NU survives scare
If this is what the flu does to a running back, then Nevada Union High coach Dave Humphers will have no problem with it.
Humphers said Wednesday that he expected left halfback Isaac Ostrom to miss Friday’s game with Cordova because of a bout with the flu. But with NU clinging to a 6-3 lead at halftime, Ostrom returned to the lineup to score touchdowns of 78 and 22 yards.
The Miners (2-0) won the non-league game, 20-3, extending their home winning streak to 41 games.
It was anything but easy.
Cordova scored first when Enrique Ramirez booted a 35-yard field goal following Marwan Granville’s 70-yard kickoff return to the NU 20-yard line.
On Nevada Union’s first possession, Bill Beede scroed on a 3-yard run to cap a 71-yard, 11-play drive. But the Miners’ wing-T offense managed only 52 yards rushing for the entire half, and Nathan Allen was forced to punt on their final three possessions.
“They crowded us with 11 men up front to stop the run,” Humphers said. “The defensive backs were six yards from the line of scrimmage, so that forced us to pass.
“I have to give Cordova a lot of credit. They played a good game defensively. They tackled real well.”
Senior Dustin Davis started at quarterback for another Miner suffering from the flu ” sophomore Chad Elliott. Davis’ ability to pass was a key component of the Miners’ first drive. On third and 7, the senior hit Allen on a 28-yard pass play that moved NU to the Cordova 39-yard line.
“It was a big play because it kept the drive going,” Allen said. “They were keying on our running backs, and I was wide open. Dustin’s pass was perfect.”
In the second half, Ellott also made a strong recovery from the flu. The sophomore joined Ostrom in the backfield and completed three passes in four attempts for 45 yards.
“Both quarterbacks (Davis and Elliott) played well,” Humphers said. “They threw the ball well. Their passing loosened things up a bit.”
Ostrom ran for 110 yards on five carries to lead the Miners’ 215-yard rushing attack, while Davis and Elliott combined for 95 yards passing.
Cordova coach Jerry Rieger said he was pleased that his team was able to play even with the defending section champions for a large part of the first half.
“The kids played well,” Rieger said. “We’re young and we’re going to get better. We played an outstanding game defensively. We just couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.
“But this was a good test for us. We can see where we’re at.”
Mike Fouyer, NU’s top tackler in 1993, was taken out of the game in the first half following a crushing hit that forced a Cordova punt. Humphers said Fouyer suffered a “stinger” on his shoulder but should be back for next week’s home game against Elk Grove.
Cordova 3 0 0 0 ” 3
NU 6 0 8 6 ” 20
C ” Enrique Ramirez 35 field goal
NU ” Bill Beede 3 run (kick failed)
NU ” Isaac Ostrom 78 run (Chad Elliott pass to Ostrom)
NU ” Isaac Ostrom 22 run (kick failed)
Total offense 145 310
First downs 9 10
Rushes-yards 36-106 33-215
Passing 39 95
Comp-Att-Int 9-17-1 6-8-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0
Penalties-yards 5-40 6-60
RUSHING “Cordova, Marwan Granville 17-60, Parris Norman 8-34, Joe Miller 59-8), Jerome Robinson 4-19. Nevada Union, Ostrom 5-108, Beede 4-44, Brandon Brooke 6-13, Matt Beck 1-10, Chris Lackey 4-38, Dustin Davis 1-5.
PASSING”Cordova, Joe Miller 9-17-1-39. Nevada Union, Davis 3-4-0-51, Elliott 3-4-0-44.
RECEIVING”Cordova, Scott Pettingell 1-12, Norman 2-16, Kevin Guerra 1-11, Albert Tingel 2-6. Nevada Union, Allen 1-28, Ostrom 2-31, John Link 1-13, Mike Dwyer 1-15.
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