PREP FOOTBALL: Nevada Union, Bear River seek 1st win of season |

PREP FOOTBALL: Nevada Union, Bear River seek 1st win of season

Nevada Union's Owen Dal Bon looks to pass during a game against Antelope at Hooper Stadium Aug. 26.. Dal Bon and the Miners hit the road to face the Placer Hillmen Friday.
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Nevada Union (0-1) at Placer (0-1)

When: 7:15 p.m., Friday

Where: Placer High School’s LeFebvre Stadium

Bear River (0-1) vs. Union Mine (0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Bear River High School’s J. David Ramsey Stadium

After losses to kickoff the 2016 the season, the Nevada Union Miners and Bear River Bruins head into the second week of prep football action in search of victory.

The Bruins (0-1) will play in the friendly confines of J. David Ramsey Stadium where they will host Union Mine (0-1) for their home opener. The Miners (0-1) hit the road to battle Placer (0-1).

It’s the third straight season in which the Miners and Hillmen have faced off in non-league play with the two Wing-T teams splitting the first two matchups.

“We both agreed we wanted to show our teams what a healthy rivalry is, not what the old NU/Placer rivalries were because those were not healthy, they were scary,” Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan said. “And, it’s been perfect so far. We beat them pretty handily the first year and they beat us pretty handily the second year. This year should be a good one.”

In 2014, Nevada Union took it to Placer, beating the Hillmen on their own turf, 41-20. Placer returned the favor in 2015, topping the Miners 43-7.

This year both teams head into the annual matchup on the heels of losses. The Miners dropped their home opener to Antelope, 28-21, but showed signs of promise with a balanced offensive approach. Nevada Union’s ground game ate up 194 yards, led by junior Tyler Nielson’s 114 yards and sophomore Dawson Fay’s 63 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, junior quarterback Owen Dal Bon was 10-for-17 for 124 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Miners did allow 293 rushing yards to Antelope and will need to be better Friday when facing Placer’s ground attack.

Despite a 42-30 loss to Golden Valley, the Hillmen showed the ability to move the ball on the ground, gaining 310 rushing yards. Leading the Placer run game was junior Mario Perez with 133 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Anthony Kerrigan also topped the century mark with 114 yards rushing.

Placer has a sophomore quarterback in Michael Stuck, who had some ups and downs in week one, going 7-for-17 for 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Kerrigan was Stuck’s favorite target, catching five balls for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. today at Placer High School’s LeFebvre Stadium.

Bruins come home

For the Bruins, who lost 23-18 on the road at Orland a week ago, they return home for a matchup with Union Mine, a team they have beaten four straight times dating back to 2012.

The Bruins, who beat Union Mine 28-14 in 2015, will look to clean things up a week after having two touchdowns called back on penalties in a game they lost by five points.

Union Mine dropped their season opener to Amador, 24-0. The Diamondbacks were a playoff team a season ago, but graduated their quarterback and top three rushers.

The Bruins and Diamondbacks are set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. today at Bear River’s J. David Ramsey Stadium.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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