Making strides |

Making strides

The Jr. Miners charge on to the field at Hooper Stadium Saturday for their contest with the Capitol Christian Jr. Cougars. Parents and fans hold up words of encouragement in the background.
Photo submitted by Tiffany Graves |

With one game left on their regular season schedule the Nevada Union Jr. Miners have already made great strides as a program as well as in the win column.

In 2012, the Jr. Miners were a combined 9-36 throughout the divisions, but this year, Nevada Union boasts a 16-22-1 record with two teams headed to the playoffs (Jr. Pee Wees, Midgets) and another headed to a bowl tourney (Mighty Mites).

Jr. Miner president Mark Swasey has installed a new sense of pride in the once-dominant program and has hopes of building the NU youth football program back into one of prominence, both on the field and off.

The Jr. Miners will host the Bear River Jr. Bruins Saturday at Hooper Stadium as some teams battle for playoff position and others battle for bragging rights over their cross-county rivals.

In last week’s action, the Jr. Miners ran into a very strong program in the Capital Christian Jr. Cougars.

The Jr. Miners battled the best they could, but at the end of the day, the Jr. Cougars had taken four of five contests. Nevada Union’s Midget squad was the only team with a victory Saturday, and that came by way of forfeit. The Midget squad is 7-1 and will face Bear River, also 7-1, for the league title Saturday.

In the closest match of the day, the Jr. Miners Jr. Pee Wees gave the Jr. Cougars all they could handle in a battle between the league’s top two teams but, in the end, fell 20-12.

Leading NU’s offense was Isaiah Walker with 73 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries. Jaxon Horne added 68 yards and a touchdown, and Amador Ororio chipped in 41 yards.

On the defensive side, Walker led all Jr. Miners with 11 tackles, Isaiah Carter and David Webb each wrapped up seven, and Aaron Meyer tallied five tackles.

Mighty Mites

Capitol Christian 31, Nevada Union 19

The Jr. Miners tore up 177 yards on the ground, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Jr. Cougars.

Ethan Billock led NU with 42 yards and a pair of touchowns, Trayton Santos added 71 yards and a score on the ground, and Anthony Paradiso chipped in with 64 yards.

Santos also came up big on defense with five tackles. Riley Smith, Billock and Paradiso also played well on defense.

Pee Wee

Capitol Christian 41, Nevada Union 0

Coming into the game with Capitol Christian, the Jr. Miners were short a few starters so they got a little creative.

The Jr. Miners inserted lineman Kyler Case into the tight end position, where he had never played, and Case rose to the occasion with key blocking as well as a pair of catches on Bailey Brook passes for 19 yards. Case’s efforts earned him player of the game accolades from his coaches.

Miles Townsend stepped up big in this game, anchoring and leading the NU offensive line in the trenches and opening holes all day.

On the defensive side, Mathew Dal Bon led the Jr. Miners with three tackles, and Mason Terray, Bryan Cowan and Ty Daugherty played solid defense.

Jr. Midgets

Capitol Christian 40, Nevada Union 0

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Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232

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