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TWolves doing it with Davis
Sierra signal caller manning the helm
Sierra High senior Jonathan Davis is poised to lead the Timberwolves back to the postseason. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
Three months ago the Sierra Timberwolves didn’t know who its starting quarterback would be.

Now the squad is off to an impressive 3-0 start and their quarterback concerns are a thing of the past thanks to senior Jonathan Davis and his superb play.

Davis has made the most of his opportunity to lead the Timberwolves, guiding Sierra to an unblemished preseason schedule including a thrilling 17-6 victory over the Patterson Tigers to lead the Timberwolves into Valley Oak League action.

The 5-foot-6-inch 160-pounder has completed nearly 70-percent of his passes and has fared even better on the ground, averaging over 70 yards a game rushing in the Timberwolves’ first three wins. Davis solidified his lock as this season’s signal caller when he amassed 300-plus total yards in Sierra’s Week 2 win over Granada High of Livermore.

“We went through camp this summer with a genuine quarterback battle,” Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison said. “We didn’t have a definitive starter until the Modesto Christian scrimmage and then it was Jonathan’s vision running the ball that really sold us on him.”

Sierra has become accustomed to getting quality play from the quarterback spot after consecutive standout seasons from Mike Garcia (2007) and Ryan Flores (2008).

Davis stands nowhere near 6-foot-tall, yet he is without question prepared to fill the big shoes left void by the past two graduations, turning himself into the perfect compliment of All-VOL running back Jarrod Daniels and embracing his role as this season’s version of Sierra High’s unsung hero at the quarterback spot.

“I just want to be a leader,” Davis said before Wednesday’s practice. “I’m trying to do everything I can to make myself and everyone around me better.”

He is seemingly doing just that, lifting the Timberwolves to three consecutive victories and pacing the club with 189-yards passing (16-of-23, 2TDs, 0 INT) and 121-yards rushing in a one-point win over Granada.

Davis’ impact on the Timberwolves is not something that was concocted overnight. He has grinded throughout the summer months in hopes of earning the trust of his coaching staff and teammates.

“I have a lot of confidence in this team,” Davis said. “Every one of us was out here in the summer, so we know that the hard work in going to pay off. I didn’t know I was going to be the starter. We had three quarterbacks, so everything was up for grabs.

“Now my teammates believe in me, so that gives me even more confidence.”

Davis will have to lead his team into East Union High and try and knock off a solid 2-1 Lancer program. It will be Sierra’s first test in the VOL and a strong performance from their signal caller is a must if they plan on making an impact in one of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s strongest leagues.

The early season success is just the opening glimpse of what Davis is expecting out of the Timberwolves who have strong aspirations of running the table and dethroning the two-time defending VOL Champions out of Oakdale.

If the Timberwolves can run the table and pull that off, it will have a lot to do with the play of their man under center

“The success I’m having so far has surprised me,” Davis admitted. “I always knew my potential, but it seems like everything has just clicked.

“Now, everyone has my back. I know all my teammates have confidence in me.”