It's not every day a coach can tell his troops they can make state history.
With a shutout. Shorthanded and on the road.
Two years after nearly pulling off a monumental defensive statement, No. 2 Elk Grove on Friday night beat Nevada Union 43-0, thus handing the Miners their first shutout since the end of the 1983 season.
In other words, NU's state record of 344 consecutive games of scoring came to an emphatic end in Grass Valley. In 2011, the Thundering Herd led 23-0 late at Hooper Stadium before the Miners returned a fumble for a score to keep the streak alive by a thread. Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon reminded his players of the fact this week, and he challenged them to seize the moment.
"They responded," Nixon said.
Nixon can appreciate the record and its conclusion because he has deep Miners ties. He was a receiver for his coaching father Marshall Nixon in 1983 when NU last suffered a shutout, 36-0 at Grant in a season finale.
It also turned out to be the swan song for both Nixons. Father stepped down and son went to UC Davis, launching his teaching and coaching career.
Before the 2011 game between the rivals, the NU public address announcer welcomed Nixon back to his alma mater, adding that he was the son of "late coach Marshall Nixon." That was a gaffe. Marshall Nixon was in the stands, assuring people he was in fact alive and well.
Elk Grove rolled Friday despite not having its top player, running back-linebacker Wadus Parker (ankle). The Miners, off to an uncharacteristic 0-5 start, generated only 70 yards.
As for the last time NU was shut out, Nixon remembers one thing in particular.
"Mud game," he said. "A complete monsoon at Grant. I remember it feeling like something out of the movies.
"This was a great goal because you can't shut out someone in (a blowout) unless the backups play well, and they did," Nixon said.
According to Cal-Hi Sports, which compiles such records and milestones, Los Alamitos is second all-time in consecutive games scoring with 339, dating to 1987. The Griffins are 4-0 this season and could cap the regular season with the new record of 345.
For the record, De La Salle of Concord scored in 308 consecutive games from 1979 to 2005 before being shut out by Clovis West.
Jesuit rolls over Franklin In facing its quickest, highest-ranked opponent this season, No. 16 Jesuit rolled No. 9 Franklin 42-7 on Saturday afternoon. Jason Elenberger passed for 155 yards and three touchdowns 78 and 7 yards to Isaiah Bailey and 10 yards to Austin Gates.
Ben Parietti rushed for 141 yards, including touchdowns of 65 and 44 yards, and Beau Bisharat had a 46-yard scoring run for Jesuit (4-0), which forced four turnovers and had five sacks against the Wildcats (3-2).
Hot Holtz In elevating running back Evyn Holtz from the junior varsity ranks, No. 10 Rocklin has found that youthful legs can carry the load. The sophomore had 152 yards on 36 carries in a 19-7 victory at No. 11 Inderkum a week after going for 193 on 26 in a 31-6 triumph of Del Campo. Rocklin has won three straight since opening with losses to No. 3 Pleasant Grove 28-14 and No. 4 Oak Ridge 23-21.
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