Dan Pettinato, a 2010 Nevada Union graduate and defensive lineman at the University of Arizona, helped the Wildcats slow down the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday for 44-20 victory.
The junior had a strong presence on the defensive front, wrapping up two tackles and hurrying the quarterback once as the defense allowed 349 yards of total offense. It took Arizona a little time to find its rhythm on offense, trailing 13-10 midway through the second quarter, but the team rallied before halftime and went on to outscore Colorado 34-10 the rest of the way.
The Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) head west to battle the California Golden Bears at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Berkeley. The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.
Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union, ’13); Boise State — Vallejo and the Broncos struggled on the road Friday in a 37-20 loss at BYU.
The freshman linebacker wrapped a team-high seven solo tackles and added two assists for a total of nine with two going for a loss. The Bronco defense gave up 568 yards of total offense and the team once trailed 31-6 before managing two late scores.
Boise State (5-3) hits the road to battle Colorado State Saturday.
Broughan Jantz (Nevada Union, ’10); University of Sioux City — Jantz and the Cougars knocked off Augustana College in a dominating 27-10 win Saturday.
Jantz, who played quarterback for Nevada Union, wrapped up four tackles on defense and grabbed an interception as his squad allowed 329 yards of total offense and held its opponent to just 6-of-18 on third down conversions. The Cougars led start to finish, and Jantz’s pick sealed the game late in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars (5-3) travel to take on Upper Iowa University Saturday.
Braaten Sill (Nevada Union, ’13); Yuba City College — Sill and the 49ers out-muscled College of the Redwoods Saturday in a high-scoring affair for a 47-42 victory.
Sill was 5-for-6 kicking his PAT attempts and was 2-for-2 on field goals with a long of 46 yards. He also punted three times for a combined 90 yards and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line twice. For the game, Sill blasted 10 kickoffs for a total of 585 yards, a 58.5-yard average, and had one touchback. The 49ers jumped out in front early, but the game remained tight until early in the fourth quarter when Yuba’s offense broke through for a touchdown to make it a two-possession game. Redwoods answered back with a pair of scores, but so did Yuba as it hung on for the win.
Yuba (3-4) hosts Shasta College Saturday.
Dillon Huffman (Bear River, ’12); Humboldt State University — Huffman and the Lumberjacks tasted defat once again Saturday in a 28-19 home loss against Dixie State.
The sophomore defensive lineman wrapped up eight tackles, which included one for a loss of 1 yard. Humboldt State’s defense allowed 550 yards of total offense with Dixie State providing a balanced attack of run and pass. The Jacks went down early 7-0 but didn’t go quietly as they battled back in a game which had six lead changes. Humboldt led 10-7 and 16-14, but a 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to would be its final points to make it 21-19.
Humboldt State (0-8) hits the road to battle Central Washington Saturday.
Taylor King (Nevada Union, ’11); Western Oregon University— King started at center for the Western Oregon Wolves Saturday as his squad man-handled Simon Fraser for a 30-16 win.
Behind King and the Wolve’s offensive line, Western Oregon amassed 425 yards of total offense with 235 going through the trenches. The longest offensive scoring drive was 80 yards in just over four minutes. By the end of third quarter the Wolves had built a 27-3 advantage and were able to coast to victory.
Western Oregon (5-3) travel to take on Azusa Pacific Saturday.
Cole Stanford (Nevada Union, ’09); Cal Poly — Stanford and the Mustangs buckled under pressure Saturday as they let a fourth quarter lead slip away in a 17-13 loss versus Northern Arizona.
The senior captain led the team and all receivers for the game catching four passes for a total of 66 yards with a long of 37. The Mustangs took 13-10 lead after making a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but Northern Arizona returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and hung on for the win.
Cal Poly (3-5, 2-2 Big Sky) plays at UC Davis Saturday.
Madison Heppe (Nevada Union, ’12); Swarthmore College — Heppe and the Lady Ganret were victorious in two of their three matches last week as they defeated Bryn Mawr and Messiah College but lost to Haverford.
Heppe played in all three sets of her team’s 3-0 win Tuessday against Bryn Mawr (25-23, 25-16, 25-21) and contributed a team-high 19 digs. Saturday, in the first match of a double-header, the Lady Garnet were rattled by Haverford losing in three straight sets, 20-25, 19-25, 17-25. Heppe led the team on defense with 14 digs. In the squad’s second game Saturday against Messiah College, the sophomore had another phenomenal defensive performance as she came up with 32 digs and her club won the match in five thrilling sets, 19-25, 28-26, 25-21, 24-26, 15-7.
Swarthmore (14-11) wraps up the regular season this week with three matches on the road beginning Wednesday at Ursinus.
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