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Former Miners Square Off in Bowl Game

College football’s bowl season kicks off this weekend, and the very first game on the schedule is of particular interest to a pair of Grass Valley families. Dan Pettinato and Zach Vallejo were teammates at Nevada Union High School, and grew up together playing football. Now, they are playing against each other. Pettinato is a defensive end at the University of Arizona. He found out he was playing Vallejo’s team, the University of Nevada, in the New Mexico Bowl…

Listen to Dan Pettinato 1

Both players are in Albuquerque now getting ready for the big game tomorrow. Vallejo says it was fun to visit with his former teammate…

Listen to Zach Vallejo 1

Both graduated from N-U in 2010. Vallejo, who is a linebacker, went to Yuba College before transferring to Nevada. Pettinato was conference Player of the Year while with the Miners. There have been lots of functions for both teams in Albuquerque this week, including a banquet, visits to local hospitals, and a Kickoff Luncheon. Pettinato says he’s enjoying himself…

Listen to Dan Pettinato 2

As for the game itself, Vallejo says for each of them, its personal…

Listen to Zach Vallejo 2

So do they have a friendly wager on the game?…

Listen to Zach Vallejo 3

The game is tomorrow at 10am Pacific Time. It will be televised by ESPN.

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