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Jr. Miners battle Antelope at homecoming

The Jr. Miners charge onto the field at Hooper Stadium for a Saturday matchup with Antelope. It was Homecoming for Nevada Union.
Submitted by Tiffany Graves |

After five consecutive games on the road, the Nevada Union Jr. Miners finally had a home game, and to make it a little more special it was also homecoming.

On their home turf and in front of the homecoming crowd, the Jr. Miners Midget squad improved to 5-1 with a dominant 50-6 victory over the Antelope Jr. Titans.

Dawson Fay continued his impressive season with 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Tyler Nielson got into the action adding two rushing touchdowns, and Cole Anderson, Justin Houlihan, Garrett Graves and Jace Wheeler all tasted the sacred sod in the win.

Wheeler added a fumble recovery on defense, and Houlihan, Anderson and Jack Fraser each snagged an interception.

Leading the team in tackles was Drew Heaps with nine and Ben Stumpf wrapped up five.

Junior Midgets

Antelope 12, Nevada Union 0

The Jr. Miners and Antelope took a 0-0 tie into the fourth quarter where the Jr. Titans defensive effort was the difference.

An Antelope pick six was the game breaker as the Jr. Miners fell just short of upending a team that had dominated them in a preseason matchup. The Jr. Midget Jr. Miners have improved greatly as the season has progressed and they will be making a playoff push as the season winds down.

Logan Lopez led the Jr. Miners with 82 yards rushing. Isaac Ortega led the defense with eight tackles and Tyler Nofziger chipped in with three tackles.

Pee Wees

Antelope 28, Nevada Union 0

Bryan Cowan stepped up big on defense and was awarded Player of the Game.

Cowan’s steady improvement throughout the year and his performance against the Titans has really opened the eyes of his coaches.

“Cowan never complains where he is put on the field, and always gives 100 percent effort.” commented defensive coach Kyle Klauer.

Seth Fisher had a monster game on both sides of the ball. Fisher carried the rock all day leading the Jr. Miners rushing attack. On defense, he led the team with four tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery.

Also anchoring the defense was Ty Daughtery with three tackles and a sack, Charles Wilcoxen with 2 tackles and a fumble recovery and Jeremy “Little Bear” Rodrigues with a fumble recovery.

Jr. Pee Wees

The Jr. Miners tasted the end zone in every manner they could Saturday on their way to toppling the Jr. Titans.

Nevada Union distributed the ball well on offense with four touchdowns coming from four different players.

Skylar Miller, Justis Conway, Amador Osorio and Jaxon Horne all tallied scores.

The defense also got in on the action, scoring twice, and Vinnie Duncan, AJ Meyer, David Webb and Jaxon Horne all had interceptions.

Austin Cameron led the team with six tackles and Caden Harlabakis, Conor Reece and Brayden Dearman all pitched in on defense. Special teams added a touchdown with a punt return by Sayer Turnage.

The Player of the Game was Drake Schlachter for his first successful PAT.

Mighty Mites

Antelope 24, Nevada Union 0

The Jr. Miners dropped their game to Antelope, but it wasn’t without a strong effort.

Leading the offense was Trayton Santos with 43 yards. Riley Smith added 30.

On the defensive side of the ball, James Kinney notched seven tackles, Myles DeHart wrapped up four and Aidan Harrison scooped up a fumble recovery.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at sports@theunion.com or by phone at 530-477-4232. Deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

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