The College of the Sequoias Football team lost to Sierra College 41-28 on Saturday after blowing an 11-point lead heading into the 4th quarter.
COS starting Quarterback Raul Alvarez went down in the second quarter with a lower leg injury after he was hit scrambling out of the pocket. Replacing Alvarez was back up Jamaine Leverett.
COS got off to a great start in the game after returning the opening kickoff for 45 yards to the Sierra 46 yardline. The Giants weren’t able to do anything with the good field position and ended up punting. Sierra put points on the board first with a touchdown pass by Anthony Silva to Calvin Burns for 75 yards. COS did not score at all in the first quarter.
In the beginning of the second quarter, Alvarez went out of the game due to the injury. Leverett came into the game and threw a touchdown pass on his first attempt to Jorvonte Jones for 24 yards. Leverett tossed his second touchdown pass to Dylan Pakau for 21 yards. The Giants went into halftime leading 14-7.
Sierra tied up the game early in the third quarter on a 36-yard touchdown reception by Ty Shepard from Silva. COS answered back with a tocudown pass from Leverett to Pakau for 20 yards, Pakau’s second of the game.
COS’ Trey Washington was ejected from the game after getting into a fight on the field. A Sierra player was also ejected. Following the scuffle Michael Cloutier booted a 39-yard field goal to bring the Wolverines within 4 points. The Giants answered back with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Leverett to Jones, his third of the game. The Giants lead 28-17 at the end of the third quarter.
The Start of fourth quarter was the turning point for Sierra. Silva connected with Isiah Walters for 30 yards to bring the Wolverines within 4 points. Sliva then tossed a 4-yard pass to Serge Lazaresku for a touchdown to give Sierra the lead. Late in the fourth, Cloutier kicked another field goal from 29 yards out. Sierra put the dagger in with a 8-yard run from Michael Davis to give them a secure lead, 41-28. COS drove the ball down the field late but ended up turning over the ball on an interception.
Leverett finished the game with four touchdown passes and 256 yards. D’Wayne Childs lead rushing for the Giants with 13 yards. Pakau finished with 111 receiving yards and Jones with 79 yards. Both had two touchdown receptions.
For the Wolverines, Silva tossed four touchdown passes and 261 yards. Burns lead in rushing with 104 yards and a touchdown. Burns also lead in receiving for Sierra with 87 yards and a touchdown.
COS now goes to 6-2 on the season and 1-2 in the Valley Conference dropping to fifth place. Sierra improves to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the VC, now in third place.
The Giants have two games left on the season. Their next game will be at American River College on Nov. 9 at 1pm. COS’ last home game of the season is on Nov. 16 against Fresno City College at 1pm.