach Johnson said. “When you’re dealing with young kids, confidence is fragile. They can build on any bit of success.”
Mateo Decoite and the passing attack eventually got going for Kimball (0-1, 2-3). He completed 9 of 15 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Louie Pacheco scored twice on runs.
Sierra, though, had an answer for every Jaguars attempt at a comeback — none bigger than Nick Stanley’s kickoff return with 49 seconds left in the opening half. The Timberwolves carried at 28-14 lead into halftime and didn’t look back.
“This is a group of kids that wasn’t super successful in the lower levels and it takes time,” Johnson said. “This gives them a shot in the arm and validates the hard work they’re putting in and the sacrifices they make.”
Sierra 14 14 14 7 — 49
Kimball 0 14 7 7 — 28
S — Kimoni Stanley 68 run (Jordan Shinn kick), 5:41.
S — K. Stanley 3 run (Shinn kick), 4:19.
K — Kaleo Ballungay 11 pass from Mateo Decoite (Jonathan Cordero kick), 7:44.
S — K. Stanley 31 run (Shinn kick), 3:18.
K — Louie Pacheco, 23 run (Cordero kick), 1:02.
S — Nick Stanley 84 kickoff return (Shinn kick), 0:49.
S — K. Stanley 5 run (Shinn kick), 9:00.
K — Cam Sims 30 pass from Decoite (Cordero kick), 8:03.
S — Carlos Tovar 26 pass from Shane Johnson (Shinn kick), 3:48.
K — Pacheco 1 run (Cordero kick), 11:45.
S — K. Stanley 7 run (Shinn kick), 5:28.