By CHANDLER LUCAS
It is not that often when a game in Week 5 has your entire season resting on the outcome. The El Diamante Miners entered their clash with Mt. Whitney at a dismal 1-3 record. After entering the season as one of the most hyped team since the Miners’ valley season in 2013, this year’s campaign so far has been plagued by injuries, and the inability to stop the run. However, 2 out the last 3 weeks the Miner defense has stood their ground against the ground game. They limited Monache to just 1.9 yards per carry in Week 3. And after a setback the following week against Dinuba, the Miners responded again with solid defense against the Pioneers of Mt. Whitney.
The Miners hung up 30+ plus for the second consecutive week behind a two headed monster attack in Running Back Devontae Freeman and Quarterback Parker Boswell. Freeman finished with 3 touchdowns and well over 200 yards, while Boswell provided a very efficient and consistent Miner passing attack. Jayvon Hightower had a big night and we saw a rare touchdown from a defensive player who was getting some snaps on offense. Junior Linebacker Jake Garbani lined up at Fullback and ran out to the flat, Boswell dumped the ball off to a wide open Garbani who pranced into the end zone, running through a couple of tacklers near the goal line.
After a late scare, the Miners pulled ahead late and iced the game with Devontae Freeman’s third touchdown, dotting the i on their win and spoiling homecoming night for Mt. Whitney. The clock hit zero with a final score of 38-16. The Miners took a step forward and moved their record up to 2-3. Although it is still an uphill climb, the Miners have not dug themselves in too big of a hole. Seeding in the playoffs may be rough, but El D still possesses a team that is very capable to do a lot of damage in the postseason.