GALT — The one certain thing Friday at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field was either Union Mine or host Galt would win its first football game of the season.
Each came in 0-7 overall but behind Sean Tow’s 313 yard rushing and five touchdowns, the Diamondbacks took the 34-12 Sierra Valley Conference win over the Warriors.
Hampered by a season-long thigh injury, Tow had his best game as he sliced through the Galt defense — often requiring multiple defenders to bring him down.
“He (Tow) is about 85 percent of his self,” Union Mine coach Dave Johnson said. “That’s better than most guys are. Sean had a real good night. It takes time to get your rhythm.”
Tow scored the D’backs’ first touchdown in the first quarter on a 15-yard run with 6:33 left. Galt tied the game at 6-all on its ensuing offensive drive when running back Tre Neaa scored on a 13-yard run.
Tow wasted little time giving the D’backs the lead for good when he scored on a 68-yard run. His 2-point conversion run gave Union Mine a 14-6 lead but the Warriors pulled within 14-12 when quarterback Vincent Pamplona scored on a 10-yard run with 5:41 left in the half.
That was the last Galt score, as Union Mine took command. Tow set up his third touchdown with a 43-yard jaunt and three plays later he scored on a 1-yard plunge with 4:13 left. He booted the extra-point for a 21-12 lead.
In the third and fourth quarters, Tow had touchdown runs of 16 and 7 yards respectively that led to the final score.
Johnson noted that this game was the first game in which he had the bulk of his linemen. Key to the win was the D’backs ability to finish strong on offense, defense and special teams.
“They did a good job in that tonight,” Johnson said.
Tow needs just 308 yards to reach 1,000 yards in his senior year. Union Mine’s next game is at El Dorado.
“I know that they (El Dorado) feel that this is the time to get us,” Johnson said. “They are playing pretty well.”
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