Sierra-Calaveras Player of the Game: Daniel Wyatt

Sierra football senior Daniel Wyatt had four catches for 69 yards with a touchdown, and an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his team's 34-20 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal win Friday at Calaveras High in San Andreas. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

The moniker “D.J.” won’t soon be forgotten by Sierra High athletics fans.

Daniel “D.J.” Wyatt, a Timberwolves senior, was already a pivotal part of his junior year boys basketball team, which won the program’s first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championships. And he was unstoppable in the playoffs, looking like an All-Area Player of the Year candidate for 2015-16.

And he’s taken it to another level in his senior year of football. On Friday, he had four catches for 69 yards, including a 20-yard TD grab from junior quarterback Mark Vicente, and returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown for a 21-14, fourth-quarter lead that would stick.

For that, Wyatt is my Player of the Game for No. 3 Sierra’s 34-20 section Division IV semifinals win over No. 2 Calaveras tonight in San Andreas.


MARK PAULE JR. (Sierra RB, Sr.)

Though Paule hasn’t posted the astronomical numbers he had in 2014, his line worked tirelessly to wear down Calaveras. You saw it in the second half, as Paule delivered a 65-yard touchdown run on a pitch play, and finished with a game-high 121 rushing yards.


Vicente, though many of the passes were screens and swings, had his signature game of the season, because of the stage, going 20 for 25, with 161 yards and a touchdown. He added a pivotal 22-yard touchdown run, in which he tip-toed down the left sideline.


Giangregorio not only ran for a 65-yard touchdown himself, taking some daylight and bursting through it, but on a trick play and a halfpack pass, threw a 55-yard touchdown to wide receiver Trevor Ramirez.

JOSH LEE (Sierra DL, Sr.)

Fellow senior defensive lineman Andrew Guevara gets a lot of the press, but it was Lee who was the major menace to Calaveras tonight, with two sacks of quarterback Dylan Byrd. “Man, he’s a beast. What can I say,” senior linebacker and teammate Enrique Jasso said of Lee.


Ramirez not only hauled in that big play from Giangregorio, using his speed to haul in a beautiful deep pass, but paced the receiving corps with four catches for a game-high 111 yards.

J.J. GONZALEZ (Calaveras RB, Sr.)

Gonzalez kept Calaveras in the game in the first half, turning a basic pass from Byrd into a 90-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7.


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