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NU, Bear River to scrimmage

It’s a matchup that has been missing from the western Nevada County sports calendar for the past several years, but the wait for Bear River and Nevada Union football fans is over.

On Friday, Sept. 3, both programs will hit the field at Bear River’s J. David Ramsey Stadium in a long lost traditional scrimmage formerly known as “Meet the Bruins, Meet the Miners Night.”

It’s not clear, though, whether that name will still fit the new version.

“I don’t know,” said Bear River coach Scott Savoie. “Personally, I didn’t like the format before, introducing all the players and the cheerleaders. I mean, we’re there to scrimmage. I just didn’t like all the hoopla, personally.

“We’re going to be lining up and scrimmaging. The emphasis for us is that we want to play the best. We want to play somebody top notch and Nevada Union is right here in our backyard. We want a good test and we’re hoping that (NU) Coach (Dave) Humphers will feel they got the same after we’re done.”

Savoie wasn’t sure how many years it has been since the Bruins and Miners last met in such a preseason scrimmage, but guessed that the two teams had not taken the field together in the past five to six years.

Humphers said that was probably about right.

“Scott and I are really looking at this as a scrimmage, not so much the big community event it was in the past,” Humphers said. “We both want to get our teams ready and we both were interested in cutting back on the amount of travel we’ve done. So, we decided to get together.”

The junior varsity teams are scheduled to square off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3. The freshmen teams are scheduled to scrimmage one day earlier, kicking off at 4:30 p.m. at Nevada Union.

Open date on NU slate

Nevada Union fans currently have one less opportunity to root on the Miners than in year’s past, as NU has been unable to fill an open date on its schedule (See “Scoreboard,” Page B3).

The Metro Conference, of which the Miners are members, includes seven teams, which means NU has six league contests. In order to fill out a 10-game schedule, the Miners must have four non-league opponents as opposed to three, which typically has been the case in Sac-Joaquin Section play.

Del Campo High School, a member of the Capital Athletic League – of which NU is a former member – served as the Miners’ fourth non-league foe in 2003, after early season matchups against Merced, Vintage and Elk Grove.

Both Humphers and NU athletic director Steve Pilcher each said filling the void in the schedule doesn’t look much like a possibility at this point. But considering the bye week follows back-to-back matchups against Metro foes Granite Bay and Grant, the week off might be somewhat welcomed a week before the section playoffs open.

“We’ll continue to look it as a bye week at this point,” Humphers said. “We’ve searched far and wide, and we’ll keep looking. But right now, it’s a bye.”

The good news for NU fans is that six of the Miners nine contests will be played within the friendly confines of Hooper Stadium, including the first four of the season.

Lack of players postpones Alumni contest

The second annual “Remember the Bruins, Miners” alumni football game has been postponed indefinitely, due to a lack of players signing on for a second showdown between former Bear River and Nevada Union football players.

The game, which was won by Bear River 16-13 in last December’s inaugural event, was originally slated for this Saturday. The matchup may still hit the field later this fall, as organizers continue to collect names of potential prospects.

For more information or to sign on to play, contact Mo Barrios (Bear River) at (530) 305-5363 or Troy Spangler (Nevada Union) at (530) 470-0773 or (916) 806-7600.

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