Tigers panned by Miners

Blaser's big night overcome by NU firepower
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The formula for ultimate success Friday night for the Roseville High football team was on full display on the Tigers’ opening possession, but Roseville was unable to sustain it and dropped a 51-27 decision to Nevada Union on homecoming night at Hanson Field. The Tigers held the ball for 14 plays on the first sequence, moving from their own 21 to the Miners’ 7-yard-line with a mix of run and pass. The rushing plays were mostly to keep the Nevada Union defense guessing, as Nick Blaser completed 7-of-8 passes on the drive for 71 yards. The march ended, however, when Roseville went for the first down on fourth-and-two only to see Blaser sacked, as the eight-minute possession yielded no points. The Miners wasted no time in making Roseville pay, as their fourth play from scrimmage found the Tigers in a blown coverage. Chris Biertuempfel was all alone without a Roseville defender within 20 yards when he hauled in a Broughan Jantz toss for a 73-yard scoring play. The Miners ate up yardage in big chunks, mostly on the ground, for much of the night, as Roseville’s defense was knocked on its heels. Nevada Union scored once more before the end of the opening period to take a 14-0 lead. A busted play nearly got Roseville back in the game early in the second period as Blaser chased down an errant shotgun snap and completed a long scoring pass to Beau Smith, but the play was called back due to a lineman being downfield. Nevada Union scored again before the Tigers finally lit up the scoreboard. A 52-yard run by Blaser put Roseville in business, and the junior signal caller scored himself on a one-yard dive with six minutes before intermission. The scoring was fast a furious in the final six minutes of the half as Roseville moved the ball through the air and the Miners continued to chew up yards on the ground. A 60-yard completion from Blaser to Matt Hack set up a 12-yard scoring toss to Parker Daughhetee that left the count at 34-14 Nevada Union at the break. Two touchdowns and a field goal put the Miners over the half-century mark early in the fourth period, and then Blaser hit Smith and Tyler Renville with late scoring passes to make the final score more respectable for the Tigers. The quarterback was the main bright spot on a tough night for the Tigers, as Blaser completed 22-of-45 passes for 300 yards and three scores, and he put up those numbers despite having a number of passes dropped. “He is going to be special,” said Roseville coach Larry Cunha. “He is still learning to read coverages and grasp the offense, so he in only going to get better. The guys around him have to learn how to support him better.” Roseville (0-3) will travel to Woodland next Friday night to take on a Wolves’ team that was 0-2 heading into tonight’s game with El Camino.