EL DORADO — Behind solid tackling on defense and a punishing ground attack on offense, host Union Mine controlled the first half Friday but not the second, eventually owning a difficult 13-9 setback at the hands of the Raiders.
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“Our team played hard tonight and gave a good effort but we made some mistakes in the game that were difficult to overcome. With the penalties, using timeouts and missing assignments, those are things we need to eliminate and improve on. The team is working hard though and it was just difficult to let this one get away,” Union Mine Coach Dave Johnson said after the game.
Neither team established momentum until the second quarter of the game when Sean Tow, who rushed for 192 yards on 37 carries and a touchdown, scored on a 6-yard run off left tackle for a 6-0 lead.
Once the D’backs put points on the board, the defense of Sam Armanino, Anthony Beck, Smith Purdum, Jake Horn, Zac Kraus, Tyler Parker,Matt Cathey, Tow, Derek Stirling, Augie Ahuna and Jesse Morgan along with a host of others constantly shut down the offense of River City. The home team turned the final drive of the half into a 24-yard field goal by Tow for the 9-0 advantage at the intermission.
The visiting Raiders sustained two second-half drives for touchdowns. Union Mine drove the ball close several times only to come up empty.