Nevada Union back in City Championship
Friday’s matchup against Jesuit is Nevada Union’s sixth trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals – also known as the Sacramento City Championship – since 1989.
The Miners won their first four appearances, including ’93 and’94 contests that preceded Section Championships. NU’s most recent appearance was in 2000 – the only semifinals loss for a Dave Humphers-led NU team.
Here’s a look at the three most recent:
1993 Nevada Union vs. Jesuit
The Miners got a career-high 202 yards rushing and four touchdowns from A.J. Kunkle in a 31-12 win.
“My line just destroyed them. Any back should have been able to run like that with the blocking I had,” Kunkle said after the game.
Miner defensive lineman Mike Fouyer said the Miners were motivated from the get-go.
“Some Sacramento TV station had them favored and that really pumped us up,” he said after the game.
NU made school history seven days later when it beat Merced 34-13 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game.
1994 Nevada Union vs. Davis
The Miners chances for a repeat section title win looked slim as the they trailed 27-17 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter.
NU’s Isaac Ostrom plunged in from a yard out to give the Miner faithful hope. Matt Beck scored from two yards out on NU’s next possession to put the Blue and Gold up for good. NU won 31-27.
“I’ve never had a feeling like this before. Even after winning the section championship last year,” Ostrom said after the game.
The Miners won their second straight section title with a 21-12 win over Napa the next week.
2000 NU vs. Elk Grove
The Miners led early thanks to a 73-yard touchdown pass from Josh Roenicke to Clint Dollahon, but couldn’t hold on in a 35-21 loss.
“They only ran about three or four plays, but they ran them very well,” NU linebacker Spencer Havner said after the game.
NU’s Jefferson Heidelberger, who opened the second half with a rushing touchdown, scored on an 84-yard kickoff return.
1995<No playoffs, finished 5-5
1996<No playoffs, finished 9-1**
to Elk Grove, 31-16
1998<No playoffs, finished 5-4-1
to Jesuit, 49-28
2000<City Championship loss
to Elk Grove, 35-21
to Elk Grove, 28-27
**<In 1997, Nevada Union, Grant and Del Campo finished in a three-way tie for the Capital Athletic League title. NU lost the coin flip for one of the CAL1s two playoff berths.
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