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Wolves catch Bears napping
There was one team that showed up ready to get nasty at Gregg Le Master Field in Arbuckle on Friday, and it wasn't the Bears.
The Pierce High defense yielded 12 first downs in the first half and the visiting Wolves from Trinity scored on each of their possessions in the first two quarters en route to a 32-20 win over the Bears.
"They were ready to play and we were not, and they were more physical than us in the first half," said Pierce coach Scott Burnum.
For the second week in a row the Bears were dealing with distractions - as last week it was homecoming versus Durham - and on Friday it was Senior Night. "Last week we were lucky," Burnum admitted, "tonight we didn't get breaks that kept us in the game."
The Wolves' Cory Cook scored on a 5-yard run and Izak Steele scored on the conversion run to give Trinity the lead in the opening quarter, but Pierce came back their next time with the ball.
Quarterback Jake Voorhees and Margarito Meza got together for a six-yard completion on fourth-and-5 from the Trinity 33-yard line, and one play later Saul Mendez took it 24 yards around the right side for six, with Juan Padilla tacking on the extra point to make it just a one-point deficit at 8-7.
It was the only time the Bears moved past midfield in the half.
Steele scored two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and ran in two more conversions to make it 24-7 at the break.
The Wolves generated 219 yards of offense before intermission.
Trinity also got the kickoff to begin the second half, and capped an 87-yard drive with quarterback Ryan Higgins running in a keeper, and Cook running in the Wolves' fourth successful two-point conversion. The score entering the fourth quarter stood at 32-7.
After an 18-yard completion from Voorhees to Adolfo Ramirez made it first-and-goal from the 2, Ramirez found the end zone, with the PAT trimming the score to 32-14.
The Bears defense held to force a Trinity three-and-out after the kick, and scored again on a 1-yard plunge by Voorhees with 4:25 left to play. The conversion-pass attempt fell incomplete, but the Bears would get the ball back.
Kicker Juan Padilla popped the onside kick into the air, and the Bears timed it perfectly, making contact with the up man attempting to catch the ball and a scrum ensued, with Adrian Martinez coming out with the ball at the 50.
The Bears got down as far as the 20, but an incomplete pass gave the Wolves the ball back on downs, and they were able to run out the clock.
"We need to come together as a team and go on the road," Burnum said about Friday's trip to Live Oak, "us as a team without all the extra stuff."
Pierce fell to 5-3 for the season and dropped to 2-1 in the Sacramento Valley League, while Trinity improved to 6-2 overall and also 2-1 in the SVL.
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