NU football team and coach honored by state senate |

NU football team and coach honored by state senate

SACRAMENTO ” A small gathering of parents, coaches, school officials and other well-wishers watched as two seniors held ceremony in which Sen. Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) presented the players and coach Dave Humphers were honored with a special resolution.

An electronic message board flashed a greeting: “Senate Welcomes Nevada Union H.S. Sac-Joaquin Division I Football Champions.”

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place during the Senate’s morning session, however, the session was postponed until later in the day. Instead, the Nevada Union players were given an opportunity to sit at the desks were lawmakers sit during their voting sessions.

“It was just neat looking around, seeing people up there watching us, seeing all the art work and realizing all the important people who have been in here,” said senior Andrew Jackson, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 250-pound senior. “This building just makes us feel small.”

At the moment, the Nevada Union football players and coaches were in the spotlight. It wasn’t the first time ” nor the last ” since the Miners wrapped up their 12-1 season with a 46-7 victory against Tracy’s Merrill West in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game on Dec. 10 at the University of Pacific in Stockton.

The accolades just seem to keep on coming, though Jackson and his teammates don’t seem to mind.

“This season has been full of rewards,” Jackson said, adding with a smile. “The dinners and banquets just keep on coming. It’s great. We want to carry it on as long as we can.”

Senior fullback Jason Wethern, who rushed for 352 yards and three touchdowns during the season, is enjoying the championship ride along with the rest of his teammates.

“This is pretty exciting, kind of a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said, referring to the Capitol visit. “The senator is pretty nice. I didn’t know he was a Miner fan who lives in Grass Valley. I didn’t know anybody this high was interested in us. It’s pretty interesting.”

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