Del Oro a deceptive 2-4, heading into tonight’s game with NU
Anyone expecting Del Oro to look like a 2-4 team when it takes the field against Nevada Union tonight is likely in for a big surprise.
Rest assured that group won’t include Dave Humphers and his Nevada Union Miners.
“That’s the best 2-4 team you’ll probably ever see,” Humphers said, after watching film of the Golden Eagles this week. “They’re good, very good defensively and offensively. And they always pride themselves on special teams play.
“They’ve played a monster schedule, so they’re a very deceptive 2-4.”
Del Oro’s four losses have come to teams that own a combined 19-5 record, with nationally ranked Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) owning two of those losses. The Golden Eagles also have fallen to Clovis West (5-1), Oak Ridge (5-1) and Rocklin (5-1).
The latest loss, a 27-18 defeat to Rocklin, left Del Oro with an 0-1 mark in the SFL. By the time tonight’s tilt with Nevada Union (4-2 overall, 0-1 SFL) ends in Loomis, one of the two teams will have the task of climbing out of an 0-2 hole in the league standings.
Del Oro has shown a balanced offensive attack through the first six games, averaging 150.5 yards through the air and another 152.2 yards on the ground.
The top offensive weapon has been senior running back Kenny Andri, who has rushed for 467 yards and five touchdowns but, according to MaxPreps.com did not see action against Rocklin last week.
Junior Nick O’Sullivan has rushed or 217 yards and five scores, including a 165-yard, two-touchdown night last week against the Thunder. Angelo Pasquale, a senior, has added 206 yards on the ground this year.
“It’s an offense that’s run-oriented,” Humphers said. “They run more than they pass, but they will spread the field and throw the ball too. They’ll run out of their trips sets and all the variety of formations they use.”
Through the air, Max Magleby has thrown for 503 yards and three touchdowns on 35-of-68 passing with four interceptions. He completed 7-of-15 passes for 156 yards in the loss to Rocklin. Junior Brett Hetherington has also thrown for 400 yards on the season.
Del Oro’s top target at wideout has been junior Daniel Thomas, who has caught 25 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Del Oro has allowed an average of 32.5 points per game, a number Nevada Union would no doubt like to match this week.
The Miners are averaging 31.5 points per outing, just a shade under what NU put on the board in last week’s 45-32 SFL-opening loss to Granite Bay at Hooper Stadium.
Nevada Union’s offense actually outgained the Grizzlies 491-384 yards of total offense, including NU’s 303 rushing yards – led by 190 yards from senior Devyn Grimes. But four fumbles cost the Miners’ dearly.
“Our guys bounced back from the loss,” Humphers said. “I think our team is right on track with improving the areas we’ve got to improve. And there were several (last week).
“We had four critical fumbles, a couple of other mental mistakes with missed assignments. But I think our guys have their chins up and know what this league is like, that you’ve got to fight like crazy to improve and win in this league.”
Aside from the costly turnovers, Humphers said he was especially pleased with the progress made by junior quarterback Josiah Paye, who struggled through a 1-for-11 throwing night in the Sept. 24 28-0 win over Elk Grove. Paye connected on 10-of-12 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown last week.
Defensively, Humphers wants to see the Miners sustain their high energy throughout four quarters of football.
“(Granite Bay’s) quarterback got hot and started completing passes and then we gave up some running plays and they moved the ball on us,” he said.
Sophomore Tanner Vallejo and junior Brandon Looper led the team in tackles last Friday with eight stops each.
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