NU expects battle with DC |

NU expects battle with DC

John HartChris Thibodeau (with ball) and Vu Pham (right) are two important pieces to Nevada Union's wing-T attack. The Miners face Del Campo today at 1 p.m.
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Del Campo has always found a way to give Nevada Union tough football games in the past.

One has to wonder, given NU’s fast start this season, whether another competitive Cougar team will be enough to stay with a Miner squad that seems to get better as the weeks go by.

Then again, Del Campo’s first three contests of the year have each been decided by a touchdown or less.

Today, unbeaten Nevada Union travels to Fair Oaks to face Del Campo (1-2) in a preseason contest that will not be taken lightly by either team.

The junior varsity game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the varsity game to start at its conclusion, sometime around 1 p.m.

Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers said the Miners have had a great week of practice following last Friday’s impressive win over Elk Grove.

“Their record is 1-2, but it is really deceptive,” Humphers said. “They’ve had every game close, and against a good Granite Bay team, they had a chance to win it in the end, so we know we are in for a battle again this year.”

Del Campo will test NU’s secondary with its West Coast offense, featuring a pair of capable quarterbacks and a wide receiver, senior Jesse Walls, who is averaging nearly 90 yards in receptions per game. Senior tight end Dan Reynolds has the size and skill to play at a major college program next year.

Senior quarterback Brandon Moore has thrown for 323 yards, while Brent Romani, who started for Casa Roble last year, has moved the ball another 267 yards in the air.

In last week’s six-point loss to Granite Bay, Del Campo threw the ball 47 times.

“Every time we step on the field, it is important to us,” Humphers said. “We’ve faced an option team, a pound-it-between-the-tackles team, we’ve faced the great speed Elk Grove has, and now we face a big passing attack, so after this week we’ll have seen just about everything offensively that there is to see.”

NU’s secondary has accounted for five turnovers in the first three games of the season, with a front line anchored by Brandon Julian, who leads the teams in tackles. The Miners hope to put great pressure on the quarterback, and have tallied eight sacks in the first three games so far this season.

Offensively, NU’s Jon Sheets has outpassed his opponents this season by more than 100 yards, while throwing for four touchdowns.

The Miner rushing attack has been split evenly between its three backs, with Chris Thibodeau, Joey Bratton and Vu Pham each rushing for more than 200 yards to date.

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The showdown – Nevada Union travels to Del Campo today. The junior varsity game starts at 11 a.m., with varsity following afterward at 1 p.m.

So far – Nevada Union enters the preseason game with a 3-0 overall record, while Del Campo is 1-2 in preseason.

Last year – In a Capital Athletic League contest, NU’s Ryder Heidelberger rushed for 170 yards and one touchdown to lead the Miners past the Cougars, 20-17.

Key matchup – NU’s secondary, which has caused five turnovers this year, facing a relentless DC passing attack led by wide receiver Jesse Walls.

Directions – To get to Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks for today’s game, take Interstate 80 west for about 30 minutes to Madison Ave. Take a left onto Madison and go a few miles. You will pass Manzanita; the next main intersection is Dewey Drive. Take Dewey right for about one mile. The high school is on the right.

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