Miner football host Chico for homecoming | TheUnion.com

Miner football host Chico for homecoming

An athletic quarterback who can run the ball almost as well as he throws the ball awaits Nevada Union in tonight’s homecoming game.

Chico’s pistol offense poses a big threat to the Miners, said NU head coach Dave Humphers. The offense is similar to what Rocklin uses with the running back lined up right behind the quarterback, he added.

The Panthers’ sophomore QB Trevon Reid is 15-for-25, throwing for 363 yards in the team’s first two games. Reid also has run for 83 yards on 18 carries.

If Reid is not running or throwing the ball himself, he’s handing it off to Jamiel Hardman, who has racked up 303 yards on 30 carries so far.

Defensively, Chico blitzes a lot, Humphers said.

“Their pressure defense comes at you hard,” Humphers said. “There are very few defenders left when they break the line.”

Humphers said the Panthers’ defense will be similar to Monterey Trail’s last week.

Chico’s defense will need to be on its toes to catch NU’s junior fullback Connor Keith, who has carried the ball for 335 yards on 53 attempts so far.

Quarterback Josiah Paye is 20-for-47 throwing the ball for 294 yards. Like Chico’s Reid, Paye has established himself as a running threat as well, with 57 yards on 21 carries.

After a tough 12-7, week one loss to McQueen (Reno), the Miners offense has shifted into high gear, scoring 41 points and 31 points, respectively, in wins over Ponderosa and Monterey Trail.

Still, the Miners have had too many costly penalties, Humphers said. NU went from 15 penalties against Ponderosa to six against Monterey Trail.

“But we don’t want six penalties,” Humphers said. The team worked on their hand placement on the offensive line and also focused on not blocking in the back in this week’s practice, he added.

“We’re just committed to getting better,” Humphers said. The team had a good week of practice with standout work from Boddi Winegar, Dominic Pettinato and Conner Fuller, he said.

Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m.

Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at gmoberly@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4234.

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