By Frank Smith
San Manuel Miner
The San Manuel High School Miners varsity football team headed out to San Carlos on Friday and posted a shut out win 59-0 over the Braves. San Carlos has improved this year, picking up a couple of valuable wins over Alchesay and Tanque Verde and entering the game at 2-2 while the Miners had a 1-3 record. With the win the Miners now sit at a 2-3 overall and a 2-0 section record.
San Manuel’s stout defense flexed their muscle in the first quarter as defensive end Jonathan Croci recovered a fumble and ran it in from 26 yards out for the touchdown. The point after touchdown kick was no good for a 6-0 Miners lead.
The Miners offense was not far off to get on the scoreboard and shortly responded as running back Shane Kelly ran the ball in from 33 yards out – heading around the left side for ‘Pay-Dirt’. The point after touchdown by Anthony Garcia was good for a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Miners defense continued their dominance forcing the Braves to give the ball back to the San Manuel where running back Richard Romo took the ball up the middle six yards for the touchdown. The PAT kick was good by Garcia for a 20-0 first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, the Miners picked up right where they left off in the first quarter. This time quarterback Bryan Valdez connected with wide receiver Alavaro Alvarez for 29 yard touchdown pass for the touchdown. The PAT was no good to add to the lead 26-0.
On the next offensive possession, the Miners continued to take to the friendly skies as Daniel Medina hauled in a 50 yard pass from Valdez for the touchdown. The kick was no good for a 32-0 score in the second quarter.
San Manuel aired it out once again with tight end Jonathan Croci grabbing the 25 yard pass from Valdez for touchdown. The kick was no good for the 38-0 score in the second quarter.
The Miners took the 38-0 lead into the half and did not miss a step in the third quarter as Kelly took the hand-off, sprinting 45 yards around the left side for the touchdown. The kick by Garcia was good to bring the score to 45-0 in the third quarter. The clock would now start to run as imposed by the AIA Mercy Rule, when a team is ahead by 42 points – the clock will continue to run except for injuries and time outs.
In the fourth quarter, running back Isidro Wasko ran the ball around the right side for the one yard touchdown run. The kick was no good by Manny Chavez to add to the score 51-0.
The Miners would get onto the scoreboard once more as Wasko would take the ball in from 39 yards out on a punt return for the touchdown. The two point conversion was good for the 59-0 final.
Offensively for the Miners, on the ground Shane Kelly rushed for 151 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns; Richard Romo rushed for 84 yards on eight carries with one touchdown; Ben Quijada rushed for 23 yards on five carries; Isidro Wasko rushed for eight yards on two carries with one touchdown.
In the air, Bryan Valdez went 5 for 6 for 119 yards with three touchdowns. Hauling in the passes were Daniel Medina with one catch for 50 yards and one touchdown; Alvaro Alvarez had two catches for 42 yards and one touchdown; and Jonathan Croci had two catches for 27 yards and one touchdown.
On Special Teams, Isidro Wasko had a 39 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Defensively for the Miners, Armando Sierra had seven tackles with one quarterback sack; Jordan Peasley had five tackles with three sacks and one interception; Arian Rodriguez had five tackles; Jonathan Croci had one tackle and a 26 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown; Gabriel Sierra had three tackles; and Alvaro Alvarez had two tackles.
Head Coach Steve Elmore said, “It was a good win for us against a well – coached San Carlos team. We still have a lot of work to do this week getting ready for the Homecoming game on Friday night against Canyon State. We look forward to the challenge and look forward to the stands be packed.”
The Miners will host the Canyon State Academy Rams for Homecoming on Friday night with kick off slated for 7 p.m.
The Rams will enter the game with a 3-2 overall and a 2-0 section record with the wins coming over North Pointe Prep 37-9, Baboquivari 62-0, and San Tan Foothills 36-32.