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Sierra slams Diablo Valley

Junior College Football
By: Eric J. Gourley Journal Sports Writer
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PLEASANT HILL — Sierra College tailback C.J. Woodbury didn’t wait long to do his best Lamon Muldrow impersonation. Sophomore linebacker Setaleki Fuapau intercepted a pass on Diablo Valley’s opening drive and returned it 40 yards to the 1-yard line, setting up Woodbury’s touchdown plunge on the Wolverines’ first play from scrimmage. Woodbury’s score started an end zone parade in Sierra’s season-opening 51-33 rout of the Vikings. Sophomore quarterback Jeff Nelson threw four touchdowns in his first start after attempting only 17 passes as Alex Rump’s backup last season. Nelson hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Brandon Michalkiewicz on scoring strikes of 44, 53 and 28 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Justin Chastain had four catches for 96 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter. “It’s great having both main receivers back, two all-league guys,” said Nelson, who finished 9-for-15 for 233 yards. Woodbury ran for 511 yards last season behind Muldrow, who had four carries and caught two passes in his San Jose State debut Saturday, a 56-3 loss to No. 4 USC. “I learned a lot from Lamon,” said Woodbury, who finished the night with 72 yards on 22 carries. “He taught me to be patient. It’s a big loss but he taught me a lot of stuff that will carry on this season. He’s a D-I running back. It was a pleasure to play behind him, because he taught me just to always run hard.” Sophomore tailback Deonte’ Williams, the leading rusher at Northern Arizona last season, ran 22 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns, including a 39-yard gallop with three minutes left for Sierra’s final score. With 1:23 left in the first half, Diablo Valley’s Kava Tyrell was slow to punt from the Vikings’ 12-yard line. Sophomore linebacker Paul Vassallo blocked the punt and the ball rolled out of the end zone for a safety and a 23-14 Wolverines lead at halftime. Sierra took control in the third quarter as Nelson threw two unanswered touchdown passes. The Wolverines travel to Sacramento City College next Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.