Recruiting: Future Cougars report

SOME FUTURE COUGARS in Mike Leach's 2016 class this past weekend were trying to keep postseason hopes alive, others were taking off the pads for the last time until they arrive at Washington State.. Renard Bell, Cody Brewer, and Justus Rogers were among those turning heads out on the gridiron.

WR/DB Renard Bell (Cathedral/Los Angeles): In the last regular season game for Cathedral, Bell remained on center stage. On offense, he caught two passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he had two solo tackles, four assisted tackles and three passes defensed. Bell was also honored by the League coaches and named the All-Angelus League Co-Offense MVP. Cathedral finished the regular season 9-1 overall, and 4-1 in League play. Cathedral won 45-13 over St. Paul, and will play Cresenta Valley on Friday in the first round of the playoffs. The two teams haven’t played this season.

QB Cody Brewer (Flour Bluff/Corpus Christi): He led Flour Bluff to a season-ending 27-21 win over Alice, throwing for two TDs -- including a 72-yard game winner -- and rushing for two more.  He completed 18 of 25 passes for 240 yards and no interceptions. Flour Bluff finished the year at 6-4 and lost a playoff berth by way of the tie-breaking formula.  "It has been a pleasure to coach him and to see him grow up," Flour Bluff coach Chris Steinbruck told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times about Brewer. "I can't say enough about his character, his leadership and what he has done for Flour Bluff football. He's going to be dearly missed."

ATH/QB Justus Rogers (Bellevue/Bellevue, WA): In the first round of the playoffs, Bellevue was in good hands with Rogers at QB. The senior finished five-of-eight for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 37-yard TD in the first quarter and a 69-yard TD in the second quarter. He also showed of the “Athlete” tag well scrambling for 28 yards on two carries. Bellevue won 41-7 over Ferndale behind Rogers’ effort. Their second playoff game will pit Bellevue against Kennedy Catholic. The two squads have not played this season.

WR/DB Jalen Thompson (Downey/Downey, CA): The team won their last regular season game 26-21 over Paramount to finish the season 6-4 overall and 4-1 in League play. Thompson finished with five receptions for 88 yards and one tackle in the game. The team will face Whittier for the first time this year on Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

DE/ATH Mason Vinyard (Helix Charter/La Mesa, CA): In the final regular season game for Helix, Vinyard didn’t have a stand out game, but he did help bring the team a victory. He had one reception for a 55-yard touchdown, and he had one assisted tackle in the team’s 48-7 win over El Capitan. With the win, the team ends the season 8-1 overall, 5-0 in League play and completed an eight-game regular season winning streak after losing their first game of the year. The team earned a bye week for this Friday, but will play Madison in their first playoff game in two weeks on Nov. 20. Helix has not played Madison this season.

LB Jihad Woods (Helix Charter/La Mesa, CA): Vinyard’s teammate had a decent day. Woods had one solo tackle, two assisted tackles, and a sack for a loss of eight.

S Skyler Thomas (Citrus Hill/Perris, CA): In their final game of the regular season, Citrus Hill recorded its second shutout of the year. Thomas had a good game defensively with three solo tackles, one assisted tackle, a sack for a loss of 10, and a pass defensed. The team finished the regular season 8-2 overall, and 5-0 in League play with the 45-0 win over Tahquitz. Citrus Hill will play its first playoff game against Arlington on Friday. The team beat Arlington 56-21 in week three earlier this season.

WR Josiah Westbrook (Squalicum/Bellingham): Things got ugly quickly in the postseason opener against Lakewood. By halftime the score was 54-0, and the game ended 54-12. Westbrook had two receptions and a touchdown in the win. The team finished the regular season 9-0 overall, 7-0 in League play, and the beat down over Lakewood keeps Squalicum firing on all cylinders heading into their second round matchup with Black Hills on Friday. The two teams have not played this year.

WR Grant Porter (Upland/Upland, CA): Coach Time Salter informed CF.C last week that Porter would not play until this Friday. Upland did win without Porter, 31-21 against Rancho Cucamonga last week. Upland plays Saugus in the opening round of the playoffs on Friday. This will be the first matchup between the two teams. Upland finished the regular season with an overall record of 7-3, and 4-1 in League play.

CB Isaiah Love (West Covina/West Covina, CA): No update from coach Mike Maggoire on the status of Love. The team finished 4-6 overall and 2-3 in League play following the 49-14 loss to Charter Oak (who was 8-1 before the game). West Covina will not be in the playoffs this year.

OLB Chima Onyeukwu (Contra Costa JUCO/San Pablo, CA): Contra Costa won their game 1-0 after Mendocino forfeited. According to cccaasports.org, the NCAA rules state a forfeit results in a 1-0 win for the opposing team, in this case Contra Costa. The team will play San Jose on Saturday.

OLB Derek Moore (Crenshaw/Los Angeles): Couldn’t reach a coach for full stats of the team’s 35-34 loss to Dorsey. It was the first time since 2011 that Crenshaw lost to Dorsey. Crenshaw will play Banning in the first game of the playoffs on Friday.

WR/ATH D’Jimon Jones (Federal Way/Federal Way): Couldn’t reach a coach for full stats of the team’s 49-36 loss to Puyallup in the first round of the playoffs. Federal Way finished the season 2-9 overall and 2-2 in District play.

OL/DL Joshua Watson (Cascade/Everett): Couldn’t reach a coach for full stats for Watson, but Cascade won their second game of the season by a score of 35-20 over Shorewood. It was a tough year for the team as both wins came against teams that eventually finished 0-10. Cascade finished 2-8 overall and 2-6 in District games.

WR Stephen Houston (Rio Mesa/Oxnard, CA): The team did not have a game on Friday, Nov. 6, but their first playoff game is this Friday against Calabasas. Rio Mesa suffered their first loss of the season to Calabasas, 13-10, back on September 25. The team finished 5-5 overall and 2-2 in League play.


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