Youth football: Jr. Miners send three to title games
The Nevada Union Junior Miners punched a pair of tickets to the Sierra Valley USA North Division championships as the pee wee and midget squads claimed playoff victories at Hooper Stadium, Oct. 25.
The Junior Miners (pee wee level) came from behind to beat Placer, 12-8, and will play Lincoln in the championship at 1 p.m., Saturday at Lincoln High School.
In the game against Placer, it was NU’s defense that made the difference, holding the Junior Hillmen to just one touchdown. Leading the defense was Jaxon Horne with 17 tackles, two of which were for losses. A.J. Meyer wrapped up eight tackles for NU, Isaiah Carter held down the line with five tackles, Aiden Wahl tallied six tackles, David Webb added five, and Carter Nelson came up with an interception.
Leading the offense was Horne with 78 rush yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. Wahl led all Junior Miner rushers with 105 yards on 10 carries, and Meyer added 37 yards on seven carries, including a touchdown.
With the win, the Junior Miners (8-2) improve their win streak to seven games. The last time NU’s pee wees lost was Sept. 6 to Elk Grove. NU and Lincoln have met up once before this season on Aug. 23. The Junior Zebras won that game, 8-6.
Nevada Union 31, Antelope 6
The Junior Miners ran all over Antelope at Hooper Stadium and when they were done they had earned a spot in the SVUSA North Division title game against No. 1 seed Placer.
Leading the NU rush attack was Dawson Fay with 113 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Logan Lopez added 92 yards on the ground and a touchdown for NU, and Hayden Lee tallied 64 yards and a touchdown in the win.
On defense, Fay tallied nine tackles, Cameron Dallago wrapped up five tackles, including two sacks, Hunter Daniels added four tackles, and Will Douglas recovered a fumble.
The Junior Miners (6-4) will get ready for Placer, who beat them 33-13 the first time they met in week eight of the regular season.
The Jr. Pee Wees also made the playoffs but they were eliminated by Lincoln, 32-0.
Nevada Union’s Mighty Mite team is still alive and will also play a championship game Saturday at Lincoln. They will face Antelope at 9 a.m.
All stats were provided by Ron Slay.
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