Miners face Elk Grove’s familiar wing-T
Finally, something familiar.
After Nevada Union’s football team faced two drastically different offenses the last two weeks – the spread Oct. 13 in a 48-30 loss to Franklin (Elk Grove) and the I-formation in the 42-28 win against Laguna Creek on Oct. 23 – Elk Grove brings the wing-T at 7:15 tonight to Hooper Stadium.
“It’s the most similar offense to ours you’re ever going to see,” said Miners coach Dave Humphers, who has established a successful NU tradition using the wing-T. “They run the wing-T, the fly, the option … They’re a big, strong team.”
The familiarity, though, doesn’t end with the offenses in week three of Delta Valley Conference play.
Nevada Union (5-2 overall, 1-1 DVC) and Elk Grove (6-1, 1-1 DVC) have played each other 20 times since 1984, with the Miners holding a 12-8 record against the Herd.
They have played each other at least once in every season since 1992. In ’97, 2000 and ’01, Elk Grove beat NU in the playoffs.
But the Miners have won the lost four, including last season’s 20-14 win in the third week of the season.
“They present a formidable opponent,” Humphers said of the Herd. “They have some super-quick players.”
Elk Grove senior running back and defensive back Brannon Brooks leads his team on both sides of the ball. Brooks has scored nine touchdowns on a team-high rushing total of 805 yards, in addition to a Herd-best three interceptions.
Jordan Glass and Nick Nugent, the Elk Grove’s second and third-best running backs, respectively, have combined for 11 touchdowns 772 yards.
Elk Grove’s passing numbers, however, don’t complement the running game.
Quarterbacks Kevin Frank, a junior, and senior Johnelle Corbin combine for a completion percentage of 50, but have thrown for four more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (two).
Frank has completed 11-of-23 passes and Corbin is 11-of-21 on the season.
Miners senior running back Jesse Ettlin, who fueled NU’s comeback win against Laguna Creek, leads Nevada Union with 626 yards and six touchdowns.
NU senior quarterback Chad Mason, who hit Doug Dolan for two touchdowns against the Cardinals, enters the game having completed 55-of-92 passes for seven touchdowns and one interception.
“I know our team gained a great deal of confidence,” Humphers said, “being able to make a comeback and win convincingly.”
To contact Sports Writer Jeff Miller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4247.
Nevada Union (5-2) vs. Elk Grove (6-1)
Rushing – Elk Grove, Brannon Brooks 81-805 and 9 TDs, Jordan Glass 82-634 and 5 TDs, Nick Nugent 36-138 and 6 TDs. Nevada Union, Jesse Ettlin 82-626 for 6 TDs, Dave Zealear 86-521 for 7 TDs, Corey Browning 73-477 and 4 TDs.
Passing – Elk Grove, Kevin Frank 11-23-4 for 223 yards and 2 TDs, Johnelle Corbin 11-21-2 for 183 yards, Shane Lowman 1-1-0 for 51 yards. Nevada Union, Chad Mason 55-92-1 for 812 yards and 7 TDs, Steele Jantz 0-1-0, Matt Anderson 0-1-0.
Receiving – Elk Grove, Justin Meehan 8-210, Ryan Pearson 3-81 and 1 TD, Jordan Glass 2-73. Nevada Union, Doug Dolan 14-265 and 3 TDs, Dave Zealear 10-136 and 1 TD, Colin Casey 11-122 and 1 TD.
Tackles – Elk Grove, Jordan Glass 54 (43 solo), Lincoln Togiai 51 (39 solo), Joe Williams 43 (31 solo). Nevada Union, Brian Milhous 56 (30 solo), Tucker Colomb 44 (24 solo), Zach Masch 33 (18 solo).
Sacks – Elk Grove, Bryan Eisenbeisz 4, Justin Meehan 3, Nick Nugent 3. Nevada Union, Brian Stockton 12, Dave Zealear 4, Zach Masch 3.
Interceptions – Elk Grove, Brannon Brooks 3, Christian Zamora 2, Nick Nugent 2. Nevada Union, Matt Anderson 3, Kem Stanford 1, Brian Milhous 1, Tucker Colomb 1.
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