By Jarann Johnson
Teachers, coaches and parents constantly claim that strongly responding to adversity is a key to having a successful life. The Miners found themselves facing plenty of adversity entering their fourth game of the year – a 1-2 record and an injury to their lone all-state returner Luke Blood.
The Miners responded from their 31-point homecoming loss and all their other adversity with a 63- 0 home win over Stanley-Powers Lake last Friday night, moving their record to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in region play.
Both teams started slow, exchanging possession of the ball without scoring, but on the Miners’ second drive of the game that quickly changed. Casey Walcker, junior quarterback, found Alec Schroetlin, senior wide out, for a 56-yard touchdown.
Walcker didn’t have to do much on the play but Schroetlin did. The 5-foot-11 senior ran a short slant route, made a defender miss near the middle of the field and stiff-armed another defender about 20 yards away from the end zone near the home team side line on his way to score.
Tanner Erickson followed the play by running in a 2-point conversion, making the score 8-0. Walcker wasn’t done finding teammates for long passing scores though.