Sierra College goes 0-5 in conference

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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Joe Brunet scored two touchdowns in the final game of his Sierra College football career. That is quite an accomplishment for a linebacker. That also shows how this season turned out for the Wolverines, who went from winning three consecutive Valley Conference championships to not winning one conference game in 2010. Jeff Tisdel’s team finished 0-5 in the conference and 3-7 overall with Saturday’s 43-26 loss to College of Sequoias in Rocklin. Back-to-back losing seasons are a first for Tisdel in 11 seasons with the Wolverines. Injuries left Sierra with just one healthy running back, freshman Tim Bevans from Lincoln High School, so Tisdel moved Brunet into the backfield. Brunet’s first touchdown came on a 16-yard dash with 12:51 remaining in the first half and gave Sierra a 17-14 lead. It was 19-14 after Giants quarterback Phillip Brandt was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving the Wolverines a safety and another offensive opportunity after a free kick by Sequoias (3-2, 6-4). Sierra did not take advantage of that opportunity, however. Quarterback Tanner Mathias threw an interception, and Sequoias converted the turnover into a touchdown on Brandt’s 6-yard run. The Giants extended their lead to 29-19 and broke the Wolverines’ back with 2 seconds left in the half. Brandt scrambled away from pressure and lofted a 41-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-3 wide receiver Jeremy Butler, who leaped over 5-10 cornerback Nnadozie Iwuagwu to grab the ball. Brunet’s gutsy performance was tarnished by a fumble with 2:55 left in the first quarter. Traysean Alexander recovered the ball for the Giants and sprinted 46 yards for a touchdown.