Friday Sep 18 2009
Finally, a formidable foe for Sierra
By: Journal Sports Staff
Wolverines, CCSF are both ranked high in state, NorCal polls
After opening their season with a pair of convincing victories on the road, the Sierra College Wolverines face their toughest test yet in the Bay Area Saturday afternoon. Sierra, which held its No. 4 state and No. 2 Northern California rankings in this week’s poll, will face familiar foe City College of San Francisco. The Rams are ranked fifth in California and third in NorCal after routing Cabrillo in their opener and holding off Fresno 37-21 last week. The Wolverines posted a 51-33 win in their opener at Diablo Valley before clobbering Sacramento City College 48-26 last Friday. This battle of state powers comes almost a year after Sierra beat San Francisco 27-17 in Rocklin. That victory avenged a crushing 20-14 loss to the Rams in the 2008 Hawaiian Punch Bowl, Sierra’s first appearance in the Northern California championship. San Francisco went on to play Fresno in the state final that year. The Wolverines enter the 2009 clash with a talented offense. Quarterback Jeff Nelson has already thrown for 438 yards and seven touchdowns. Deonte’ Williams has carried 42 times for 188 yards and C.J. Woodbury had 153 yards on 38 carries. They’ll have their work cut out for them against a San Francisco defense that has surrendered a stingy 169 yards on the ground. On offense, the Rams feature skilled quarterback Darius Bell, who has passed for more than 300 yards and rushed for 255 more on only 32 carries. David Henderson is also a threat at running back. The Wolverines will take on American River College in their home opener Sept. 26, their penultimate tune-up for their Valley Conference opener against San Joaquin Delta on Oct. 17.