Roseville is routed by Nevada Union
ROSEVILLE — Nevada Union High School senior quarterback Kyle Cota passed for 213 of his 308 yards and two of his three touchdowns in the first half, then the Miners turned to the run with 180 of their 205 yards in the second half of a 52-19 Sierra Foothill League victory over host Roseville on Friday night at Hanson Field.
The Tigers (1-7 overall, 0-3 SFL) only interrupted Nevada Union’s attack, as Kyle Downie threw a nice, over-the-shoulder, 38-yard scoring toss to Bryce Crouch in the second quarter, Jonathan Lopez made a 42-yard scoring throw to Dallas Guerrero in the third period, and Matt Razzano ran 24 yards for a touchdown in the final quarter.
Crouch rushed for 89 yards in 15 carries, and Lopez completed 6 of 10 passes for 90 yards after entering for an injured Downie, but Roseville’s 345 total yards was no match for Nevada Union’s 513.
Lopez engineered a 10-play, 80-yard march to Roseville’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was 3 for 3 on the drive, two of which went for first downs, including one on fourth and two. Crouch started it with a 19-yard run, and Razzano finished it with his 24-yard blast over the left side.
“Jonathan Lopez stepped up and played with a lot of courage,” Roseville head coach Larry Cunha said, adding that Downie’s knee appeared to be “stable.”
Nevada Union’s Ian Davis made seven of his eight catches — for 151 yards — in the first half. The Miners led 21-0 after one quarter on touchdown passes of 25 yards to Hank Humphers, 59 yards to Davis and a two-yard plunge by Tanner Vallejo.
The Miners had nine running plays of more than 10 yards in the second half, including four in a row on their final touchdown drive. Nevada Union also had two touchdowns nullified because of penalties.
“We’re playing hard. The effort is still good,” Cunha said. “But we’re breaking down, not just the juniors but our first-year senior guys. There were three, four long passes we gave up.”
Roseville 34, Nevada Union 28 — Jake Vaughn rambled for 152 yards and four touchdowns in 25 carries, and the Tigers (7-1, 3-0) rolled to a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a victory over the Miners.
Michael Dobler completed 9 of 16 passes for 130 yards, and fullback Jack DeLeon scored on a short run.
Defensively, Nick Espino led Roseville with 10 tackles and Shea O’Harra had seven.
NEVADA UNION 52, ROSEVILLE 19
Nevada Union 21 3 14 14 — 52
Roseville 0 6 7 6 — 19
NU — Humphers 25 pass from Cota (Sill kick)
NU — Davis 59 pass from Cota (Sill kick)
NU — Vallejo 2 run (Sill kick)
Rose — Crouch 38 pass from Downie (kick blocked)
NU — FG Sill 27
NU — Marks 40 pass from Cota (Sill kick)
NU — Humphers 2 run (Sill kick)
Rose — Guerrero 42 pass from Lopez (Baradannakhavan kick)
NU — Freele 9 run (Sill kick)
Rose — Razzano 24 run (kick wide)
NU — Dickinson 13 run (Sill kick)
RUSHING — Nevada Union, Dickinson 9-56, Humphers 7-48, Murray 5-4, Freele 3-28, Cota 3-23, T. Lopez 2-6, Vallejo 1-2, B. Lopez 1-2, Voight 1-0. Roseville, Crouch 15-89, Razzano 11-57, Downie 4-18, Jansen 4-9, Carrel 3-14, Lopez 1-minus 2.
PASSING — Nevada Union, Cota 16-23-0, 308. Roseville, Lopez 6-10-1, 90; Downie 5-8-0, 70.
RECEIVING — Nevada Union, Davis 8-151, Dickinson 4-56, Marks 2-68, Humphers 1-25, Murray 1-8. Roseville, Crouch 4-68, Guerrero 3-61, Vlahos 2-17, Lopez 2-14.