Interceptions spoil Sierra College football season opener

By: Christopher Engelage for the Auburn Journal
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In a rematch of last year’s State Center Bowl, the 2016 season opener for the Sierra College Wolverines football team was spoiled by the Fresno City College Rams Saturday, 45-19.

Tyrell Anderson returned an interception 68 yards for a Sierra Collegetouchdown in the opening drive, but errant throws would lead to even more trouble for the Wolverines.

Sierra College quarterbacks Adam Besana and Justus Spillner combined for five interceptions. Four were tossed in the second half alone.

Besana, a Roseville graduate, ended 15 of 25 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Colfax grad Justus Spillner was 5 of 8 for 27 yards and two picks. Sierra managed just 16 rushing yards.

The Rams rolled to 257 total rushing yards and had three different players tally a rushing touchdown. Fresno City running back Jamal Pickett delivered the final blow to Sierra.

The 1-0 start gives Fresno City coach Tom Caviglia a program record of 140-48, making him the winningest coach in school history.

Jahmar Sexton led Sierra in tackles with 17 while Placer grad Ryan Gray nabbed eight.

The Sierra College Wolverines will be on the road next weekend, to take on the College of San Mateo where each team will look to gain their first victory of the 2016 season. Sierra will be back home on Saturday, Sept. 17 where they will host Contra Costa College at 1 p.m.