The Sierra High Timberwolves spread around the wealth on offense in Friday’s 48-7 Valley Oak League win over Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Senior quarterback Jake Pruitt was at it again, enjoying another stellar outing by throwing for five touchdowns, and to a different receiver each time.
Reid Maestas ran for a pair of scores, including the last one from the wildcat formation.
Not to be overshadowed, but Anthony Cervantes tallied 164 total yards from scrimmage. He had a game-high 117 yards rushing to go along with his 47 yards receiving.
“The good thing about our team is that it’s not just one player – we have several options on offense,” said Timberwolves coach Jeff Harbison.
Sierra (3-0, 5-1 overall) got to a fast start, engineering a seven-play, 70-yard drive on its first possession. Pruitt found Bryson Sanders for the opening score.
Lathrop (0-3, 0-6) then coughed up the ball, and the Timberwolves were quick to capitalize. Hunter Johnson hauled in a 36-yard pass play and Maestas followed that up with a 12-yard pickup. Pruitt connected with Devin Nunez in the end zone on the 5-yard pass play.
Sierra made it 21-0 in the first quarter. Pruitt threw his third TD, connecting with Lucas Widmer on the 37-yard strike. That came after DeVonte Reese blocked a punt.
The Timberwolves capitalized on yet another turnover in the second. Tyler Lewis intercepted a pass in the end zone, with the ball spotted at 20 on the touchback. Cervantes rambled 71 yards to Spartan 8, and Maestas capped the drive with an 8-yard TD run.
Sierra made it 34-0 as Cervantes found pay dirt on a 20-yard pass set up by Pruitt, who, just a few plays earlier, hit Widmer on the 35-yard pickup.
The Timberwolves increased their lead early in the third thanks to Pruitt’s 12-yard scoring strike to Johnson.
Lathrop, which fell shy of a TD just before halftime, finally came through with a score in the third. Quarterback Kenny Garrett hit Mykhail Redmond on the quick strike from midfield. Redmond did the rest from there, going 50 yards for the TD.
Sierra closed out the scoring midway through the third quarter as Maestas, who easily converted a 2-point PAT in the first half off the wildcat, delivered again from that same offensive formation where he lined up directly behind center, racing 35 yards for the TD.
Lathrop first-year coach Steven Wichman was optimistic despite the lopsided loss.
“We were able to force a couple of turnovers (on defense),” he said. “We were able to sustain some drives on offense.
“We’re getting better.”