Friday night lights: San Manuel routs Falcons

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Benny Laguna (#22) with the ball in his hand and Caleb Quintero (#17) celebrate a touchdown at Friday night’s game against Veritas Prep. Photo courtesy Apuron Photography

  The San Manuel football team improved to 2 – 1 following its second-straight victory, a 49 – 7 rout of Veritas Prep last Friday night.

  Sophomore quarterback Caleb Quintero earned Offensive Player of the Game recognition after completing 14-of-17 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

Christian Velasquez (#20) races ahead of the other players in a bid for another score for the Miners. San Manuel beat Veritas Prep 49-7. Photo courtesy Apuron Photography

  Running back Christian Velasquez, the Overall Player of the Game, finished with 153 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Special Teams Player of the Game Benny Laguna also added a rushing touchdown.

  On defense, the Miners had nine sacks, including a team high three by Luiz Chavez. Defensive Player of the Game Fabian Russo and Michael Ochoa added two more while Gabe Velasquez and Armando Estrada had one apiece.

The Miners’ Jose Moreno (#7) looks for an opening in last Friday’s home game against Veritas Prep. Photo courtesy Apuron Photography

The San Manuel Cheerleaders hosted a “Meet the Miners” event Thursday. Photo by Aubrey Encinas

San Manuel Cheer Squad performing this year at halftime. Photo by AnnMarie Campbell.

Andy Luberda (1032 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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