Alumni Notebook: Stanford snatches 2 TDs in win |

Alumni Notebook: Stanford snatches 2 TDs in win

Nevada Union alimni Cole Stanford hauls in a touchdown catch for Cal Poly, despite interference from Sacramento's Anthony Payne in the second quarter during their game Saturday at Alex G. Spanos stadium. Cal Poly beat Sacremento State 42 - 7.
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Cole Stanford, a 2009 Nevada Union graduate and wide receiver at Cal Poly, had a standout performance Saturday for the Mustangs in a 47-7 walloping over Sacramento State and 2013 Nevada Union graduate Cole Hannum.

The senior captain led the team with three catches for 27 yards, which included two touchdown grabs. The first score came on a 16-yard catch in the first quarter less than two minutes into the game, giving Cal Poly a 7-0 lead. Stanford’s second touchdown was a 6-yard reception in the second quarter, capping off a seven-play, 67-yard drive to put his team up 21-7. The Mustangs racked up 490 yards of total offense to the Hornets’ 258. For Sacramento, Hannum did play defense but accumulated no statistics for the game.

Cal Poly (5-5, 4-2 Big Sky) hosts division leader Eastern Washington (8-2, 6-2 Big Sky) Saturday.

Austin Marks (Nevada Union, ’13); Stetson University — Marks and the Hatters pulled off a 26-13 victory over Davidson University Saturday.

The freshman tight end had two receptions for 37 yards, one of which was a 15-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to cap off an 11-play, 83-yard scoring drive and give the Hatters a 9-3 lead. The team would never trail after that, outscoring its opponent 17-6 the remainder of the game.

Stetson (2-7) hits the field against Jacksonville Saturday.

Broughan Jantz (Nevada Union, ’10); University of Sioux City — Jantz and the Cougars were throttled by No. 1 Minnesota State for a 52-17 defeat on Senior Day in their last home game at Bob Young Field.

Jantz, who played quarterback for Nevada Union, wrapped up four tackles on defense as the team yielded 563 yards of total offense. The Cougars trailed 35-3 at the break and couldn’t pick up any momentum until it was already too late.

The Cougars (5-5) hit the road for their season finale Saturday at Wayne State College.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union, ’13); Yuba City College — Sill and the 49ers were chasing its opponent all game Saturday and came out on the losing end 25-10 versus Los Medanos.

Sill made good on his only field goal attempt from 24 yards and also converted his only PAT attempt. Most of his work came on the punting unit where he booted eight balls for a combined 262 yards and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line four times. For the game, Sill blasted three kickoffs for a total of 197 yards, a 65.7-yard average, and had one touchback. The 49ers’ offense committed five turnovers.

Yuba (3-6) concludes its season Saturday at Mendocino College.

Dillon Huffman (Bear River, ’12); Humboldt State University — Huffman and the Lumberjacks remained winless after suffering their 10th consecutive loss of the season, 38-17, Saturday at Simon Fraser.

The sophomore defensive lineman wrapped up a pair of tackles with one going for a loss. He also secured a fumble recovery and returned it 10 yards. The Lumberjacks trailed 24-0 at halftime and would score the game’s next 17 points to make it a ballgame. However, Simon Fraser answered back with two touchdowns to close out the game.

Humboldt State (0-10) will look for its first win Saturday in the season finale when it hosts Western Oregon.

Dan Pettinato (Nevada Union ’10); University of Arizona — Pettinato and the Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter but came up short at home Saturday, 31-26, against No. 19 UCLA.

The senior defensive lineman wrapped up one tackle while the defense allowed 476 yards of total offense. Arizona once trailed 24-10 and had the ball for one last possession down by five points with about two minutes left, but UCLA intercepted a pass on fourth-and-7 to seal the game.

The Wildcats (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) host Washington State Saturday.

Hank Humphers (Nevada Union, ’13); Eastern Arizona College — Humphers and the Gila Monsters suffered a 56-21 loss at Scottsdale Community College on Nov. 2.

The freshman linebacker wrapped up two tackles as the team allowed 537 yards passing. The Monsters defense did manage to grab one interception, but couldn’t contain Scottdale’s offense down the stretch.

Eastern Arizona (6-4) heads into its offseason.

Cole White (Bear River, ’10); Trinity Bible College (North Dakota) — White and the Lions suffered a 44-13 loss at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Nov. 2.

The junior linebacker wrapped up 4 tackles, including one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. The Lions trailed 27-0 at the half and finally broke through for a touchdown with 64-yard drive in the fourth quarter.

Trinity Bible College (1-9) hosted Dakota College Bottineau for its final game of the season Saturday with results yet to be posted.


Dillon Virva (Nevada Union, ’13); UNLV — Virva and the Rebels split a pair of meets this past week, losing at Utah and winning at BYU.

Friday at Utah, the sophomore won the 50-yard freestyle race with another impressive time of 20.33 seconds. In the 100 free Virva also did well, earning more points for his team as he finished third with a time of 46.59. In the 200 free relay Virva started out in the lead role and helped his foursome swim to a second place time of 1:22.83, which was just .18 hundreths of a second behind Utah’s winning group. Saturday in the men’s team win over BYU, Virva speared his way through the pool to another first place finish in the 50 free with a time of 20.18.

UNLV will look to make some big waves Nov. 21-23 at the UNLV Fall Invitational.


Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ‘10); UC Davis — Ritchart and the Aggies endured their first loss, 100-83, in the team’s opener Friday at Portland.

The six-foot nine-inch senior started at forward and contributed 23 minutes, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-5 from behind the arc for a team-high 18 points. He also added three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. The Pilots were simply a stronger, out shooting the Aggies as they drained 50.8 percent of their shots.

UC Davis (0-1) hits the court again today when it hosts HNC.

Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union, ‘10) Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kansas) — Hopkinson and the Bluejays are off two a good start to their 2013 season as the team sits at 2-1 after a couple of impressive wins.

Hopkinson, a senior guard, has contributed in all three of the squads games this season. On Nov. 1 he dropped in six points to go along with two boards, three assists and a steal as the Bluejays won in overtime 87-85 at Benedictine College. Tuesday in a heartbreaking 79-78 loss at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Hopkinson added eight points and an assist, but it wasn’t enough to stop a last second tip in for Oklahoma Wesleyan. However, the squad bounced back strong in another close contest Saturday where it edged Avila University 83-81. In the win, Hopkinson made one basket to go with a steal, a block and an assist.

The Bluejays (2-1) are at Central Missouri State Wednesday.

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