Fourteen future Cougs on postseason runs

IT'S A BIG ONE Friday night in Florida, as three future Cougs are involved in the same do-or-die playoff game. And there's controversy, too. They're not only the future Cougs from the Sunshine State starting their playoff run, and Florida is not the only state where future Cougs are buckling up the chinstrap for postseason action – there's Washington, California, Oregon, Texas and Hawaii as well.

QB Cody Clements – La Habra
La Habra vs. El Dorado, Friday, 7:30 pm PT
Clements leads La Habra, the Freeway League Champion, against El Dorado in the opening round of the 16-team CIF Southern Section playoffs. He's thrown 20 TD passes against just one interception despite missing two games earlier this season with a knee injury. On the season, Clements has completed 100 of 153 aerials (65 percent) for 1,626 yards in eight games.

TE/MLB Max Hersey – Curtis
Curtis vs. Auburn, Friday, 7:30 pm PT
Hersey and Curtis (11-0) are seemingly on a mission but now healthy Auburn should provide a strong test in this state 4A quarterfinal matchup.

WR Henry Eaddy – Olympia
WR Isiah Myers – Olympia
LB Darryl Monroe – Dr. Phillips
Olympia vs. Dr. Phillips, Friday, 4:30 pm PT
Dr. Phillips (10-0) has been virtually unstoppable all season. They beat Olympia 49-0 in Week 3. But they reportedly have a cloud hanging over their heads – will it affect them on the field?

CB Spencer Waseem – Apopka
Apopka vs. Oak Ridge
Waseem and Apopka very quietly took the district title, and are now poised to notch the school's fourth consecutive season with 10 wins or more.

LB Chester Sua – Kaimuki
Kaimuki vs. Lahainaluna, Friday, 9 pm PT
Sua and Kaimuki (11-1) are one win away from playing the D-II state championship game. Kaimuki has rushed for 1,999 of its 3,285 offensive yards on the ground this season, and Sua has accounted for 1,319 of those hashes. He has 17 rushing touchdowns. Sua, a two way star for Kaimuki, rushed for two touchdowns and grabbed a late interception as Kaimuki advanced in the first round of the state tournament last week. Kaimuku is the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Division champion and winner of 11 games in a row.

S Max Gama – La Mirada
La Mirada vs. Muir, Friday, 7 pm PT
Gama and La Mirada (7-3, 6-0) finished off an undefeated Suburban League season last week. Gama is his team's leading rusher, with 689 yards and 12 TDs . This week he and La Habra face a tough Muir defense (17.8 ppg allowed) in the first round of the CIF playoffs, Southeast Division.

DE Eli Edwards – Cerritos
Cerritos vs. Saddleback, Saturday 6 pm PT
The playoffs aren't just for the prepsters. Edwards and crew face Saddleback College in the Southern California Bowl, which represents one half of the two regional playoff games. Edwards has 28 tackles on the season and is tied for the team lead in forced fumbles with two.

OT Rico Forbes – Navarro
Navarro vs. Butler, Dec. 5
All Forbes and Navarro have done is secure a shot at the national title. No. 2 Navarro will face No. 1 Butler for the National Junior College Athletic Association championship in a little over two weeks. The title game will be held on Dec. 5. Forbes and Navarro's season began with a loss to Butler, 16-10, in Wichita on Aug. 26. Navarro now stands at 10-1, while Butler is 11-0.

DT David Davis – Palos Verdes
Palos Verdes vs. West Ranch, Friday, 7:30 pm PT
Davis and Palos Verdes (9-1) finished second in the Bay League. They meet West Ranch, who will be making their first CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoff appearance.

WR Dominique Williams – Garey
Garey vs. Rancho Verde, Friday, 7 pm PT
Williams and Garey scratched, fought and clawed to make their way into the playoffs – the last time Garey made the postseason was 10 years ago. Their reward is a date with the No. 1 seed in the Central, undefeated Rancho Verde (10-0).

DT/DE/OT Stephan Nembot – Montclair
Montclair vs. Riverside Arlington, Friday, 7 pm PT
Nembot helped lead Montclair to the playoffs for the first time in eight years but they're facing an Arlington team that finished second in the Inland Valley League only to powerhouse Rancho Verde.

LB/DE Logan Mayes – Marist
Marist vs. Lebanon, Friday, 7 pm PT
Mayes and Marist (10-0) have yet to be tested. Friday marks the quarterfinals of the state tourney and Marist has scored 42 points in all but one of its games and has allowed more than seven just once, in a 42-14 win against Corvallis on opening weekend.


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