Sierra Sports Insider: Noonan gets first win as Sierra uses big 4th to top FRC

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Noonan gets first win as Sierra uses big 4th to top FRC

I've said it many times before: there's no better place to be than Homer "Buzz" Ostrom Stadium on a Sierra football Saturday. Those of you in attendance last Saturday know exactly what I'm talking about as the Wolverines scored an incomprehensible 30 fourth quarter points on a disbelieving Feather River team to pull out a 46-43 win. The win moved Sierra to 1-1 on the young season and was Ben Noonan's first as the Cardinal and White's head coach.

Daniel Harding hit D.J. Myart with a 45-yard scoring pass with 30 seconds left—giving Sierra its first lead of the game—to send the Wolverine fans into a frenzy. Harding was 33-50 for 357 yards and four TDs. Through two games, he tops Valley Conference QBs with 747 yards and eight TDs on 65-112 passing. His 374 yards per game are 160 more per game than Modesto’s Teejay Gordon.

While we&'re talking about stats, Austin Wyatt leads the conference in tackles with 30 (15 per game), RaShawn DuPree is the top kick returner with four returns for 153 yards (a 38.2 avg!) and a 92-yard TD. A.J. Silva is tops in punting with a 38.4 yards-per-punt average. The elusive Calvin Burns is sixth in the league in rushing (34 carries for 141 yards) and Tre'Von Lampley and Terry Madden are ninth with 96 receiving yards each.

Thanks to long-time Sierra instructor Joe Medeiros and sports marketing intern Jeff Cies for filling in for me as the PA announcers and press box managers at Saturday's game. I missed my first Sierra home game since 2002 as oldest daughter Kaleigh married Nick Weber, the son of former Sierra music instructor Fred Weber and current Sierra Foundation assistant Debbie Weber.

Ben Noonan headshot

Photo: Coach Ben Noonan, photo by Matt Folsom

The week ahead for Sierra athletics…

Lots on tap for Wolverine teams this week! Let’s get right to it.

Men's & Women's Water Polo vs. Modesto, Wed., Sept. 18, 3:30pm and 5pm at the Wolverine Aquatic Center

The men, under head coach Chris Breitbart, and the women, under coach Scott Decker, open the Big 8 against the Pirates. These will be exciting, hard-hitting games. If you've never been to a water polo match, you'll be amazed at the amount of contact in this sport.

Volleyball vs. Shasta/Yuba, Wed., Sept. 18, 3pm & 7pm at Goto/Goldenberg Court

Coach Vera Nelson's Wolverines host the Knights and the 49ers in this final tune-up before the Big 8 home opener against Cosumnes River Oct. 2. Sierra (9-1) is sure to make an appearance in the California JC top ten after last week’s win over state #1 Feather River.

Soccer vs. Feather River, Thurs., Sept. 19, 5pm at the Sierra Soccer Complex

This is the final dress rehearsal for the Big 8 season opener against Diablo Valley College Tuesday, Sept. 24. Jason Gantt's Wolverines are 4-2 after topping Shasta 2-1 last week.

Football vs. Siskiyous, Sat., Sept. 21, 1pm at The Buzz

A rematch of a game that went down to the wire at COS last year, with the Eagles pulling out a 21-19 victory. Siskiyous blasted Redwoods 51-0 at home in the season opener, and fell 45-14 at Butte Saturday.

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