Miners silence Honkers
YUBA CITY – And now it’s on to Grant.
After a surreal game in which the officials walked off of Honker Field as the fourth quarter commenced, the Nevada Union Miners rolled to a 34-0 pasting of the Yuba City Honkers that came sooner than anyone expected.
According to Yuba City co-head coach Chris Young and NU coach Dave Humphers, none of the referees gave a succinct reason as to why the game was called as Nevada Union marched down the field.
“It was just two teams trying to play a football,” said Young, whose team fell to 2-7 with the loss. “And it goes both ways; we were both trying to play hard, physical football.”
Humphers was equally mystified.
“They told me ‘Coach, your team is fine, the other team doesn’t want to play.’ I don’t know what they saw. It’s a shame when the game is called and our backups don’t get to play.”
“I respect the job that the Yuba City coaches do. They run a disciplined program,” Humphers said.
Yuba City spent the entire night fighting through personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, in addition to procedural violations.
The Miners had trouble, too. In the third quarter with eight minutes to go, the Miners scored touchdowns on three successive plays.
The final one, a 34-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jon Sheets to Joe Dolan, made the score 28-0.
Yuba City entered Nevada Union territory infrequently, their one sustained drive in the first half marred by numerous penalties.
Nevada Union now puts its undefeated season on the line against Grant, which will determine the Metro Conference title.
“Humphers is not going to dwell on Friday’s ending, but will concentrate on Grant.
“It’s time to start thinking about it, We’ve tried not to look ahead,” he said.
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