JUCO Games To Watch - California (Week 6)

The top matchup of the weekend in the state of California is second-ranked Riverside at seventh-ranked Fullerton. Here is a look at some of the top prospects to keep an eye on during the game as well as a couple more big matchups that feature some top players on the field...

#2 Riverside at #7 Fullerton - These teams are a combined 9-0 on the season and both have been tested early, so this should be a pretty even matchup. The Tigers are led by freshman QB Skyler Howard who has put up big numbers the past two weeks and he's completing over 70% of his passes for 1,264 yards with 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He's also got good wheels and has racked up 194 yards and a score on the ground as well. In the backfield with Howard are Sir-Darius Yarbrough (476 yards and three TDs) and Anthony Knight (427 yards and five TDs), two sophomore tailbacks who wear defenses down. At wide receiver, Kenny Torrance, Sam Boyd and Devon Blackmon are multi-talented threats with BCS programs either offering them or at least giving them a lot of attention. Up front, Riverside is led by OT Dominique Robertson and OG Kenny Armstrong, two players garnering a lot of attention from four year schools. The Tigers are young on defense and are led by two freshmen -- LB Bryce Smith and S Abraham Reinhardt -- who both are sure-tacklers. Sophomores Darique Taylor (26 tackles and three interceptions) and Isaac Colunga (14 tackles and four interceptions) are two lockdown corners that make things extra difficult on the opposition's quarterback. Fullerton uses a the two-headed monster of running backs Ryan Byrd (531 yards and three TDs) and Lavorrie Johnson (425 yards and five TDs). Along the Hornets' offensive line OG Bubba Baldwin and OT Cal Ibanez are both big and physical at the point and they like to maul defenders. Sophomore OLB Simon Poti leads Fullerton in tackles (32), tackles-for-loss (7.5) and sacks (three) while cornerbacks Darius Lewis and Corey Ferguson are both solid cover-men who will have their hands full with the talented and deep Tigers' receiver corps.

Riverside 31 - Fullerton 20


#6 Mt. San Antonio at Grossmont - Both teams are loaded with talented players that are getting looks from four-year programs. WR Nick Kurtz, who has already committed to BYU, is a big-play wideout who leads Grossmont with 27 receptions for 405 yards and six touchdowns and he's helped by the presence of Tim Patrick (17 receptions for 324 yards and five touchdowns) who makes it so defenses can't roll their coverages to Kurtz's side. Freshman QB William Abt is the trigger-man for the Griffins' attack and he's put up huge numbers so far this season -- 60.6% completions for 1,831 yards with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. Up front, OT A.J. Allen and the versatile Ryan Krum (who can play all three line spots) are players to keep an eye on. On defense, Arkansas-bound CB Kweishi Brown has continued to show great ballhawking skills and has four interceptions to go along with 18 tackles. LB Christopher Collins leads Grossmont in tackles with 31 while also posting 3.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack. The Mounties feature one of the top QB/WR combos in the state with QB Rocky Moore (64.2% completions for 958 yards with nine touchdowns and four picks) and WR Kaelin Clay (21 receptions for 434 yards and five touchdowns). RB Jamal Overton has been one of the better tailbacks in the state rushing for 421 yards and five scores while hauling in 12 receptions for 83 yards. On defense, Mt. San Antonio features some very good players in their front seven including freshmen defensive ends Lolani Fa'aloua and Tuivasa Maloata along with sophomore linebacker Elijah Lagafuaina who leads the team with 34 tackles while also posting 6.5 sacks and one sack. S Elisha Henley leads a young, unheralded secondary with 21 tackles and two interceptions.

Grossmont 21 - Mt. San Antonio 20


College of the Siskiyous at Laney - The Eagles are led by Edwin McKinney and Aaron Williams who have combined for 594 yards and 10 touchdowns at the running backs spot. Along the offensive line, Brendan Slaight and Jerrett Olson are two players getting attention from four-year schools. Defensively, Siskiyous is led by LB Alex Henderson who has 43 tackles and defensive ends Justin Merriweather (18 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks) and Derek Hurschman (16 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks). The secondary features one of the better safety prospects in the state in Terrence Bailey who has four interceptions and ranks second on the team with 26 tackles. Laney's linebacking duo of Kenneth Nelson and Chris Lee is one of the best int he state. Nelson can do it all as evidenced by his team-leading 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks to go along with four tackles-for-loss while Lee ranks second on the team with 20 tackles and he also has an interception. Offensively, RB Valentino Miles leads what has turned out to be a diverse attack with 451 yards and three touchdowns while freshman QB Garrett Anderson has started to come along over the past few weeks.

College of the Siskiyous 34 - Laney 21

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