FNL: Juanita at Interlake

Juanita won the game 49-18 but there was a good amount of young talent on both sides of the ball. New coach Shaun Tarantola brought his Rebels into Interlake high school to face off against an improved Saints team coached by Sheldon Cross. Both teams were looking to add another win, but the Juanita rushing attack proved to be too much for the Interlake defense.

Here is a look at the players who stood out and seem to have bright futures ahead of them…

Juanita RB/LB Jerimiah Laufasa (2011) – Juanita had four players that got a good amount of carries throughout the game but Laufasa and fellow sophomore Robert Golden got the bulk of the carries. They combined for over 250 yards of rushing, with Laufasa accounting for close to 150 of them. He is a tough and physical runner who also shows a nice ability to lead block. He had two touchdowns in the game and consistently showed promise as a player to watch out for during the next two years. He is currently listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds and uses his size and balance well to continue to get yards after first contact. Jerimiah also plays some linebacker for the Rebels but it looks like his future may be at running back or fullback. Juanita likes to run the ball, so Laufasa should have plenty of opportunity to mature and develop into a college prospect.

Juanita OL/DL Cody Treddenbarger (2011) – Although Cody lacks a little in the height department, he does not suffer from a lack of strength or toughness. Listed at 6-foot and 275 pounds, he is built like a bulldozer and starts both ways for the Rebels at center and defensive tackle. He does a good job of holding up at the point of attack and is able to create leverage with his low center of gravity and stout physique. Juanita ran the ball very successfully all night and most of the runs began right up the middle behind Treddenbarger. He is equally adept on both sides of the ball but his height might make him better suited for the defensive line on the next level. He may not be a top tier prospect but he was one of my favorite players during the game and should get some good looks from colleges.

Other Juanita players to watch: OL/DL Sam Shirley (2011); RB Jahlen Brown (2010); RB Robert Golden (2011); WR/S Kyle Bowden (2010).
Interlake RB/DB Brett Kirschner (2010) – Kirschner was one of the players that I went to watch because of his size and talent. He is a pretty good sized running back at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds but he struggled all night long to get something going. He had a brace on his right knee so returning from injury may have had something to do with it, but he had 235 yards and four touchdowns the previous week. Give credit to Juanita for keeping him bottled up, but his Interlake teammates could have blocked a little better and given him a chance in the open field. He displayed some shiftiness as well as power but just had an off game. There were a few plays were his athleticism and vision were displayed but he was never able to get it going consistently. After a great sophomore season last year he brings a lot of expectations, but he also has another year and a half to build up his skills. He has a solid future at the college level if he can stay injury-free.

Interlake QB Matt Malos (2011) – Malos is a young quarterback who lacks size but is fast and very competitive. I would say he is about 5-foot-9, but plays the quarterback position well for the Saints. He had a 6 yard rushing touchdown and two scores on passes to WR Dylan Amell, one for about 50 yards. He has good accuracy and strength on his short to medium throws, but struggles a bit and needs to improve on his deep balls. He had a good game but also threw two interceptions, although one was tipped. When running with the ball, he has good quickness and speed as well as decent vision, but he is not going to run through anybody. He will continue to progress over the remainder of his high school career but must get taller if he wants to play college football. He has accumulated some good stats for the year thus far and should continue to do so over the next two and half years.

Other Interlake players to watch: WR Dylan Amell (2010); OL/DL Colton Faber (2011); LB/DE Joe Ngauamo (2011); OL/DL Patrick Lindsley (2010).

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