Miners rely on roar of crowd
The Nevada Union football team will look to the hometown fans in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal matchup with Florin (Sacramento) Friday.
“The home crowd was a factor in last week’s game with Laguna Creek. These kids get really fired up when the home crowd is there and loud,” NU head coach Dave Humphers said. “Our seniors realize this will be their last home game and there is a level of really wanting to do well in front of the fans and just savor the moment in their bon voyage from Hooper Stadium.”
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Florin (10-1), the Delta League runner-up behind Jesuit (Carmichael), suspended one of the top running threats and section’s regular season leading rusher, Randy Bacon, for violation of undisclosed team and school rules at the end of the year. But the team didn’t miss a beat in its 54-31 first round win over Vacaville.
“He didn’t play in their first-round game and they scored the most points they had all year. The back who filled in for him looked fast and ran hard,” Humphers said. “I didn’t notice any difference in their offense without him.”
Panther fullback Curlee Bishop, who ran for 231 yards and four touchdowns against Vacaville, will look to test the Miner defense.
“They run the wishbone. It’s similar to the Wing-T in that it’s based on deception. It’ll be a great challenge for our defense to stop them,” Humphers said.
Special teams threat Ladell Armstrong , quarterback Thomas Correa and fellow halfback Doniel Galloway have combined for 806 yards rushing with six touchdowns on the season.
“(Correa’s) a really good quarterback. He’s small and real quick. They look to run first, but he throws the ball really well on play action,” Humphers added.
Defensively, Florin likes to gamble.
“They blitz a lot. They jump around in six different fronts and they like to bring (blitzers) from a lot of different ways,” Humphers said. “Our offensive line is going to really have to pay attention and pick them up on running as well as passing plays.”
Humphers said his boys know how big the game is.
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 Football Tournament
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight
WHERE: Hooper Stadium, Grass Valley
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