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Cougar Football Alum Pentz Dies

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Brandon Pentz
August 22, 2010

Brandon Pentz, a defensive back for Azusa Pacific during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, died Friday, Aug. 20, from head injuries suffered in a fall near San Marcos, Calif., on Aug. 17.

Pentz played for Head Coach Peter Shinnick in the Cougar football program for 3 seasons, redshirting the 2001 campaign before playing in 2002 and 2003.  He appeared in 14 games with the Cougars, tallying 29 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.  His best effort came in a victory over Rocky Mountain College in 2003 when he recorded 6 tackles.  A few weeks later he suffered a season-ending injury that also ended his career.

Pentz followed in the footsteps of his uncle David Pentz who played football at Azusa Pacific in the late 1960s.  Brandon came to the Cougars as an all-conference honoree out of Riverside (Calif.) Poly High School.  While he made a name for himself on defense, he also served as the Bears' place kicker and played some time at wide receiver.

Pentz, who was single and 28 years old at the time of his passing, graduated from Azusa Pacific in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

A celebration service in honor of Pentz will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Grove Community Church at 19900 Grove Community Drive, Riverside, CA 92508.  

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