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Miners still unbeaten; win opener 52-14

John HartLOOKING FOR DAYLIGHT: NU runningback Jason Snavely looks to avoid a tackle during NU's blowout win Friday.
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There were a lot of positives for the Nevada Union football team in the switch from the Capital Athletic League to the Metro Conference this season.

The team would get a chance to start new rivalries.

It could showcase its skills to a new audience.

Oh, and it would get a whole new batch of teams to whup up on.

Need proof?

Check out its league opener with Hiram Johnson of Sacramento at Hooper Stadium Friday.

Vu Pham hit paydirt three times, and quarterback Jon Sheets scored on the ground and through the air as the hosts rolled 52-14.

“We weren’t really too worried about the league change. We really didn’t think we’d have a problem,” NU running back Chris Thibodeau said.

NU, which scored on first two possessions, improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in league. Johnson dropped to 0-5 and 0-1.

It’s really good to see us improve week to week. We’ve come a long way every week we just set new goals to improve upon and so far we’re achieving that. And I hope we can continue to do that throughout the season,” Thibodeau added.

The Miners began the game on offense and went right to work.

With the ball on their 36-yard-line, Miner head coach Dave Humphers called Pham’s number.

The 5-foot, 5-inch, 170-pound fireplug rambled for 13 yards on his first carry of the night.

Two plays later, Sheets connected with Chris Thibodeau for 20 yards as the hosts set up deep in Warrior territory.

The Miners alternated run and pass, then Sheets capped the seven-play, 63-yard drive when he scored untouched from eight yards out at the 9 minute, 59 second mark.

Miners from far and wide will be in town when NU plays C.K. McClatchy of Sacramento for homecoming 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

NU – Jon Sheets 18 run, (kick failed), 9:59.

NU – VU Pham 4 run, (Kyle McTighe kick), 5:43.

Second Quarter

NU – Joey Bratton 28 run, (McTighe kick), 7:20.

NU – Joe Dolan 34 pass from Sheets, (McTighe kick), 1:12.

NU – Pham 2 run, (Brian Ellsworth pass from Sheets), :58

Third Quarter

NU – Noah Bailey fumble recovery in end zone (McTighe kick), 11:44.

NU – Pham run, (McTighe kick), 9:30.

Keys to the game:

FAST START ‹ NU jumped out to early lead, scoring two minutes into the game.

BALANCED ATTACK ‹ The Miners did it through the air and on the ground.

TURNOVERS ‹ NU had four interceptions and two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown.

RUN DEFENSE ‹ The NU defense held one of the conference1s top rushers to less than 30 yards in the first half.

QUOTE FROM THE COACH ‹ 3It took us a while to get warmed up. We sputtered in the first quarter, then we got untracked in the last half of the second quarter and then we started to click.² ‹ Dave Humphers, NU.

UNBLEMISHED ‹ The win moved the Miners to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Metro Conference.

NOTE: The game started an hour late, due to the length of the JV game.

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