Future Cougars Roundup: Week 12

WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS winding down, many future Cougars have played their final prep game. However, Cedric Bigge-Duren (pictured above) and Thomas Toki are still pushing forward with one final game left to play in their pursuits of a title.

Cedric Bigge-Duren, 6-6, 295 pounds: Oceanside High remains undefeated after besting Mission Hills 38-31 on Friday. Bigge-Duren and the o-line help produce 141 yards on 23 carries for their top rusher. The Pirates came back from a 14-point deficit to win in the semifinals matchup, and now have only Saturday’s championship game standing in between them and a perfect season.

Thomas Toki, 6-1, 292 pounds:Toki and Saint Francis shut down Leland 42-14 in the semifinals of the playoffs on Friday - and then Toki hopped a flight for Pullman for his official visit. No stats were available for Toki but Leland had just 9 yards passing in the first half and 21 total for the game. He and his teammates face Archbishop Mitty for the Central Coast Section Division II title on Saturday.

Austin Joyner, 5-10.5, 191 pounds:Marysville-Pilchuck and Joyner saw their season end with a 20-10 playoff loss to Bellevue on Friday night. Joyner was the best individual player on the field, finishing with numerous stops and rushing for 91 yards on 16 attempts. Including the playoffs, he finished the season with 1,781 yards and 30 touchdowns on 135 carries. He'll come to WSU as a cornerback.

Tyler Hilinski, 6-3, 200 pounds:Upland lost 24-14 on Friday night to Vista Murrieta in the semifinals. Hilinski threw a 34-yard touchdown pass and also scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. He also threw a rare interception and it was costly, a pick-six returned 75 yards for a touchdown.

Kameron Powell, 5-10, 175 pounds:No stats were available on Powell in Upland’s playoff loss. Powell came into the game with 70 tackles, 48 solo on the season. The four-star recruit will play safety for the Cougars.

James Williams, 5-11, 185 pounds:The running back had successful surgery on his knee a few days ago. “Surgery was a success, now no more setbacks #letsgrind #WSU,” he tweeted. Williams suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the second game of the season and was sidelined for the year. In the first game of the season, Williams ran for 66 yards on 19 carries.

Deontay Burnett, 5-11, 160 pounds: Burnett’s season ended with a first-round playoff loss to Centennial on Nov. 14. The three-star wide receiver finished his senior season with 27 catches for 545 yards and five touchdowns.

Matt Abramo, 6-2, 170 pounds:The kicker was the sole points contributor in Casa Grande 55-3 semifinals playoff loss to Clayton Valley Charter. Abramo’s punts were absolute blasts, though, as he averaged 59.2 yards on his five boots, putting two inside the 20-yard line with a long of 69 yards. Both of Abramo’s kickoffs were touchbacks.

Aaron Porter, 6-1, 235 pounds:Porter and Cerritos College won the Golden State Bowl last weekend. Porter earned the MVP honors in that game with 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The versatile linebacker had 87 tackles this season with five sacks and one interception.

Austin Maihen, 6-5, 285 pounds:Maihen and Santa Margarita finished 6-5 this season after losing to Crespi in the playoffs on Nov. 14. Maihen made five tackles on defense with one solo stop. He is expected to play offensive tackle for the Cougars.

Noah Myers, 6-5, 300 pounds:Las Lomas lost last weekend in the playoffs and finished the season 9-3. Myers is a three-star recruit who is expected to play offensive guard for the Cougars. This season, Myers was credited with six tackles on defense, five solo, and made one fumble recovery.

Darrien Molton, 5-10, 165 pounds:Molton and Chaparral finished 3-7 in 2014. Molton had 17 tackles, 11 of which were solo. He also scored a receiving touchdown earlier in the year.

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. Priester 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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