I mentioned in last Friday’s SSI about the unrivaled game-day experience at The Buzz. Saturday’s 35-20 win over Modesto was just what I was talking about. Perfect temperature, clear blue sky, the campus trees showing off, a good, noisy crowd (on both sides of the field) and a football game with enough drama—and scoring—for two games.
The Pirates took the opening kickoff and methodically drove to Sierra’s one, only to be stuffed on fourth and one. That defensive stand, at least for the Wolverines, set the tone for the game. Lots of heroes on the defensive side of the ball, but let’s just say defensive linemen Leonard Hazewood and Jason Whitfield spent so much time in the Modesto backfield they should have been wearing white and blue jerseys.
But, despite all the defensive heroics, my player of the game was QB A.J. Silva, who’s pictured below. Yes, that A.J. Silva who suffered what was thought to be a season-ending lower extremity (in NFL-speak) injury three weeks ago against Foothill. With starter Daniel Harding ruled out of the Modesto game and backup Kyle Robbins out for the year, Silva told coach Ben Noonan he could play.. and play he did.
Silva was 17-21 for 224 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. His 8-yard hookup with Zack Suarez and 10-yard scoring toss to Calvin Burns touched off 21 straight Wolverine points that put the game out of reach for the Pirates. (Burns had a season-high 102 rushing yards on 24 carries.)
The longest road trip of the year is up next for Sierra as they travel to Visalia Saturday for a 7pm tilt against the College of the Sequoias. I’ll be posting in-game updates on sierrasports on Twitter.
The Sierra College soccer team hosts American River College tomorrow (10/29) at the Sierra Soccer Complex at 3:30pm. Need I say more??? The Wolverine and Beaver booters have one of the top rivalries in the CCCAA. The Big 8-leading Wolverines (11-3-2, 6-1-2 Big 8) need this one to keep their 1.5 game lead over CRC.
The week ends for soccer with Santa Rosa Jr. College (10-3-1, 5-2-1) coming to Rocklin Friday (11/1) afternoon. The Bear Cubs and the Wolverines battled to a 1-1 tie October 1 in Rosa. Kickoff is 3:30pm.
It is no exaggeration when I say the Big 8 title is on the line this week for coach Jason Gantt’s Wolverines. Got ‘em right where we want ‘em!
It’s much the same this week for coach Vera Nelson’s Sierra College volleyball team. The Wolverines (16-5, 5-2 Big 8) are third in the conference, two matches behind league-leader ARC and a match behind SJ Delta, who come to Rocklin 11/6. This week is crucial for Sierra as they travel to CRC (6-12, 0-7) Wednesday (6:30 first serve) and Modesto (16-6, 4-3) on Friday (6:30). The Wolverines swept CRC in a rusty Big 8 opener October 30 and were awarded a forfeit two days later when Modesto failed to show.