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Sierra avenges loss to remain undefeated
Sierra quarterback Jonathan Davis tries to escape the pressure from Patterson linebacker Trey Sanchez. - photo by Wayne Thallander
It was like someone flipped a switch on the Sierra High football team at halftime.

Despite leading 7-0 while trotting off of Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, the Timberwolves looked anything but the flashy squad that made a huge impact in the Valley Oak League last season as they trotted into the locker room and emerged a completely different team – carried on the shoulders of workhorse back Jarrod Daniels who himself seemed completely re-energized upon returning to the field.

The Timberwolves would carry that third momentum into a 17-6 victory over the visiting Patterson Tigers, who defeated Sierra in their previous three non-league meetings.

“In that third quarter we came out and played much better as a team,” Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison said. “But we came out and played one good quarter of football, and I told the guys that simply won’t cut it in the Valley Oak League.”

It took Sierra (3-0) just under four minutes to find the end-zone when Daniels scampered in from 12 yards out.

Sierra quarterback Jonathan Davis found success in the second quarter and was able to keep drives alive, but the inability to finish would ultimately serve as the team’s kryptonite, forcing the team to punt twice and negating Davis’ six completed passes.

Stopping Patterson’s dynamic Nathan Shelton, however, would be a completely different matter.

Sierra’s offense was no match for the speedy smashmouth style that Shelton brought to the table and used to wreak havoc on the Sierra defense, keeping them from closing the door for good on what should have been their most polished game of the season.

On only 16 carries (Shelton split carries with eight other running backs), he accumulated 155 yards and scored once to give Sierra a scare early in the start of the third quarter.

Daniels said it was the entire team that realized they needed to step up and make a statement heading into VOL action next week as a returning playoff seed.

“I was confident in our team tonight and I was confident that we’d come out and play well. I didn’t really think about losing last year or stuff like that,” he said. “But as a team at this point we have to come out and play better together, especially at this point in the season.

“There is always going to be room for improvement, but we’re not satisfied with that. We want to dominate, and we’re going to have to get back to practice in order to be able to do just that.”

Daniels finished the night with 25 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns – with one negated due to a block in the back. Davis completed six of his eight passes for 80 yards.

Anthony Hall also contributed two extra points and hit a 42-yard field goal that essentially put the game out of reach of the Tigers.

The Timberwolves will open their VOL schedule next Friday when they travel across town to take on the East Union Lancers.