JUCO Games to Watch - California (Week 11)

The final week of regular season features some very important games. Here are four of the best matchups and a look at some of the top players from each team that people should keep an eye on...

Feather River at Diablo Valley - The Golden Eagles have had a great season and one of the biggest reasons has been their passing game that is led by freshman QB Ja'Quay Garmon who has thrown for 2,555 yards with 25 touchdowns and just five picks. His favorite target has been one of the top JUCO wideouts in the country, LaVon Pearson, a Tennesse commit, who has hauled in 88 receptions for 1,586 yards and 12 touchdowns. Not to be overlooked is also the contributions of sophomore wideout Miguel Cerriteno who has grabbed 55 receptions for 751 and 10 scores. When Feather River wants to run the ball, sophomore RB Farrell Victor is the one who keeps the chains moving. He's carried the ball 187 times for 1298 yards and 16 scores. On defense, LB Kyle Newsom is the leader as he leads the team with 85 tackles, eight sacks and 14.5 tackles-for-loss and has also posted two fumble recoveries. LB Will Johnson has also been a stalwart as he's racked up 60 tackles, four sacks and nine tackles-for-loss. Defensive ends Kaveo Walker (43 tackles, four sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss) and Brandon Boykins (45 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble) are the ones to keep an eye on. Diablo Valley features three of the top JUCO defensive lineman in the country and they wreak havoc up front for the Vikings. Leading the way is Oregon-commit Tui Talia who leads the team in tackles (56) and sacks (11) and ranks third on the team with 15 tackles-for-loss. Sophomore DT Sione Tupouata, who committed to Utah out of high school, is a player who has really emerged this fall. The sophomore has posted 45 tackles, three sacks, 15.5 tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Finally, the freshman of the group, DE Siua Taufa has racked up 43 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles-for-loss. Freshman S Na'im McGee (28 tackles and three interceptions) and freshman CB Akil Bordelon (14 tackles, three interceptions, six pass breakups) are the leaders in the secondary. Offensively, freshman QB Adam Wood has had an up-and-down season for the Vikes, hitting on 65.2% of his passes for 1,675 yards with nine touchdowns and eight picks while sophomore Niko Fortino has subbed in several games and has thrown for 660 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions as well. OG Kelepi Folau is the top offensive lineman for Diablo Valley.

Game Prediction: Feather River 37 - Diablo Valley 21


#5 Mt. San Antonio at #6 Riverside - The top matchup in the Golden State features plenty of talent on either side of the ball on both teams. Mt. SAC sophomore QB Rocky Moore has been solid if unspectacular for the Mounties this season, completing 64.9% of his passes for 1,751 yards with 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions. His top target has been sophomore wideout Kaelin Clay who has hauled in 45 receptions for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns. When they want to run, tailback Jamal Overton is the guy who moves the chains (789 yards and six touchdowns). On defense, DT Lolani Fa'aloua (20 tackles, three sacks and 6.5 tackles-for-loss) and DE Tuivasa Maloata (41 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles-for-loss and 1 forced fumble) are the leaders up front. As far as LB Elijah Lagafuaina is concerned, he leads the team with 45 tackles while also posting two sacks and 7.5 tackles-for-loss. In the secondary, CB Dennis Rufus has shown his ball skills by leading the team with six interceptions and 11 pass breakups while also posting 27 tackles. The Riverside attack is led by QB Skyler Howard who has completed 68.9% of his pass attempts for 2,479 yards with 27 touchdowns and four interceptions. He's also rushed for 217 yards and four more scores. The running attack is led by freshman Denzel Foster (799 yards and eight touchdowns) and sophomore Sir-Darius Yarbrough (698 yards and four touchdowns) while sophomore tailback Anthony Knight has also chipped in with 532 yards and five scores. The triple-threat at wideout of sophomores Kenny Torrance (36 receptions, 777 yards and eight touchdowns), Sam Boyd (21 touchdowns, 302 yards and three touchdowns) and Devon Blackmon (24 receptions, 454 yards and six touchdowns) makes up one of the best receiving corps in the country. The offensive line is led by Dominique Robertson who has offers from several four-year programs. Along the defensive front four of the Tigers, DE John Taylor is a stud and leads the team with five sacks and has posted 24 tackles and is tied for the team lead with eight tackles-for-loss. Freshman LB Jonah Moi is one of the top linebackers on the team and is tied for the team-lead with eight tackles-for-loss while also posting 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Bryce Smith, another freshman linebacker, leads the Tigers with 54 tackles while posting 2.5 tackles-for-loss and an interception. All four of the secondary members -- freshman Ray Ford (20 tackles, four interceptions and four pass break ups) and sophomores Isaac Colunga (34 tackles, five interceptions and five pass break ups), Darique Taylor (43 tackles, three interceptions and four pass break ups) and Abraham Reinhardt (40 tackles, one sack, five tackles-for-loss, one interception) -- are players to keep an eye on.

