After back-to-back home games, the Nevada Union football team is making the more than 110-mile trek to Napa for their fourth and final non-league game of the regular season.
“(The players) have been really focused this week and we’re going in pretty confident,” said Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan. “We know it’s going to be a battle. It’s a game I would like to see us rebound (from last week’s loss) before we start league.”
Last season when the Miners and Indians faced off at Hooper Stadium it took two overtime periods to settle things, ending with Napa celebrating a 35-34 win after stuffing NU’s two-point try in the second overtime period.
This year, much of that NU squad is back. For Napa, it will have a whole new cast of players for the Miners to contend with. Napa went 7-4 and won the Monticello Empire League title in 2016, but graduated their starting quarterback, top-two rushers and team leader in tackles. They also have a new coach in Jesus Martinez, who earned his first win at the helm of Napa football last week.
Napa had opened the season with back-to-back losses coming against Pitman and Rocklin, but topped Archbishop Riordan, 28-13, last Friday.
In the win over Archbishop Riordan, the Indians got a big game from their senior quarterback Caden Cortese, who rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and tossed a touchdown pass as well.
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In addition to Cortese, Napa has talented backs in 5-foot, 8-inch, 195-pound Brandon Herter, and 6-1, 220-pound Dawson Trent.
Despite the big point output against Archbishop Riordan, Napa struggled on the offensive side of the ball in their other two…
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