Junior Miners battle past Woodland, get ready for playoffs
The regular season may have come to a close this past weekend for many youth football programs, but for the Nevada Union Junior Miners, they have plenty more left in them.
The Junior Miners program is sending four of their five teams to the postseason which gets started Saturday.
The Junior Miners (midget division) will enter on a strong note, after topping Woodland, 36-24, in their regular season finale.
The Junior Miners were led by Dawson Fay with 297 yards and six rushing touchdowns on just 19 carries. Fay also had an interception and 13 tackles in the win.
Pitching in on the winning effort was Hayden Lee with 33 yards rushing and a sack on defense, J.J. Lopez tallied 26 yards on two carries and made five tackles, Bram Lofgren recovered a fumble in addition to three tackles, and Hunter Daniels brought down four tackles.
With the win the Junior Miners finished second in the SVUSA North Division, going 5-4 overall and 5-1 in the division. Their only SVUSA North Division loss was to Placer, who went 6-0 in divisional play.
The Junior Miners will open the playoffs at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hooper Stadium on the Nevada Union High School campus.
Woodland 20, Nevada Union 19
The Junior Miners lost a tight one in their final game of the season, losing to the Junior Wolves by just one.
Zach Fink led the Junior Miners with 132 yards rushing and a touchdown. Also getting in on the offensive end was Tino Sanchez-Lane with 109 rushing yards and a touchdown, Ronald “Junior” Shima with 46 rushing yards and Dustin Thompson with a 10-yard touchdown run.
On the defensive end, Fink recovered a fumble, Sammy Slay also recovered a fumble and recorded four tackles, and Trevor Neilson wrapped up five tackles.
The Junior Miners finish the season 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the SVUSA North Division.
Nevada Union 26, Woodland 6
The Junior Miners looked good in their final tune up before the playoffs, beating the Jr. Wolves by 20.
Leading the NU offensive attack was Jaxon Horne with 180 yards rushing and three ground scores. Horne also added seven tackles on the defensive end.
NU quarterback Justis Conway was efficient throwing the ball, going 2-for-5 for 35 yard and a touchdown. A.J. Meyer caught Conway’s touchdown pass, and added 35 yards rushing. Aiden Wahl added 49 yards rushing.
Leading the defense was David Webb with 11 tackles, two of which were for a loss. Isaiah Carter had four tackles and recovered a fumble, and John Stanley wrapped up three tackles in the win.
The Junior Miners finish the season 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the SVUSA North Division Standings. They open the playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hooper Stadium.
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Woodland 31, Nevada Union 0
Despite taking a lopsided loss at the hands of Woodland, the Junior Miners still have life and will play in the first round of the playoffs Saturday.
The Junior Miners finished the season 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the SVUSA North Division. They will open the playoffs at noon Saturday at Hooper Stadium.
The Nevada Union Junior Miners’ smallest batch of footballers, the Mighty Mites, will play in this Saturday’s Mighty Mite bowl, where all the programs from the SVUSA North come together and play a jamboree style double-elimination tournament. The Mighty Mite bowl gets started at 8 a.m. at J. David Ramsey Field on the Bear River High School campus.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at email@example.com or by phone at 530-477-4232.
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