Ostrom leads Nevada Union ground attack
Originally published Sept. 10, 1994
DAVIS ” The Nevada Union High football team is off and running in its quest for a second straight section title.
The Miners launched a relentless ground attack Friday night to pound Davis in the season opener, 29-12, in a nonleague game at Halden Field.
Left halfback Isaac Ostrom gained 206 yards on 13 carries as NU exploded for 453 yards rushing. Two first-half turnovers deep in Blue Devils territory prevented the score from being even more lopsided.
“At the half, I told the guys that we needed to hold onto the ball,” said NU coach Dave Humphers. “We would have had two more touchdowns if we had.”
Jesse Wheeler capped a four-play drive in the first quarter when he raced around left end for a one-yard touchdown. Zack McSweeney missed the extra point but later connected on a 25-yard field goals to make the score 9-0.
The offensive fireworks began after the second half kickoff.
Nevada Union marched 80 yards in nine plays ” like a tornado ripping through the Blue Devils’ defense. The impressive drive, with sophomore quarterback Chad Elliott leading the troops, took less than three minutes.
“We knew they had nine players going both ways,” Humphers said, “and we wanted to speed things up and not give them time to relax.”
Ostrom scored one touchdown in the contest and could have scored more if not for Davis defensive back Will Aaronson. Ostrom bolted into the secondary on three occasions only to have Aaronson ” also an outstanding running back ” catch him along the sidelines.
“He’s a big part of our offense,” Humphers said of Ostrom. “Giving him the ball is like throwing a long pass. He might score on it. That also says a lot for No. 32 (Aaronson) that he could catch him. Against another team, Isaac probably would have broken those for touchdowns.”
Ostrom played fullback in 1993 when the Miners won the section title, but now plays at halfback. The position suits him just fine.
“I can read the holes better,” Ostrom said, “and the plays have more time to develop.”
Humphers also praised the performance of his other running backs. Brandon Brooke rushed for 87 yards on four carries, Jesse Wheeler had 61 yards on eight carries and fullback Bill Beede had 64 yards on 10 carries.
“When we’re faking well and they get out into the secondary, they can really fly,” he said. “I’m also really happy with how the offensive line has grown. Davis has a very talented defensive line, and we were concerned with that.
“I think Davis has a real fine football team. They have a lot of talent, a lot of speed and they’ll be right there again (in the Delta League).”
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