Tanner Vallejo, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate and linebacker for Boise State, enjoyed a come-from-behind victory Saturday at home over Nevada as the team scored 27 unanswered points to win, 34-17.
The freshman started at linebacker and wrapped seven tackles, including one for a loss of two yards. The Bronco defense held the Wolf Pack scoreless in the second half and yielded 373 yards of total offense for the game. The Broncos found themselves down 17-7 headed to the locker room but rallied with four scoring drives to slam the door shut on Nevada.
Boise State (5-2) hits the road to battle BYU (5-2) with kickoff set for 5 p.m. Friday at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, UT. Coverage will be airing on ESPN.
Hank Humphers (Nevada Union, ’13); Eastern Arizona College — Humphers and the Gila Monsters engaged in a defensive battle Oct. 12 for 10-7 win over Pima College.
The freshman linebacker wrapped up five tackles and dropped Pima’s quarterback for a sack in the victory. The Monsters’ defense held the opposition to just 203 yards of total offense and grabbed three interceptions.
Eastern Arizona (4-4) is currently riding a three-game win streak and hits the road to take on Sol Ross University in a non-conference game today.
Broughan Jantz (Nevada Union, ’10); University of Sioux City — Jantz and the Cougars steamrolled over Concordia University-St. Paul, Minn. Saturday for a 47-7 victory.
Jantz, who played quarterback for Nevada Union, wrapped up four tackles on defense as his squad allowed 295 yards of total offense and held its opponent to just 4-of-16 on third down conversions. The game was well in hand with a 34-0 lead at the half.
The Cougars (4-3) host Augustana College Saturday.
Cole Hannum (Nevada Union, ’13); Sacramento State — Hannum and the Hornets conquered North Dakota on the road for a 31-7 win Saturday.
Hannum wrapped up one tackle from his linebacker position and the defense allowed just 216 yards of total offense with only 49 on the ground coming at just 2 yards per rush. The defense also pounced on a fumble and hauled in three interceptions.
The Hornets (4-4) host Montana Saturday.
Taylor King (Nevada Union, ‘11); Western Oregon University — King started at center for the Western Oregon Wolves Saturday as his team never trailed on its way to a 46-34 victory at Dixie State.
Behind King and the Wolves’ offensive line, Western Oregon racked up 567 yards of total offense with 407 coming through the air. The Wolves built a 40-20 lead and Dixie State scored twice to pull within six points, but a late fourth quarter Wolves’ scoring drive iced the game.
Western Oregon (4-3) hosts Simon Fraser University Saturday.
Dan Pettinato (Nevada Union ’10); University of Arizona — Pettinato and the Wildcats blew a 20-7 lead to Utah Saturday night but battled back to score twice for a 35-24 win.
The senior defensive lineman wrapped up one tackle in the team’s first Pac-12 victory while the defense allowed 329 yards of total offense. Arizona dug deep to stop the bleeding and held the Utes to one field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) host Utah Saturday.
Braaten Sill (Nevada Union, ’13); Yuba City College — Sill and the 49ers overcame fell hard 47-21 at Contra Costa Saturday.
Sill converted all three of his PAT attempts and punted six times for a combined 225 yards, an average of 37.5 yards per kick with a long of 54 and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line once. Sill had four kickoffs for a total of 257 yards and one touchback. The 49ers never led during the game and trailed 20-0 before punching in their first score.
Yuba (2-4) hosts College of the Redwoods Saturday.
Dillon Huffman (Bear River, ’12); Humboldt State University — Huffman and the Lumberjacks came up short as they lost to Azusa Pacific 21-13 at home Saturday.
The sophomore defensive lineman wrapped up eight tackles, which included one for a loss of 1 yard. Humboldt State’s defense allowed 427 yards of total offense with 357 coming on Azusa’s ground attack. The Jacks fought hard and led twice, 7-0 and 10-7, but their field goal early in the fourth quarter to make it 14-13 would be as close as they would get. It was a much improved effort however, as the Jacks had lost to Azusa 28-2 in their first meeting.
Humboldt State (0-7) hits the road to take on Dixie State Saturday.
Cole Stanford (Nevada Union, ’09); Cal Poly — Stanford and the Mustangs lost a heart-breaker in overtime 21-14 at Montana Saturday.
The senior captain grabbed two receptions for a total of 14 yards as the Mustangs surrendered a 14-7 lead with just 12 seconds to play in the fourth quarter after Montana marched 88 yards in just over two minutes. The Mustangs then gave up a touchdown in OT and failed to score on their possession.
Cal Poly (3-4, 2-1 Big Sky) hosts Northern Arizona Saturday.
Josh Cena (Nevada Union, ’11); Lewis and Clark College — Cena’s 2013 campaign for the Pioneers came to a close earlier this month as the junior kicker and defensive back underwent some surgery for a leg injury.
On special teams Cena was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts with a long of 27 yards and 9-of-10 on PATs. Defensively he finished with 21 tackles, 14 of which solo and 2.5 went for a loss. He also snatched two interceptions. Cena and his family have high hopes he’ll return for his senior year.
Lewis and Clark (1-5) has just three games remaining and will likely miss the playoffs.
Madison Heppe (Nevada Union, ’12); Swarthmore College — Heppe and the Lady Garnet won one of its three matches this past week as the sophomore led the team every match to finish with 70 digs.
Heppe played in all three sets of her team’s loss Wednesday against Franklin & Marshall (15-25, 18-25, 17-25) and contributed a team-high 21 digs. Saturday, in the first match of a double-header, the Lady Garnet were knocked off by Nuemann in five sets, 14-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 12-15. Heppe played all five sets and tallied a team-best 25 digs. In the squad’s second game Saturday against Widener, Heppe had another phenomenal defensive performance as she led the way with 24 digs as her club won in four sets, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15.
Swarthmore (12-10) hosts Bryn Mawr Tuesday.
Rachel Hadley (Nevada Union, ’13); Cal State San Marcos — Hadley and the Lady Cougars split a pair of matches last week as they fell 3-1 against No. 16 Vanguard and won 3-1 versus Hope International.
Hadley, an outside hitter, played in all four of the team’s sets Friday in a 3-1 loss to a talented Vanguard squad by margins of 20-25, 25-22, 19-25, 23-25. She swatted down seven kills and had eight digs to finish with 9.5 points. Saturday the Lady Cougars turned things around with a 3-1 win at Hope International 25-18, 25-15, 22-25, 25-16 as Hadley rested.
Cal State San Marcos (22-9) plays at Westmont Tuesday.
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