PREP FOOTBALL: Rocklin routs Nevada Union, 42-13 (VIDEO) |

PREP FOOTBALL: Rocklin routs Nevada Union, 42-13 (VIDEO)

Nevada Union's James Schnitzius looks for a pass during a game against Rocklin Friday night.
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Thunder 42, Miners 13

First quarter

NU: Kase Scott 3-yard touchdown run (8:33) Brody McCoy kick

R: Wesley Preece 15-yard pass from William Floyd (2:12) Sam Portello kick

Second quarter

R: Evyn Holtz 49-yard pass from Floyd (9:02) Portello kick

R: Holtz 7-yard run (3:01) Portello kick

R: Holtz 3-yard run (1:20) Portello kick

Third quarter

R: Preece 23-yard pass from Floyd (9:02) Portello kick

R: Holtz 38-yard run (7:08) Portello kick

Fourth quarter

NU: Scott 6-yard run (4:59) kick no good

In the final game of Nevada Union’s football season, the Miners started strong and finished strong, but everything in between was all Rocklin.

The Miners scored touchdowns on their opening and closing possessions but sandwiched in the middle was 42 Thunder points as Rocklin cruised to a 42-13 Sierra Foothill League victory.

Nevada Union looked especially good on its opening drive, converting several long third downs and punching it in with a 3-yard touchdow run by senior Kase Scott.

Rocklin then turned the ball over on their first play from scrimmage when quarterback William Floyd was picked off by NU’s Andrew Link. The Miners were unable to capitalize, and from there Rocklin began to roll.

Rocklin tied the game up with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Floyd to 6-foot, 6-inch wide out Wesley Preece.

The Thunder then took the lead in the second quarter with a 49-yard touchdown off a screen pass. Floyd dumped the ball off to running back Evyn Holtz, who broke a tackle and then weaved through the NU defense for the touchdown. Holtz was just getting started.

Holtz, the SFL’s leading rusher, then went to work on the ground, scoring touchdowns from 7, 3, and 38 yards out. On the night, Holtz had 151 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards and four total touchdowns.

Floyd finished the game 15-for-21 for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Trailing 42-7 in the fourth quarter, the Miners closed the 2015 season with a highlight as Scott again found pay dirt, this time from 6-yards out. Scott finished with 34 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan praised the effort of his seniors after the game.

“It’s obvious they didn’t want it to end,” he said. “This is their last game and they played really hard. Those guys, I felt for them all year. They really tried to be great leaders and get us on the right direction and we just were a little short with talent matching up with other talent in our league. They worked hard every day, and every down.”

Senior middle linebacker Andrew Schnitzius played well in his final game, notching 10 tackles (five solo), and senior Ryan Elkins tallied NU’s only sack on the night. The Miners’ defense was led by sophomore linebacker Justin Houlihan with 11 tackles (five solo).

Senior quarterback James Schnitzius finished his prep career with four completions for 55 yards.

With the loss, The Miners finish 1-9 overall and 0-6 in SFL play. Rocklin wraps the regular season at 7-3 overall and 4-2 in league play, securing the No. 3 playoff spot allotted to the SFL.

JV: Rocklin 27, Nevada Union 14

The junior varsity Miners couldn’t keep pace with Rocklin Friday night and closed the season with their fourth straight loss.

Nevada Union got a strong game from Kyle Felhaber, who ran for one touchdown and threw for another. Freshmen running back Dawson Fay added 101 yards rushing on 18 carries.

The JV Miners finish the season 5-5 overall and 1-5 in SFL play.

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

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