JUCO Games To Watch - California (Bowl Week)

It's bowl week in the CCCAA and there are plenty of good matchups with a lot of talented players to keep an eye on. Here's a look at each game and which prospects four-year schools are already showing interest in...

National Bowl
College of the Canyons at Fullerton - COC features freshman QB Tony Dawson (68 of 121, 1,142 yards, 11 TDs, 4 INTs/532 yards rushing, 4 TDs); RB Matt Bowen (178 carries, 767 yards, 13 TDs); WR Travion Tucker (29 rec., 485 yards, 6 TDs); C Christian Lucas; LB Joey Cicoria (68 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 8 tackles-for-loss; 3 INTs; 7 PBUs); Freshman LB Ryan McAleenan (64 tackles, 3 sacks, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 INT, 6 PBUs); CB Lance Poole (34 tackles, 7 INTs, 9 PBUs); Freshman LB Cory Harris (20 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 tackles-for-loss, 2 INTs); DT Antonio Guy (42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries). Fullerton relies on players like QB Jose Escobar (167 of 239, 2,574 yards, 24 TDs, 8 INTs); RB Ryan Byrd (125 carries, 926 yards, 8 TDs); RB Lavorrie Johnson (111 carries, 877 yards, 11 TDs); WR Eli Pleasant (53 rec., 777 yards, 7 TDs); WR Ryan Longoria (35 rec., 744 yards, 6 TDs); OL Cal Ibanez; OL Bubba Baldwin; LB Simon Poti (57 tackles, 5 sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT, 3 PBUs); S Alex Bernstein (38 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 INTs); DE Antoine Turner (25 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss).

Game Prediction: Fullerton 35 – College of the Canyons 31


Southern California Bowl
Golden West at Riverside The Rustlers are led by QB Chris d'Entremont (168 of 271, 2,015 yards, 22 TDs, 5 INTs/139 yards rushing, 6 TDs); WR Kyrel Brown (50 rec., 554 yards, 6 TDs); Freshman WR Nik Little (31 rec., 627 yards, 9 TDs); OT Dominic Granado; K Peter Marquez (14 of 18, long of 52, 85 points); P Brett Beighton (47 punts, 39.6 avg., 80 long, 11 inside the 20); MLB Anthony McNichols (79 tackles, 1 sack, 4 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 4 INTs, 3 PBUs); LB Kyle Haley (46 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 5 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT); LB Courtland Drummond (33 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble); DE Delroy Steele (31 tackles, 9 sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles). Riverside has plenty of players to keep an eye on including QB Skyler Howard (179 of 270, 2,278 yards, 29 TDs, 5 INTs/256 yards rushing, 4 TDs); Freshman RB Denzel Foster (122 carries, 861 yards, 8 TDs/13 rec., 171 yards, 1 TD); RB Sir-Darius Yarbrough (102 carries, 809 yards, 4 TDs); RB Anthony Knight (90 carries, 562 yards, 5 TDs); WRs Kenny Torrance (40 rec., 812 yards, 8 TDs); WR Devon Blackmon (28 rec., 509 yards, 6 TDs); WR Sam Boyd (26 rec., 442 yards, 4 TDs); OT Dominique Robertson; Freshman MLB Bryce Smith (64 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss, 1 INT); S Darique Taylor (47 tackles, 3 INTs, 4 PBUs); DE John Taylor (28 tackles, 6 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery); CB Isaac Colunga (39 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 7 INTs, 6 PBUs).

