YOUTH FOOTBALL: Nevada Union Jr. Miners win SVUSA North Championship |

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Nevada Union Jr. Miners win SVUSA North Championship

The Union staff

The Nevada Union Jr. Miners won the Sierra Valley USA North Jr. Midgets Championship Saturday, beating Woodland 58-22.

Behind a complete team effort the Nevada Union Jr. Miners struck gold in the Sierra Valley USA North Jr. Midgets Championship Game, beating Woodland 58-22, Saturday in Roseville.

Leading the Jr. Miners was Santino Sanchez-Lane with an incredible 259 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries. Sanchez-Lane reached pay dirt on runs of 59, 26, 66 and 36.

The Jr. Miners (10-1) fell behind, 8-0, early in the first quarter, but Woodland's lead wouldn't last long. Aiden Wahl got the Jr. Miners on the board with a 7-yard touchdown run to get NU within two at 8-6. Jaxon Horne added a 7-yard touchdown run to give the Jr. Miners their first lead of the game.

The second quarter is when Sanchez-Lane and the Jr. Miners took off. Sanchez-Lane scored three second quarter touchdowns and Wahl took an interception back for a score as NU went into halftime up 42-22.

Sanchez-Lane punched in a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Horne put the cherry on top with an 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Horne finished 70 yards and the two rushing touchdowns on eight carries. Wahl rounded out the multi-weapon backfield with 107 rush yards on nine carries. Sanchez-Lane, Wahl and Horne combined for 436 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 25 carries.

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Creating big holes and paving the way for the Jr. Miners running backs was center Caleb Johnson, left guard Devin Sunde, left tackle Ezra Tout, right guard Danny Freedman, right tackle John Stanley and tight end Ayrton Swasey.

With the run game working so well, quarterback J.T. Conway didn't have to throw the ball much, completing one pass to A.J. Meyer for eight yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Meyer had 11 tackles (six solo) and a fumble recovery, Horne pulled down nine (eight solo), Devin Sunde had nine (five solo, three for a loss) and a fumble recovery, Sanchez-Lane came through with three solo tackles including a sack, and Andrew Gannon chipped in with four tackles (two solo).

As a team the Jr. Miners held Woodland to just 95 yards from scrimmage and forced three turnovers.

In other Jr. Miners championship action, NU's Mighty Mites team took third place at the Mighty Mite Bowl in Roseville.

After taking down No. 4 seed Marysville, 13-12, the No. 6 seed Jr. Miners faced off with No. 2 seed Woodland in the semifinals, but fell 14-0.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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