JC Sierra College VS De Anza – GetSportsFocus Football 2013
GetSportsFocus.com – On a picture perfect day for the football, the host De Anza Dons (3-0) welcomed in the Sierra Wolverines (1-2).
De Anza was looking to keep their perfect start to the season going and figured to do so on paper as the Sierra Wolverines were coming in with a losing record and had just been demolished 34-0 at home by Siskiyous.
However the Wolverines didn’t look like a team that would be reeling, but rather motivated to erase that bitter taste from the previous week.
Early on in the first half, it seemed as though points would be a tad scarce as both teams struggled to move the ball at all in the first quarter. So much so, that the first 1st down from either team didn’t occur until nearly 9 minutes into the game.
Defensively, both sides came out a bit stingy, but the tempo for the offenses would pick up after Sierra’s lead back, Kashad Watson would run for 20 yards and set up a 29-yard touchdown throw from Daniel Harding to wide out Calvin Burns to put the Wolverines on the board and up, 7-0.
Yet this may have woken up the Dons and their primary weapon, wide receiver Bryan Fobbs.
Fobbs entered the game leading the NorCal Conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. The young receiver out of Valley Christian added to those leading numbers and started off in doing so with an 80 yard catch and run to give the Dons their first points of the game. After a missed point after, the score was 7-6 Wolverines.
De Anza would then strike again before the end of the half as quarterback Jack Singler threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to tight end Tarik Ballard, and followed it up with a successful two point conversion to give the Dons a 14-7 lead. Speaking of Singler, the sophomore out of Medford , Oregon, had quite a game as he threw for four touchdown passes with 260 yards through the air. Although, Singler appeared to be a tad off with his accuracy as he finished 20 of 40 in pass attempts.
While both offenses really started to gain some momentum, the defenses still came up with some crucial plays.
As Sierra was closing in on a potential red zone score, defensive back Mitch Casas came up with a big hit on wide receiver Devin Gray as he made a leaping grab by the front pylon, and knocked the ball loose for and incomplete pass. The Wolverines had to settle for a 36 yard field goal from Anthony Silva (he was 2 of 4 for the afternoon).
Offense really picked up in the second half, aided by some big plays from both teams.
Watson rushed for a 42 yard touchdown midway through the 3rd to put Sierra up 20-14 at the time. But another big defensive play by De Anza, an interception by linebacker Epie Sona in the 4th, led to 22 yard TD from Singler to Fobbs on the fade route…then later in the quarter, the two connect again for 15 yards and another score to put the Dons up 28-20.
Late in the fourth, Harding would lead Sierra back and throw his second TD pass of the game, this time to Tre’Von Lampley for a 33 yard completion. Essentially forced to go for the two point conversion with just over three minutes remaining, Harding found Gray for two and tied it up.
Another example of the defense making a crucial play came when defensive end David Rowen and defensive lineman Vincent Gibbs came up with the joint sack on Singler and forced the Dons to punt deep in their own territory.
Which set up an absolute jaw dropping finish…
Possibly the combination of punting out of your own end zone and having the game come down to the wire may have been a bit much for De Anza punter Daniel Orendain…as he botched the punt for only a net worth of 4 yards, which then took a bounce back towards his direction, got tipped by a De Anza cover man, then fell into the hands of Sierra’s Demitrias Myart for an easy 14 yard return for a touchdown.
The Wolverines would then hold on and return to a .500 record (2-2) with a thrilling 35-28 victory.
They’ll attempt to take this momentum back home as they take on Foothill (2-2) next week. While the now 3-1 Dons will host an undefeated Sequoias (4-0) team.