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Everything was set up for a great homecoming for Elk Grove (Calif.) football coach Chris Nixon. The Thundering  Herd head man was leading his team into a game against Nevada Union (Calif.) High, the school where Nixon had played his own high school football.

Even better, they were playing against Nevada Union during Union's homecoming. A homecoming for a homecoming. Perfect.

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Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon

Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon

According to the Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson, everything leading up to the game was going splendidly until the public address announcer made reference to Nixon's days as a player at Nevada Union.

After making the effort to note his connection to the school -- a nice touch, all agreed -- the public address announcer mentioned that Nixon was the son of a former state champion Nevada Union football coach, whom the announcer named as "the late Marshall Nixon."

There was only one problem with that statement: Marshall Nixon is still alive and well.

"My dad's still alive -- I think," Chris Nixon told the Bee. "He was in the stands."

Luckily for all involved, both Nixons took the slight snubbing of the elder Nixon's vibrant health with a grain of salt. The younger coaching Nixon was certainly in a pleasant mood to talk about the miscue after his team rolled to a  23-7 victory, its fifth in a still young season.

"It was nice of them inviting me back for homecoming," Nixon told the Elk Grove Citizen. "It's the first time in 20-some years I've been here for it, so I was excited to come back.

"To come here against a well-coached Division I team ... we're just excited to be able to compete with teams like this."

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