Miners mauled by Grizzlies in league matchup
Grizzlies 38, Miners 0
GB: Ben Smith 3-yard run (6:34) Scott Henrichs kick
GB: Brian Graber 28-yard pass from Justin Yeaton (6:23) Henrichs kick
GB: Henrichs 18-yard field goal (0:00.4)
GB: Cameron Smith 65-yard interception return (9:33) Henrichs kick
GB: Mike Gemulla 32-yard run (7:34) Henrichs kick
GB: Gemulla 47-yard run (5:02) Henrichs kick
The Nevada Union football team endured its fourth straight loss Friday, getting blanked 38-0 by Sierra Foothill League foe Granite Bay.
The Miners (3-4, 0-4 SFL) had opportunities early but squandered chances to score, leaving the door open for the Grizzlies (5-2, 2-1 SFL) to take advantage — and they did.
“Pretty typical of our SFL games so far,” NU head coach Dennis Houlihan said. “I’m really excited about the way we drove the ball in the first half. We didn’t come away with points which was disappointing, but things were working. We were making plays and we started the game off right, but it’s the same stuff. We have low numbers, guys get tired and we can’t keep up with these teams sometimes.”
The Miners recovered an onside kick to open the game, grabbing the early momentum. They converted three third downs and marched into the red zone, but on fourth and goal from the 7-yard line, Houlihan called a halfback pass that ended in an incompletion and a turnover on downs.
“We’re not here to attempt a friggin’ field goal,” Houlihan said. “We’re here to get better as an offensive unit. We’re not going to win it with field goals, we’re here to win it and I’m not going to kick field goals to try and save face.”
After halting NU, Granite Bay’s first play from scrimmage was a 90-yard run by Lucas Baiocchi which set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Ben Smith.
Baiocchi led Granite Bay with 92 yards on three carries. Smith added 27 on six carries.
The Grizzlies went up 14-0 in the second quarter when quarterback Justin Yeaton found Brian Graber for a 28-yard touchdown score. Yeaton finished the night 7-for-10 for 145 yards and the one touchdown, all of which came in the first half.
Granite Bay would add an 18-yard field goal just before half to take a 17-0 lead at the break.
The third quarter was where Granite Bay blew the game wide open.
Cameron Smith picked NU’s Justus Spillner and went 65-yards for the touchdown to put the Grizzlies up 24-0.
After an NU punt, it took Granite Bay just one play to score as Mike Gemulla busted free for a 32-yard touchdown.
NU punted on their next possession and once again it was a one-play drive for Granite Bay as Gemulla went for a 47-yard touchdown run to put the game away 38-0. Gemulla finished the game with three carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
The Miners were able to move the ball throughout the game, but often stalled before reaching the red zone, and when they did reach the red zone they still came up empty.
Spillner finished the night 8-for-20 for 89 yards, with the one interception and was sacked three times. Spillner’s one big play was a 41-yard completion to Andrew Schnitzius.
Leading NU on the ground was Mo Nieves with 16 carries for 52 yards. Travis Owens added 40 yards rushing.
Defensively, NU had trouble stopping Granite Bay all night, yielding big play after big play. Colton Barker did provide a bright spot, making seven tackles, including a sack.
The loss is the Miners 11th straight in SFL play dating back to 2012.
JV: Granite Bay 42, Nevada Union 13
The Grizzlies were simply too much for the Miners Friday night.
Despite the lopsided loss, Jonathan Weaver had a strong game for NU, hitting on 5-of-10 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown. Weaver also ran in a touchdown.
Andrew Link caught four of Weaver’s passes for 120 yards, and Jordan O’Hara caught a 30-yard pass for a touchdown.
The loss drops NU to 1-7 this season.
Frosh: Nevada Union 30, Granite Bay 28
The Miners rebounded nicely from a loss last week to Folsom, beating Granite Bay Thursday and improving to 6-1 overall.
Nevada Union quarterback Owen Dal Bon found Hayden Fay for a 55-yard touchdown pass and added a 1-yard score on the ground in the win. Also making their impact felt was Kyle Felhaber with a 35-yard touchdown run, and Owen Day with a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown.
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