Miners hammer Lions
While the national anthem might have had some technical difficulties Friday night at Hooper Stadium, the Nevada Union football team didn’t have any problems as it annihilated the McClatchy Lions 60-0.
In the first quarter, NU had a total of four possessions.
In the first quarter, NU had a total of four plays.
After the first quarter, NU had a total of 34 points.
On the opening play of the game, Andrew Moon ran for a 60-yard touchdown. Later in the quarter, Ryan Herrera and Chris Potter both ran for 50-yard scores, and Rich Herrera had a 57-yard touchdown.
Jim Gamble ran back a fumble 16 yards for the fifth touchdown of the quarter.
“Our kids came out and just ran a couple of great plays,” Miner head coach Dave Humphers said.
Nevada Union was held scoreless in the second quarter after a pair of missed field goals by Chris Ulinski, who would later redeem himself in the eyes of the Miner fans.
It took NU nearly six minutes into the third quarter to score again, with the defense taking the honors this time, too.
James Brindley picked off Lions quarterback Tyler Ball, one of five Ball interceptions, and ran it back 44 yards for six points.
Brindley, who described the game as an all-around team effort, had nothing on his mind other than putting more points on the board.
“I just wanted to put it in the end zone,” Brindley said.
Potter and Jason Wethern would both go on to score rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, to help the Miners enter the fourth with a 54-0 lead.
The fourth was where Ulinski nearly made Miner history.
After successfully kicking a 42-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, Ulinski booted a 56-yarder with just more than a minute left for the same result.
Ulinski’s kick, which had barely two feet to spare, was two yards shy of the school record of 58 yards, which was posted in 1994 by Zack McSweeney.
“I was pretty nervous going out there,” Ulinski said. “But once it went up I knew it was good. It’s the highlight of my career so far.”
Humphers, who has seen his fair share of talent, was more than happy to have such a leg on his team.
“He’s a tremendous kicker,” Humphers said. “Definitely a Division I-scholarship-earning type of kicker.”
Because the rest of the offensive attack was so strong on the ground, totaling 317 yards rushing, the passing game of NU was almost nonexistent.
Starter Tyler Smith, who threw for just 34 yards last week in the 56-12 win over Elk Grove, finished the game with no completions on two attempts and had an interception.
Nick Cartan, who threw for 91 yards last week, totaled 10 yards on one attempt.
The Miners, who appear to have lost any evidence of being shell shocked from their loss to Vintage two weeks ago, travel to Kennedy Friday where they look to up their Metro Conference record to 2-0. The Cougars pose a tougher threat than the Lions, but Friday’s win served as good preparation.
“We challenged the kids tonight and they came through,” Humphers said. “We’re just trying to improve our game.”
Nevada Union 60, McClatchy 0
Nevada Union (3-1) 34 0 20 6 – 60
McClatchy (0-4) 0 0 0 0 – 0
NU – Andrew Moon 60 run (Chris Ulinski kick), 11:34
NU – Ryan Herrera 50 run (Ulinski kick), 9:03
NU – Jim Gamble 16 fumble return (Ulinski kick), 7:26
NU – Rich Herrera 57 run (Ulinski kick), 4:52
NU – Chris Potter 50 run (Kick missed), 2:12
NU – James Brindley 44 interception return (Ulinski kick), 6:12
NU – Potter 3 run (Ulinski kick), 3:12
NU – Jason Wethern 19 run (Kick missed), 00:19
NU – Ulinski 42 field goal, 3:54
NU – Ulinski 56 field goal, 1:10
First Downs 7 5
Rushes-yards 29-46 17-317
Passing yards 135 10
Comp-Att-Int 14-25-5 1-5-1
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 3-15 8-75
RUSHING – McClatchy: Brandon Sharman 1-(minus) 10, Dominic Latino 6-10, Actor Keoonla 2-5, Tyler Ball 8-(minus) 11, Marvin Johnson 12-52. Nevada Union: Andrew Moon 1-60, Ryan Herrera 2-60, Rich Herrera 1-57, Chris Potter 4-71, Jason Wethern 3-18, Doug Potter 3-20, Mike Strong 2-12, David Carillo 1-19.
PASSING – McClatchy: 14-25-0 135. Nevada Union: Tyler Smith 0-2-0 0, Nick Cartan 1-3-0 10.
RECEIVING – McClatchy: Actor Keoonla 5-76, Justin Edwards 4-47, Marvin Johnson 1-9, Dominic Latino 1-3. Nevada Union: Josh Noxon 1-10.
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