Saturday Nov 16 2013
Sierra College football tops rival American River College, 23-13By: Special to the Journal
AJ Silva threw for two touchdown passes and ran another in as Sierra College beat American River College 23-13 in the regular season finale on Saturday.
Playing in front of the home crowd in Rocklin, the Wolverines shut out a potent Beavers offense in the second half and gave ARC its second loss of the season. ARC was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation for junior college football as recently as three weeks ago.
Sierra (6-4) and ARC (8-2) finish the regular season tied for second place with a 3-2 conference record in the Valley Conference behind Fresno City College (7-3, 4-1).
Silva went 28 of 42 for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, including a 76-yard touchdown to Ernesto Torres that gave Sierra a 7-0 lead.
After ARC quarterback Jake Bist completed a 4-yard pass to Tyler Young to tie the game up at 7-7, Silva ran in for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Wolverines a 14-7 lead.
The Beavers came back with a 38-yard touchdown run by Drake Tofi, but a missed two-point conversion gave Sierra a 14-13 halftime lead.
Michael Cloutier gave Sierra a small cushion with a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter before Silva found Devon Gray for a 28-yard touchdown with 2 minute, 27 seconds left in the game.
Gray led Sierra with 10 catches for a game-high 126 receiving yards.
Calvin Burns chipped in with 96 rushing yards and Austin Wyatt led Sierra with 12 tackles and two sacks.
ARC sophomore receiver Tyler Trosin came into the game with at least one receiving touchdown in every game this season, but Sierra held Trosin to two catches for 26 yards.
The six wins marks the first winning season for Sierra since the Wolverines went 9-1 in 2008. Sierra finished 5-6 last season after falling to San Mateo 49-20 in the Bothman Bulldog Bowl.
Sierra will find out its postseason fate Sunday afternoon when the selection committee meets.