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Miner’s junior varsity team off to 4-0 start

Nevada Union’s junior varsity has found a way in each game this season to come out on the winning end of things.

Saturday, the junior varsity defeated Del Campo 42-20 to run its record to 4-0 heading into Metro Conference play.

“The key with this group has been the level of work,” junior varsity coach Chris Buti said. “We’ve got a quarterback (J.P. Biertuempfel) who is willing to do anything, and a bunch of guys who are stepping it up on every level. We are shifting guys around all the time, figuring out where they go, and they are adjusting to that. And that is the great thing about this team.”

Buti moved Jacob Moore from safety to inside linebacker during the course of the season, which has helped anchor the defense. Buti said cornerback Chris Potter has done a great job of closing on plays, and Zack Winkle is the team leader on defense from his linebacking position.

Biertuempfel threw for 151 yards Saturday, including a 20-yard touchdown pass in the first half to Brennan McFadden and a 55-yard bomb for score to Chad McCammon in the second half.

Biertuempfel was quick to credit his offensive line, made up of guards R.C. Cameron and Nic Murrey, Winkle at center, and tackles Matt Metter and Ryan Cordery.

“The line played really great,” Biertuempfel said. “I had all the time in the world back there, which gave me the time to throw the ball well.”

The NU rushing attack has been dominated by Rich and Ryan Herrera, who seem to alternate weeks in which one brother or the other has a big game. Saturday it was Rich’s turn, as he ran for 152 yards and scored three touchdowns against the Cougars.

“We are different in that he has a little more power, and I’m a little better outside,” Rich Herrera said. “But our success has to do with how well are line blocks.”

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