Falcons end season with loss at Whittell
Despite a 113-yard rushing performance by Cole Contreras, the Sierra Lutheran Falcons lost 62-6 Thursday night in their Western 1A 8-man football game against Whittell in Zephyr Cove.
Whittell (6-1 league, 8-1 overall) led 22-6 after one quarter and 46-6 at halftime during the season-ending contest at Gary Lundergreen Field. Sierra Lutheran finished its second football season with a 1-8 overall record, 1-6 in league.
Injuries were a key factor for the Falcons all season, first-year coach Billy McHenry observed. Of six seniors who started the season, Contreras was the only one left on the field for the team’s final three games.
“Injuries crushed us,” he noted. “We only had 12 players dress last week.”
Contreras ran for a touchdown on Sierra Lutheran’s third possession and went on to close out his senior season with 915 rushing yards overall. He also had 128 yards on five kickoff returns, highlighted by a 60-yarder.
The Warriors recovered a Sierra Lutheran fumble on the second play of the game, and needed only two plays to score. Junior Corey Huber ran for a 32-yard touchdown, then punched in the ensuing two-point conversion to put Whittell ahead 8-0 with 10:26 left in the first quarter.
Huber found the end zone on the next drive, the result of a spectacular special teams play. The junior blocked a field goal attempt, scooped up the loose ball and dashed to a 60-yard touchdown return. The 2-point conversion by sophomore Dalton Warswick made it 16-0 with 7:45 left in the first quarter.
Senior Dismas Womack scored two touchdowns for the Warriors, running for 123 yards on five carries and 2-of-4 passing for 74 yards.
Sierra Lutheran sophomore quarterback Thomas Mellum completed three of nine pass attempts. Nathan Waite caught two balls for 16 yards and Alex Bernhard had one reception for 28 yards. Austin Stone also rushed for 55 yards on nine carries for the Falcons.
Of interest, 105-pound freshman Caleb Contreras came on late in the game and played quarterback with his brother in the same backfield for the Falcons.
“Caleb did a great job playing some QB late,” McHenry said. “It was cool to see him and Cole in the backfield together.”
Whittell, the 2015 state 8-man football runner-up, is now set to travel for the first round of the playoffs Friday in a 7 p.m. contest at Eastern 1A champion Wells (4-1, 6-4).