JUCO Games to Watch - California (Week 10)

Only a couple of weeks remain in the regular season and this weekend features some very intriguing matchups. Here's a look at three of those games and some of the top prospects from each program...

College of the Sequoias at American River - The Giants will face an American River squad hoping to bounceback from their first loss of the season, a 43-42 loss to Modesto. COS freshman QB Raul Alvarez is one of the top signal-callers in the state and has led his team to a 6-2 record by completing 55.9% of his passes for 1,968 yards with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He's also shown himself to be athletic enough to escape trouble and hurt defenses with his legs by rushing for nearly 200 yards and three scores. D'Wayne Childs (335 yards, 3 TDs) and Brian Alvarado (386 yards, 2 TDs) are the top two runners for the Giants while Alvarado is also a good receiver out of the backfield, ranking third on the team with 28 receptions for a team-leading 378 yards and two more scores. On defense, LB Arthur Wainwright is the top tackler, leading the team with 51 stops while also posting two sacks, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In the secondary, one of the leaders is CB Khary Livingston-Coleman who has a team-leading five interceptions along with four pass breakups and 12 tackles in eight games. ARC is led by RB Drake Tofi who has battered and bruised defenses this year to the tune of 741 yards and six touchdowns. Leading the way for him up front is a huge offensive line that features prospects like OT Bobby Keenan, OG Bob Roseberry and OG Leonard Wood. When they want to throw the ball, freshman QB Jake Bist who has completed 55.7% of his passes for 1,157 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions has picked up his play over the past few weeks and is a rising prospect to keep an eye on for 2014. WR Tyler Trosin is the top receiver on the team, hauling in 38 receptions for 689 yards and 15 touchdowns. DE Karmah Yates has been a terror off the edge this season, leading the team with seven sacks and 14 tackles-for-loss to go along with 27 tackles. Freshman LB Austin Paulhus is the leader in tackles with 58 while also posting 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks. In the secondary, freshman Malcom Scott has shown himself to be a real ballhawk as he's hauled in a team-leading five interceptions and he ranks second on the team with four pass breakups while also posting 20 tackles. Joining him is fellow freshman Devante Laws who leads the team with eight pass breakups and also has two interceptions and 14 tackles.

Game Prediction: American River 31 - College of the Sequoias 20


Long Beach at Citrus - Under the tutelage of first-year head coach Brett Peabody, Long Beach has proven to be a tough out for even the best programs out there, but they are still looking for that first breakthrough win. Leading the way for the Vikings is freshman dual-threat QB Kenny Potter who has completed 64.8% of his pass attempts for 2,257 yards with 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions and he also has rushed for 570 yards and a team-leading 12 touchdowns as well. At wide receiver, De'Quan Hampton (39 receptions, 661 yards, 9 TDs) and Josiah Blandin (38 receptions, 582 yards, 3 TDs), two BCS bouncebacks, are the top targets. On defense, the Vikings are led by freshman S Terance Harvey who has 60 tackles and also a team-leading two interceptions. DE Jayson Salesulu leads the Vikings with four sacks while also totaling 27 tackles and five tackles-for-loss. LB Corey Waller, a bounceback from Washington, has filled up the stat sheet this year by posting 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles-for-loss. DT Augafa Vaaulu has been a wrecking ball up front as he leads the team with 10.5 tackles-for-loss while also posting 37 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Citrus got to 5-3 with a 42-28 win over El Camino last week and they have one of the better freshman signal-callers in the country in Larry Cutbirth who has completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,901 yards with 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He's also proven to be a good runner, rushing for 231 yards and eight scores as well. Freshman tailback Emmanuel Pooler has put up solid numbers this fall (503 yards and four touchdowns on just 75 carries) and can run in-between the tackles or make people miss in open space. Along the line, OT Byron Smith is a prospect drawing the attention of four-year programs. LB Maurice Dupleasis leads the Owls with 67 tackles and also has posted 10 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. As far as a pass-rush, Kenyatta Johnson is the guy to keep an eye on. He uses a great first step to get the advantage on his opponent and in eight games he's posted eight sacks to go along with 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 31 tackles. CB Braxton Brown is a sticky, cover-corner who leads the team with 10 pass breakups while also posting one interception and 31 tackles.

Game Prediction: Long Beach 27 - Citrus 24


Cerritos at College of the Canyons - Cerritos and COC have quietly gone about their business and they meet on Saturday in what could be the matchup of the weekend. Cerritos is led up front by DT David Moala, a bounceback from Arizona State, who has posted 31 tackles and five tackles-for-loss along with two sacks. He's been an immovable object and is at his best occupying blockers so his teammates can run free and make plays. In the secondary, sophomore CB Aaron Williams (16 tackles, 4 interceptions) and freshman CB Willie Fletcher (16 tackles, 3 interceptions) are the guys who quarterbacks need to keep an eye on while S Zach Hadlock is the player the Falcons rely on to stop the run (37 tackles) and also make all of the calls in the secondary. Former Washington State signee Cody Clements hasn't put up big numbers from the quarterback position -- 57.6% completions for 1,397 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions -- but he's been a solid game manager and he's kept the team moving forward. The leader on offense has been RB Elijhaa Penny who has battered and bruised defenses for 910 yards and 16 touchdowns. His big body is already attracting attention from programs across the country who like what they have seen from him so far. The Cougars lost their first game of the year, a 27-21 to Golden West, but since then they have been an unstoppable force, blowing out all but one opponent en route to a seven-game winning streak. Canyons employs a two-quarterback system with one, freshman Jake Dashnaw (55.9%, 990 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INTs), being the drop back passer and the second, freshman Tony Dawson, being used as the dual-threat. Dawson has thrown for 747 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 58.6% of his passes and has rushed for 440 yards and four more scores. RB Matt Bowen, at 5'6" and 185 pounds, isn't the biggest tailback, but he runs well between the tackles and once he gets outside, he can make people miss. The sophomore has totaled 563 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, the Cougars are led by freshman LB Ryan McAleenan who has posted 53 tackles, three sacks, five tackles-for-loss and an interception while, in the secondary, the leader is definitely sophomore CB Lance Poole who has six interceptions to go along with seven pass breakups and 30 tackles. On the other side from Poole is Anthony Adams who has contributed three interceptions and 22 tackles.

Game Prediction: Cerritos 30 - College of the Canyons 22


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