STERLING – It took three plays for Sterling to get on the scoreboard against Alleman. A Pioneers option play went for a loss, a pitch on second-and-13 fell to the turf to be picked up by Sterling’s Isaiah Ryan, and Negil Bruce punched it in from the 8 on the following play.
Sterling’s offense kept moving the ball, the defense did its part in bottling up Alleman’s attack, and the Warriors extended their regular-season winning streak to 21 with a 42-7 win on Friday at Roscoe Eades Stadium.
Ryan, in addition to the fumble recovery to set up the first touchdown, intercepted a Sam Mattecheck pass in the third quarter.
“So far we’d only forced one turnover coming into this game,” Ryan said. “We stressed that this whole week. Coach [Mike] LeMay and coach [Jon] Schlemmer keep emphasizing turnovers. Flip the field, anything to get the offense going.”
Bruce’s 8-yard score on Sterling’s first offensive play was only the start for the Golden Warriors’ ground game. Bruce added a 1-yard score on Sterling’s next drive, and a 32-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
“Just throughout practice, we were practicing our [isolations] and counters,” Bruce said. “Just doing the same thing we do every day. It’s good to see it pay off.”
Marquez Williams got Sterling (3-0) into scoring position on the second drive, running to the right for 16 yards, to the left for 11, then up the middle for 12 to get the ball to the Alleman 11. Williams later scored from 31 yards out with just over 3 minutes left in the half to make it 28-0.
Weston Sisson scored on a 41-yard jet sweep, and Cooper Willman scrambled his way to a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Alleman (2-1) had 24 total yards from its first five drives before putting together two promising drives late in the second quarter. However, Alek Duran ended one with an interception, and Mattecheck was limited to a 2-yard gain on a third-and-6 to stall the next drive near midfield.
On its first drive of the third quarter, Alleman took the ball from its own 6 to the Sterling 14 before an intentional grounding penalty, a slew of incomplete passes, and an Ezra Torres sack on fourth down stopped the drive.
“We had a couple of individual plays where we did a nice job, and then we took a couple of penalties that took us back out of field position,” Alleman coach Todd Depoorter said. “We can’t self-destruct like that. We’ve got to be more disciplined than that.”
Sterling 42, Alleman 7
Player of the game: Negil Bruce, Sterling, 79 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
He said it: “This whole week we emphasized [Alleman quarterback Sam Mattecheck]. He’s a great player, he’s really fast. For the most part, we contained him besides a couple of plays. If we stayed gap assignment, we stopped him.” Sterling defensive back Isaiah Ryan