NU freshmen pound Pondo for first win |

NU freshmen pound Pondo for first win

The Union staff

The NU frosh football team traveled to Shingle Springs to face Ponderosa in their first game of the year Thursday night.

Under the steady leadership of quarterback Josiah Paye the frosh amassed 490 yards of offense, led by Gabe Humphers with 152 yards and two touchdowns on six carries in a 43-0 victory.

Humphers opened the scoring with a 45-yard run in the first quarter. Paye hit Connor Fuller for the 2 point conversion. On the next possession by Ponderosa Kyler Malarae returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Brad Spangler ended the scoring in the first half with a 23 yard TD run.

After losing an onside kick to start the second half the NU defense stuffed Ponderosa and came back on offense. Conner Keith capped the drive with a 5 yard run for a touchdown. Keith gained 79 yards on 4 carries.

Seven different ball carriers collected 435 yards on the ground. Ryan Dela Vega scored the last touchdown in the fourth quarter with Tyler Houlihan kicking the extra point. Paye attempted 9 passes completing 4 for 55 yards.

The defense was led by Keith and Spangler with 10 tackles each. Cyle Bush led the defensive front with 5 solo tackles. Center Alec Sarner anchored an offensive line that opened gapping holes in the Ponderosa defense.

NU’s frosh host Rocklin at 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 18).

Coaches may submit game reports by phone at 477-4240, via e-mail at or by fax at 477-4292. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m.

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