Future Cougars Report: Week 10

NO STAGE WAS TOO BIG for Cougar verbal commits as several shined bright in playoff matchups this past weekend. Running back Austin Joyner and quarterback Tyler Hilinski were among the headliners, and wide receiver Deontay Burnett (pictured above) had a big day despite a tough loss in the first round of the postseason.

Austin Joyner, 5-10.5, 191 pounds:Joyner was an offensive force on Friday as he propelled Marysville-Pilchuck to a 49-14 win in the first round of the 3A state tournament. The running back scored five touchdowns and ran for almost 300 yards on 19 attempts. That effort puts Joyner at 1,490 yards this season on 107 carries (13.9 ypc) with 25 touchdowns. Joyner will play cornerback for the Cougars.

Tyler Hilinski, 6-3, 200 pounds:The Upland High quarterback was surgical on Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Hilinski completed 19-of-22 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns, without any interceptions. Hilinski also scored once on the ground. Upland High emerged victorious by a score of 42-7. This season, Hilinski has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 2,411 yards and 21 touchdowns, paired with only four interceptions.

Kameron Powell, 5-10, 175 pounds:Powell made three solo tackles in Upland High’s playoff win on Friday. The defensive back has 65 total tackles this season, 44 of which are solo. He also has recovered two fumbles.

Deontay Burnett, 5-11, 160 pounds: It was a wild one on the road for Serra High, but ultimately Burnett’s team lost in the opening round of the playoffs, 68-64. Burnett did all he could for the offense, catching two touchdowns, but Centennial High had the last laugh in a game that featured 15 lead changes.

Matt Abramo, 6-2, 170 pounds: Casa Grande High dominated Miramonte in the first round of the playoffs, 48-6 on Saturday. Abramo kicked six touchbacks out of eight kickoffs, and averaged 30.7 yards on his three punts. The kicker was 5 for 6 on extra point attempts, and did not attempt a field goal.

Cedric Bigge-Duren, 6-6, 295 pounds:Oceanside High went undefeated in the regular season. Bigge-Duren and the Pirates will begin the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 21 against No. 8-seeded Carlsbad High, which Oceanside defeated 28-14 during the year.

Aaron Porter, 6-1, 235 pounds:Cerritos College defeated College of the Canyons 27-21 on Saturday. No stats were provided for Porter. Heading into the game, the linebacker had 75 total tackles, one interception and 3.5 sacks. The win extended Cerritos’ season, and the school will play Santa Barbara on Nov. 22.

Austin Maihen, 6-5, 285 pounds:Santa Margarita High lost in the first round of the playoffs, 45-13 against Crespi High. Santa Margarita scored its two touchdowns via passing plays, and the first one was an 80-yard bomb.

Thomas Toki, 6-1, 292 pounds:Saint Francis won 21-13 in a conference game against St. Ignatius on Friday. No stats were available on Toki.

Noah Myers, 6-5, 300 pounds:Las Lomas High cruised past the first round of the playoffs with a 48-6 win over Mt. Diablo on Saturday. Myers and the offensive line powered four rushing touchdowns in the win.

Darrien Molton, 5-10, 165 pounds: Molton and Chaparral High finished their season at 3-7. Molton was credited with 17 tackles, 11 solo, and had a TD reception. The three-star recruit will play cornerback for Washington State.

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 this season before suffering the injury in the second game.

**Kyrin Priester, 6-1, 185 pounds: The former Clemson wide receiver verballed to WSU after the USC game. He's finishing up his school year at Clemson and will arrive at Wazzu in January. He will need to sit out 2015 due to NCAA transfer rules but will be able to go through spring ball, fall camp and practice all next season. During his senior year at Brookwood High, Priester recorded 56 receptions for 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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