Sierra 0 7 7 7 — 21
Golden Valley 23 21 0 0 — 44
G —Jahkylle Smith 3 run (Jonah White run), 6:51.
G — White 43 pass from Eleazar Garza (White run), 3:54.
G — Garza 46 run (Jonathan Gomez-Roldan kick), 1:42.
G — Garza 21 run (Gomez-Roldan kick), 8:56.
G — White 15 pass from Garza (Gomez-Roldan kick), 6:01.
S — Anthony Grady 38 pass from Tim Sarginson (Paul Barrios kick), 1:50.
G — Smith 55 pass from Garza (Gomez-Roldan kick), 1:27.
S — Joey Mendez 18 pass from Sarginson (Barrios kick), 4:14.
S — Grady 2 run (Barrios kick), 10:51.
Sierra could not contain Golden Valley quarterback Eleazar Garza and electric running back Jahkylle Smith in a 44-21 non-league loss Friday in Merced.
Garza completed 10 of 14 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns but also ran for 72 yards and two more scores on just four carries. Smith rushed eight times for 127 yards and a TD.
On the Cougars’ final play of the first half, Smith grabbed a short pass from Garza on a screen play and turned it into a 55-yard touchdown with 1:27 remaining. That wound up being Golden Valley’s final score of the night, as it led comfortably 44-7 at halftime.
The Cougars, who improved to 5-0, recorded the first 37 points of the game and outgained Sierra (1-4) 435-233 overall on offensive yards. Receiver Jonah White contributed three catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns, and GV’s aggressive defense harassed Sierra quarterback Tim Sarginson for eight sacks.
Sierra’s Anthony Grady, coming off a team-record-tying seven-touchdown effort, was bottled up for much of the contest but did reach the end zone twice. He was limited to 59 rushing yards on 23 carries but had 86 yards on six catches.
The Timberwolves tallied their only points of the first half when Grady breakthrough on a 38-yard screen pass from Sarginson, who finished 17 of 23 for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
Sierra went on to shut out its opponent for a second straight week, though Golden Valley played its second-team offense after the opening drive of the second half.
To the Timberwolves’ credit, they halted that series by forcing a turnover on a fumble recovery and answered with their best possession of the game. They traveled 81 yards on 12 plays, capping the 7-minute, 3-second drive with Sarginson’s 18-yard toss to Joey Mendez (five receptions, 49 yards).
Golden Valley’s best chance to score in the second half was on Jonathan Gomez-Roldan’s 39-yard field goal attempt, which sailed wide right.
Sierra begins Valley Oak League play next week at Oakdale.
Pacheco 29, Lathrop 23
In Los Banos, the Spartans (1-1 Western Athletic Conference, 2-3 overall) could not slow down running back Abel Bravo, who accounted for 207 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for Pacheco (2-0, 3-2).
Anthony Cuellar hit a 27-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half to give Lathrop its final lead of the game, 17-14, but the Panthers’ defense stiffened from there.
Kameron Jones rushed 18 times for 86 yards and three total touchdowns. He took the opening kickoff 87 yards to paydirt, and his 6-yard scoring scamper midway through the fourth quarter closed the Spartans in, 29-23. Jones also had an interception on defense.
Running back Roman Giordano ground out 86 yards on 21 carries. Jeremiah Green added 68 yards receiving and 10 rushing. Quarterback Teagan Shevlin completed five of six passes for 84 yards.
Lathrop 3, Franklin 2
The Spartans battled back from a two-set deficit for a 19-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-6 non-league victory in Stockton.
Alaba Olaleye accumulated 17 kills and 24 digs. Liliana Navarro added nine kills and two solo blocks. Camila De La Garza contributed 28 assists and eight digs. Celeste Narvaez anchored the defense with 37 digs.
Lathrop 2, Franklin 1
Lathrop escaped with a 21-25, 25-23, 15-7 win behind Julia Roaquin’s triple-double. She racked up 10 aces, 20 assists and 10 digs.
Zoe Cejas collected 22 digs, and Justine Mabutas had 20 digs to go with three aces. Annie Millan (three blocks, nine digs) and Faith Moya each fired four kills.
Lathrop 2, Franklin 0
Lathrop prevailed, 25-18, 25-18.
Shakara Porter tallied five kills and two solo blocks. Dayanara Machuca had three kills, three aces, two solo blocks and three digs. Tatiana Lopez added five aces and 13 assists. Angelic Bermudez had 10 digs.