Dan Pettinato had his breakout game Thursday night, playing a significant role in the biggest upset of the college football season.
A senior defensive end for the Arizona Wildcats by way of Nevada Union High School, Pettinato wreaked havoc in Eugene, Ore., registering seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Wildcats’ 31-24 stunner over the No. 2 Ducks.
Arizona came in unranked and dealt a crippling blow to Oregon’s national championship hopes. The Wildcats (5-0) set a physical tone early behind Pettinato and friends in bouncing a team that was a 23-point favorite and had gone 46-5 at Autzen Stadium in recent seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Pettinato was a Bee All-Metro selection in 2009 and received a late scholarship to Arizona. He started three games in 2011 and nine last season, rotating between defensive end and defensive tackle, and in 2013 struggled with a career-low 10 tackles in 10 games. A defensive captain, Pettinato is the fourth of 11 siblings, many of whom make regular visits to Tempe, Ariz.
On the other side of the field, Ducks defensive lineman Arik Armstead of Pleasant Grove went out with a left foot injury. The 6-8, 290-pound junior was fitted with a walking boot.
The state-ranked No. 3 Beavers host the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. San Mateo (4-0) and ARC (4-0) are ranked No. 1 and 2 in Northern California by the JC Athletic Bureau. ARC is led by quarterback Tanner Trosin (Folsom), a transfer from Cal Poly, running backs Wadus Parker and Deon Ransom of Elk Grove and defensive back Robert Sanders (Franklin), who won NorCal Player of the Week honors for his two-interception effort against San Francisco.
The inductees are: Bill Baxter (winningest girls basketball coach in regional history from El Camino); Richard Fox (Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame wrestling coach from Ponderosa); Pattie McDaniel and Pam Wittpen (co-coached Johnson volleyball to championships in the 1980s and ’90s); Norm Marks (championship baseball coach at Marshall High, now River City), Hub Morphew (coached Cordova and ARC men’s basketball to titles in the 1980s and 90s); Monty Muller (longtime wrestling official); Gary Summerhays (won girls and boys section titles in soccer and other sports); and Jeff Tisdel (coached Christian Brothers to a 13-1 section Division I championship season in 1983 and later won championships at Sacramento City College, Nevada and Sierra College). For more information, contact Karen Achonodo at (916) 733-3633.
“Always thought Ryan would make a great coach because he really understands the game, and he’s fearless,” said Lance Briggs, the Chicago Bears’ veteran linebacker who played with Dinwiddie at Elk Grove.