Sierra's Anthony Grady put the Timberwolves on the board with a 52-yard touchdown (Samantha Schmidt).

New Stadium, Old Rivalry: Sierra Timberwolves Upset Lancers on Homecoming Night

Independent Contributor

In East Union's freshly-renovated Dino Cunial Stadium, a heart-pounding showdown between the EU Lancers and Sierra Timberwolves was decided in the last two seconds. Although the Lancers initially secured an early advantage, the Timberwolves took the lead halfway into the second quarter and held onto it throughout the game. After missing the mark on all but one extra point attempt, the Lancers trailed the Timberwolves 31-34.

As the clock wound down, East Union's Jackson Fay returned a punt with an exhilarating 49-yard run that brought the crowd to their feet. With two seconds on the clock, Sierra capitalized on a bad snap by the Lancers and recovered the fumble to put an end to East Union's Homecoming hopes.

Dino Cunial got the festivities underway, cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated stadium named for him. Cunial dedicated 34 years to East Union High School as a coach, teacher, and athletic director (Samantha Schmidt).
East Union sophomore JP Abrew scored on a 47-yard run late in the first quarter (Samantha Schmidt).
East Union's Blake Mount sacks Sierra's Zak Willson (Samantha Schmidt).
Sophmore quarterback Kirk Simoni fights past Sierra's Mason Burke for a Lancer first down (Samantha Schmidt).
During halftime, the Homecoming Court are crowned (Samantha Schmidt)
Sierra's Mario Juarez leaps into the air to intercept a pass intended for EU's Blake Mount (Samantha Schmidt).
Already in the endzone and too late, EU's Vincent Hudson tackles Josh Seals (Samantha Schmidt).

Samantha Schmidt is a freelance photographer and reporter with Her work has also been featured in the Turlock Journal and other Central Valley publications.