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Roundup of WSU verbal pledges out on the gridiron this past week

OUT ON THE prep and JC gridirons, future Cougars made their mark this past week. One WSU pledge stepped up big with playoff hopes on the line, another did nearly everything for his team and one other had three tackles-for-loss -- that added up to minus-47 yards.

QB Cody Brewer (Flour Bluff High/Corpus Christi): It was a must-win game for Flour Bluff’s playoff hopes against district rival and front runner Calallen High and Brewer was ready. He finished 12 of 27 passes for 170 yards with two TDs against one TD. He also rushed 17 times for 54 yards and another score. Flour Bluff came out on top 21-14 against a team that had only surrendered 10 ppg. Head coach Chris Steinbruck said Brewer "put his team on his back and willed them to victory.  Cody showed tremendous tenacity in the face of a stellar defense." Sounds a little like the current Cougars QB.
 
WR/DB Renard Bell (Cathedral High /Los Angeles): Another full night for Bell -- he played on all three phases of the game and had pretty good numbers on each. Offensively, he caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown to go along with one carry for a couple yards. On defense, he had seven tackles (three solo). On special teams, Bell had 38 yards on kickoff returns. He was named the \player of the game for Cathedral in a 31-14 loss to St. Francis. It was Cathedral’s first loss of the season.
 
OLB Chima Onyeukwu (Contra Costa JUCO/San Pablo, CA): Redwoods will be very happy to never see Onyeukwu again. Of his five tackles (three solo) two were sacks for a loss of 23 yards and his three tackles for loss totaled minus-47 hashes. Contra Costa pulled out the 44-34 victory over Redwoods to remain unbeaten, (because it’s hard to score when you’re going backwards).
 
WR Stephen Houston (Rio Mesa High /Oxnard, CA): Houston continued his consistent pace. His stats in Rio Mesa’s 41-14 win against Channel Islands included seven catches for 66 yards and one touchdown. After a three game losing streak in the middle of the season, Rio Mesa has won their last two games. So far, he’s racked up 40 receptions for 574 yards and six touchdowns on the season.
 
TE/DE Mason Vinyard (Helix High/La Mesa, CA): Valhalla had a very nice game with a big blocked punt, a pass breakup and of his three tackles (one solo) one went for loss. He also had one kickoff return for 15 yards. Helix won 42-14 over Valhalla.
 
ILB Jihad Woods (Helix High/La Mesa, CA): Vinyard’s teammate  Woods had three tackles (one solo) with two pass break ups on defense. He also had one rushing attempt that went for a loss of one yard.
 
WR/DB Jalen Thompson (Downey High/Downey, CA): It wasn’t a great game for Downey as they fell to Warren 23-6 and Thompson had an uncharacteristically touchdown-free game. He played offense and defense, snagging six passes for 77 yards and picking up eight tackles and three pass break ups. It was Downey’s fourth loss of the season.
 
QB (ATH) D'Jimon Jones (Federal Way High): Jones returned to the field in his first game action of the year. He was expected to be out for the year with an injury until he was cleared last week. Full stats not available, but Jones did fumble and was chased out of the end zone for a safety. Beamer used the Jones fumble to their advantage and scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive as Federal Way fell 16-6.
 
WR Josiah Westbrook (Squalicum High/Bellingham): Westbrook was a healthy scratch this week. Coach Nick Lucey expects Westbrook to play this coming week. He said that if Squalicum needed Westbrook against Blaine he would have used him. However, the team didn’t as they pulled away with a 34-13 victory against Blaine, moving them to 8-0 on the season.
 
CB Isaiah Love (West Covina High/West Covina, CA): Love was ruled out for the game due to injury but he is continuing to run and lift. He was scheduled to meet with a doctor Friday for an evaluation to determine if he could gain clearance. No word from coach Mike Maggiore on if Love passed his evaluation. West Covina did win their game 21-7 over Chino.
 
WR Grant Porter (Upland High/Upland, CA): Grant Porter was not cleared to play in Upland’s game against Chino Hills, but Upland won 24-14.
 
OLB Derek Moore (Crenshaw High/Los Angeles): Efforts to reach his coach/locate stats were unsuccessful. Crenshaw won their game 51-34 against Hawkins.
 
OL/DL Joshua Watson (Cascade High/Everett): Stats/coach unavailable. Cascade won their first game of the season in a 24-10 effort against Mt. Vernon.
 
ATH Justus Rogers (Bellevue High): Stats/coach unavailable. Bellevue won 61-20 against Interlake to mark their sixth straight win.
 
Skyler Thomas (Citrus Hill High/Perris, CA): Stats/coach unavailable. Citrus Hill won in blowout fashion 45-7 over Beaumont.


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