PREP FOOTBALL: Nevada Union can’t slow Del Oro, falls 58-21 |

PREP FOOTBALL: Nevada Union can’t slow Del Oro, falls 58-21

Nevada Union defenders chase Del Oro's quarterback during their game at Hooper Stadium Friday night.
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Eagles 58, Miners 21


NU: Justin Houlihan 1-yard run (9:16) Logan Siemers kick

DO: Mason Hurst 40-yard run (7:51) 2-point conversion

DO: Camrion Davis 11-yard run (3:55) 2-point conversion


DO: Davis 1-yard run (7:33) Conor Calvert kick

NU: Dawson Fay 76-yard run (7:21) 2-point conversion

DO: Dalton Gee 12-yard run (4:22) Calvert kick

DO: Davis 1-yard run (:02) Calvert kick


DO: Gee 42-yard run (10:51) Calvert kick

DO: Davis 33-yard run (9:48) Calvert kick

NU: Hayden Fay 40-yard pass from Owen Dal Bon (7:47) kick no good

DO: Gee 35-yard run (5:39) Calvert kick

Facing one of the best teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, the Nevada Union football team simply couldn’t keep pace.

Del Oro came into Hooper Stadium Friday night and ran all over the Miners, amassing 539 rushing yards to go with eight rushing touchdowns in a 58-21 rout of Nevada Union.

“They are a strong team,” NU head coach Dennis Houlihan said of Del Oro. “They are senior led and you could see the difference. We were just getting pushed around.”

Utilizing a read-option offensive approach, the Golden Eagles (6-0, 2-0 Sierra Foothill League) kept the NU defense guessing all night as multiple backs found success and three different runners scored touchdowns. Leading the Del Oro ground attack was junior Camrion Davis with 118 rush yards and four touchdowns (11, 1, 1, 33). Senior Dalton Gee led all rushers with 201 yards to go with three touchdowns (12, 42, 35), and senior receiver Mason Hurst had one of 40 yards on a fly sweep.

“They’re the best team in our league right now, in my opinion,” said Houlihan. “They’ve got a strong senior class and a strong junior class, and those juniors aren’t even really playing because they have so much depth.”

The Miners (2-4, 0-2 SFL) opened the game on a high note, hitting on a 46-yard pass play on their very first play from scrimmage. NU finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by junior fullback Justin Houlihan to grab a 7-0 edge.

Del Oro would score the next three touchdowns, adding a pair of two-point conversions along the way, to grab a 23-7 lead in the second quarter.

The Miners answered back with a 76-yard touchdown run by sophomore Dawson Fay, who took the handoff, waited patiently for the hole to open up, and then raced down the middle of the field for the score. Fay finished with a team-high 147 rushing yards on 12 carries. It was the second time in as many weeks that Fay has topped the century mark. He also leads NU with eight rushing touchdowns this season.

“He’s a good back,” Dennis Houlihan said of Fay. “He has a natural running back’s mentality and he shows that.”

With the Del Oro lead cut to eight at 23-15, The Golden Eagles scored two more times before halftime to go into the break 37-15. They came out of the break and did more of the same, notching a 42-yard touchdown run by Gee and a 33-yard touchdown from Davis.

The Miners did score once more, hitting on a 40-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Owen Dal Bon to junior receiver Hayden Fay. Dal Bon finished the night 8-for-13 for 141 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Hayden Fay went over 100-yards receiving for the second time this season with five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown.

The lone bright spot for the NU defense came early on when Andrew Link snatched an interception that thwarted a deep Del Oro drive. It was the only time NU stopped the Del Oro starters all night.

Up next

The Miners will now hit the road to face Woodcreek (2-4, 0-2 SFL) who lost to Oak Ridge Friday.

“It’s a big one actually,” said Dennis Houlihan. “We got to try and get two league wins and see where things fall. Woodcreek has got to be one of those. It’s a must.”

Junior varsity and Freshmen

The JV Miners couldn’t get anything going against Del Oro and lost 42-0.

The freshmen squad also lost to the Golden Eagles, falling 42-14. In the freshmen game, NU’s Duke Morales had a 62-yard touchdown run and finished the day with a team-best 86 rush yards. NU’s other touchdown came on Bailey Brooke to A.J. Meyer 5-yard touchdown pass. Meyer led the Miners on defense with 10 tackles.

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

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