NU opponent 0-15 since last season |

NU opponent 0-15 since last season

John HartNU backup quarterback Jared Van Matre hands off to fullback Vu Pham.
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Kennedy of Sacramento’s football team is in trouble.

The Cougars, who gave up an average of 54.8 points per game to go 0-10 last season, have been shutout in their last three games to drop to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the Metro Conference.

Odds are things are going to get worse before they get better as the Green and Gold host unbeaten Nevada Union 1 p.m. Saturday.

While the game may turn out to be a one-sided affair, Miner (6-0, 2-0) head coach Dave Humphers said his boys won’t waste the opportunity to put in a hard day’s work.

“Our kids are really excited to play. There’s no lack of motivation on their part,” he said. “We are focusing on ourselves. We have several areas of the game we still need to get better at.”

“We tackled a lot better last week, however Kennedy’s got a couple of running backs who can shake and bake. Tackling good athletes (can only) be good for our defense,” Humphers added.

The Cougars are led in the backfield by Ricky Bowen and Derek Higgs.

The running back tandem has combined for 113 yards in the last two games.

Kennedy has three quarterbacks who’ve seen action this year.

Jonathan King has gone 6-for-16 with 62 yards to lead the team. Chayce Whiting and A.J. Boatwright have combined for 99 yards through the air this season.

“When I look at their team on film, I see a lot of good athletes. They look like a competitive, athletic football team. They don’t look like an 0-5 team,” Humphers said.

With big games against Woodland (5-0, 2-0) and Grant (6-0, 3-0) on the horizon, this game may also be the last chance for many of NUs backups to see the field.

“It’s huge for us to get our backups a chance to play. All of the kids on the team make a huge commitment and they all work hard,” Humphers said.

“The hot days are hot for everybody. The long practices are long for everybody, so the playing time the backups get is well deserved. It’s very important for us to reward their efforts.”

Nevada Union (6-0, 2-0), at Kennedy of Sacramento (0-5, 0-2)

Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Directions: Take Interstate 5 south to 43rd Street exit.

Turn right, then left on Florin Road. Turn left at Gloria Drive.



NU – 46.6

K – 2.8


NU – 16.1

K – 42.8


NU – 272.2

K – 41.3


NU – 178.5

K – 53.7



1. Grant (6-0 overall, 3-0 league)

2. (Tie) Nevada Union, Woodland (6-0, 2-0)

4. Yuba City (1-4, 1-1)

5. C.K. McClatchy (1-5, 0-3)

6. Kennedy (0-5, 0-2)

7. Hiram Johnson (0-6, 0-2)


1. Joey Bratton – 66 points

2. (Tie) Kyle McTighe, Vu Pham – 48 points

3. (Tie) Joe Dolan, Chris Thibodeau – 42 points


1. Vu Pham – 54-528, 8 TD

2. Joey Bratton – 37-410, 10 TD

3. Chris Thibodeau – 51-348, 5TD


1. Joe Dolan – 24-515, 7TD

2. Chris Thibodeau – 12-284, 2 TD

3. Joey Bratton – 8-172, 1 TD


1. Jon Sheets – 49-86-927, 10 TD, 5 INT

2. Jared Van Matre – 7-13-105


Steve Kenny – 39 tackles, 2 sacks

Brandon Julian – 37 tackles, 5 sacks

Jason Snavely – 4 INT, 3 fumble recoveries

Mike Manzinali – 27 tackles, 1 INT

Kris Sulonen – 6 sacks

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