Nevada Union loses to Del Oro, 70-21 |

Nevada Union loses to Del Oro, 70-21

Nevada Union's Mo Nieves runs in for a touchdown with Del Oro's Jonathon Tuttle giving chase.
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Score by quarter

Eagles 70, Nevada Union 21

First quarter

DO: Tyler Meteer 18-yard pass from Michael Moore (7:50) Mason Humes kick

DO: Dylan Kainrath 9-yard run (3:26) Humes kick

Second quarter

DO: Meteer 35-yard punt return (11:47) Humes kick

NU: Mo Nieves 42-yard run (9:38) Chandler Heppe kick

DO: Kainrath 6-yard run (8:57) Humes kick

DO: Kainrath 6-yard run (5:45) Humes kick

DO: Trey Udoffia 63-yard pass from Moore (4:26) Humes kick

DO: Udoffia 28-yard pass from Moore (1:08) Humes

Third quarter

NU: Nieves 63-yard run (11:38) Heppe kick

DO: Greg Eason 10-yard run (9:04) Humes kick

DO: Eason 23-yard run (7:27) Humes kick

Fourth quarter

NU: Jake Berger 14-yard run (7:27) Heppe kick

DO: Shane Peterson 84-yard run (6:01) Humes kick

Friday marked the sixth and final home game for the Miners, a 70-21 Senior Night loss to Sierra Foothill League front-runner Del Oro.

It was the Miners’ (0-9, 0-4 SFL) ninth straight loss this season and sixth at home.

“They are very good,” Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan said of the Golden Eagles. “You can tell they are polished, they are strong, they are physical, and I really thought in the first quarter we played really well. But you know, they just over powered us and did their thing. But I’m very proud of the kids. Not one guy sulked his head. It was more about the seniors just finishing their Senior Night and enjoying being in an NU uniform.”

It didn’t take long before the Golden Eagles (7-2, 4-0 SFL) started screeching as Del Oro senior quarterback Michael Moore found fellow senior Tyler Meteer for an 18-yard touchdown on their opening drive.

It was less than five minutes later when SFL leading rusher Dylan Kainrath tallied his first of three touchdowns on the night. Kainrath came into the game with a league-high 1,050 yards and 16 touchdowns. The senior slasher added another 57 yards and three scores to his totals, all coming in the first half.

Meteer would return a shanked punt 35 yards untouched for a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter to put Del Oro up 21-0.

The Miners would answer back with a 42-yard touchdown by junior running back Mo Nieves. Nieves took the handoff, headed off tackle, made one strong cut and was gone. Nieves led NU on the ground with 137 yards and two touchdowns, coming on 16 carries. In the last two games, Nieves has 252 yards and five touchdowns.

As a team, the Miners mounted a run game that topped 200 yards against Del Oro and scored three times. Senior Jake Berger was second on the team with 38 yards and a touchdown, senior Joe Voight added 30 yards, senior Brandon Lopez got the hard yards with four carries for 12 yards, and sophomore Ed Dardon tallied 26 yards.

With their lead cut to 14, the Golden Eagles took off again with back-to-back drives that ended with Kainrath 6-yard touchdown runs.

Moore then hit sophomore Trey Udoffia for 63-yard touchdown to push the lead to 42-14 in the second quarter.

Del Oro added another touchdown just before half, coming on an incredible effort by Moore and Udoffia. On the play, Moore dropped back, was flushed out by the NU pressure, he rolled left, then reversed his field and rolled right — avoiding tacklers along the way — finally, Moore heaved the ball into the air, and Udoffia went above the rest of the pack and brought it down for the score.

At the half, NU trailed 49-14.

Nieves got the crowd excited in the in the third, when he went 63 yards for a touchdown on NU’s opening possession. Again, Nieves made one strong cut after hitting the hole and was off to the races.

But after that, Del Oro’s run game took over amassing 193 rushing yards and three second-half scores.

NU’s all-senior offensive unit came together in the fourth quarter to punch in a score, coming on a Berger 14-yard run on which he dove over the pylon and just past the Del Oro defender for his first touchdown of the season.

“I give them all the credit in the world for all the things they have had to adapt to,” Houlihan said of the team’s seniors. “Yeah, we haven’t won a game yet, and we’re struggling on the field, but they have really made a difference in the things we’re doing off the field. They’ve made a difference in doing the things we ask and leading the younger players.”

Despite allowing 70 points, the Miners did have some strong defensive performances with senior Gareth Noxon tallying a team-high 10 tackles and lowering the boom on receivers traversing the middle.

Senior Davi Pettinato had nine tackles, senior T.J. Hart had four tackles, including two for a loss, and junior Josh Belendez wrapped up eight tackles.

Del Oro meets up with Rocklin (7-2, 4-0 SFL) next Friday in a matchup for the SFL title. The Miner swill close the season at Granite Bay (6-3, 2-2 SFL).

JV: Del Oro 51, Nevada Union 14

The Miners fell to the Golden Eagles by a large margin Friday, but that didn’t stop them from battling until the final whistle.

The Miners punched in their second score of the day in the fourth quarter, coming on a 2-yard run by Jarek Steffan. Steffan finished the game with 69 yards on six carries.

Carrying the bulk of the load for the Miners was Brody McCoy with 85 yards on 10 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown.

Defensively, NU’s Kase Scott had 10 tackles, Nick Lucena tallied seven, Matt Johnson wrapped up nine, and Caleb Patterson disrupted the middle with nine tackles.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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