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Miners hope sun shines at Kennedy

Fans of Nevada Union football who have grown weary of the late, late nights recently associated with Miners’ games are in luck this week.

Those fans, who have had to endure delays of up to an hour this season, will get a chance to trade the hot chocolate for sun screen when the Miners take on host Kennedy (Sacramento) in a rare day game Saturday.

The varsity kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The junior varsity will take the field at 11 a.m.



NU (3-1 overall, 1-0 Metro Conference), which has outscored its last two opponents 116-12, head into this Week 5 contest second in the league in points allowed with two converted touchdowns per contest.

Its offense, which averages 42.5 points every time out, is also ranked second in the league.




NU’s old nemesis Grant (4-0, 1-0) is tops among Metro Conference teams in both categories at 10.2 points allowed per game, along with a scoring average of 43.2 points.

Kennedy (2-2, 0-1) is near the middle of the seven-team league’s pack in both scoring average (24.2 ppg) and average points allowed (35.5 ppg).

OUTLOOK

Tyree Brown is the big gun in Kennedy’s West Coast-style offense.

The senior running back opened the season with a three-touchdown performance – including a 62-yarder – in a 46-36 loss to Pitman (Elk Grove).

Brown was limited to just one score in the following week’s 21-6 win over Valley (Sacramento), but finished with 141 yards on 16 touches.

He stayed hot in the Cougars’ 40-34 win over West Campus (Sacramento) a week later with 122 yards on nine carries, highlighted by a 45-yard score.

Brown proved to be just as lethal on special teams versus the Warriors as he notched both a 96-yard punt return and a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

“They’ve got three or four really good athletes, and Brown’s one of them,” Miner head coach Dave Humphers said. “He gets the ball a lot, both as a running back and as a receiver. But they’ve also got (some other dangerous runners), so we can’t just key on him.”

Among the Cougars’ other threats are running back Roth Lim and quarterback Kylon Lee.

Lim, who scored once in each of Kennedy’s first three games, rushed for a season-high 120 yards on 15 totes last week.

Lee’s top game of the year was a 12-for-19, 131-yard performance versus Valley.

Humphers believes his young defense – he started eight juniors and a sophomore last week – is up to the task of stopping the Cougars in their tracks.

“Kennedy’s got a pretty good team. They like to run the ball (as well as) spread the field with their short passing game. They’re pretty diverse offensively,” Humphers said. ” (But my guys) have grown up fast this year. They’ve gotten better and better every game.”

THE SKINNY

Opponent: Kennedy (Sacramento)

Site: Kennedy

Date: Saturday

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

2004 record: 2-2 overall, 0-1 Metro Conference)

2003 record: 3-6, 2-4

League finish: Fifth

All-time series: NU leads 3-2

Last Meeting: 10/24/03 (NU won 42-6)

Base offense: West Coast

Five players to watch: RB Tyree Brown, QB Kylon Lee, RB Roth Lim, Kamron Johnson, Jed Croy.

Directions: Take I-5 south to Florin Road west. Turn right on Gloria Drive. The school is on the right.


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