Game Prediction: Riverside 31 - Mt. San Antonio 27


#16 Golden West at Saddleback - Freshman QB Chris d'Entremont has been a revelation for the Rustlers. He's completed 62.2% of his passes for 1,781 yards with 20 touchdowns and just four picks while also rushing for 136 yards and six scores. WR Kyrel Brown, a sophomore, has been his top target this season as the sophomore has hauled in a team-leading 43 receptions while totaling 481 yards and six touchdowns. Freshman wideout Nik Little has been one of the most explosive playmakers for Golden West this season as he's hauled in just 29 receptions, but still leads the team with 571 yards and eight touchdowns. Along the offensive line, OT Dominic Granado is a player the coaches like the potential of and he could be a real prospect in 2014. On defense, LB Anthony McNichols leads the way with 72 tackles and four interceptions while also posting a sack, four tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. DE Delroy Steele is the top pass-rusher, posting a team-leading eight sacks to go along with 30 tackles and he's tied for the team lead with 9.5 tackles-for-loss. LB Courtland Drummond is also a very good pass-rusher as he ranks second on the team with 7.5 sacks while tying Steele for the team-lead with 9.5 tackles-for-loss. Saddleback has one of the top passing attacks in the country. QB Tim Belman has completed 64.2% of his passes for 3,715 yards with 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while sophomore wideouts Dominick Ela (53 receptions, 774 yards and three touchdowns) and Eric Lauderdale (52 receptions, 686 yards and nine touchdowns) and freshman R.J. Dedrick (42 receptions, 605 yards and eight touchdowns) is a killer out of the slot. S Doug Ruggles leads the Gauchos with 64 tackles and is tied for the team-lead with five interceptions. Fellow S Trevor Douglass has also been a standout (50 tackles and one interception) while freshman CB Davontae Merriweather (49 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, five interceptions and six pass break ups) looks like a future star. Up front, the Gauchos are very young, but freshman DE Jordan Dominguez has shown a lot of promise after posting a team-leading 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 30 tackles.

Game Prediction: Saddleback 28 - Mt. Golden West 24


#18 City College of San Francisco at #4 Butte - Kansas bounceback Turner Baty leads the Rams' attack as he's completed 50.4% of his passes for 2,651 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Sophomore RB Daivon Ballard (504 yards and four touchdowns) and freshman RB Jahray Hayes (572 yards and eight touchdowns) are a nice one-two punch in the backfield. The top wideout for the Rams this season has been sophomore Xavier Amey who has hauled in 53 receptions for 932 yards and eight scores. OT David Hedelin is the top lineman for CCSF and he has offers from schools across the country. Up front, the CCSF coaching staff throws waves of athletic defensive linemen at opponents, hoping to get pressure with stunts and blitzes. Sophomore DT Trevor Trammell doesn't have the ideal size that schools are looking for in an interior defensive linemen, but he can get penetration on the inside, evidenced by his team-leading 7.5 sacks to go along with 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 28 tackles. At defensive end, freshman Tavita Faaiu has had an outstanding season, racking up 51 tackles, four sacks and a team-leading 15 tackles-for-loss. LB James Hickman leads the team with 57 tackles and has also posted three interceptions while Nick Holt, a bounceback from Washington and Montana, has posted 50 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles-for-loss and one interception. Freshman S Shalom Luani always seems to be around the ball and he's been a real leader in the secondary as he leads the team with six interceptions and four fumble recoveries while posting 30 tackles and a blocked field goal. Sophomore S Maurice Cannon (34 tackles and three interceptions) and freshman CB Uriah Harris (37 tackles, three interceptions and five pass break ups) are also players to keep an eye on. Butte hasn't had the most explosive offense, but their rushing attack has to have been the envy of a lot of schools as they've averaged 316 yards on the ground per game. Leading the way has been freshman RB Kendall Williams with his 1,031 yards and nine touchdowns on just 136 carries. Another freshman, Robert Frazier, ranks second on the team with 510 yards and three touchdowns on 71 carries. Freshman QB Thomas Stuart isn't asked to do much other than manage the game and take care of the ball and he's done just that this season for the Roadrunners as he's completed 63.8% of his passes for 1,340 yards with 18 touchdowns and just three picks while rushing for 127 yards and six more scores. TE Bo Brummel is a player who has all of the requisite athleticism and skills to be a rising prospect as schools get a look at his academic progress this winter. He's tied for the team lead with 17 receptions for 238 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, the Roadrunners are loaded with talented players who fit well into their attacking scheme. LB Brian Anderson leads the team with 58 tackles and also has two sacks and eight tackles for loss as well as two interceptions. DE Tyler Adair has been a real force off the edge for Butte this fall as he's racked up a team-leading six sacks and 16 tackles-for-loss while posting 41 stops. CB Deonte Flemings has been the stalwart of the deep patrol for the Roadrunners this season as he's racked up a team-leading four picks and five pass break ups and ranks second on the team with 50 tackles. In the middle up front for Butte, DT Christopher Siliga has had a solid season, posting 24 tackles, two sacks and five tackles-for-loss and he's started to attract the attention of several schools.

Game Prediction: Butte 34 - CCSF 27


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