Jr. Zebras record their second sweep of the year

Nevada Union gets rough welcome
By: Greg Easter/Courtesy
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The Nevada Union Jr. Miners were treated to a morning of defense and an afternoon of explosive offense as the Lincoln Jr. Zebras swept the visitors in four games Saturday. It was the second sweep of the season with Antelope’s Jr. Titans taking it on the chin two weeks ago. MITEY MITES After a scoreless first quarter, Devon Henry scored first for the Jr. Zebras on a 2-yard run with Gabriel Burns rushing for the points after touchdown. Kaleb Bacus went 32 yards on the last play of the half for a second score. The defense was led by Karson Seaman, John Andes, and Joaquin Miller. Bacus also recovered an NU fumble. In the second half, quarterback Miller hit Burns for a 22-yard score. With Henry and Caden Noonan running the ball, they set up another score, again by Henry. Noonan ran for the PAT. Bacus scored again when he scooped up a loose ball and ran it in. Burns then went 51 yards for the final tally. However, the defense was the story of the game. JR. PEEWEES After a lethargic game against Placer last week, the Jr. Zebras made amends against Nevada Union. On the first play from scrimmage, Jr. Zebras’ QB Tommy Turner hit George Diaz for a 42-yard strike. Grady Manley added the PAT. Cole Vineyard and Zach Hatten led the defense in stopping the Jr. Miners. After a Malachi Nelson TD run was called back, Deven Brown was called on to run for the score. Turner’s PAT sneak made it 14-0 at half. In the second half, the defense held the Jr. Miners to a three and out. Nick Burns then carried the load downfield to set up a 25-yard touchdown run by QB Nicholas Miller. That made it 20-0. To top the day, Brown took a pass from Turner and rambled 54 yards for the 26th point. Manley added the PAT for a 27-0 victory. PEEWEES Coach Jess Coffer's PeeWees pitched a shutout against NU. Making things even tougher for the visitors, Deven Coffer scored four times – in the first half. His first came on a pass from Lukas Wiley for a 44-yard score. To prove it was no fluke, the duo later repeated the play for a 15-yard score. To break the monotony, Lincoln executed a double reverse with Coffer again scoring. A pass rush by Michael Sargent caused the Nevada Union quarterback to deliver the ball to Coffer who went 22 yards the other way for score four. Antonio Nevarez’s kick made it 26-0. The Jr. Zebras’ defense was led by Alonzo Anglada, Nate Labrado, Antonio Gutierrez and Sargent. Miles Pleich also had an interception before the half ended. In the third quarter, Lincoln’s Ernesto Cuevas took another errant Jr. Miners’ pass back for 30 yards and another six. Jacob Lemus’ long run set up Christopher Hernandez rushing TD to make it 38-0. The drive started after Marreon Walker recovered a Jr. Miners’ fumble. That triggered a running clock and a frozen scoreboard although Ethan Suchomel did add another touchdown. JR. MIDGETS Things brightened for the Jr. Miners when they broke through for a 6-0 lead in a defensive battle. Coach Dana Graham’s offense couldn’t answer and the half ended with the Jr. Zebras down by six. In the second half, Lincoln’s Cade Borgerson recovered a fumble and the Jr. Zebras drove deep into NU territory. After an exchange of possessions, a Jr. Miners’ punt was downed at the NU 29. After Ryan Graham picked up a crucial fourth down, Joey Rocha then wrestled the ball across the goal line to tie the score. Tyler Eslinger’s PAT kick made it 8-6 Jr. Zebras. The defenses again took control of the game. As the clock ran down in the fourth stanza, Lincoln’s Colton Fraga recovered a fumble with a minute left in the game. Although content to run out the clock, Preston Eklund found an opening and went 57 yards for a score. Eslinger’s boot gave Lincoln a 16-6 triumph. MIDGETS Disappointed after last week’s overtime loss to Placer, coach Charles Middleton’s squad was anxious to get back on the field. The Jr. Miners brought in the same 1-2 record but not the same game. Lincoln’s Joseph Flores and Charles Middleton opened a big hole in the line for Anthony Anderson who raced 45 yards to score. Chad Bagwell’s kick made it 8-0. Anderson again scored when QB Isaac Adams hit him with a slant pass for a 76-yard TD. Nevada Union fought back to score and pull within six, 14-8. With time running out, the Jr. Zebras’ Gabriel Thomas took a pitchout and tossed a 36-yard scoring strike to Bradley Arline for a TD. Bagwell’s kick made it 22-8 at half. In the second half, Nevada Union took a kickoff down to the Lincoln’s 30-yard line. But Pablo Miller, Wyatt Dornbush, Chase Rose, Kyle Dunn, and Bagwell held the Jr. Miners at bay. On fourth down, Flores intercepted a pass to end any threat. Flores then raced 62 yards from scrimmage for the Jr. Zebras’ fourth touchdown of the game. Bagwell’s kick made it 30-8. The Jr. Miners fought back to cut the lead to 30-16. After a fumble recovery, on third and long from the Jr. Zebra’s 21-yard line, Flores went 79 yards for another score. Bagwell’s kick made it 38-16 Lincoln. NU cut the lead to 14 with another score. The Jr. Miners then executed a successful onside kick with less than 60 seconds on the clock. Nevada Union went to the pass where Flores picked it off. He then worked his way around and through tacklers for 68 yards and a TD for the 44-24 final score. The Jr. Bruins of Bear River come to town this Saturday with Mitey Mites action beginning at 9 a.m. Games then follow every two hours with the Midgets starting at 5 p.m. Greg Easter is a Jr. Zebras’ coach and News Messenger contributor