Falcons battle Warriors to the end
Special to The R-C
The Sierra Lutheran High School football team went against the Excel Christian Warriors on Saturday in Sparks.
As it was their homecoming game, the Warriors went out strong and played tough. Within the first five minutes of the game, the Warriors already scored a touchdown. They were denied on the 2-point conversation, however, as the receiver was tackled by senior Zach Ferenz.
As Excel kicked off to Sierra Lutheran, Sierra ran the ball and scored a touchdown by Alex Westre. Freshman kicker Logan Schinzing missed his first PAT kick.
The Warriors scored another touchdown, raising the score to 12-6. Again, they kicked off to the Falcons, and after an abundance of plays, Westre ran for the touchdown and Schinzing kicked the PAT to bring the Falcons within 13-12.
In the last few minutes of the first quarter, the Warriors made another touchdown, but again, missed the conversion.
In the second quarter, the Falcons stepped up their game, keeping their defense strong and their offense even stronger. The Falcons scored two touchdowns, the first by Westre, and the second by Ferenz. Schinzing kicked another PAT to give Sierra Lutheran a 26-18 lead that stood at halftime.
The Warriors matched Sierra Lutheran with aggression of their own. Sierra tried to keep it up, but Excel was determined. The Warriors scored two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion to take a 32-26 lead.
Sierra Lutheran junior Jake Cummings scored a touchdown, along with another PAT by Schinzing.
This was definitely a game to watch.
Sierra Lutheran had a phenomenal game, regardless of the score, putting up some great stats. Sterling Funk had some impressive tackles, 10 solo and three assists. The team had 81 tackles. Ferenz intercepted a pass in the second quarter and returned it 15 yards.
Quarterback Ryan Salerno had 56 rushing yards and 35 passing yards. Cummings had 85 total receiving yards. Cole Contreras had 57 kick return yards.
“The kids played very well,” head coach Jacob Schumacher said. “We have so many things that we can build off of. We had a few mistakes at critical moments that cost us. But mistakes happen and we, as coaches, have to help our athletes not make the same mistake twice.”
He added: “Hats off to Excel. They battled back after being down at half and they capitalized on two of our turnovers. It was a hard fought game.”
Earlier that day, the Falcons faced the Warriors in volleyball. The varsity played very well, winning all three sets, the scores being 25-16, 25-13 and 25-10.
Sidney Johnson and Brynna Hansen both had four kills. Hansen also had 14 service points, 10 being aces.
JV volleyball also won against Excel, winning both sets played 25-12 and 25-8.
Amanda Almeida had 15 points, 11 being aces. Lindsey James had three kills.
For cross country, there was some great news on Saturday when the Falcons ran at the Stanford University Invitational. Among more than 2,500 participants, the Sierra Lutheran boys team placed 15th out of 27 teams in Division 5 (small schools) and ninth out of 24 teams in the Division 5 girls division.
For the boys, there were 190 participants in the 5,000 meter race. Ricky McNeely ran 16:54.6 to place 26th. Jared Marchegger placed 44th in 17:20.3, Steven Flanagan 86th in 18:34.9, Tyler Waite 97th in 18:52.3, Daniel Barulich 149th in 20:29.3 and Brandon Hall 179th in 22:18.4.
In the Division 5 girls race, there were 149 participants. Elaina Marchegger was in 22nd place with a time of 20:11.9. Just three places behind in 25th, was Claire Davison with a time of 20:43.9. Emily McNeely placed 64th in 22:03.8, Emma Herron 73rd in 22:23.9, Taylor Davison 121st in 24:15 and Hannah Martinez 140th in 25:34.6.
Watch our Falcons play at Mineral County this Friday at 4, 5 and 7 p.m. when they take on the Mineral County Serpents in volleyball and football. Also, the South Tahoe cross country meet is today at South Tahoe High school. Next week, Sierra Lutheran hosts a Western Division I volleyball match against Coleville.
Come support our Falcons.
Editor’s note: Shelby Jones, a student at Sierra Lutheran High, writes “A Falcon’s View” for The R-C.