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Sierra Looking To Rebound In 2012

Wolverines eager to atone for subpar 3-7 campaign
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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ROCKLIN – When the California Community College Football Association pre-season poll for Northern California teams was released earlier this week there was a familiar name conspicuously missing from the top 20 squads. In fact, of the six Valley Conference teams, only Sierra College was absent from the Nor Cal poll. And, according to Sierra head coach Jeff Tisdel, rightfully so. “We were 3-7 last year and don’t deserve to be ranked,” said Tisdel. “We didn’t do a good job either offensively or defensively last year and as coaches we need to do a better job this season.” For Tisdel, the 2011 season was indeed an unusual one. Three games into the campaign he stepped aside from his coaching duties because of health issues. He then grimaced and groaned from the press box as the Wolverines suffered their worst record in over a decade. The coup de grace of a 2-3 Valley Conference season was an embarrassing 84-34 loss to College of Sequoias in the season finale. Now back at the Sierra helm and cleared with a clean bill of health, Tisdel is hoping that the Wolverines will make amends for the poor 2011 campaign. “We’ve got to get back on track this season,” said Tisdel who in the eight-season period from 2002 to 2009 engineered the Wolverines to six conference championships including three in the Division I Valley Conference. “I think we’re bigger and better athletically this season. It’s a good start.” Sierra, which hosts Sacramento City Saturday at 1 p.m. in its 2012 season opener, figures to be stronger at the quarterback position this season. Leading the way at the QB spot will be Butte transfer and former Tennessee commit Miles McKee who according to Tisdel has a “big time arm”. He’ll be joined by Zach Mcelroy formerly of Bishop Manogue of Reno. The team’s top running backs include Zach Davis and Casey Lambert, both of Roseville, DeMarcus Jones from Alabama and Mark Jenkins of Pleasant Grove. Expected to be top receivers for the Wolverines are wide receivers Vince Maley of Inderkum and Frank Gomes of Hiram Johnson. The defense should also have its share of standouts led by a pair of former Nevada linebackers. Luke Arciniega (Spainish Springs) and Zach Williams (Douglas) who will play inside and outside respectively. Arciniega, 6-2, 235, has already attracted Div. I attention and has several offers including one from Arkansas. Tisdel has been impressed with his team’s early workouts and pointed out that every week is a tough game. “We have a tough schedule again,” said Tisdel. “And our conference should be very, very strong once again.” 2012 Sierra College Football Sept. 1- Sacramento City - Rocklin – 1 p.m. Sept. 8 – at Feather River – Quincy – 5 p.m. Sept. 15 – at Siskiyous – Weed – 1 p.m. Sept. 22 – DeAnza – Rocklin – 1 p.m. Sept. 29 – at Foothill – Los Altos – 1 p.m. Oct. 6 - BYE Oct. 13 – Fresno City – Rocklin – 1 p.m. Oct. 20 – at Modesto – Modesto – 6 p.m. Oct. 27 – Sequoias – Rocklin – 1 p.m. Nov. 3 – San Joaquin Delta – Rocklin – 1 p.m. Nov. 10 – at American River – Sacramento – 1 p.m.