Sierra Sports Insider: Sierra football loses the game but finds its heart in Fresno…

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A loss is a loss, and the Sierra College football team dropped a tough 27-24 Valley Conference game at Fresno City Saturday night, but YOUR Wolverines played with exceptional heart and almost pulled out an improbable win. Already playing without RB Kashad Watson, DL Edward Frye, backup QB Kyle Robbins and backup QB/Kicker AJ Silva, Sierra lost starting QB Daniel Harding at the end of the first half. In stepped WR Terry Madden, the designated emergency QB. Madden hit a number of big passes and scored on a one-yard run that gave the Wolverines a 24-20 lead with 4:44 to go. The Rams scored two minutes later to ice the game, but Sierra battled the entire game with a depleted roster and a wide receiver at QB in the second half. It goes down as a loss, but the game was another brick in the foundation of the program Coach Ben Noonan is building. Modesto comes to town this Saturday. Kickoff is 1:00pm. We'll see you at The Buzz.

Terry Madden head shot

A look at the week ahead

Some huge contests this week in Rocklin:

Volleyball vs. Santa Rosa, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30pm at Goto/Goldenberg Court

Coach Vera Nelson's Wolverines need this one to stay in the Big 8 title chase after dropping a tough match at American River College last Friday. The loss dropped Sierra (15-5, 4-2 Big 8) to third in the conference behind the league-leading Beavers and second place SJ Delta. Would be great to pack The GoGo for this one.

Men's and women's water polo vs. Diablo Valley, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3:30pm and 5pm at the Wolverine Aquatic Center

Hard to believe this is the Big 8 finale. The men take on the conference-leading Vikings in the early game, while the women, only a game behind ARC in the Big 8, take to the water in the nightcap.

Women's water polo

Football vs. Modesto, Saturday, Oct. 26, 1:00pm at Homer "Buzz" Ostrom Stadium

Both teams are 3-3 on the year and looking to make some noise in the young Valley Conference season. The Pirates are the talk of the Valley after they destroyed previously unbeaten College of the Sequoias 76-32 Saturday. Both teams can light up the scoreboard, so this should be an entertaining, high-scoring affair.

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