NU beats Woodland in last 2 minutes
Spurred on by an uncharacteristic night that saw Nevada Union fall prey to more than a dozen penalties, the Woodland High Wolves must have thought Miner Magic was a myth.
But on a night dedicated to those playing their final home game, seniors Jon Sheets and Joe Dolan saved their best magic for last, with senior wideout Dolan hooking up with Sheets on a 41-yard scoring strike with a little more than two minutes left, to send the Hooper Stadium faithful home with a hard-fought 23-17 victory.
“Our kids overcame adversity against a fine ballclub and the penalties we had,” NU head coach Dave Humphers said. “It’s a big win, and it’s hard to shift back into the mode of being really intense after some of the teams we’ve played.”
The Miners, who faced little competition in trouncing Kennedy 49-14, stumbled out of the gate early, falling behind 2-0 as punter Jared Van Matre wisely flicked a muffed snap out of the Woodland end zone in the first quarter.
After a free kick by the Miners, Woodland went to work, methodically rolling through NU territory. Quarterback Julian Quezada, starting in place of injured signal-caller Mario Sonora, punctuated Woodland’s first sustained drive with a touchdown strike to Bill Felix for a 9-0 lead with just under 12 minutes to go in the half.
From there, the Miners gave a stadium packed with parents and friends, many watching the seniors play their final regular-season contest much to cheer about.
Following runs by Chris Thibodeau and Joey Bratton, quarterback Jon Sheets streaked 29 yards down the Woodland sideline for the Miners’ first touchdown.
The Miners’ second long drive, which began with a 30-yard interception return by Jason Snavely, ended in a 40-yard touchdown grab from Sheets to Bratton as the second quarter wound down.
Senior Steve Kenny kept the Wolves away from the ball on the next drive, breaking up a pass that would have sent Woodland inside the red zone possibly cutting into the Miners’ lead.
Woodland didn’t allow the Miners much leeway until deep into the second half.
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