The Nevada Union football team endured another lopsided loss Friday night at Hooper Stadium, its third in three weeks, this time falling 62-7 to the Pleasant Grove Eagles.
“We need to do the simple stuff,” Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan said. “We need to tackle; we need to block; we need to execute. Every game has been the same so far, but when you’re dealing with so many young kids, it may happen game one of next year. It might happen week six. I don’t know, but when it clicks, we will keep working.”
Everything seemed to be clicking for the Eagles (3-0) Friday night. After fumbling away their opening possession, the Eagles held the Miners (0-3) on fourth-and-6 from the 36, then on the very next play, Demaree Morris broke a couple tackles and sprinted 64 yards for the touchdown.
Morris finished with a game-high 148 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries. Pleasant Grove was unstoppable on the ground, eating up 394 yards and scoring seven rushing touchdowns. Ten different Eagles ran the ball, averaging 12.3 yards per carry as a team.
After Pleasant Grove’s opening touchdown, the Miners went three-and-out. On the Eagles’ very first play after receiving the punt, quarterback Deaundre Terrell connected with Wyatt Demps, who took it 63 yards to the house, putting Pleasant Grove up 14-0 in the first.
Terrell finished with an efficient 7-for-9 day that amassed 150 yards and a touchdown before sitting most of the second half. Terrell was picked once in the game when Gareth Noxon intercepted the ball for NU near its own goal line and brought it out to the 30.
The Miners’ defense stiffened after allowing the first two scores, and the offense showed some signs of life as the two teams battled closely until around the four-minute mark in the second quarter. With 4:13 left in the half, Morris busted off a 21-yard touchdown run for the Eagles to extend the lead to 21 points.
On the Miners’ next possession, sophomore quarterback Justus Spillner was picked by Sedrick Thomas who took the ball back 48 yards for the touchdown.
Spillner split time with junior Chase Loper, who started, throughout the game.
Spillner finished 4-for-9 for 43 yards and at times showed promise. Loper was 2-for-6 for 10 yards. Catching the bulk of the passes was sophomore Drew Reynolds with four catches for 43 yards.
Pleasant Grove wasn’t done scoring in the first half as with just around a minute left, Brandon Lewis ripped off a 24-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 35-0 at half.
In the third quarter, it was more of the same, just with the Pleasant Grove backups busting off big runs and scoring. By the fourth quarter, Nevada Union was trailing 55-0.
The Eagles would make it 62-0 on a Korey Gonzales 22-yard touchdown run.
The Miners finally got on the board when Noxon took the ball 71 yards on a counter play for NU’s only touchdown. Noxon led the Miners on the ground with an NU season-high 115 yards on 12 carries. Travis Owens added 43 yards on seven carries, Jake Berger chipped in 30 yards, and Brandon Lopez tallied 25 yards.
“I was proud that our offense moved the ball,” Houlihan said. “We put together a nice drive, but just like an inexperienced team, it just faltered. But they were ready, they were fired up, they wanted to move the ball, and they did. We just didn’t capitalize.”
So far this season, the Miners have been outscored 142-29 through three games.
“It’s just a matter of us playing teams that are better then us right now,” Houlihan said. “We’re still trying to figure ourselves out right now. We’re still running our stuff, and we’re doing it with a lot of youngsters.”
The Miners get a change of scenery next week when they travel for the first time this season. NU will take on Chico Sept. 21 at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico.
JV: Pleasant Grove 41, Nevada Union 6
The Miners dropped another one-sided game Friday, losing handily to the Eagles.
Nevada Union’s quarterback James Schnitzius tallied the Miners only points on a 47-yard touchdown run. Brandon Mrozowski added 38 yards on the ground.
On defense, Anthony Carcamo led the way with nine tackles, Caleb Patterson gobbled up four ball carriers, including two for a loss, and Hap Rowe scooped up a fumble.
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