Negaunee fans got a little treat Thursday night as the Miners JV football squad took the field against the Gladstone Braves. A little mix-up with the schedule opened up an opportunity for the young team to show their stuff on Sunny 101.9 ahead of Friday’s varsity game of the same billing.
A quick-moving first half started off with Negaunee in possession of the football on a promising first drive. Gladstone’s Trenton Cartwright put a damper on the Miner’s mojo though as he stopped up Negaunee’s Easton Palomaki on several occasions.
The Miners’ defense returned the favor, however, as Gladstone took over the ball. Negaunee quickly regained possession but this time at their own five-yard line, their work cut out for them.
Things moved right along as Palomaki found Kainoa Lacar to make first down on 3rd and long. The Miners kept things alive going into the second quarter as the first came to a close with no score.
Gavin Downey got his hands on another fantastic Palomaki pass, finding the end zone and completing that 95-yard drive to make it 7-0 early in the second quarter.
Gladstone, for their part, answered quickly with a touchdown of their own. Nate Young found the end zone for the Braves on a 73-yard run. They went for the two-point conversion to edge out the Miners with a score of 8-7.
The Braves took their sliver of a lead into the second half as the pace continued along at an impressive clip.
Gladstone kept the ball out of Miners hands for most of the third quarter. The score remained 8-7 going into the final quarter.
Negaunee started the fourth with a strong 14-yard run to begin a fierce campaign down the field. Landen Hillier took it home on a solid touchdown run to give the Miners their first lead since the second quarter at 13-8 over the Braves.
The Miners regained control of the ball very quickly as the minutes ticked down. Negaunee gave up nothing as they took home the victory, the final score 13-8.