GRASS VALLEY — After surrendering 17 points in the first quarter, it was a long slope downhill for Woodcreek High School on Friday night. The Timberwolves fell to host Nevada Union 45-7.
“They just executed better than us,” Woodcreek head coach John Hildebrand said. “The one-on-one matchups, as they occurred, sometimes it comes down to a receiver on a defender, or a lineman on a lineman. Whatever the matchup may be, they won several more of those than we did.”
Known for its Wing-T offense, the Miners (4-3 overall, 1-1 Sierra Foothill League) switched up with shotgun-heavy packages, allowing quarterback Kyle Cota to complete 17 of 28 passes for 276 yards. Cota rushed for a touchdown, and running backs Hank Humphers and Tanner Vallejo each ran for two scores.
Woodcreek also was pass heavy with quarterback Stephen Nogosek attempting 31 strikes. He completed 18 for 147 yards with an interception. The Timberwolves suffered from frequent drops by receivers on short routes.
“We’re just going to keep working hard during the week,” Hildebrand said. “We’re going to keep getting better. It’s not an acceptable thing, so we’re going to have to go back to work.”
Woodcreek completed an 11-play drive with its only touchdown in the second quarter. Nogosek completed four passes on the march, including a one-yard scoring toss to Jason Moore.
Nevada Union answered immediately. Cota completed a 27-yard pass to Humphers and a 14-yarder to Ian Davis to set up a one-yard touchdown plunge by Humphers. Davis led all receivers with eight catches for 138 yards.
Nogosek also led Woodcreek with 58 yards rushing. Nevada Union keyed on running back Mitchell Layton and held the junior to 35 yards in 12 carries.
Nevada Union 43, Woodcreek 42 — The Miners won when Chase Loper found Brooke Grininger in the end zone with one second left. Nevada Union trailed at one point 42-21.