Future Cougars Report: Week 13

PULLMAN -- One coach couldn't say enough about a future Coug as he nearly single-handedly won a playoff game for his team. The 2014 WSU verbal commits continued their pursuit toward state titles, some winning, some losing. But each and every one of them posted some crooked numbers this week.

LB Chandler Leniu; (6-1, 225); St. John Bosco High; Bellflower, Calif., Leniu posted 11 more tackles in St. John Bosco's 55-7 dismantling of Tesoro. This was the second round of the CIF Southern Section Football Playoffs. The semifinals are up next.

WR Calvin Green; (5-10, 175); Burbank (Luther) High; Sacramento, Calif. Green did all he could for Burbank in their 18-12 loss to Elk Grove. He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, hauled in an interception, returning it t the 5-yard line and tallied over 100 receiving yards through the air. But in the end his team would fall just short, turning the ball over on downs on the Elk Grove 8-yard line as the clock hurried toward zeroes. Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon said Green almost single-handedly won the game for Burbank. "The kids saved me," Nixon said. "We kicked off to Green and he scored. We tried a trick pass and he returned it 52 yards. But we held on. What a game."

CB Joseph Turner; (6-2, 190); College of San Mateo, San Mateo, Calif., Turner recorded two tackles in San Mateo's 75-9 win over American River.

DL Ngalu Tapa; (6-3, 275); Burbank (Luther) High; Sacramento, Calif. Stats for Tapa were unavailable in Burbank's aforementioned 18-12 loss to Elk Grove, but multiple reports suggest the defensive end lived in the backfield all game. Tapa's prep career was impressive. His senior campaign saw him tally over 100 tackles, as well as posting at least 15 sacks.

CB Darren Gardenhire; (6-1, 200); Cabrillo High; Long Beach, Calif., Gardenhire posted 11 tackles, as well as four receptions for 63 yards in Cabrillo's first round loss to Tesoro. His senior season stats: 97 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

CB Kevin Griffin; (6-1, 180); De La Salle High; Concord, Calif., Griffin tallied three tackles, an interception, and a pass deflected in De La Salle's 46-0 win over Granda.

LB Greg Hoyd; (6-2, 200); Vista Murrieta High; Vista Murrieta, Calif., Hoyd posted two tackles and two QB hurries in Vista Murrieta's 52-7 second round win over Charter Oak.

LB Frank Luvu; (6-1, 205); Tafuna High; Pago Pago, American Samoa: Stats were unavailable for Luvu at press time but it was the toughest game all year for the undefeated Warriors. They went into halftime with only an 8-0 lead, eventually winning 36-0. If that doesn't sound like a close, tough game, consider that Luvu and Tafuna have led every game at the half by at least 40 points. Luvu and Tafuna meet Samoana in the title game next.

WR Zaire Andre; (6-0, 170); Inglewood High, Inglewood, Calif., Andre and Inglewood did not make the playoffs this season, with Inglewood finishing 4-6.

K Tristan Vizcaino; (6-2, 190); Damien High; La Verne, Calif., Vizcaino and Damien missed the playoffs this season with a 5-5 record. Unofficially, Vizcaino finished the season nine of twelve on field goal attempts with a long of 40 yards. Vizcaino averaged close to 40 yards per punt, and had 17 or his 32 kickoffs go for touchbacks.

WR Keith Harrington; (5-8, 165); Northeast High; St Petersburg, Fla., Harrington and Northeast did not qualify for the playoffs and finished the season at 1-9.

OL Sean Krepsz; (6-5, 295); Martin Luther King High; Riverside, Calif., Krepsz and King did not qualify for the playoffs this season and finished the year 6-4.

QB Peyton Bender (6-1, 175); Cardinal Gibbons High; Fort Lauderdale: Bender was lost for the season with a broken collarbone at the tail end of the season. He finished the year 167 of 256 for 1,284 yards, as well as 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

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