Alumni notebook: College football kicks off for several alumni
Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union ’13; Boise State) and the Broncos got their first win of the season Saturday, beating Colorado State, 37-24.
Vallejo, a sophomore linebacker, made six tackles in the game, including 1.5 for a loss.
Vallejo leads the team in tackles through two games with 15, 11 of which are solo.
The Broncos (1-1) take the field again Saturday when they travel to face Connecticut.
Kyle Cota (Nevada Union ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines took a tough loss Saturday, falling to the City College of San Francisco, 52-14.
Cota, playing quarterback, was under pressure all game, getting sacked six times and leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury.
Before leaving Cota did throw one touchdown pass and an interception.
Sierra College (0-1) will next face Fresno at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Josh Cena (Nevada Union ’11; Lewis and Clark College) and the Pioneers dropped their season opener to Whitworth 63-10.
Cena, playing defensive back, did come up with an interception in the game and also wrapped up four tackles in the loss.
The Pioneers (0-1) take the field again Saturday when they travel to Claremont.
Taylor King (Nevada Union ‘11; Western Oregon University) and the Wolves lost a tight one to Portland State, falling 45-38.
King, a senior offensive lineman, helped give the Wolves’ quarterback some time to throw as Western Oregon aired it out for 413 passing yards in the loss.
Western Oregon (0-1) will look to earn their first win of the season Saturday when it takes on Simon Fraser University.
Austin Marks (Nevada Union ’13; Stetson University) and the Hatters got walloped in their home opener, falling to Florida Tech 54-12.
Marks, playing tight end, caught one ball for two yards in the loss.
Stetson (1-1) will look to rebound Saturday against Mercer.
Dillon Huffman (Bear River ’12; Humboldt State University) and the Jacks opened the season with a 27-14 victory over Texas A&M Kingsville.
Huffman, a defensive lineman, finished the game with two tackles.
The Jacks (1-0) will look to make it two in a row when they face Azusa Pacific University.
Chad Bartlomé (Nevada Union ‘01; Sacramento Republic) and the Republic dropped their first match at Bonney Field last week, losing 2-1 to the Los Angeles Galaxy II.
Bartlomé has played in 22 of the Republic’s matches and started 13.
The Republic (17-7-4) are currently ranked No. 2 in the USL Pro standings. Sacramento opens the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when they host Wilmington at Bonney Field.
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