Sierra Roundup

Wolverines Brace For Another Long Road Trip

Sierra Heads To College of Siskiyous Saturday
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Sierra College football coach Jeff Tisdel is probably wondering this week what he did to make the California state junior college football schedule maker mad. Bracing for another long road trip, Tisdel is hoping that better focus this week will pay dividends for his Wolverines who are still smarting from a 48-28 loss to Feather River last Saturday in Quincy. “We didn’t play that well and didn’t deserve to win,” said Tisdel whose squad is now 1-1. “We made a lot of mistakes plus Feather River is a good team, very much improved.” The trip to Quincy – 150 miles from Rocklin and three and a half hours by bus – will seem like a walk in the park when the Wolverines bus to Weed Saturday for a 1 p.m. game with College of the Siskiyous. The trip to COS is 250 miles one way and will take nearly four and half hours. “We knew coming in that these would be two rough back-to-back trips,” said Tisdel. “We have to do a better job of coming ready to play this week.” Last week’s final score may be a little misleading when you consider that one Feather River touchdown came on a 90-yard pass interception return and another on an 85-yard fumble return. “That’s a four touchdown turnaround,” said the Sierra coach. “The two touchdowns we didn’t get and the two they scored.” In COS, Sierra will be playing a team that is also 1-1. The Eagles won their opener two weeks ago by defeating College of the Redwoods, 35-6. Last week, COS played a good game but lost to highly-ranked Butte, 20-6. “They have a short passing game that gave Butte fits,” said Tisdel. “They have some good athletes. We’ll have to be ready to play.” Sierra’s next home game will be on Sept. 22 when the Wolverines host De Anza of Cupertino. While Sierra is 1-1, the remainder of the Valley Conference teams all won to move to 2-0. American River outlasted Sacramento City, 38-23, Fresno outscored Merced, 48-37, Modesto downed Hartnell, 41-20, Delta drubbed Reedley, 45-17, and Sequoias throttled West Hills, 69-20. History Lesson Speaking of football, it was erroneously reported by another publication that the six touchdown passes that Sierra College quarterback Myles McKee had tossed in the Wolverines’ 68-30 win over Sacramento City on Sept. 1 had tied a school record for TD passes in a game. Not so. On a November afternoon in Rocklin in 1970, a freshman quarterback out of Nevada Union named Gary Mitchell tossed seven scoring passes in a 54-0 rout of Siskiyous. Five of the scoring passes went to Mitchell’s high school teammate Noel White while the other two went to Curt Wurst, a sophomore from Truckee – and current Auburn resident - who would later go on to earn all-conference honors at Fresno State. AD Has Foothill Ties Sierra College’s new interim athletic director Peg Grady comes to Rocklin from City College of San Francisco where she coached basketball for the Rams for 24 seasons. Grady also served as the school’s athletic director and Physical Education Coordinator. Grady – has Peg Speck – got her coaching start at Placer High where she led the 1980 Lady Hillmen to the school’s first CIF Sac-Joaquin Section girls basketball championship. Placer defeated Sierra Foothill League rival Oakmont, 52-50, in the 1980 championship game.