Sierra College swaps quarterbacks again

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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Here he goes again. Jeff Tisdel is switching quarterbacks for the second time this season with Sierra College’s football team. The head coach is creating a “two-headed monster,” with Halloween rapidly approaching. Sam Martinez will start Saturday when the Wolverines host Fresno City at 1 p.m. Martinez regained the job after starting the first two games and being replaced by Tanner Mathias in the second. The tables were turned last Saturday night when Martinez replaced Mathias in the 32-28 loss at Reedley. Mathias was hooked after going 3-of-16 for 63 yards with two interceptions. Martinez earned a second chance to start by going 4-of-6 for 96 yards and a touchdown. His 49-yard pass to tight end Michael Gray put the Wolverines in position to take the lead with 3:46 left. The Tigers rallied by converting a third-and-11 play into a 33-yard touchdown strike with 1:18 to play. Martinez lost the job by throwing six interceptions in six quarters, including two that were returned for touchdowns. That was then for Martinez, and this is now for Mathias with the Wolverines 0-1 in the Valley Conference and 3-3 overall. Tisdel said it is likely he will use both quarterbacks Saturday and then see who has the “hot hand.” “The last thing I want to do is play musical quarterbacks,” Tisdel said. “I’ve got to give the other kid a chance. (Mathias) understands that. They both know I’m going to evaluate them each week.” Tisdel is also evaluating the status of running back Zack Graves, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Sierra’s 27-21 overtime victory over Feather River on Oct. 9. Graves did not play against Reedley, and there is little chance of the 2009 Whitney High School graduate returning to action this week. Graves has rushed for 447 yards on 123 carries. Dalton Dyer started at running back last Saturday and gained 104 yards on 29 carries. The freshman from Placer High has 52 carries in the past two weeks after having none in the first four.