MODESTO – Sierra resurrected its running game Friday night.
The T’Wolves scored six of their eight touchdowns on the ground during a 55-14 thrashing of Grace Davis at Dan Gonsalves Stadium.
Sierra seniors Reid Maestas and Jonathan Montoya combined for 214 rushing yards and five scores.
“Everybody is doubting us because Anthony Cota left,” said Montoya, who had three TDs and 120 yards on just eight carries. “They say we don’t have a running game, but we all have big hearts.”
Sierra (1-1) was lights-out defensively in the second half. The T’Wolves outscored Davis (1-1) 28-0 in the final two quarters after taking a 27-14 lead into halftime.
Sierra senior Hunter Peterson set the tone with one of the team’s three interceptions on the game’s opening drive.
Senior QB Jake Pruitt (13 of 24, 118 yards) found Bryson Sanders on a 14-yard toss to make it 6-0.
Marissa LaQuaglia added the extra point and became the first female in program history to score a varsity point.
Sanders also had two interceptions on defense and finished with six receptions for 58 yards. Sanders took one of those picks to the house for a 67-yard return for his second TD of the night.
“Bryson played well on both sides of the ball,” Sierra coach Jeff Harbison said. “Hunter Peterson had five batted balls and played tremendously.
“Our running backs – all of them ran hard tonight. Our defense came out and played. We made a lot of adjustments this week and we capitalized.”
Maestas was also a workhorse on the ground, finishing with 13 carries for 94 yards and a 27-yard TD that made it 13-0.
Maestas also passed for a score, completing a halfback pass to Lucas Widmer (four catches, 77 yards) for a TD to make it 20-7.
Davis scored its first touchdown of the game after quarterback Zach Magana (14 of 30, 140 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs) hooked up with McKylby Kao for a 54-yard strike. Kao also caught a 14-yard pass from Magana in the second quarter to make it 20-14.
That was the closest Davis got as Sierra then scored 35 unanswered.
Montoya had TD runs of 34, 7 and 66 in the second half. Anthony Cervantez (five carries, 30 yards) scored Sierra’s final score from seven yards out with 1:04 left in regulation.
Sierra will be at Chavez Stockton next Friday at 7 p.m.