Nevada Union knocks loose the cobwebs |

Nevada Union knocks loose the cobwebs

STOCKTON – Nevada Union quarterback Jon Sheets said the controlled scrimmage would serve as an important gauge as to where the Miners were at.

The gauge, while not off the charts, certainly gave a favorable reading Friday night at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton.

Nevada Union last year served as host for the scrimmage that comes a week before the first game of the year. This year, the Miners returned the favor, traveling to Stockton for a full-contact scrimmage that gave both teams a chance to assess their respective offenses, defenses, and kicking games.

After a kick-off exchange that included a Vu Pham 65-yard return, the Miners’ offense took the field. Sheets completed a 12-yard pass to Joe Dolan and a 19-yard toss to tight end Phil Cosenza, and Chris Thibodeau ran for 12 yards to put the Miners inside the 10.

Junior fullback Chad Bowmar punched in a score from eight yards out. Bowmar would also later add another touchdown run from the red zone.

Thibodeau had a 60-yard run to the 1-yard-line during another Miner possession, and Jared Van Matre tossed a touchdown pass.

Steve Kenny, after a few series at linebacker, took a hand-off, and momentarily lost his balance before bolting for a 56-yard score.

Defensively, the Miners for the most part contained St. Mary’s I-formation rushing attack. On the fifth play with St. Mary’s with the ball, safety Matt Sharpe pounced on a fumble that came after a short completion.

Cornerback Jason Snavely also made a tackle for loss, coming up aggressively on a sweep. Brandon Julian added two sacks for the Miners, who will open their football season next Friday night at Merced High School.

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