Pierce football surges late to shut door on Hamilton

Brian Pearson | Williams Pioneer Review

The Pierce High varsity football team found itself in a close game heading into the latter goings of their contest against the Hamilton Braves last Friday, but found a way to put the game out of reach by the time all was said and done, walking away with a 28-7 victory.

“Again, we started a little slow, and we made some mistakes, but we made plays when we needed to,” Pierce head coach Don Friel said.

Pierce’s offense amassed 442 total yards against Hamilton, including 287 yards on the ground. Levi Kalfsbeek led the way for the Bears rushing attack, to the tune of 98 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Close behind him was Ralph Delgado, who finished with 95 yards and a touchdown. Sergio Saavedra also scored for the Bears, and added 20 yards on the ground.

“There were some other backs that ran the ball as well,” Friel said.

As it was last week, Pierce’s passing game was explosive, if sparsely used. Quarterback Dutch Kalfsbeek was 5-9 for 155 yards, 125 of which came on passes to Cole Travis — including a 54-yard touchdown strike in the first half.

The Bears were up 14-0 heading into the intermission. In the third quarter, Braves running back Michael Romo gashed the Bears defense for a long touchdown following a Pierce fumble. After the Hamilton touchdown, the scoreboard showed 14-7.

If the storyline sounds familiar, that’s because it is: Last week against Esparto, the Bears jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, which they held going into halftime. Their opponent struck first in the second half, narrowing Pierce’s margin to a single possession. From there, however, Pierce’s defense went on to shut out Esparto, while its offense racked up 21 unanswered points.

It was more of the same against the Braves, as the Bears scored the last 14 points of the contest, all of which came in the fourth quarter.

“We got challenged a little bit,” Friel said. “It was good to see the kids have the maturity to battle through, and still be able to put some more scores on the board.”

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net