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Nevada Union rolls over Woodcreek 37-0

By: Justin Lawson Roseville Press-Tribune correspondent
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With time running down in the first half Friday night, Woodcreek High School put together its best drive of the night, as it moved 65 yards and into the red zone. Quarterback Shaun Mize slung a pass to Brandon Knapp in the end zone as time expired and the Timberwolves sideline cheered wildly. The sound drowned out the whistles of the officials, however, and the two-handed wave away from the end zone signaled that Knapp’s foot was inches away from a touchdown and out of bounds. If the play would have gone for a touchdown, the momentum shift would have been in full swing with Woodcreek getting the ball back at the beginning of the third quarter. Instead, the play was a microcosm of the Timberwolves’ night as it fell 37-0 to Nevada Union, as it made three trips to the red zone and came up empty each time. “I feel like that would have been great; obviously, we want points,” said Mize, who finished 13-for-26 and 200 yards. “But I think getting just that right there got us momentum because it showed that we could do it. We came in at halftime and made some adjustments and we just didn’t really carry it out out there.” The Timberwolves moved to 1-3 in the Sierra Foothill League and 5-4 overall, while Nevada Union moved to 2-2. Woodcreek faces Del Oro next Friday at home in a must-win situation to make the playoffs. Woodcreek’s first trip to the red zone came in the first quarter as it trailed 7-0. The Timberwolves moved the ball well on the drive, but when Mize went to drop back on the ninth play of the drive, he was met in the backfield by linebacker Tanner Vallejo, who blindsided the senior quarterback and forced a fumble. Before the ball could hit the ground, defensive end Jared Cook snatched the ball up and scampered 76 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 8 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The wheels fell off completely in the third quarter, as Nevada Union hit on a 72-yard punt return. On Woodcreek’s ensuing possession, it moved the ball down to the 3-yard line, its best field possession of the game. The Timberwolves attempted a reverse and had the defense going in the wrong direction when the pitch to Stephen Nogosek was bobbled and the Miners jumped on the fumble. Nevada Union hit a 22-yard field goal off the fumble recovery for a 30-0 lead. “Execution and play-calling in some situations,” said Woodcreek coach John Hildebrand of the reasons for Friday’s loss. “If I could have it back, I’d like to pound the rock there in that last trip. So it’s on all of us, including myself, to get it done.” Nevada Union 37, Woodcreek 0 Nevada Union 0 20 7 10 -- 37 Woodcreek 0 0 0 0 -- 0 NU – Vallejo 3 run (Sill kick) NU – Cook 76 fumble return (Snap fumbled) NU – G. Humphers 9 pass Cota (Sill kick) NU – Davis 72 punt return (Sill kick) NU – Sill 22 field goal NU – Dickinson 4 run (Sill kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing: Nevada Union, G. Humphers 9-85, Paye 4-41, Dickinson 5-34, Davis 2-18, Fuller 2-7, H. Humphers 1-7, Cota 3-minus7. Woodcreek, Layton 15-67, Fernandez 8-26, Mize 4-11, Nogosek 2-10, Chaney 1-3, Astor 1-2, Beaber 1-2. Passing: Nevada Union, Cota 8-12-1-1. Woodcreek, Mize 13-26-0-0. Receiving: Nevada Union. Fuller 2-47, Hofheinz 2-31, G. Humphers 2-23, Paye 1-20, Dickinson 1-8. Woodcreek, Nogosek 2-74, Beaber 2-32, Layton 2-29, Robinson 1-16, Lara 2-14, Knapp 1-13, Rogers 1-10, Hassell 1-9, Harrianko 1-0.