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Manual: Senior quarterback Marcus Sierra is an old-school soul
Marcus is the son to Angie Sierra and grandson to Savino Sierra from Peoria,Il
Sept. 5th 2014 U.T.H.S. will play at home against Manual
PHOTO/ RON JOHNSON/JOURNAL STAR
Marcus Sierra of Manual.
PEORIA — Fewer high school kids play three sports these days, compared to the past.
Marcus Sierra is one of the old-school student athletes.
He’s a fourth-year member of the Manual football team, and plans to play basketball and baseball for the fourth time in as many years. He figures to leave school with nine varsity letters, and ranks in the top 10 in his class academically.
“When I first got to Manual some of the coaches and people I talked to said not to put all my eggs in one basket,” Sierra said. “Grades have always been important, and all through high school there has never been a point when I was ready to give up a sport.”
Sierra, as a sophomore, played varsity football at receiver, quarterback and running back. As a junior last season he started all nine games at quarterback.
In two seasons he’s rushed for 642 yards and eight touchdowns, passed for 800 yards and eight touchdowns and has 14 receptions with one TD.
Manual is winless over that span and will bring a 24-game losing streak into the season opener against Rock Island.
“People ask why I’ve stayed with football,” Sierra said. “I’m not going to quit just because we haven’t won.”
Sierra has grown up on Peoria’s south side. He lives in a house near Harrison Homes and attended grade school at Trewyn.
“As a kid I remember dreaming about playing for Manual,” he said.
Sierra broke in with the Manual baseball team as a freshman and has been a starting outfielder since his sophomore year. He once again figures as a contributing reserve on a talented Rams basketball team.
“We all have to accept our role, no matter the sport,” he said. “My role in basketball has been to bring energy and defense. That’s how I get my time on the court.”
Sierra in football also is ticketed as a third-year defensive back for the Rams. Ed Cagle is in his first season as head coach.
“We don’t necessarily want to ask Marcus to play quarterback and be full time on defense,” Cagle said.
“But his best chance to play football in college might be at free safety so we’re going to play him there to show what he can do.”
Sierra said he’s received a variety of letters of interest from colleges.
“I’ve got a few things for football and for baseball,” he said. “I’ve got a shoebox full of stuff for academics.”
One thing for Sierra that will be different as a senior will be his hair. The dreadlocks he’s wearing in the accompanying photograph have but cut.
“Probably my first real haircut since about third grade,” he said. “I was ready to try something different.”
the basic stuff
last season: 0-9 (0-3 Mid-State 6; fourth place). Playoffs: None likely playoffs class: 4A
coach: Ed Cagle (first season)
Basil McClain (Sr. OT, 6-3, 265), Keundre Moore (Sr. OG, 6-2, 280) and Jesus Romero (Sr., C 5-10, 280) are third-year players on an offensive line that includes juniors Devin Watts (OT, 6-3, 300) and Orlando Lee (OG, 6-0, 270). … Devonte Keeton (Jr., 120 rush yds.), Randy Simms (Sr., 134 rush yds.), Kalven Hines (Sr., 99 rush yds., 1 TD), Michael Simms (Sr., 26 rush yds.), projected starting FB Alandis Tolliver (Sr., 42 rush yds.) and Treyvon White (Jr.) are part of a deep and experienced backfield. … Marcus Sierra is the returning starter at QB. Last season he rushed for a team-high eight TDs and passed for 798 yards with seven TDs and 16 INTs. The big and veteran receiving corps includes 6-5 junior LeRoy Smith (20 rec., 5 TDs), 6-foot senior E.J. Milor (9 rec., 2 TDs), 6-6 senior Anton Ivy (2 rec.) and 5-11 senior Ky Williams. … Kameron Wyatt (Jr., 5-9, 240), Moore and McClain are part of the rotation on the defensive line. … Lee, White and Hines have been tabbed as opening-night starters at linebacker. … An athletic defensive backfield includes Tolliver (SS), Sierra (FS), Milor (CB), Keeton (CB), junior Jacobe Marizetts, and classmate Javaughn Ware, also No. 2 on the QB depth chart.
Manual has about 45 players, sophomore through senior, including third-year varsity players along both lines, at linebacker and in the offensive and defensive backfield. The roster includes some of the school’s best athletes, with Sierra, Smith, Ivy and Keeton all returning members of the varsity basketball team. The Rams figure to be improved, although wins will be tough to come by against a schedule of fellow city schools and Western Big Six teams on the nonconference slate.
Manual opens the season with a 24-game losing streak. The Rams last won in Week 3 of 2011, a 24-7 victory over Chicago Clark on a Saturday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.
the big game
The season opener at home against Rock Island: A competitive performance against maybe the favorite in the Western Big Six could set the tone for the next eight weeks.
“We’re not big on numbers but we’ve got experience and athletes and they’re hungry. We intend to make opponents play for four quarters.” — Ed Cagle