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Bears hold Williams scoreless in Rice Bowl for 2nd consecutive year
The harvest moon arrived Thursday and the Pierce High football team enjoyed a bountiful yield against Colusa County rival Williams during the Rice Bowl Friday night at Gregg LeMaster Field in Arbuckle.
Sophomore running back Garrett Brainard put the Bears ahead with a 23-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and would go on to lead Pierce with 92 yards and two touchdowns as they beat the Yellowjackets 33-0.
Senior linebacker Adolfo Ramirez recovered a fumbled exchange deep in Williams territory and quarterback Jake Voorhees connected with Oscar Sanchez for a 16-yard touchdown pass three plays later.
Sanchez was the team's starting quarterback earlier this season but was injured in week two. Pierce coach Scott Burnum liked how Voorhees played in the Bears' win last week against East Nicolaus, and with Sanchez still not 100 percent, opted to use Sanchez at receiver this week.
Sanchez was used sparingly but made an impact each time he touched the ball. He had one carry for eight yards, caught one pass for a touchdown and returned a punt 30 yards.
Voorhees again played well, rushing for 33 yards on four carries and completing 2 of 4 passes for 19 yards with a touchdown. His one mistake was on a fade to the goal line which Williams defensive back Sal Garcia intercepted with less than a minute left in the first half.
However, Pierce senior linebacker Joe Howard recovered a fumble two plays later.
"We came out and wanted to win, we knew what they were running, we knew every single play and we played hard," Howard said. "We emphasized attack, attack, attack the whole week and that's what we did."
Saul Mendez put the Bears up 25-0 by the end of the first half, scoring two second quarter touchdowns on runs of 4 and 6 yards. Mendez finished the game with 83 yards on 17 carries.
Neither team scored in the third quarter but the Yellowjackets put together their best drive of the game, marching 55 yards to the Pierce 25 before a chop block stalled their momentum.
Senior Freddy Cervantes carried the ball eight times for 41 yards on that drive and finished the game with 17 carries for 60 yards and added a falling, one-handed 31-yard reception in the first half.
"It's a tough one, especially losing to them last season when we didn't score a point on these guys," Cervantes said.
Cervantes accounted for 91 of the Yellowjackets' 117 total yards, who were playing without their injured big-play threat Fabian Ruvalcaba, while Bears racked up 267 total yards.
"This team is going to change the next few years,"Cervantes said about the Yellowjackets, who have five sophomores. "They're going to go somewhere, I know they are."