Future Cougars report: Jalen Thompson shines on both sides of the ball in a playoff game

IT WAS A GOOD weekend for future Cougs, as eight of the nine WSU verbal commits won a playoff game. This week pits two future Cougars against one another in playoff game, as well as JC verbal in a bowl game

Here is the rundown:

WR/DB Jalen Thompson (Downey/Downey, CA): In a first round playoff game, Thompson stepped up big on offense and defense. As a receiver, Thompson caught five passes for 106 yards. Thompson shined on defense, as coach Jack Williams said the senior had five tackles, and Whittier didn’t even throw at him the entire game. Thompson also had one kick return for 36 yards. Downey won 35-7 against Whittier to advance in the playoffs.  The Vikings' next opponent pits is Cathedral, which features future Coug Renard Bell.

WR/DB Renard Bell(Cathedral/Los Angeles): Another week meant another huge showing from Bell, as he had three receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns, as well as one rush for four yards. Bell also helped score two 2-point conversions. Bell returned three kicks for 106 yards, one for 60 yards. Cathedral scored a first-round 58-19 playoff win over Crescenta Valley.

OLB Chima Onyeukwu (Contra Costa JUCO/San Pablo, CA): Contra Costa beat San Jose 35-15 behind a good defensive game from Onyeukwu. He finished with five solo and three assisted tackles, and one sack for a loss of six yards. Contra Costa plays Hartnell in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl on November 28.. The two teams have not faced each other this year.

WR Grant Porter (Upland/Upland, CA): Porter played for the first time this season in Upland’s playoff opener, where he caught two passes for 38 yards. Upland beat Saugus 45-10. Upland advances to play Vista Murrieta this week.

S Skyler Thomas (Citrus Hill/Perris, CA): Citrus Hill pitched their second straight shutout with a 42-0 first-round drubbing of Arlington. It was the Hawks third shutout of the year. Thomas finished with four assisted tackles, one quarterback hurry, and one pass defensed. Citrus Hill moves on to a second-round game against Redlands.

WR Josiah Westbrook (Squalicum/Bellingham): The senior finished Squalicum's first-round state playoff win with six receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown. The 31-29 win over WF West gives Squalicum a quarterfinal game agaist Tumwater. Both teams are 11-0.

WR Stephen Houston (Rio Mesa/Oxnard, CA): Houston's season came to an end when Rio Mesa was eliminated from the playoffs with a 56-17 loss to No. 1-seed Calabasas. Rio Mesa also lost to Calabasas in week three of the season. A coach couldn’t be reached for full stats. 

OLB Derek Moore (Crenshaw/Los Angeles): Crenshaw beat Banning 54-27 in a first-round playoff game. Moore and the Cougars take on Garfield in the second round of the playoffs. A coach couldn’t be reached for stats.

QB (ATH) Justus Rogers (Bellevue/Bellevue, WA): No word from a coach to get Rogers' full stats. The 49-15 win over Kennedy Catholic is the second playoff victory for Bellevue. The Wolverines advance to play Glacier Peak. The two schools squared off in week four, and Bellevue won 24-6.

TE/DE Mason Vinyard & ILB Jihad Woods (Helix Charter/La Mesa, CA): Helix had a bye for the first week of their playoffs, and plays Madison in the first round on Friday. It will be the first time this season the two teams will play.

The following players and their teams did not reach the playoffs or were eliminated last week: CB Isaiah Love (West Covina/West Covina, CA), OL/DL Joshua Watson (Cascade/Everett), QB (ATH) D’Jimon Jones (Federal Way/Federal Way), and QB Cody Brewer (Flour Bluff/Corpus Christi).

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