YOUTH FOOTBALL: Jr. Miners impress at Mighty Mite Bowl, Pee Wees top Placer |

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Jr. Miners impress at Mighty Mite Bowl, Pee Wees top Placer

The Nevada Union Jr. Miners (Mighty Mite Division) made it through the first round of games of the Sierra Valley USA Mighty Mite Bowl and are into the championship round.

After losing their opening game in the double-elimination style football playoff, the Jr. Miners went on to beat Placer, 22-13, and Oakmont 14-0 to advance to the Championship Weekend.

“Credit goes out to our boys for not folding to the 37 degree cold morning temperature that struck Marysville high school this Saturday,” co-head coach Kyle Klauer. “Our offensive line was lead by center Jack Randle who along with our 6 other road-graders, who led our team to its best offensive rushing day to date.”

Klauer also praised his backfield for their offensive effort.

“We have an All-American backfield this year lead by veteran halfbacks Riley Smith, Shaun Jones, and fullback Colton Danos. This three-headed monster ran harder than we have ever seen them run.”

Credit also goes to quarterback Blake Hammerschimdt who converted on several key two-point conversion passing plays.

“Blake was a guard on our offensive line last year, but had no problem switching to quarterback in 2015 in order to fill the role we needed,” said Klauer. “He is a silent leader, by example guy, and hands down is the most team oriented player on the Mighty Mites.”

The coaching staff this year is comprised of co-head coach Eric Giles, assistant coaches Shaun Jones, and Chuck Ferguson, and superstar “team mom” Annie Hughes.

Next up for the Jr. Miners is the Marysville Indians on Nov. 21 at Roseville High School, followed by either Lincoln or Woodland in the semifinal round on the same day in order to advance to the Championship game for the second year in a row.

Midget Division: Woodland 22, Nevada Union 18

The Jr. Miners came up just short in their SVUSA first round playoff matchup with Woodland, falling to the Jr. Wolves by four.

Nevada Union was led by Zachery Fink with 110 rushing yards and a touchdown on offense and 10 tackles on defense. Anghel Carrillo added 55 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Anthony Vierra rounded out the scoring with a touchdown. Vierra also had three tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.

Jr. Miners quarterback Bailey Brooke completed four passes for 50 yards in the game. Brooke completed passes to Trevor Nielson, Jeremy Nettles, Carrillo and Fink.

On the defensive side of the ball, Nevada Union got strong efforts from Duke Morales (eight tackles), Benji Taylor (five tackles) and Matthew Dal Bon (four tackles, two sacks).

In other Jr. Miners playoff action, Nevada Union’s Pee Wee division team advanced to the second round with a 14-6 victory over Placer. The No. 4 seeded Jr. Miners Pee Wee team will face top-seed Lincoln at Lincoln High School Saturday.

The Jr. Miners Jr. Midget Division team had a bye through the first round as the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 seed Lincoln at Roseville High School Saturday.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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