PREP FOOTBALL: Woodcreek runs over Nevada Union, 49-17 |

PREP FOOTBALL: Woodcreek runs over Nevada Union, 49-17

Nevada Union's Justin Houlihan runs the ball during a game against Woodcreek Friday night.
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Score by quarter

First quarter

WC: Isaiah Ajayi 40-yard run (8:20) Dylan Carlson kick

WC: Ajayi 3-yard run (1:08) Carlson kick

Second quarter

WC: Tyler England 14-yard run (10:11) Carlson kick

NU: Tyler Nielson 31-yard run (9:09) Logan Siemers kick

WC: England 4-yard run (7:29) Carlson kick

NU: Siemers 39-yard field goal (0:07)

Third quarter

WC: Kenneth McGloan 95-yard kickoff return (11:47) Carlson kick

WC: Matt Miller 22-yard run (6:33) Carlson kick

WC: England 21-yard run (1:27) Carlson kick

Fourth quarter

NU: Hayden Fay 34-yard pass from James Schnitzius (6:49) Siemers kick

In front of a homecoming crowd at Hooper Stadium, the Nevada Union football team got ran over by a pack of Timberwolves from Woodcreek.

The Timberwolves (5-1, 1-1 Sierra Foothill League) scored six rushing touchdowns Friday night to cruise past the Miners, 49-17.

The loss for NU is its third straight to Woodcreek and 15th in a row to an SFL opponent, dating back to 2012.

Woodcreek scored early and often, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after a pair of touchdown runs (40, 3) by sophomore Isaiah Ajayi. The speedy Ajayi led the Timberwolves with 153 rushing yards, 144 of which came in the first half.

Woodcreek’s Tyler England put the Timberwolves up 21-0 after a 14-yard burst. England was also strong out of the Timberwolves backfield with 76 rushing yards and three touchdowns (14, 4, 21).

That’s when Nevada Union (1-5, 0-2 SFL) finally found some traction on offense. The Miners responded with a long, sustained drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown run on a counter play by sophomore Tyler Nielson.

“We started out a little shaky. We did give away those points, but we came back and answered so that was a plus,” said Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan. “They didn’t hang their heads. They didn’t show that body language that showed up last week. I’m proud of them.”

Nielson led all NU ball carriers with 80 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.

“The experience he is getting right now is really important for him for the future,” Houlihan said. “We may not be blocking real well right now or creating big holes, but he’s finding creases to get tough yards. As a sophomore its unheard of the way he’s running and he will see the benefits in the next year or two.”

With the lead down to 21-7, the Timberwolves quickly added to their total with England’s second touchdown of the first half, a four-yard power run into the end zone.

The Miners responded with a 39-yard field goal by Logan Siemers just before halftime to head into the locker room down 28-10.

Any momentum NU had acquired at the end of the first half was quickly stolen away on the first play of the second half. Woodcreek’s Kenneth McGloan took Nevada Union’s kickoff back 95-yards for a touchdown to put the Timberwolves up 35-10.

Later in the third quarter, Woodcreek added a touchdown on a quarterback option keeper, and England punched in his third score of the game to put the game out of hand at 49-10.

Nevada Union senior quarterback James Schnitzius gave the home crowd something to cheer about in the fourth quarter when he hit sophomore receiver Hayden Fay for a 34-yard touchdown. Schnitzius finished the night 3-for-8 for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Leading the Nevada Union defense was sophomore linebacker Justin Houlihan with 10 total tackles (eight solo) and two tackles for a loss. Sophomore defensive lineman Drew Heaps added six total tackles (four solo).

“I’m just proud of the way they are competing,” Houlihan said of his players. “They are doing the best that they can against teams that are a little bit bigger, stronger and faster than us.”

Things to work on

The Miners hindered their own progress much of the game, turning the ball over twice and committing 10 penalties for 105 yards.

“Some of it was out of frustration, some unsportmanlike conduct and we don’t want to be like that. We don’t want to be known for that,” said Houlihan.

Up next

The Miners now hit the road to face an undefeated Folsom squad Friday.

The future is bright

The Miners junior varsity team held strong at the end and earned it’s fifth win of the season, beating Woodcreek’s JV, 30-28

Nevada Union (5-1, 1-1 SFL) got strong play from freshmen Dawson Fay who tallied 145 yards rushing, including a 3-yard touchdown run. Fay also caught 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Felhaber, who threw two on the day. Tomaso Wilkins hauled in Felhaber’s other touchdown pass.

Nevada Union’s offense also got solid efforts from Kevin Cayabyab with 78 rush yards, Robert Jeanson with 64 yards and Jace Wheeler with 38 yards.

On the defensive side, Ethan Garrity and Luke Cornish led the team with six tackles each.

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

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