Five classic games between rivals

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 - 8:06 pm

The Bee's Joe Davidson looks back at five memorable Nevada Union-Grant games:

1992

NEVADA UNION 7, GRANT 6

In the second head-to-head meeting between Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers and Grant coach Mike Alberghini, the host Miners won when an extra point by Grant missed by inches. Grant got revenge with a 34-6 rout in what was then called the City Championship en route to the school's first section crown.

1996

NEVADA UNION 21, GRANT 19

In the "Revenge Bowl," Nevada Union held off the host Pacers and quarterback Chad Elliott, who transferred to Grant for his senior year after leading the Miners to a Sac-Joaquin Section championship in 1994 as a sophomore. One Nevada Union fan on the sideline yelled, "Kill him!" when Elliott was hit near the sideline. Elliott and the Pacers had the last laugh, however, rolling to the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section title.

2002

NEVADA UNION 43, GRANT 40

With playoff seedings and bragging rights on the line, the Miners won behind quarterback Jon Sheets and junior varsity running back call-up Ryan Herrera, who scored three times.

2004

GRANT 24, NEVADA UNION 21

Future NFL player Syd Thompson led the Pacers to their last win in the series that stopped for seven years after the 2005 season. Nevada Union's final 67-yard drive ended as time ran out.

2003

NEVADA UNION 25, GRANT 21

With time running out and on Grant's 39-yard line, the Miners went with a trick play. Quarterback Jarad Van Matre threw a sideline pass to tight end Steven Davis, who then threw back to Van Matre, who raced down the right sideline and into the end zone. The victory in Grass Valley capped a 10-0 regular season, though Grant went on to win the section title.

Editor's note: This story was changed on Aug. 30 to reflect that the 1992 game was the two schools' second head-to-head meeting.

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