EL DORADO — Still looking for its first win of the 2012 campaign, the Union Mine Diamondbacks football team fell to the visiting Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack Friday by the score of 55-7.
“They’re just better than we are. Better athletically, better physically, more speed. That’s it in a nutshell,” D’back coach Dave Johnson said.
Celebrating Homecoming and wearing its original Cardinal Red uniforms from the school’s first year in 1999, Union Mine received the opening kickoff and after a screen pass gained 3 yards, the D’backs stalled and they punted to the Wolfpack whose first play saw Alex Kropp find DJ Rogers for an 81-yard touchdown and early 7-0 lead.
The D’back defense held after a fumble and forced a field goal before Cosumnes blew the game open with a 65-yard drive capped off by a Kaelin Willhite 8-yard run for a touchdown.
The visitors had another red zone opportunity but a staunch D’back defense forced a turnover on downs. The Wolfpack scored on their next possession as Jordan Ares took the quarterback keeper the whole way for 29 yards.
Sean Tow, who left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury, exploded through a hole in the Wolfpack defense to pick up 36 yards on fourth down and get Union Mine to the Cosumnes 28 yard line before Zack Farrell stepped in front of a Tyler Parker pass to end the D’backs’ drive. Union Mine trailed the visitors 27-0 at half.
The second half started much like the first for the Wolfpack as Rogers took the kickoff and scampered 85 yards for the touchdown. Kai Davis intercepted Parker on Union Mine’s ensuing drive, and Ares found Alex Van Dyke for another touchdown.
Union Mine then embarked on its most successful and only scoring drive of the night. After a fourth-and-one conversion to Jake Horn, Scott McIntyre manufactured a drive that culminated with Jasper Spence breaking two would-be tackles on third and goal to score from 4 yards out. McIntyre put the PAT through, and Union Mine trailed 41-7 with 1:31 left in the third quarter.
The Wolfpack answered despite a Smith Purdum sack as Michael Coleman took a short pass and ran 58 yards to the D’back 22 and Kropp took the quarterback keeper the rest of the way. The visitors added another score in the fourth quarter.
“I think our kids played as hard as they could, but we were just outmatched. Plain and simple,” Johnson said.