YOUTH FOOTBALL: Nevada Union Jr. Miners wallop Woodland Jr. Wolves
The Nevada Union youth football program held its final home games of the regular season Saturday as the Jr. Miners faced off with the Jr. Wolves from Woodland.
At the Junior Midget level, Nevada Union had no problem with the Jr. Wolves, beating them 37-0.
The Jr. Miners dominated on both sides of the ball, racking up 255 yards from scrimmage and 37 points, while allowing just 109 yards and no points in the game.
Leading the Jr. Miners offense was Santino Sanchez-Lane with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Sanchez-Lane also caught a pass for 21 yards.
Nevada Union’s Jaxon Horne got the scoring started for the Jr. Miners with a 31-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Horne finished the game with 65 rushing yards and one touchdown on six carries.
In the second quarter, NU quarterback JT Conway got the passing game rolling with two touchdown passes. Conway hit Ayrton Swasey for a 10 yard touchdown to put NU up 14-0, and later in the second quarter found AJ Meyer for a 14-yard touchdown. Conway finished the game 4-for-6 for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
On the defensive side, Meyer led the team with five solo tackles, Horne added four solo tackles and a fumble recovery, and Caden Harlabakis also wrapped up four solo tackles. Also making a difference on defense was Isaiah Carter with an interception and a fumble recovery to go with two solo tackles.
The Jr. Miners are now 7-1 overall, 6-0 in the Sierra Valley USA North Division, and have clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming playoffs. The Jr. Miners do have one remaining regular season game left Saturday at the Lincoln Jr. Zebras.
Jr. Miners 22, Jr. Wolves 14
In the Midget Division matchup, the Jr. Miners won a tight one against the Jr. Wolves to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Leading the Jr. Miners was Anthony Vierra with 37 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Vierra also blocked an extra point attempt in the game.
Coming up big on defense was Anghel Carrillo with two interceptions, including one he took back for a touchdown. Carrillo’s other interception thwarted a drive deep into NU territory by the Jr. Wolves.
Also contributing for the Jr. Miners was Zachary Fink with 89 rush yards on offense and eight tackles, including a sack on defense. Dillon Roberts added 39 yards rushing and four tackles. Trevor Neilson had an interception on defense and made a pair of catches on offense. Quarterback Bailey Brooke completed three passes. Duke Morales made seven tackles and nailed two 2-point kicks (in the SVUSA two points are awarded for successfully making the point-after kick). And, Benji Taylor came up with a huge, touchdown-saving tackle to keep the Miners ahead.
Next up for the Midget Division Miners is a road bout with Lincoln on Saturday.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 530-477-4232.
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With a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort, the Nevada Union football team went on the road Friday night and knocked off Napa, 33-14.