Jr. Miners top Cougars, advance to championship
The Nevada Union Jr. Miner Midget Division football team needed overtime Saturday to win a see-saw battle with Del Campo (6-4) in the SVUSA semifinals.
After a scoreless first overtime and with the game tied at 26 in the second overtime, the Jr. Miners (8-2) took the edge on a Dawson Faye 1-yard plunge into the end zone. Faye led NU on the ground with 138 yards and three touchdowns.
The SVUSA football overtime rules state that each team gets four downs from the 10-yard line.
Now leading 32-26, NU went on defense. On third down, Del Campo’s quarterback was pressured and forced to roll to his right. He escaped the pressure and threw the ball to the 5-yard line, where NU’s Jack Fraser intercepted his second pass of the game to win it for the Jr. Miners.
Fraser also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for NU in the victory.
In the first quarter, After falling behind 6-0, the Jr. Miners answered with a Tyler Nielson 5-yard touchdown run. An Owen Dal Bon kick made it 8-6 in NU’s favor.
Nielson finished the game with 56 yards on seven carries and the one score.
The Cougars would regain the lead on a long touchdown run, making it 14-6 for Del Campo.
The Jr. Miners knotted the game at 14-14 with a Faye 6-yard touchdown run.
Del Campo took the lead right back with a 55-yard touchdown run. NU’s Justin Houlihan brought the Jr. Miners right back with a 1-yard scoring run.
Houlihan finished the day with 78 rushing yards on eight carries and one touchdown. He also had nine tackles and a sack on defense.
Nevada Union would grab a 26-20 lead with a Faye 10-yard touchdown, but the lead wouldn’t last long.
Del Campo evened the game on a 65-yard punt return touchdown. But the extra point was missed, and the game moved to overtime where NU prevailed.
Defensive standouts for Nevada Union were Drew Heaps with nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Cole Anderson wrapped up five tackles and a fumble recovery. Ben Stumpf tallied four tackles and took a fumble recovery back 40 yards, setting NU up on the 2-yard line.
The No. 2 seeded Jr. Miners will now play the No. 1 seeded Jr. Bruins in the SVUSA North Division championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln High School.
Jr. Pee Wee
Lincoln 19, Nevada Union 0
The Jr. Miners’ season came to a close Saturday, falling to Lincoln in the SVUSA North Division semifinals.
The usually potent NU offense struggled against the Jr. Zebras, and while the defense battled mightily, it couldn’t keep Lincoln from scoring.
Leading the NU defense was David Webb with eight tackles and a forced fumble. Sayer Turnage recovered that fumble and also had a tackle.
Isaiah Walker added five tackles, including one for a loss, and Aaron Meyer had four tackles, two of which were for losses.
On the offensive end, Jaxon Horne was the only Miner to get things going, rushing for 83 yards on 16 carries.
The loss ends a great season for the Miners, which included six wins and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
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