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Alumni Notebook: Stanford scores TD in opener

Cole Stanford, a 2009 Nevada Union graduate and senior slot back for Cal Poly, played an active role in the Mustangs’ football season opener Saturday as they defeated UC San Diego 38-16.

Stanford, also a team captain, was a key contributor to the team’s offensive success as hauled in three catches for 63 yards, including a 31-yard reception to begin a drive in the second quarter which resulted in a Mustangs’ field goal. In addition, he carried the ball twice for eight yards and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice as Cal Poly took control with a dominating 22 point lead. The defense would yield no points the rest of the way.

The Mustangs (1-0), who finished last season in a three-way tie atop the Big Sky Conference standings with Montana State and Eastern Washington, will travel to take on Fresno State this Saturday.

Dan Pettinato (Nevada Union ’10); University of Arizona — Pettinato played in the Arizona’s season opener Friday night as the Wildcats got their 2013 campaign off to a solid start with a 35-0 victory over Northern Arizona.

The senior defensive lineman contributed to the shut out performance and helped hold the Lumberjacks to just 270 yards of total offense and 94 yards rushing. The Wildcats’ defense also recorded three sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Northern Arizona was just 4-for-19 on its third down conversions and only threatened to put points on the board twice but missed both of its field goal attempts.

The Wildcats (1-0) hit the road to battle the Rebels of UNLV Saturday.

Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union ’13); Boise State — Vallejo and the Broncos opened their season on the road at the Pac-12’s Washington Huskies and suffered a tough 38-6 loss Saturday.

The freshman linebacker had limited participation as the Bronco defense allowed 592 total yards of total offense to the Huskies. The defense grabbed one interception and also recorded a sack in the loss. Offensively, Boise could only muster two field goals, one in the second quarter and another in the third, which at the time made it 10-6 before the Huskies scored 28 unanswered points to close it out.

The Broncos (0-1) return home to their blue turf to host Tennessee-Martin in another non-conference match up Saturday.

Cole White (Bear River, ’10); Trinity Bible College (North Dakota) — White and the Lions kicked off their season Saturday against Trinity International and came out on the losing end 48-0.

White wrapped up 11 tackles in the loss as the defense surrendered 33 points in the first half. The offense contributed 160 yards off its 72 plays for the game while the Trojans’ offense had 79 plays and racked up 443 total yards.

Trinity Bible College (0-1) will play Saturday at Cole College in Denver.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01); Minnesota Twins– Roenicke made two appearances and the Twins went 2-4 this past week as they were swept at home by the Royals and then hit the road took two out of three games from the Rangers.

In Friday’s 3-2 win at Texas, Roenicke pitched just 1/3 inning and took three pitches to retire a batter on a ground ball out to end the inning. The Rangers had taken a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but home runs by Minnesota’s Chris Herrmann and Justin Morneau in the top of the seventh gave the Twins the lead for good. Texas earned a 2-1 walk off victory over Minnesota on Saturday where Roenicke also faced just one batter but surrendered a walk.

Minnesota (59-76) begins a three-game series today at Houston.

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