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NU Jr. Miners vs. Rocklin Jr. Thunder

Nevada Union Jr. Miners vs. Rocklin Jr. Thunder 10/14

The Mighty Mite game between the Miners and Rocklin was won by Rocklin 19-0.

The Miners threatened to score in both halves of the game but wound up short of the end zone. Logan Loper, Tristan Sythe, and Anthony De Luca combined for 120 yards on the ground. The defense of the Miners was solid all game with Drew Daniels, Bo Perkins and Justus Spillner all made good stops. Cody Lane sacked the quarterback twice and Diego Henriquez contributed several big plays for the Miner defense. The Jr. Miner Jr. Pee-Wee squad definitely had their work cut out for them facing the Jr. Pee-Wee Rocklin team. The first place Thunder was undefeated at 6-0 and has not allowed a single point to be scored against them all season. The Miners were not able to change either of those facts losing the game 32-0. Running back Johnny Callas led the Miner offense with 13 carries for 54 yards. Will Sumner, Josh Belendez and Gareth Noxon all contributed tough runs against the excellent defense of Rocklin. The Miner defense was on the field the majority of the day. Safety Michael Tipton was all over the field racking up 15 tackles. Both Chase Federmeyer 11 tackles and Will Sumner 10 tackles had outstanding defensive games. Jesse Donohue, Benito Lozada, Chase Loper, Anthony Vojtech, and Quintin Wilkins all had multiple tackles. The highlight for the Miners was a goal line stand stopping the Thunder on Four consecutive plays after the Thunder had a first down on the four yard line. The game between the Pee-Wee teams was for first place. The Miners came in at 5-1 the Thunder 4-2. When the game ended there was no doubt as to the better team with the Miners winning easily 26-0. The Miners played probably their best all around game making huge plays on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Kyle Cota was awesome throwing 7 perfect passes completing 5 for 89 yards. Two of those passes went for touchdowns to tight end Austin Marks. Stone Sander, Ian Davis, and Nate Dickinson made fantastic plays on both sides of the ball. Sander rushed for 9-102 1 T.D. 1 reception for 26 yds. Sander also had 11 tackles and recovered a fumble. Davis went for 11-81yds. Davis made 8 tackles four of those tackles were behind the line of scrimmage, and forced two fumbles. Dickinson rushed 11-70 yds 1 T.D. made 12 tackles, forced one fumble and recovered another. The Miners made the most yardage running to the right side behind o-linemen Jared Cook, Travis Hansen, Timmy Dudley and T.E. Austin Marks. The outside containment for the Miners was flawless, Hank Humphers, Nathan Duffy, Tanner Vallejo, did not allow any first downs around the ends. Defensive Back Anthony Hurst completed the + 5 turnover margin with an interception to end the game.

The Jr. Midget game was the most exciting game of the day. With the Miners holding onto a 14-12 lead the Thunder were driving down the field late in the fourth quarter when Gabe Humphers broke through the line sacking the Rocklin Q.B. 5 yards behind the line, the hit forced the ball loose and Jeremy Gonzales scooped up the ball sprinting 67 yards for the clinching touchdown. The Miners scored first on a 91 yard interception return from Kyler Malarae early in the first quarter. The running backs, Jay Smedley 7-56yds 1 T.D. Humphers, 6-41 and Malarae 13-88, kept the chains moving. Defensive backs Drew Walker 6 tackles and Brent Wilkins 5 tackles and 1 interception only allowed 4 completions all game. The Midget contest was a story of two different halves. The game started out with a 70 yard Kick return from Josh Cena to the Rocklin 19 yard line. Quarterback Brock Kraus was making accurate throws completing 7 first half passes, 4 to Cena for 53 yards. Early in the second half the Miners went to the trick play when punter Cena completed a 45 yard pass to Brad Spangler to the Rocklin 2 yard line. Two plays later Tayler Barney punched it in for the score. The Miners scored again after a 4 yard run from Spangler late in the second quarter to put the miners up 16 to 6. That was the end of the miner highlights. The Thunder marched down the field and scored a touch down to make the score 16 to 12 at the half. In the second half it was all Rocklin as they scored three touchdowns to win the game 36 to 16.

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