Gridiron preview

By From page A11 | November 24, 2010

gridiron preview

Get your Black Friday shopping done early, get the jackets and blankets and make the trip to San Andreas to catch Union Mine High take on Calaveras in a semifinal Sac-Joaquin Division IV game to decide which team will play the winner of the Escalon-Colfax contest for the section title. The Diamondbacks are the last county team alive and playing solid football at exactly the right time of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. sharp.

Union Mine (10-1)
at Calaveras (10-2)

The Redskins are 6-1 at home, have won four in a row and allowed just seven points in each of their first two playoff wins. Offensively they are led by quarterback Garrett Bock, running back Monti Wilson and receiver Connor Seawell, who all contribute to putting points on the scoreboard.

This could be the first gridiron meeting between the schools. Their common opponent this season was Sonora, which outlasted the visiting Redskins 48-47 during the regular season while Union Mine thumped the Wildcats at home to open the playoffs. D’back Sean Tow has amassed more than 2,000 yards rushing this season and has averaging 243 yards in the two playoff games. Sean and his brother Cody have handled most of the postseason scoring.

Union Mine quarterback Graham Bennett comes in with a hot hand after last week’s performance against Marysville and his two targets, Ronnie Eddy and Beau Bridge, are threats when they get the ball.

The D’backs are playing well on both sides of the ball and itching to return to the finals and a possible date with long-time nemesis Colfax. The Redskins are trying to qualify for the championship game for the eighth time — they’ve never won.

Union Mine by eight.

Jerry Heinzer

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