NU looks to dominate |

NU looks to dominate

John HartSenior quarterback Jon Sheets (holding ball) could put up some big numbers in his last homecoming game.
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Some football teams have all the luck.

C.K. McClatchy of Sacramento isn’t one of them.

The Lions (1-4 overall, 0-2 Metro Conference) who were shellacked 62-0 to Grant of seven nights ago, will enter Hooper Stadium to face undefeated Nevada Union on its homecoming no less.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

“We know homecoming is fun and exciting. A lot of alumni will come back and watch the game, and the football team’s part in that is to really get ready to play in front of the crowd and hopefully make it a fun night for everybody,” NU (5-0, 1-0) head coach Dave Humphers said.

The Lions, who’ve scored an average of 10.8 points per game, lost by 30 points in the season opener to Sacramento, then bounced back with a 29-24 win over Mira Loma of Sacramento.

Then the bottom fell out, with lopsided losses to Christian Brothers of Sacramento, Yuba City and Grant.

“McClatchy’s record is nothing to brag about, but keep in mind they’re just a bunch of 16 and 17-year-old kids and (they’ve worked hard). What we’re going to do is just focus on ourselves and improve our game,” Humphers added.

The Miner defense, which has given up 19.4 points per game, will have to put a helmet on Lion runningbacks Juan Armendariz and Elias Sanchez .

The duo has combined for 455 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Greg Byrne will line up under center for the visitors.

The 5-foot, 7-inch, 150- pound junior, who took over for Armendariz as quarterback early in the season, has thrown for 187 yards on 22-of-46 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Offensively, the Miners will have a lot to work with.

Their three-headed monster of runningbacks – Joey Bratton, Vu Pham and Chris Thibodeau – have 1,061 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, and will attack a Lion defense which has allowed an average of 39 points per game this season.

The Miners also have the league’s No.1 rated quarterback and wide receiver tandem.

Senior signal caller Jon Sheets has totaled 811 yards on 43-of-76 passing, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

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