Miners’ win sets stage for greatness | TheUnion.com

Miners’ win sets stage for greatness

The monkey is off Nevada Union’s back.

For now.

Elk Grove, the football program that always seemed to have Nevada Union’s number, came up short on the one set of numbers that truly mattered Friday night at Hooper Stadium.

Nevada Union 35, Elk Grove 9.

Savor the win, folks. It is a huuuuuuuuge one, the kind of victory that won’t fade with time. For the Miner players who had never before walked away from an Elk Grove game with a smile on their face, what took place Friday night will have staying power.

The Miners did it, knocking off a team that owns last years section title, a team that own perhaps the best back in the Sacramento area.

Elk Grove’s Tyrice Daniels may have the initials TD, but that was not enough to intimidate the home town team in a game that surely will be noticed by anyone interested in prep football.

Daniels held to 59 yards rushing? No wonder NU administered a thrashing.

It is a great win, and NU’s 3-0 start is about as good as one could wish upon the program.

The trick now is remembering that while the win can never be taken away from the team, it is only one stepping stone toward bigger goals, namely maintaining momentum well enough to win a Metro Conference title, to earn a playoff berth, and then do what Elk Grove did last year.

Seal the deal, win it all, a section championship.

The road to a conference title ends with Grant, but the Miners are wise enough to know that any Friday night could derail that big showdown if they do not keep their guard up.

Next week’s preseason game with Del Campo won’t be a walk in the park. The Cougars usually find a way to keep fans glued to their seats. Hiram Johnson is always dangerous; pretty much any team with speed to burn can give a quality team fits if they do not come to play.

Nevada Union cleared a psychological hurdle Friday night, proving to themselves that not only are they capable of beating Elk Grove, they can also get the job done.

Sure, Elk Grove will be in that Division I playoff bracket. It is hard to imagine them not being there. But the key now is for NU’s football program to take a deep breath and ask themselves what they need to do to get even better.

First things first. Today and Sunday, that would mean savoring a great win.

Monday? That’s a work day for all of us, isn’t it?

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