Jr. Pee Wee Miners earn 4th straight shutout
Despite having their first home game of the season shipped off to Lincoln, the Nevada Union Jr. Miners laced them up, rolled with the punches and had a good outing against the Lincoln Jr. Zebras.
In the Jr. Pee Wee game, the Jr. Miners continued their strong season, beating Lincoln 25-0 and notching their fourth straight shutout.
In the game, NU’s ground attack worked to perfection as Jaxon Horne racked up 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Isaiah Walker tallied 89 yards and a touchdown.
Defensive standout Sayer Turnage kicked his “beast mode” up a notch this week while playing a new position on offense, helping to shut out the Zebras.
Turnage finished the game with four tackles and two sacks. Defensive coach Kenneth Vaughan was ecstatic over Turnage’s play.
“His intensity is amazing, and when he is on the field, look out,” Vaughn said. “He’s an explosive player and a force on defense.”
Head coach Ty Conway piled on.
“Turnage gives 100 percent day in and day out in practice,” Conway said. “He never complains and makes our team better by being unselfish and willing to learn and play anywhere we put him on the field”.
Other bright spots on defense were David Webb, Larry Terronez, Ezra Acuna and Drake Schlachter.
Nevada Union 30, Lincoln 0
The Jr. Miners improved to 4-1 Saturday at Lincoln with a shutout victory over the Jr. Zebra’s.
Leading the offensive charge was Dawson Fay with an incredible 134 yards on just six carries. Fay finished with two touchdowns. Tyler Nielson added a rushing touchdown, and Owen Dal Bon completed two passes, both of which went for touchdowns. Dal Bon hit Nielson for a 12-yard score and connected with Hayden Fay for a 56-yard touchdown.
Anchoring the defense was Drew Heaps with 12 tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries. Justin Houlihan wrapped up eight tackles, including a sack, Hayden Fay had six tackles, Owen Day planted the quarterback, and Reid Pearcy had a fumble recovery.
Lincoln 31, Nevada Union 0
The wet and rainy conditions hampered NU as it was not able to get anything going against Lincoln.
Trayton Santos tallied 50 yards, Maddox Graves added 34, and Riley Smith accounted for 29 yards to lead the Jr. Miner offense.
Lincoln 38, Lincoln 0
The Jr. Miners were dominated defensively by a strong Jr. Zebra team Saturday.
NU was unable to move the ball and was hampered by seven turnovers on offense.
NU’s defense was on the field for the majority of the cold, rainy day but got outstanding backfield play by Jeremy “Little Bear” Rodrigues. He came up big, shutting down the Zebra passing game to his side of the field. He had an incredible interception in the end zone, returning it 26 yards, denying another Zebra scoring attempt.
Defensive backs coach Dylan Brooke had high praise for Rodrigues.
“Little Bear played great in the D backfield today by keeping his receivers in front of him all day,” he said. “I was very proud of how he positioned himself to take the ball away form the Lincoln receiver in the end zone on that interception.”
Other bright spots on defense were Dillon Roberts leading the team with five tackles and Sammy Slay, Ben Taylor, Ty Daugherty all wrapping up four tackles.
Cole Fletcher stepped up big on defense with a bone-crushing touchdown-saving tackle that brought the crowd to its feet.
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