Miners drop season opener to San Tan Foothills

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San Manuel Miners

  The San Manuel football team started its season with a 42 – 12 loss to San Tan Foothills last Friday night in San Tan Valley.

  “Too many missed tackles,” second-year San Manuel head coach Dan Williams told the Miner. “That’s what caused us to get down and we dug ourselves too deep of hole, by missing tackles.”

The Sabercats scored 35 unanswered points through three quarters before the Miners outscored them 12 – 7 in the final quarter.

  Sophomore quarterback hit Benny Laguna for a five-yard touchdown pass and later Bridger Davis scored on a five-yard run.

  According to Williams, it’s obvious what the Miners must do to improve before this Friday’s game.

  “We have to tackle better,” he said. “We’ll work on that during practice.”

  Up Next:  San Manuel visits Tanque Verde this Friday.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Andy Luberda (940 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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