NU junior varsity squad focuses on improvement |

NU junior varsity squad focuses on improvement

Before true Miner Magic can be achieved at the varsity level, most Nevada Union football players have to advance through the junior varsity season.

Although the intensity level may not be quite as extreme as the varsity teams taking to the field, it is where such intensity is born. For example, by the time most NU players reach the varsity level, they will have faced the same Yuba City team twice.

Head coach Chris Buti, who has been in command of the JV team for three years entering this season, believes that the reason for a junior varsity team’s existence is to prepare for varsity.

“With the JV squad, it’s all about preparation for the varsity squad,” said Buti, adding though that he, and his players, still focus on filling in the win column. “The kids are out there, of course, to be competitive athletes.”

As with any high school team, however, education in the classroom is the top priority.

“The number one thing,” said Buti, “is they have to get school done first.”

If Buti’s current club is to match his 2003 team, which finished 9-1 last season as Metro Conference co-champion, he’ll need strong play out of quarterback Chad Mason, who he said has been a perfect fit into the Miner offense. Also set to put up serious yards on offense are David Zealer and Delano Carter, his top running backs.

Buti doesn’t stop there in listing his team’s standouts, in which he included his entire offensive line.

“What makes it all work is the offensive line,” he said. “We have a very dedicated offensive line.”

Offense isn’t the only talent showcase on his team. Included in the defense is linebacker Jason Niedleberger.

“He is just a mean, little, quick guy,” Buti said.

With such a combination, a league championship seems well within reach, Buti said, but added that he’ll be content just as long as his players improve as the season goes on.

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