Jesuit ends NU’s year at 12…and 1
The Nevada Union football team’s dream season came to a screeching halt with a 27-16 loss to Jesuit (Carmichael) in the Sacramento City Championship at Hughes Stadium Friday.
The Miners (12-1), who knocked the Marauders out of last year’s Sac-Joaqun Section Division I playoffs with a 42-20 second round decision, had their chances but couldn’t grab the win.
“They were everything we thought they’d be and more,” Jesuit fullback Joe Welch said of the previously undefeated Miners. “But tonight was all about coming out here and taking care of business. We worked our (butts) off and got it done.”
Jesuit (12-0) will play Lincoln (Stockton), which shut out Turlock South 41-0 in the semifinal at the University of the Pacific.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of our young men tonight,” NU head coach Dave Humphers said. “We just asked them to give their all this year and play with heart and passion. And they did from the start of the season to the final moments. When were looking grim, they just stuck together and encouraged each other and believed it was still going to happen.”
It looked like it was going to be another Miner (12-1) blowout early when NU’s Jason Roenicke intercepted a C.J. Bacher pass on Jesuit’s first play from scrimmage.
NU drove deep into Marauder territory, but came away with nothing after Kyle McTighe missed a field goal.
On Jesuit’s next possession, Chris Buck silenced the Miner faithful with an 80-yard touchdown run off left tackle.
NU answered with a 51-yard scoring drive on its next touch, capped by a Ryan Herrera one-yard run.
Herrera finished with 99 yards on 16 carries and both of NU’s touchdowns.
Jesuit came right back on their next possession.
Buck, Armond Jackson and fullback Joe Welch combined for all of the Marauders’ 74 yards on 11 carries to give the Delta League champs a lead they would never give up.
“(They ran the ball pretty well in the first half) but I think we did a pretty good job of shutting them down in the second. But, we just got beat by a better team,” NU linebacker Mike Manzinali, who totaled a team-high 16 tackles, said.
NU’s offense moved the ball up and down the field, but turned the ball over (three fumbles) one too many times.
“That’s just a part of the game. It’s a bummer, but it happens. You’ve got to keep your head pu and keep going,” Manzinali added.
Joey Bratton led the way for the Miner rushing offense with 116 yards on 15 carries. Chris Thibodeau finished with 72 yards on 11 carries.
NU quarterback Jon Sheets totaled 137 yards on 8-of-16 passing. Joe Dolan had three catches for 79 yards.
On defense, Steve Kenny finished with nine tackles. Brandon Julian had seven in the loss.
Ron Speights tallied six tackles with two sacks.
Jesuit 6 8 7 6 -27
NU 7 3 6 0 – 16
J – Chris Buck 80 run (kick failed), 7:52.
NU – Ryan Herrera 19 run (Kyle McTighe kick), 3:43.
J – Buck 1 run (pass good), 9:23.
NU – McTighe 39 FG 4:47.
J – Buck 1 run (Adam Collins kick), 3:20.
NU – Herrera 1 run (run failed), :35.
J – Mike Frazer 19 pass from C.J. Bacher (pass failed), 6:41.
Quarter by quarer:
evada Union 7 3 6 0<16
Jesuit (Carmichael) 6 8 7 6<27
Television: 8 p.m. today and Sunday, FCAT Channel 11
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