Game Prediction: Riverside 33 – Golden West 20


American Championship Bowl
L.A. Pierce at Chaffey - For L.A. Pierce, the prospects to keep an eye on are QB Nick Arbuckle (194 of 339, 2,539 yards, 23 TDs, 13 INTs/91 yards rushing, 3 TDs); TE Isaac Ijalana (8 rec., 80 yards); OT Justin Scott (committed to West Virginia); LB Reece Schmidt (54 tackles, 3 sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 4 PBUs); CB Jay'Onn Myles (21 tackles, 3 INTs, 4 PBUs); DE Jonathon Johnson (31 tackles, 7 sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss). For Chaffey, the leaders are freshman QB Dimitri Morales (125 of 206, 1,739 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs/811 yards rushing and 7 TDs); freshman RB Quincy Ross (99 carries, 636 yards, 7 TDs/15 receptions, 291 yards, 1 TD); OT Kyle Wright (already has offers from several FBS programs); OT Kaige Lawrence (committed to Arizona); MLB Lenier Lee (61 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 3 INTs).

Game Prediction: Chaffey 31 – L.A. Pierce 27


Bay Bowl
Diablo Valley at Laney - Names to watch on DVC include DT Tui Talia (Oregon commit; 60 tackles, 13 sacks, 18 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumble); DE Siua Taufa (49 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles-for-loss; 1 INT); DT Sione Tupouata (51 tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss, 4 sacks, 2 fumble recovery, 1 INT); S Derrick Johnson (55 tackles, 1 sack, 4 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 TDs); QB Adam Wood (135 of 210, 1,678 yards, 9 TDs, 8 INTs). As far as Laney is concerned, the top prospects include RB Valentino Miles (162 carries, 1,129 yards, 8TDs); OL Wendell Taiese (can play inside or outside, signed with Washington State out of HS); LB Jerome McElroy (54 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 17 tackles-for-loss); MLB Chris Lee (43 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INTs); CB Jamal Mayo (28 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 5 INTs); CB Quinton Dent (30 tackles, 3 INTs, 12 PBUs).

Game Prediction: Laney 27 – Diablo Valley 24


Beach Bowl
Citrus at Saddleback - With Citrus, the top players include freshman QB Larry Cutbirth (165 of 277, 2,223 yards, 27 TDs, 4 INTs/275 yards rushing, 9 TDs); freshman RB Emmanuel Pooler (91 carries, 649 yards, 6 TDs); LB Maurice Dupleasis (80 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, fumble recoveries); LB Jose Nunez (60 tackles, 2 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 PBUs); CB Charles Flowers (49 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss, 5 INTs, 5 PBUs); DT Jesus Vargas (18 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 9 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recoveries); CB Braxton Brown (37 tackles, 2 sacks, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 3 INTs, 13 PBUs); DE Kenyatta Johnson (39 tackles, 10 sacks, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries). For Saddleback, leading the way are QB Tim Belman (348 of 544, 4,029 yards, 33 TDs, 14 INTs) ; WR Eric Lauderdale (54 rec., 703 yards, 9 TDs); WR Dominick Ela (53 rec., 774 yards, 3 TDs); Freshman WR R.J. Dedrick (47 tackles, 684 yards, 8 TDs); S Doug Ruggles (76 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, 5 INTs, 7 PBUs); Freshman CB Davontae Merriweather (53 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 6 INTs, 6 PBUs); Freshman DE Jordan Dominguez (35 tackles, 5 sacks, 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery).

Game Prediction: Saddleback 28 – Citrus 24


Bothman Bulldog Bowl
American River at College of San Mateo - American River is led by RB Drake Tofi (152 carries, 858 yards, 7 TDs/19 rec., 183 yards, 1 TD); Freshman QB Jake Bist (121 of 232, 1,569 yards, 18 TDs, 9 INTs); WR Tyler Trosin (44 rec., 813 yards, 16 TDs); LB Austin Paulhus (70 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT); DE Karmah Yates (35 tackles, 11 sacks, 19 tackles-for-loss); Freshman CB Malcom Scott (33 tackles, 6 INTs, 7 PBUs). CSM is loaded on defense with talent including DT Trevor Kelly (39 tackles, 2 sacks, 11.5 tackles-for-loss); DT Rika Levi (38 tackles, 3 sacks, 12 tackles-for-loss); DE Pio Vatuvei (34 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles-for-loss); MLB Michael Spivey (60 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 9 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT); CB Bryant Hayes (16 tackles, 4 INTs, 7 PBUs); Offensively, they have RB George Naufahu (167 carries, 1,027 yards, 15 TDs); QB Casey Wichman (67 of 125, 1,012 yards, 10 TDs, 8 INTs/625 yards rushing, 8 TDs).

