Nevada Union led by running back’s four scores
The Nevada Union football team opened the season on a bright note in its non-league showdown with Laguna Creek at Hooper Stadium Friday.
NU trailed early, but got four touchdowns from Ryan Herrera and one big-time special teams play after another in a 34-14 victory.
“It was our first game. There were definitely some butterflies out there,” said Herrera, who finished with team-high 115 yards on 13 carries. “But after a while the guys began to calm down and as the game went on, the line began to open some big holes for (the running backs).”
NU (1-0 overall) head coach Dave Humphers said Laguna Creek’s running game, which got a game-high 184 yards on 26 carries and a score from Lamar Copeland, had a lot to do with his team’s slow start.
“You’ve got to give Laguna Creek a lot of credit,” he said, “(Copeland) is a great back and their line came to play. They really got off the ball well.
“But we’ve got a lot of young guys on our defense, and it took them time to relax. (Once they did) we played well,” he added.
NU trailed 6-0 midway through the second quarter when its running game got on track.
Herrera capped a nine-play, 91-yard drive at the three minute, 21 second mark of the second stanza to give the home crowd a reason to cheer.
NU’s defense then took its turn in the spotlight.
The Cardinals had driven into Miner territory and were primed to regain the lead, when NU junior safety James Brindley put his stamp on the game.
He intercepted the first of three the defense would snag on the night.
“The turnovers the defense forced really pumped us up,” Herrera said.
Garrett Lee and Shane Freeman, who blocked a punt and returned the ball 35 yards for a score in the third quarter, also had picks in the game.
“I really want to credit our special teams tonight,” Humphers said.
Rich Hererra finished with 85 yards on 10 carries. Chris Potter had 77 yards on six touches.
Defensively, linebacker Mike McClain led the way with 14 tackles. Brindley had 10 stops.
Andrew Jackson tallied eight tackles and recovered a fumble.
The Miners will host Vintage (Napa) Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Delano Carter and David Zealear scored on the ground three times each and Jesse Ettlin rushed for two more touchdowns as Nevada Union’s junior varsity defeated Laguna Creek 54-34 at Hooper Stadium Friday.
Carter, who left the game with an injury, totaled 70 yards on five carries.
Zealear ran for a team-best 175 yards on 14 carries.
Ettlin had 131 yards on 12 touches.
Nevada Union 34, Laguna Creek 14
Laguna Creek (0-1) 6 0 0 8 – 14
Nevada Union (1-0) 0 14 20 0 – 34
LC – Lamar Copeland 2 run (Kick failed), 6:09
NU – Ryan Herrera 10 run (Donte Punteri kick), 6:08
NU – Missed field goal, 3:38
NU – Herrera 9 run (Punteri kick), :05
NU – Herrera 22 run (Pass failed), 10:32
NU – Herrera 5 run (Punteri kick), 7:38
NU- Shane Freeman 35-yard return of blocked punt(Punteri kick), 3:43
NU – Missed field goal
LC – Mark Clark 42 pass from Aston Tyler (Cody Jiru pass from Ashton), 1:52
First downs 15 16
Rushes-yards 36-224 47-315
Passing yards 751 60
Comp.-Att.-Int. 6-18-3 6-10-0
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 2-1
Penalties-yards 6-60 7-45
RUSHING – Laguna Creek: Lamar Copeland 26-182, David Johnson 3-24, David Bocci 3-6, Ashton Tyler 1-5, Jake Flohr 2-4, Rodney Crier 1-1. Nevada Union: Ryan Herrera 13-115, Rich Herrera 10-85, Chris Potter 6-77, David Carillo 3-21, Ty Smith 3-13, Kyle Morton 3-9, Doug Potter 1-5, Dominic Archuleta 1-4.
PASSING – Laguna Creek: Jake Flohr 4-12-3-30, Tyler 2-6-0-45. Nevada Union: Ty Smith 5-8-0-49, Nick Cartan 1-2-0-11.
RECEIVING – Laguna Creek: Clark 1-42, Terrell Powell 1-12, Domonique Kimbrough 1-6, Bocci 1-5, Jiru 1-3. Nevada Union: Bo Cassel 2-15, Rich Herreraa 1-4, Josh Noxon 1-23, Brennan McFadden 1-9, Chris Potter 1-9.
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