Old school day game no problem
Back in the day, it was not unusual for the majority of high school football games to be played on Saturday afternoons.
For students, curfews were not an issue with Saturday games. For adults, afternoon games came after a night of sound sleep that punctuated another hard week at the office. For players, black eye marks supposedly helped to cut down the sun’s glare, or make a player look menacing, at the very least.
And it was not uncommon to have press boxes broadcast updates of college football games in progress.
Now, Saturday afternoon high school football is nearly as antiquated as the single-bar facemask and straight-ahead kickers. Tomorrow, however, Nevada Union heads to Fair Oaks to play a game against Del Campo (varsity kick-off, 1 p.m.) that will be unusual on two fronts.
Del Campo, which used to serve as a tough Capital Athletic League test, now serves as the Miners’ final preseason, nonleague foe. And while the game will be as the Miners’ only day game on the schedule, it is not something that is necessarily savored by today’s players, who for the most part are so accustomed to night football they prefer it.
“Because of the night games we play at Nevada Union, it is sort of special in its own way,” said NU quarterback Jon Sheets. “But if anything, it is actually a little harder to play day games because you are not used to it.”
The weather for Saturday’s game is expected to be breezy with temperatures in the mid-80s, certainly warmer than the Miners can expect for the remainder of its night games, but hardly something that should play a factor.
“I would much rather play at night, because the games seem more exciting,” linebacker Travis Toll said. “But the weather doesn’t worry us. We’ve spent all summers and practice after school every day in the sun, so we are used to it.”
Maybe it is the distance to places like Del Campo or Jesuit high schools, or maybe it is the day games themselves, but the atmosphere of a Saturday game tends to feel more subdued, not something the unbeaten Miners can afford to buy into.
This is especially true against Del Campo, who enters Saturday’s game with a deceiving 1-2 record.
“High school football is special under those lights, but you’ve got to be able to play in the day,” NU coach Dave Humphers said. “The air is crisper at night, and the daytime has a little different feel. But we’ve had a longstanding rivalry with Del Campo, so we are focusing more on the game itself than when it is played.”
Vince Vosti is a sports writer at The Union. You can reach him at 477-4267 or
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