YOUTH FOOTBALL: 3 Jr. Miners head east for Shine Bowl | TheUnion.com

YOUTH FOOTBALL: 3 Jr. Miners head east for Shine Bowl

The football season just keeps going for three local gridders.

Trayton Santos, James Kinney and Andrew Webster are all headed to Orlando, Florida this weekend to compete in the 2018 California vs. Florida Youth Shrine Bowl.

The three talented players all competed for the Nevada Union Junior Miners 14U team and were selected to play in the Sacramento Youth Football Shrine Bowl held Nov. 18 at Hornet Field in Sacramento. Their effort at that Shrine Bowl earned them a spot on the California Shrine team that will play Florida's Shrine Bowl team as well as a team from Sweden.

"I just want to see what I'm capable of and have a good time with my friends," said Santos, who plays middle linebacker and tight end. "We're going to challenge ourselves and see how we do against the best players."

Webster, who plays receiver and cornerback, said he's excited to represent Nevada County and see how things are done in Florida.

"I'm looking forward to meeting new people from Florida and Sweden, talk to them and see what it's like down there," he said.

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For Kinney, who plays fullback and linebacker, he too is looking forward to representing his home town team on the big stage and also getting some exposure to other coaches and defensive schemes.

"It'll be nice to see the different coaching and different defenses," he said. "It's also fun to be able to represent Nevada Union."

All three players were chosen because of their skill, selflessness and team-first attitude.

They also embraced the giving aspect of the Shrine Bowl, which has players raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"It's nice because we're raising money and playing for kids who can't do it themselves," said Kinney.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.

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