Panthers Brace for Wolverines’ Invasion on the Hometown Sports Game of the Week

by Will James

Hometown Sports

Access Sacramento‘s Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week is shifting gears this week and taking its coverage to the “Big House”, and next level of competition; to Hughes Stadium, and California Community College Football.

The focus is placed on a Big-8 Conference opener as the Sierra College Wolverines invade Sacramento City College to take on the host Panthers, Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

The game may be seen in Sacramento County on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.  The game will also be streamed live from

It’s an interesting, if not provocative match-up of two teams with identical 2-2 records.  Both clubs dropped their first two games of the season, then rebounded to notch back-to-back wins and even their records at 2-2 entering Big-8 play.

After seeing his team sputter in its first two games, totaling just 30 points, Sierra College Head Coach, Ben Noonan, has seen his offense explode in its two recent wins, averaging 43 ppg.

In just three games, Freshman QB, Joe Curry, has passed for 663 yards with 70% accuracy, and tossed 10 TD passes.  Ryan Graham and James Budgett lead the ground game, combining for 404 yds. and 8 TD.  Freshman WR, Hassani Zackery, is Curry’s favorite target, hauling in 24 receptions and 5 TD.

Leading tacklers Amir Murray and Steve Brown are the key run-stoppers, Luz Hernandez sparks the pass rush with 3 sacks, and ball-hawking William Brocchini has registered 3 interceptions.

After a slow start to open the season with two losses, SCC Head Coach, Dannie Walker, has seen his team roll up 76 points in its two victories.  Quarterback Jaden Machado is hot, having thrown three TD passes last week in the Panthers’ rout of Shasta.  Reuben Lee is the top receiver, and the rushing attack is sparked by Tyrone Roper, Cameren Nelson, and Trey Bussey.

DB, Eurijah Potts and LB Aarmon Euwing are the Panthers’ leading tacklers.  Defensive Linemen Alex Rowe and Alema Taamu have teamed for 5.5 sacks, and Potts and Cameren Davis have combined to steal 4 interceptions.

On paper the teams have very similar results and stats over their first four games.  The importance of all remaining games has elevated to the vital stage now that conference games are underway.  We’ll see which squad is ready to rock, as the curtain is raised in the Big House for the Big-8 opener.