Future Cougars Gridiron Report

FUTURE COUGAR QUARTERBACK Austin Apodaca after only three games is closing in on 1,000 yards passing and sports a 70 percent completion percentage. Here's the latest on how he and the future Cougars in the 2012 class are doing on the high school gridiron.

QB Austin Apodaca, Silver Creek High
Apodaca and Silver Creek cruised to a 45-0 win over Northridge last week. Apodaca was 16-for-21 (76 percent) for 195 yards with 4 TDs and 1 INT. He also ran for 23 yards on two carries.

On the season, he is 59-for-86 (70 percent) for 827 yards with 10 TDs against three interceptions. He has also run for 50 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.

MLB Jordan Pulu, Federal Way
Pulu led Federal Way High to their third straight win to open the season with a 17-7 decision over Curtis. With the win, Pulu and ninth-ranked Federal Way ended Curtis' 28-game regular-season winning streak over the three-time defending SPSL South champion. Scribe Doug Pacey of the Tacoma News Tribune said after the game that the balance of power in the SPSL South has shifted to Federal Way.

S David Bucannon, Vanden High
Bucannon and Vanden traveled to Idaho from Fairfield, Calif. last week but dropped a 35-34 nailbiter when an extra point sailed wide late in the game. Stats weren't available but Bucannon opened the season on a torrid pace, with 11 tackles on defense and five receptions for 89 hashes on offense in Week 1. Like older brother and WSU starting safety Deone Bucannon, the Vanden coaches use David's athleticism and roll him up close to the line to aid in run support.

S Taylor Taliulu, Kamehameha
Taliulu and Kamehameha held Damien to 137 yards of total offense, including -2 yards net rushing in a 51-7 blowout to move their record to 3-2.

RB Terrell Davis, Mount Douglas Secondary
Davis took the field in the state of Washington and rushed 25 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns, but No. 3 ranked (AAA) Mount Douglas couldn't hold off Bainbridge, falling 35-18. Davis has rushed for 100-plus yards in three straight games, with 443 hashes in the books. He's also a gifted receiver, with a 31-yard TD pass in one game and another where he pulled in six receptions.

WR/CB Dalen Jones, Woodland High
Jones, who will come to WSU as a receiver, plays QB at Woodland and totaled 103 rushing hashes yards on 14 carries in leading the Wolves to a 60-19 thrashing of El Camino. Jones has 306 passing yards this season, and 216 yards rushing. But he was also ejected following a near benches-clearing scuffle late in the third quarter. CIF rules mandate Jones must also sit out the next game the Wolves' coaching staff, however, is confident the ruling will be overturned on appeal. Woodland's coach Bert Salinas said Jones was nowhere near the main scuffle as it escalated, and that amateur film taken on the sideline would verify that. A ruling is expected sometime today.

WR Travis Gardner, Eastlake High
Gardner had 4 catches for 51 yards in helping Eastlake notch their third straight win and the No. 1 ranking in the San Diego Section. Gardner has season totals of 8 receptions for 128 yards, along with 11 tackles and three pass breakups. As the teams' punter, he is averaging 42.33 yards per kick on six boots. On kickoffs, he has 15 boots with 7 touchbacks.

DB/ATHs Rashad Jackson and Vershad Jackson, Marshall High
Stats were unavailable on Vershad and Rashad Jackson (may be available later tonight) but they have helped Marshall turn around a rough start, leveling their record at 2-2 in recent weeks.

OT Eduardo Middleton, Oceanside
Middleton and No. 3 Oceanside knocked off No. 7 Mira Mesa 17-3 despite fumble problems that continue to plague the offense. With the win Oceanside moved to 2-1. They won't meet in the regular season but a showdown with Eastlake and Gardner in the playoffs is looking like a strong possibility.

OG/C Sam Flor, O'Dea High
Flor and O'Dea blew past West Seattle 52-8 to move to 3-0. Flor has helped lead O'Dea to the No. 3 ranking in the state's Class 3A rankings behind Bellevue and Lakes. O'Dea took care of two tough opponents in Capital and Ferndale in the season's first two weeks.

OT B.J. Salmonson, Nooksack Valley High
Salmonson provided stout pass protection (208 passing yards) and helped open big holes (271 rushing yards) in Nooksack Valley's 40-0 victory over Lynden Christian in the Pioneers' conference play opener.

OG/C Denzell Dotson, Cactus High
Dotson and his Cactus teammates have bludgeoned their first three opponents to the tune of 49-0, 31-0 and, this past week, 53-0. Dotson helped lead Cactus, now ranked No. 2 in Div. III, to touchdowns on five of its first seven possessions and it probably would have been six scores had there been a few more seconds on the clock before halftime. Cactus faces a huge test this week against No. 1 Saguaro (4-0) out of Scottsdale.

DT Maurice Bennett, Madison Central High
Bennett has been limited with an injury but the defensive tackle is expected to return to the field soon. Madison Central is 2-2 on the season.

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