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Hometown Report: Pettinato has breakthrough game in Arizona’s upset over No. 2 Oregon

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.

San Mateo vs. ARC — If beating perennial football power City College of San Francisco 13-0 last week wasn’t perhaps the greatest regular-season victory for American River College, then a victory tonight over state-ranked No. 1 San Mateo just might be.

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.

Fast start — College of Idaho resumed football this fall after a 37-year absence in Caldwell, where expectations were modest to the point that administrators at the tiny liberal arts college considered the possibility of a winless season. But not coach Mike Moroski, the former UC Davis All-American quarterback and longtime Aggies assistant coach who was hired in January 2013 to resurrect the program. Raiding area high schools and plucking players from community college programs in nearby states, the NAIA Coyotes opened with a 35-34 victory over Pacific of Oregon. The campus with an enrollment of 1,122 students packed in nearly 5,000 fans for that game, prompting Moroski to say, “It’s darn near a circus.”

20th La Salle Hall — The 20th Sacramento Area Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame at Christian Brothers will induct nine members on Oct. 25.

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.

Sac State hall — Six Sacramento State alums who enjoyed regional basketball coaching success will be inducted into the Hornets Coaches’ Circle on Oct. 29. They are: Bill Barker (Del Oro coach from 1984-99, winning two section D-III titles); Dan Risley (led Elk Grove to national prominence in 1974 and ’75 with center Bill Cartwright); Len Stevens (won league championships at Jesuit in the 1970s and was the Washington State and Nevada head coach in the 1980s); Gene “Honk” Williams, in memoriam (coached at Vacaville from 1961 to 1978); Steve Williams (won league titles at Grant in the 1980s); Steve Wright (head coach at Vacaville and Wood, and assistant coach at UC Davis).

Dinwiddie in CFL – Ryan Dinwiddie, who quarterbacked Elk Grove to a 14-0 season in 1998, is the first-year offensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes. After setting records at Boise State, Dinwiddie played for the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe in 2005, started in the 2006 Grey Cup for Winnipeg and was a backup quarterback in the 2010 Grey Cup for Saskatchewan. Montreal is 5-8 this season.

“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.

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