Sierra College football is back to its winning ways after 55-19 victory over Feather RiverBy: Christopher Engelage for the Auburn Journal
Tyrell Anderson’s first pass completion was good enough for a 91-yard Brandon Aiyuk (McQueen) touchdown, helping to spark the Sierra College football team in a 55-19 dominating win over the visiting Feather River College Golden Eagles.
The victory puts Sierra at 2-5 while Feather River falls to 0-7 on the year. The Wolverines slipped 21-20 to Sacramento City in overtime Oct. 15.
For the second straight week, Wolverines head coach Ben Noonan decided to start Anderson (Center graduate) at quarterback. Anderson previously started the season’s first five games as a defensive back.
“Tyrell just adds that element that a lot of us don’t have,” Noonan said. “He can pull the ball down as we saw and hurt people with his feet.”
Anderson threw for a game-high 211 yards, completing 9 of 12 passes and connecting on four touchdowns with one interception.
Anderson said he has been staying after practice building chemistry with his receivers and working with the o-line, getting the extra snaps in.
Adam Besana (Roseville) was able to make his mark in the passing game as well, as he threw for 130 yards on 7 for 11 passing to go with two touchdown tosses.
“It’s not easy to come off the bench when you haven’t thrown the ball in a few series,” Noonan said. “(Besana has) kept a great attitude about it.”
Having the right attitude was a big factor in Sierra coming away with the blowout win. After riding a three-game losing streak, Sierra was desperate.
“It feels really good for these guys,” Noonan said. “It was tough.
“(After) that overtime loss to Sac City last week it was a tough group to motivate this week. They really pulled it together today. They pulled for each other.”
Noonan also said it was the first game without any selfish antics on the sidelines.
“Guys were all tuned in,” he said. “It’s funny how when you do it that way, you win.”
Sierra’s leading rusher on the season, Andrew Lackowski (Oak Ridge), only rushed for 47 yards in the victory, but he was able to find the end zone once on the ground and caught three passes for 85 yards and scored two more touchdowns through the air.
The Wolverine offense was firing on all cylinders as freshman wide out Aiyuk caught five passes for 188 yards and one score. After dropping a would-be touchdown pass, Isaiah Bailey (Jesuit) bounced back, reeling in seven receptions for 73 yards and had a hat trick with three touchdowns.
The Wolverine defense had their best performance of the year, allowing the least amount of points in their seven games played. In their stout showing, they forced four turnovers, blocked a field goal and were able to stop the Golden Eagles twice in the red zone, limiting each of those drives to field goals.
“They came to play,” Noonan said. “They did really well. Our defense has played two weeks of just solid football.”
Jahmar Sexton (Monterey Trail) led the Wolverine defense in tackles with 12 and was able to bring down the opposing quarterback for Sierra’s only sack on the day. Kevin Thorman (Maui) was able to tally nine tackles and picked off a pass for his first interception on the year. Ryan Gray (Placer) had another productive outing with eight tackles and an interception he returned 38 yards the other direction.
Sierra College will have back-to-back road games coming up, starting with a trip to take on Butte College followed by a matchup at College of the Siskiyous. The Wolverines will return home to take on their conference rival American River College on Saturday, Nov. 12.