PREP FOOTBALL: Nevada Union to battle Granite Bay
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What: Nevada Union (1-6) vs. Granite Bay (3-3)
When: 7:15 p.m., Friday
Where: Hooper Stadium at Nevada Union High School
Follow along: On Twitter @TheUnionSports or online at TheUnion.com
The Nevada Union Miners host the Granite Bay Grizzlies tonight in a bout between teams still in search of their first Sierra Foothill League win of the season.
The Miners (1-6, 0-3 SFL) haven’t won a league game since 2012. The dry spell for the Grizzlies (3-3, 0-2 SFL) has been considerably shorter as they finished tied for second in the SFL last season with a 4-2 league record. But, after losses to defending league champ and current SFL front runner Folsom and Oak Ridge this season, Granite Bay finds itself at the bottom of the league standings with NU as the only teams yet to win a league game.
For one team that will change tonight.
Granite Bay comes into the contest on a three-game losing streak, dropping consecutive games to Folsom, De La Salle and Oak Ridge after opening the season with wins over Jesuit, Cosumnes Oaks and Vacaville.
The Grizzlies average 19.8 points per game this season, and allow 20.8 points per game.
The Miners come into the game after three-straight losses to SFL foes, most recently a 56-7 loss to Folsom.
The bright spot from that game was the Miners were able to run the ball, despite the absence of their leading rusher sophomore Tyler Nielson. Senior Kase Scott stepped in nicely and ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
“Kase, the last two games, showed that he is a senior that wants to keep playing really hard and so we gave him some more touches,” Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan said after the game.
In all the Miners ran for 240 yards against Folsom, and are averaging 183.7 yards on the ground per game.
The passing game is where Nevada Union struggles, averaging just 100 yards per game, and putting up just 18 yards a week ago, and a total of 209 yards in three league games.
Since joining the SFL in 2010, the Miners have yet to beat Granite Bay, losing five straight times to the Grizzlies. The Miners will look to snap that skid as well as their 16-game league losing streak at 7:15 p.m. tonight.
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