Ex-Eagles find the college end zone

Loomis Sports Chatter
By: Mike Ray Loomis News Correspondent
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A pair of former Del Oro High School football standouts had their names in the college football news last weekend. In Fort Collins, Colo., San Jose State rallied in the final minutes to score a wild 38-31 come-from-behind-win over the host Colorado State Rams. Helping aid the winning cause for the Spartans was 6-foot-5-inch junior tight end Ryan Otten. Otten, a 2009 Del Oro graduate, snagged a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Faulkner to give the Spartans a 31-17 lead in the third quarter. The Rams came back to tie the issue at 31-all before San Jose State pulled the game out in the final minutes with a long touchdown pass. Otten had a big game for the Spartans as he hauled in six passes for 112 yards. On the season, Otten has now caught 15 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. San Jose State will now face another tough game this weekend as the Spartans play at BYU on Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPNU, at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, in Boise, Idaho, Nevada’s Wolfpack had its hands full with fourth-ranked Boise State as the host Broncos had a big second half on their way to a 30-10 win. However, Nevada sophomore quarterback Mason Magleby tossed his first collegiate touchdown pass when he connected in the fourth quarter on a 53-yard scoring strike to Rishard Matthews. Magleby, a 2010 DO graduate, hit on 4 of 4 passes in the game for 73 yards. This Saturday Nevada will host Nevada-Las Vegas, at 4 p.m., in Reno Soccer Update Another Del Oro graduate is making his presence felt on the soccer pitch at Dominican University in San Rafael. Freshman Kolby Mitnick, a 2011 graduate of DO, has started all eight games for the Penguins, who play in the NCAA Div. III Pac-West Conference. Although the team is off to just a 1-7 start, Mitnick has tallied a pair of goals already this season and has added an assist. Mitnick’s club team was the USA Development squad. Meanwhile, in the pool, Sierra College’s women’s water polo team opened Big 8 Conference play recently, with a 13-7 triumph over San Joaquin Delta. Scoring goals for the Wolverines were a pair of Del Oro graduates — Rachel Odell and Ashley Brown. Also, on the men’s team for Sierra College is another former Golden Eagle, Tom McKenzie. Football Picks Sierra Foothill League play starts Friday and we’re pulling our hair out trying to come up with some winners. Heck, it will probably be like that all season long. The season slate reads 19-6. This Week: Del Oro 24, Rocklin 19 — The Thunder have been a thorn in DO’s side the last two seasons, beating the Golden Eagles three straight times, 27-18 last season, and twice in 2009, 24-21 and 21-14 in the CIF Div. II finals, at the UC Davis. Granite Bay 27, Nevada Union 17 — NU may be without the services of standout quarterback Kyle Cota, who was knocked out of the Elk Grove game with a concussion. Woodcreek 33, Roseville 31 — With the overall strength of the SFL this season, both teams need this game badly. Elsewhere: Colfax 34, Center 12; Placer 27, Bear River 20; Lincoln 26, Foothill 21; Oregon 45, California 36; 49ers 23, Tampa Bay 20.