Miners sizzle past Ponderosa | TheUnion.com

Miners sizzle past Ponderosa

Nevada Union dropped 20 points on the Ponderosa Bruins in the second quarter to take a close game early and put it permanently out of reach.

Nevada Union went on to win 41-20.

Jake Tilly scored on a seven-yard run near the start of the second quarter to put the Miners up 14-0 and the Miners took over the game from there.

Before the first half ended, quarterback Josiah Paye connected on a pass to wide receiver Brock Kraus for a touchdown to put the Miners up 27-7 at half.

For the Miners, they defeated a team that downed Elk Grove 14-7 last week in a defensive showdown for a key victory. The Miners’ win comes on the heels of last week’s 12-7 loss to McQueen (Reno, Nev.). 

“We challenged our offense after last week’s performance and they responded,” said NU head coach Dave Humphers. 

Ponderosa’s quarterback Conner Bitnoff struggled to get the Bruins’ passing game going but managed to make up for some of that with his legs.

Still, Bitnoff was intercepted twice by Miner Josh Cena and once by Gabe Humphers. He also had trouble holding onto the ball. 

Running back Conner Keith had a big game for the Miners and had racked up 43 yards on seven carries by halftime. 

“We handled the ball well and the line blocked better,” Humphers said.

Last year, Nevada Union downed Ponderosa in a 42-7 rout.

The Miners play on the road again next Friday at Monterey Trail. Monterey Trail plays in the Delta Valley Conference.

JV: Nevada Union 36, Ponderosa 6

The Miners junior varsity squad could have had a tough week considering they had numerous injuries,  but the team managed just fine in throttling the Bruins.

Quarterback Ian Davis ran for 208 yards, leading the way for the Miners. 

“It took all 22 guys tonight,” said coach Chris Cota. “We had a lot of guys come in as subs who did a great job.”

Stone Sanders and Miguel Espinosa had great games on defense, said Cota. 

Austin Marks ran back an interception 60 yards for the final score in the game.  

Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at gmoberly@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4234.

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