Regional digest: Three ARC football players to play for BCS schools

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Three American River College football players signed letters of intent with BCS conference programs Wednesday.

Offensive linemen Josh Tremblay and Nick Kelly, formerly of Casa Roble, signed with Arizona State. Tremblay came to ARC after one season at Solano Community College. Kelly played as a true freshman this season for the Beavers.

Kelly, only recruited by Humboldt State out of high school last season, was named all-conference and said the chance to play in the Pacific-12 Conference is "surreal."

"I can't believe I am going to ASU," Kelly said. "I will work my tail off, and I feel blessed."

"Adding both Nick and Josh not only gives us more depth at offensive line, but it allows us to be more flexible and creative in how we utilize our guys up front," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "Nick is a true center and is someone who understands the game very well and can come in right away and compete. Josh is versatile and can play guard or tackle and … has great size and a toughness you can't teach."

Zane Petty, a two-year starter for ARC at safety, signed with Illinois. The Corning native played at Colorado State in 2010 before starring at ARC.

Sierra College linebacker Luke Arciniega signed with Syracuse.

– Trevor Horn, Special to The Bee

Granite Bay High to honor its state champions

Granite Bay High School's state championship football team will be honored during a ceremony at the school's stadium at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Grizzlies beat Long Beach Poly 21-20 in the CIF State Bowl Division I championship last Friday in Carson. The players and coaches will be honored along with the boys state champion golf team and girls state cross country champion Maggie Bell, a freshman.

Football coach Ernie Cooper will speak, and the school's marching band and dance and cheer team will perform, rain or shine. The free event is open to the public.

– Bill Paterson

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