Game Prediction: CSM 31 – American River 21


Central Division Bowl
Chabot at College of the Siskiyous - Chabot is led by RB Jayden Rowe (152 carries, 907 yards, 13 TDs); Freshman QB Zach Lujan (127 of 217, 1,683 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs/174 yards rushing, 2 TDs); DE Corey Faiva (33 tackles, 5 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery); LB Jonny Allen (32 tackles, 5 sacks, 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 fumble recoveries); S Eddie Horn (68 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 INTs, 6 PBUs); CB Michael Thomas (40 tackles, 2 INTs, 12 PBUs). Siskiyous features players like MLB Alex Henderson (103 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss); S Terrence Bailey (56 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery, 4 INTs, 4 PBUs); CB Michael Everett (53 tackles, 4 INTs, 7 PBUs); DE Derek Hurschman (46 tackles, 8 sacks, 17 tackles-for-loss); OT Brendan Slaight; OL Jerrett Olson.

Game Prediction: Chabot 34 – College of the Siskiyous 23


Golden State Bowl
Ventura at Mt. San Antonio - Ventura got off to a great start behind QB Brad Odeman (272 of 430, 3,095 yards, 27 TDs, 12 INTs/257 yards rushing, 10 TDs); Freshman RB Aaron Stanton (110 carries, 759 yards, 10 TDs/46 rec., 348 yards); WR Dylan McDaniel (61 rec., 752 yards, 7 TDs); OG Ralphie Martinez; Freshman S Patrick Hall (75 tackles, 1 sack, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 INTs, 5 PBUs, 3 blocks); Freshman DE Ben Dixon (38 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 13 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles); Freshman S Antonio Cowart (34 tackles, 1 sack, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 4 INTs, 9 PBUs). Mt. San Antonio is led by the likes of QB Rocky Moore (157 of 246, 2,102 yards, 23 TDs, 7 INTs); RB Jamal Overton (144 carries, 882 yards, 6 TDs); WR Kaelin Clay (50 rec., 953 yards, 15 TDs); LB Elijah Lagafuaina (59 tackles, 2 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 8 PBUs); CB Dennis Rufus (30 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, 6 INTs, 13 PBUs); DE Tuivasa Maloata (48 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 15 tackles-for-loss).

Game Prediction: Mt. San Antonio 24 – Ventura 21


Golden Valley Bowl
Modesto at Santa Rosa - Modesto is led by QB TeeJay Gordon (215 of 315, 2,538 yards, 23 TDs, 6 INTs/498 yards rushing, 11 TDs); Freshman RB Anthony Cota (941 yards, 7 TDs); Freshman RB James Sams (550 yards, 10 TDs); DB Stephen Thayer (69 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss, 2 fumble recoveries); S D.C. Gardeley (42 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 3 INTs); DE Tyler Juncker (60 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 tackles-for-loss). The Bear Cubs feature RB Spencer Morrow (121 carries, 523 yards, 5 TDs); RB K'Lan Anderson (76 carries, 292 yards, 7 TDs/50 rec., 653 yards, 5 TDs); WR Andre Davis (33 rec., 674 yards, 5 TDs); OT Scott Boyett; LB Vaimaa Taito (54 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 tackles-for-loss, 4 INTs); S Blake Richmond (58 tackles, 4 PBUs); Freshman DE Nick Kristofers (24 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles); CB Cameron Drummond (26 tackles, 2 INTs, 6 PBUs).

