Roseville runs past Miners late in fourth quarter
ROSEVILLE – A disputed Nevada Union fumble into the end zone in the fourth quarter turned the tide for the final time in a back-and-forth 34-27 loss to Roseville Friday.
With nearly six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Miners’ Devyn Grimes carried the ball for nearly 12 yards for a touchdown, but he lost the ball before reaching the end zone. Officials ruled it a touchback, Tigers ball at their own 20-yard line.
Many Nevada Union (4-4 overall, 0-3 Sierra Foothill League) players and coaches voiced their displeasure on the sideline. But after the game, before going into his postgame talk with his team, head coach Dave Humphers declined to focus on that call or the officiating in general.
“Who’s upset?” Humphers asked his team, as everyone raised a hand. “Who’s proud of how you played,” he asked his team again, with NU’s coaches raising their hands.
Despite the final result, running backs Grimes and Connor Keith both rushed for more than 200 yards. Keith scored two touchdowns and rushed for 224 yards on 27 carries. Grimes also scored two touchdowns and had 221 yards on 18 carries.
Both Keith and Grimes had several explosive plays from the backfield.
Grimes broke free for a 57-yard run, to put the Miners up 7-0 with 10:33 left in the first quarter. But Roseville had their own dangerous running back in Casey Lambert, who answered a short time later with a 73-yard run to tie the score at 7-7.
The two teams matched each other for scores in the first two quarters and even each missed point after attempts to go into the half tied at 13.
The Tigers came away with two touchdowns in the third quarter, one, a one-yard run on a quarterback keeper and the other 71-yard trick play on a pass by Lambert to Beau Smith.
But it didn’t take long for the Tigers to capitalize on the Miners’ disputed turnover in the fourth quarter.
Roseville went ahead on an eight-yard run by Lambert to secure the final score at 34-27.
The Miners had one last opportunity deep in their own territory at the end, but Josiah Paye threw an interception with less a minute to go that virtually ended the game.
Last year, Nevada Union downed the Tigers 51-27.
Nevada Union’s next game is 7:30 p.m. next Friday at home against Woodcreek.
Roseville 34, Nevada Union 27
Nevada Union 7 6 7 7 – 27
Roseville 7 6 14 7 – 34
Quarterback Kyle Cota ran for 73 yards, including two touchdowns, threw for 91 yards and had 12 tackles, including eight solo in the Miners’ (6-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 league) defeat of Roseville Friday.
“We knew coming in that it was going to be tough,” said JV head coach Chris Cota.
“Every time they scored, we scored right back.”
“Our offensive line did a great job of blocking,” Cota said.
Austin Marks, Cameron Townsend, Forest Good, Nick Maffuci and Eli Butcher all stepped up on the line, Cota said.
Nate Dickinson ran for 122 yards and a touchdown. Ian Davis ran for 80 yards. Sean Zuccaro also caught a touchdown pass.
Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 477-4234.
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