Nevada Union frosh hands Grizzlies first loss in two years |

Nevada Union frosh hands Grizzlies first loss in two years

Nevada Union’s frosh football team downed Granite Bay 28-6 Thursday, beating a team that had not seen a loss in two years and had routed its first three opponents, on Granite Bay’s own field.

NU (4-0) stopped Granite Bay on its first possession on three plays. After returning the punt NU marched down the field using three running backs, Drew Hoskin, Kirby Hopper, and Juan Espinoza. Espinoza finished the drive on a 5-yard run up the middle for a touchdown.

NU drove down to another score, highlighted by a third down 42-yard pass completion from Broughan Jantz to Daniel Pettinatto. Espinoza ran the last few yards to paydirt. Jantz ran for a 2-point conversion and a 14-0 score.

After several exchanges Granite Bay had the ball inside the NU 5-yard line with less than a minute left in the half. On fourth down, Duncan Chapple intercepted a pass in the end zone, returned it 18 yards and NU ran out the clock. Earlier in the game Chris Biertuempfel also had an interception to stall a Grizzlies drive.

In the third quarter, at the Granite Bay 22-yard line, Espinoza took the handoff on a draw play and ran to the end zone untouched.

Hopper later took a fourth-quarter handoff from fellow halfback Hoskin on a reverse and scampered 45 yards for a touchdown to ice the victory.

Hoskin finished with 39 yards on 10 carries, Hopper with 77 yards on 6 carries, and Espinosa with 88 yards on 13 carries. The team totaled 228 yards rushing and Jantz completed 2 of 5 passes for 55 yards.

The defense was led by Pettinato with 11 tackles, Zack Vallejo with 8 tackles, and inspired efforts by Jason Slade, Grant Bandy, Nate Wilkening, and Anthony Olivas.

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