Sierra College offense stalls in 38-0 loss to Siskiyous
The Sierra College Wolverines football went up against College of the Siskiyous for their final home game of the season on Saturday and was unable to generate much offense in a 38-0 loss.
Sierra was coming in after a 55-28 loss against Butte College at home and the Eagles defeated Sacramento City College 47-13 last week. At 6-2 and 3-1 in the National NorCal Conference, Siskiyous was just one game behind American River College (8-1, 4-0).
The Wolverines received the opening kickoff and drove the ball into Siskiyous’ territory. But a sack of Sierra quarterback Joseph Curry by the Eagles’ Trace Cummings and Daniel Hardy forced the Wolverines to turn the ball over on downs.
On Siskiyous’ first offensive possession, the visitors made quick work of the Sierra defense, taking just three plays to put the ball in the end zone. Eagles’ quarterback Gabe Ferguson hit his receiver Scott Hulsey for a 39-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead just three and a half minutes into the game.
The Eagles’ defense then stepped up by intercepting a pass on the Wolverines’ next drive and forcing a three-and-out on Sierra’s next possession. However, Sierra’s defense also held the Siskiyous in check until Cummings stepped in front of a Curry pass and went 10 yards for the Eagles’ second score to lead 14-0 after one quarter of play.
The Wolverines biggest play in the first quarter was a 42-yard pass completion from Curry to Draysean Hudson.
“On offense, we didn’t play together as a whole this week. It takes all 11 men to be a successful offense,” Hudson said after the game. “We are going to watch film and fix our mistakes so we can finish strong at American River.”
After Siskiyous added a 45-yard field goal, Sierra College’s offense engineered a drive into Eagle’s territory. But a forced fumble was picked up by Hardy and returned 54 yards for a TD for a 24-0 halftime lead.
Things did not improve much for the Rocklin school in the second half.
Siskiyous added another interception return for a touchdown and running back Andrew Kannely-Robles went 7 yards for the final TD of the contest.
Although the Wolverines were able to match the Eagles in first downs made and third down efficiency, Sierra’s running game was dismal. Exacerbated by eight quarterback sacks, the Wolverines finished the game with a minus 12 yards rushing.
Former Lincoln High running back Ryan Graham led the cardinal-and-white with 43 yards on 10 carries. Graham also caught three passes for an additional 9 yards.
“We got down early and made it really hard on ourselves. Siskiyous made it tough to come back, as we really didn’t get into rhythm all day,” Graham said. “We hope to turn it around with a solid practice week going against a very solid ARC team.”
Sierra did gain 191 yards passing to the Eagles’ 105, but the Wolverines were intercepted five times and lost one fumble. Siskiyous had one turnover.
The Wolverines may have had a rough week, but hope to bounce back and finish strong at American River. Sierra needs to win to have any chance at getting a bowl game.
The ARC Beavers’ only loss this season was to San Francisco City College Sept. 16. Ironically, SFCC lost to Siskiyous and American River beat the Eagles 33-7 Oct. 14.
_ Aaron Jackson is a Sierra College journalism student and the sports information director for Lincoln High School.