Del Oro mines Nevada Union on the field

By: Ty Bettencourt Special to the Loomis News
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LOOMIS – The Del Oro High frosh football team (2-0 SFL, 7-0 overall) took on the Nevada Union Miners at Del Oro on Thursday in front of a crowd ready for football action. With a final score of 34-8 over the Miners, the Del Oro frosh are proving to area football fans that they are a force to be reckoned with. Del Oro led the game early on a left stretch by quarterback Michael Moore to Dylan Kainrath. Kainrath ran for 26 yards to put Del Oro on the score board. An extra point by Brandon Lopez put the Golden Eagles up 7- 0. The Eagle' defense forced a Miner' fumble in the backfield and Jacob Noah recovered the ball for the Eagles, setting up a 24-yard pass by Moore to Trent Homan. Homan made a sideline catch in the end zone to put the Golden Eagles up 14-0. The Miner' offense was stopped in their tracks by the Eagle' defense by a tackle in the backfield by Kainrath on the Miner’s 43-yard line. The Miners fumbled the snap on the next play but were able to recover the ball. The Miners were able to get a 7-yard gain on the next play bringing them to fourth and inches. On the Miner’s fourth down Noah tackled the ball carrier in the backfield for a loss, and a turn over to Del Oro on downs. Multiple shotgun plays and ball carries by James Corbett, Therin Heryford, and Kainrath brought Del Oro to the Nevada Union 24-yard line. A great quarterback fake to Therin Heryford allowed Moore to scamper 24 yards for another Del Oro touchdown, bringing the score to 21-0 after the PAT. The Nevada Union kick return team showed their stuff on the field as they tackled the Del Oro ball carrier on the 15-yard line. Del Oro answered quickly as a 20-yard lob by the Miner quarterback was intercepted by Heryford, giving the field back to the Eagle offense. Corbett received the ball on a 20-yard outside run to the Nevada Union 7-yard line. The run cost Corbett, as a game-ending injury sidelined the running back after the play. A fake pass and hand off to 200-pound offensive tackle Tanner Woods allowed Woods to bulldoze his way through two tackles to the 1-yard line. Moore rolled left on the next play intending to pass but decided to tuck the ball and run for the end zone for another Del Oro touchdown. Del Oro failed to make the extra points on a run play and the score advanced to 27-0. Nevada Union made a beautiful 20-yard run but was unable to get another first down and was forced to punt. Moore made a 17-yard pass to Tyler Meteer who made an over the top catch as he was drug down at the Miner 30-yard line for a 30-yard gain. Del Oro was forced to turn the ball over on downs. Nevada Union made several strong runs but was again forced to turn the ball over to Del Oro on the 40-yard line. The Del Oro offense had two runs for losses then Moore connected with Tyler Meteer on a long pass for a 60-yard net gain play and a touchdown. Forest Schlotes-Dowd kicked the extra point bringing the final score to 34-0. Nevada Union suffered several losses in the backfield as they tried to advance from the Del Oro 12-yard line but several long passes and a 30-yard run advanced them to the Del Oro 40-yard line just as the clock ran down to half time. A running clock was used in the second half of the game as Nevada Union received the ball and drove to the Del Oro 40-yard line. A 20-yard pass and carry brought the Miners to the 4-yard line where a goal line stand by the rock solid Del Oro defense denied the Miners. Brandon Johnson made the final tackle on the Nevada Union ball carrier on fourth and inches. From the Golden Eagle’s own 15-yard line a fly sweep and tackle dodging run by Danny Becker resulted in a 55-yard gain, putting Del Oro on the Nevada Union 30-yard line. Several runs by Heryford and Shane Peterson later Del Oro was on the 5-yard line and poised to score when a fumbled snap allowed Nevada Union a recovery. The Miners completed five long passes as they drove down the field and scored on a 15-yard pass into the end zone. The Miners were able to score two extra points on the PAT, bringing the final score to 34-8. The Del Oro frosh take on the Granite Bay Grizzlies this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Granite Bay.