Football: Sierra Canyon escapes upset bid from Serra of Gardena

Sierra Canyon remains unscathed, escapes loss to Serra

By Jacob H. Pollon


The Sierra Canyon football is 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mission League.

The Sierra Canyon football team will be in the Division 1 playoffs.

Things got hairy Friday night in a Mission League first-place showdown but the Trailblazers scored late and held on for the win.

Dane Dunn ran into the end zone with 1:01 remaining and Sierra Canyon withstood a Jimmy Butler hail Mary to come away with a 35-28 victory.

Dunn finished with 69 yards rushing on 18 carries and two touchdowns.

Terrell “Choppa” Cooks had 75 yards on 12 carries and Wyatt Becker had a 6-yard touchdown run in a balanced offensive attack for Sierra Canyon.

Becker was 16-21 for 189 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to Kwazi Gilmer and a 21-yard touchdown to Cole Crawford (made a crazy nice catch in the end zone on the play).

Gilmer caught five passes for 80 yards, leading a receiving corp that saw eight different players catch passes.

Things got off to a crazy start when Serra scored two quick touchdowns and took a 14-0 lead just minutes into the game.

Cameron Wilcott-Harris ran in from 48 yards out, going through the Trailblazers defense like Swiss cheese.

Tre Harrison then intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

Sierra Canyon settled down and tied it with Crawford’s acrobatic catch just before halftime. The Trailblazers would not trail, again.

Butler was 12-22 for 188 yards, Cincere Rhaney gained 70 yards on 15 carries and Oregon-bound Zacharyus Williams caught seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Serra will be a favorite to win Division 2.

Sierra Canyon goes for just the third regular season undefeated season on school history when it hosts Chaminade at 7 p.m. Friday