Future Cougars Report: Week Eight

SOME FUTURE COUGARS were challenged this weekend, posting lesser numbers compared to what we are accustomed to seeing from them. Among them were Tyler Hilinski and Dominic Davis, but their performances did secure the most important thing -- a win. Austin Joyner, meanwhile, continued his impersonation of a one-man wrecking crew.

Austin Joyner, 5-10.5, 191 pounds:It was just another rout for Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday. This time, the Tomahawks dominated Arlington 54-27, with three of those touchdowns delivered by Joyner. He ran for two scores on 14 touches, gained 145 ground yards and had a 24-yard TD catch. During his 2014 campaign, Joyner has 63 carries for 882 yards and 12 touchdowns. The touchdown reception was his first scoring catch of the season. He'll come to WSU as a cornerback.

Tyler Hilinski, 6-3, 200 pounds: Upland High won 28-16 against a decent Chino Hills team on Friday night, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the quarterback’s stats. Hilinski had an uncharacteristically inaccurate performance against Chino Hills, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. doubling his INT total. The quarterback completed 7 of 13 passes for 128 yards. This season, Hilinski has only thrown four interceptions compared to 13 touchdown passes.

Kameron Powell, 5-10, 175 pounds: Powell helped Upland High on defense with five tackles, three of which were solo. He is averaging 5.6 tackles per game through seven contests this season.

Dominic Davis (pictured above), 5-10, 175 pounds: Alemany High improved to 6-1 with a hard-fought team victory against Loyola on Friday night, winning 24-23. The dynamic running back, recruited as a wide receiver for WSU, was not part of the scoring for once, a rare occurrence. Davis has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, plus a 99-yard pick-6 to his credit.

Darrien Molton, 5-10, 165 pounds:Chaparral High lost handily to Great Oak 35-10 on Friday, but Molton did his part by contributing a 72-yard rushing touchdown. Molton is predominantly a cornerback, though, and has been recruited as such by WSU.

Aaron Porter, 6-1, 235 pounds: Cerritos College extended its winning streak to three games, defeating Allan Hancock 19-12 on Saturday. Porter had his best game since the middle of September as he notched 14 total tackles and assisted on a sack.

Matt Abramo, 6-2, 170 pounds: One week after earning its first win of the season, Casa Grande flopped against Cardinal Newman, losing 48-7. In the loss, Abramo punted the ball seven times, averaging 34.6 yards per punt and pinning two inside the 20-yard line. Abramo kicked off twice and recorded one touchback. As the score indicated, Abramo also hit his one and only extra point opportunity on Casa Grande’s touchdown.

Cedric Bigge-Duren, 6-6, 295 pounds: Bigge-Duren and the Oceanside O-line plowed the road for their running back to gain 90 yards on 13 carries and score three TDs. They also protected the quarterback, who thrrew for three touchdowns in a lopsided 42-21 victory over Torrey Pines.

Austin Maihen, 6-5, 285 pounds: Maihen and Santa Margarita stormed back from 20 points down in the fourth quarter to win an offensive shootout against Orange Lutheran, 42-41. Santa Margarita set school records for passing yards (502), pass completions (35) and pass attempts (48). Maihen and the O-line paved the way for two rushing touchdowns by the quarterback, who threw for four more TDs.

Thomas Toki, 6-1, 292 pounds: Saint Francis suffered a 14-2 loss to Serra High on Saturday, but no statistics were posted for Toki at press time. Heading into the game, Toki had 11 total tackles this season.

Deontay Burnett, 5-11, 160 pounds: Burnett and Serra High were on a bye this week. This season, Burnett has totaled 17 receptions, 312 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.

Noah Myers, 6-5, 300 pounds: Las Lomas High could not overcome an undefeated Campolindo team on Friday night, losing 38-28. Las Lomas was shut out in the second half.

James Williams, 5-11, 185 pounds: The running back tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee early in the season. Williams had 19 carries for 66 yards before suffering the injury in the second game of the season.

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