Alumni Notebook: King blocks Wolves to win |

Alumni Notebook: King blocks Wolves to win

Taylor King, a 2011 Nevada Union graduate and starting center for Western Oregon University, helped block for his quarterback and running backs as they put together an impressive offensive display to defeat Humboldt State and 2012 Bear River Alumni Dillon Huffman, 38-21 in the team’s homecoming game Saturday.

Behind six-foot two-inch 290 pound King and the Wolve’s offensive line, Western Oregon racked up 534 yards of total offense with 302 through the air and 232 on the ground. The Wolves trailed 14-10 early in the second quarter but then put up 28 unanswered points to put the game away.

Western Oregon (3-3) hits the road to take on Dixie State Saturday.

Dillon Huffman (Bear River, ’12); Humboldt State University– Huffman and the Lumberjacks were out matched once again Saturday as they took a fall at Western Oregon, 38-21.

The sophomore defensive lineman wrapped up eight tackles and earned half a sack for a loss of two yards.

Humboldt State (0-6) will get another crack at its first win when it hosts Azusa Pacific Saturday.

Cole Stanford (Nevada Union, ’09); Cal Poly– Stanford and the Mustangs rolled 47-0 over Weber State Saturday at Cal Poly.

The senior captain led the team in receiving with five catches for 62 yards, which included a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to give his team a 34-0 lead at the time. The Mustangs out gained Weber State in total yards 580-173.

Cal Poly (3-3, 2-0 Big Sky) remains perfect in conference play, good for a three-way tie and travels to take on Montana Saturday.

Hank Humphers (Nevada Union, ’13); Eastern Arizona College — Humphers and the Gila Monsters battled hard for a 35-28 victory over Snow College on Oct. 5.

The freshman linebacker had eight tackles and two tipped passes, each of which resulted in interceptions. One interception was returned for a touchdown and the other was made in the end zone to prevent a touchdown.

The Gila Monsters (3-3) played at Pima College in Tuscon Saturday with stats yet to be posted.

Cole White (Bear River, ’10); Trinity Bible College (North Dakota) — White and the Lions suffered a tough 13-2 homecoming game loss to Waldorf College Saturday in a game where both teams also battled the elements of stormy weather.

Despite the sloppy mess on the field, the junior linebacker led the team wrapping up 16 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. The Lions forced 11 fumbles and recovered only four of them as they held the Warriors to just 77 yards of total offense.

Trinity Bible College (1-5) travel to take on Dordt College Saturday.

Broughan Jantz (Nevada Union, ’10); University of Sioux City — Jantz and the Cougars came up just short Saturday in their homecoming game versus Winona State, 45-40.

Jantz, who played quarterback for Nevada Union, wrapped up six tackles on defense and secured a fumble recovery as his squaud allowed 589 yards of total offense. The Cougars managed to put up 616 total yards of offense but surrendered two fumbles and an interception.

The Cougars (3-3) travel to take on Concordia University-St. Paul, Minn. Saturday.

Cole Hannum (Nevada Union, ’13); Sacramento State — Hannum and the Hornets blew a 31-14 lead at home as they fell 39-38 to Northern Arizona Saturday.

Hannum wrapped up one tackle from his linebacker position and the defense allowed 619 yards of total offense and 18 unanswered points to end the game. The Sac State offense also lost a fumble and gave up two interceptions.

The Hornets (3-4) hit the road to battle North Dakota Saturday.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union, ’13); Yuba City College — Sill and the 49ers overcame a 12-0 deficit to regain the lead Saturday but were overpowered down the stretch in a 53-24 loss to Feather River.

Sill put one through the uprights from nine yards out and converted all three of his PAT attempts. On the punting unit he booted 10 balls for a combined 355 yards, an average of 35 yards per kick with a long of 55 and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line four times. Sill had four kick offs for a total of 112 yards. The 49ers went up 17-12 late in the second quarter but then gave up 41 unanswered points before they would eventually score with just seven seconds to play.

Yuba (2-3) plays at Contra Costa Saturday.

Dan Pettinato (Nevada Union ’10); University of Arizona — Pettinato and the Wildcats trailed USC 28-3 late in the second quarter and came roaring back to pull within a touchdown late in the fourth but eventually lost 38-31.

The senior defensive lineman wrapped up one tackle in the Pac-12 loss while the defense allowed 546 yards of total offense. USC was able to run out the clock to secure the victory.

The Wildcats (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) host Utah Saturday.


Rachel Hadley (Nevada Union, ’13); Cal State San Marcos — Hadley and the Lady Cougars won both of their matches this past week against San Diego Christian and West Coast Baptist.

Hadley, an outside hitter, played in all five of the team’s sets Wednesday in a thrilling 3-2 win over San Diego Christian by margins of 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 20-18. She tallied 15 kills, nine digs and 17 points, the second most on the team. Friday the Lady Cougars won in straight sets over West Coast Baptist 25-13, 25-13, 25-18 and hadley had three digs.

Cal State San Marcos (21-8) hosts Vanguard Friday.

Madison Heppe (Nevada Union, ’12); Swarthmore College — Heppe and the Lady Ganret endured another challenging week as they fell in both of their matches versus Cabrini and McDaniel.

Heppe played in all four sets of her team’s loss Tuesday against Cabrini (25-23, 17-25, 13-25, 21-25) and contributed 14 figs. Saturday in a straight set loss to McDaniel (25-18, 25-23, 25-19), Heppe displayed a superb defensive performance as she came up with a team-high 19 digs.

Swarthmore (11-8) travels to take on Franklin & Marshall Saturday.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, e-mail or call (530) 477-4232.

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