PREP FOOTBALL: Nevada Union heads to Rocklin to close season |

PREP FOOTBALL: Nevada Union heads to Rocklin to close season

Nevada Union's Hayden Fay runs the ball during a game against Folsom Oct. 9.
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What: Nevada Union (1-8) at Rocklin (6-3)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Rocklin High school, 5301 Victory Ln, Rocklin

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Nevada Union heads into the final week of their 2015 season looking to end a tough season with a strong effort.

“We’re just looking to close the season on a positive note,” said Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan.

The Miners (1-8, 0-5 Sierra Foothill League) head to Rocklin tonight to face the playoff-bound Thunder (6-3, 3-2 SFL), a team they haven’t beat since 2011.

The Thunder have won three of their last four and are coming off a 27-24 victory over Granite Bay a week ago. Rocklin currently sits in third in the SFL, behind Folsom (9-0, 5-0 SFL) and Oak Ridge (8-2, 5-1 SFL).

Rocklin boasts a balanced attack on offense, averaging 177 yards through the air and 148.2 on the ground. The Thunder’s senior running back Evyn Holtz leads the team and the SFL with 848 rush yards and 19 total touchdowns (16 rushing, three receiving) in eight games played this season. The 5-foot, 8-inch, 190-pound back has topped the century mark five times and scored a touchdown in every game he has played in this season.

Rocklin’s passing attack is led by senior William Floyd, who has 1,315 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games played this year.

“Like every game in the SFL, we have to be able to stop the pass,” Houlihan said. “Their guy can sling it and they have some pretty good playmakers.”

The Miners come into the contest fresh off their bye week, but still riding a five-game losing streak. Nevada Union resides at the bottom of the SFL with the worst offense (16.3 points per game) and worst defense (39.7 points per game allowed) in the league.

Nevada Union’s offense is spurred along by its running game, which averages 175.6 yards per game. Leading the Miners ground attack is sophomore Tyler Nielson (524 rush yards, six touchdowns). Senior running back Kase Scott has come on of late, rushing for 315 yards and two touchdowns since the start of league play.

Bye week games

During the bye week Houlihan had his sophomore and junior players face off against the seniors to get a glimpse of what next season may hold, he said.

The Miners also took time to thank and honor their seniors.

“There are quite a few seniors and they are all great kids,” Houlihan said. “They gave everything they had every day and I’m very thankful for that.”

The Miners will look to earn their first league win since 2012 and their first under Houlihan tonight. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Rocklin High School.

Elsewhere in the SFL

Folsom (9-0, 5-0 SFL) looks to close the regular season unblemished when it faces Woodcreek (5-4, 1-4 SFL), Granite Bay (5-4, 2-3 SFL) travels to take on Del Oro (3-6, 2-3 SFL), and Oak Ridge (8-2, 5-1 SFL) has a bye.

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