Sierra tripped up in San Francisco

By: Eric J. Gourley Journal Sports Writer
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SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Michalkiewicz glanced at the final score and shook his head. In a game that was still up for grabs midway through the fourth quarter, City College of San Francisco scored two late touchdowns to beat Sierra College 35-21 Saturday afternoon in a battle of California powers. “We held each other tight all game, so whoever made the big plays was obviously going to win,” Michalkiewicz said. “They made two big plays and they won. That’s football. We’re two good teams and they barely beat us. It looks worse on the scoreboard.” The Granite Bay graduate caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown for the Wolverines, who fell to 2-1 overall. The Rams, ranked fifth in the state and third in Northern California, didn’t reach the end zone during a defense-dominated first half. Sierra, which entered the game ranked fourth in California and second in NorCal, scored on its first possession. Quarterback Jeff Nelson’s 28-yard strike to Justin Chastain with 11:06 left in the first quarter capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive. “We came out really focused,” Tisdel said.” The first drive of the game was picture-perfect.” San Francisco’s Jens Alnervik kicked field goals of 31 and 27 yards to cut the halftime deficit to 7-6. The Rams (3-0) scored four touchdowns in the second half. They tied the score at 21 on their first play of the fourth quarter, a 46-yard touchdown from quarterback Darius Bell to a wide-open Anthony Amos down the sideline. “It was just broken coverage,” Tisdel said. “Our kids fought till the absolute end. (San Francisco) had some big plays at the end, but we made some big plays prior to that. We gave up a few big plays when we had the lead.” Bell gave San Francisco its first lead on a 7-yard scamper with 6:30 remaining and sealed the victory with a 19-yard scoring pass to John Jackson with less than three minutes left. Nelson, who completed 21 of 43 passes for 283 yards, tossed a 28-yard TD pass to Michalkiewicz and a 1-yard scoring strike to tight end Jacob Segarra, a Golden Sierra graduate. The Wolverines will return to Homer “Buzz” Ostrom Stadium next Saturday for their home opener against American River, their penultimate tune-up for their Oct. 17 Valley Conference opener against San Joaquin Delta. “We finally get to play a home game,” Tisdel said. “We’ve been on the road for three weeks and I think our kids competed really well for three weeks. They’ve improved a ton every week. We just need to keep improving by the time we get to league play.”