FOLSOM — Union Mine High’s varsity football program wrapped up its season Friday, falling 45-0 to Vista del Lago in a frustrating Sierra Valley Conference closer at Prairie City Stadium.
As has been the story for the Diamondbacks this year, the opposition boasted more size, speed and depth.
“It’s been a tough year,” Union Mine coach Dave Johnson said. “We’ve got a long way to go. We had a talk with the kids about how they need to get in the weight room, make the commitment and do all that kind of stuff if they want to see anything change.”
The Eagles pressed early and often, forcing Union Mine into a series of three-and-outs. The D’back secondary struggled to keep up with a receiving corps filled with tall sprinters as Vista cruised to a 31-0 lead at halftime.
Union Mine’s few shining moments was Nate Brown’s interception and a couple of big runs by senior Jake Horn.
For the 10 seniors listed on Union Mine’s roster, the loss had added sting as it was the final time wearing the burgundy and blue.
“I feel bad for the seniors,” Johnson said. “You hate to see your seniors go out like that. It’s tough, unfortunately it is what it is. We happen to be in a league with a lot of good teams and we just have to get better.”
Union Mine finishes the year with a 1-5 Sierra Valley Conference record, 1-9 overall.