Game Prediction: Modesto 28 – Santa Rosa 20


Living Breath Foundation Bowl
Contra Costa at Hartnell - Contra Costa features players like QB Malik Watson (209 of 362, 2,406 yards, 15 TDs, 10 INTs); RB Davonte Sapp-Lynch (193 carries, 1,239 yards, 17 TDs/40 rec., 379 yards, 2 TDs); Freshman WR Terrance Barnes (34 rec., 475 yards, 4 TDs); WR Phadrae White (42 rec., 528 yards, 3 TDs); LB Jarmon Coleman (42 tackles, 9 sacks, 13.5 tackles-for-loss; 4 PBUs); LB Darnell Dailey (60 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 INTs, 4 PBUs); S Daquan Stewart (39 tackles, 3 INTs, 7 PBUs); Freshman LB Takkarist McKinley (29 tackles, 9 sacks, 17.5 tackles-for-loss); CB Dominique Harrison (27 tackles, 3 INTs, 16 PBUs); Freshman DT Deonte Reynolds (31 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries). Hartnell is led by RB/WR DeAndre Mann (198 carries, 1,519 yards, 25 TDs/23 rec., 281 yards, 3 TDs); WR Da'Quan Smith (49 tackles, 715 yards, 3 TDs); OLB Rodrigo De La Cruz (62 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 tackles-for-loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT); CB Anthony Smithson (61 tackles, 1 sack, 5 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 6 INTs, 5 PBUs); Freshman CB Nias Martin (29 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles-for-loss, 4 INTs, 8 PBUs); DE Kapil Fletcher (37 tackles, 6 sacks, 7.5 tackles-for-loss); LB/DE Matt Snead (22 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 10 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery).

Game Prediction: Contra Costa 35 – Hartnell 27


Patriotic Bowl
San Bernardino Valley at Southwestern - SBV has plenty of players getting looks from four-year schools including QB Collin Willis (171 of 299, 2,243 yards, 19 TDs, 5 INTs); RB Jordan Mixon (137 carries, 660 yards, 4 TDs); Freshman WR Darian Barrientos (49 rec., 832 yards, 8 TDs); K Jonathan Gonzales (12 of 16, long of 52, 74 points); LB Jeremy Pele (83 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles-for-loss); DE Justin VanNatta (68 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles-for-loss); DE John Siliga (65 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 18 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery). Southwestern is led by QB Frank Foster (175 of 275, 1,892 yards, 14 TDs, 8 INTs/349 yards rushing, 9 TDs); RB Cedrick Agyeman (139 carries, 837 yards, 4 TDs/12 rec., 122 yards, 1 TD); MLB Khaalid Abdullah (59 tackles, 6 sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble); S Daniel Castro (59 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 INTs, 3 PBUs, 2 blocks); DT Alfonso Hampton (32 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, 4 PBUs).

Game Prediction: San Bernardino Valley 27 – Southwestern 21


Western State Bowl
Grossmont at Cerritos - Grossmont features players like freshman William Abt (259 of 452, 3,617 yards, 34 TDs, 13 INTs); RB Treyous Jarrells (164 carries, 1,120 yards, 15 TDs); WR Tim Patrick (49 rec., 926 yards, 8 TDs); WR Nick Kurtz (33 rec., 533 yards, 6 TDs); OT A.J. Allen; OL Ryan Kruml; OL Sean Sullivan; LB Christopher Collins (62 tackles, 4 sacks, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery); LB Nick Koenig (42 tackles, 5 sacks, 8 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 INTs); CB Kweishi Brown (56 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 INTs, 14 PBUs). Cerritos is led by QB Cody Clements (Washington State bounceback, 127 of 220, 1,665 yards, 12 TDs, 7 INTs); RB Elijhaa Penny (184 carries, 1,175 yards, 18 TDs/16 rec., 94 yards, 1 TD); P Osborn Umeh (31 punts, 39.1 avg., 61 long, 10 inside the 20, 15 fair catches); MLB Josias Amisone (60 tackles, 2 PBUs); DT David Moala (47 tackles, 3 sacks, 6 tackles-for-loss); CB Aaron Williams (21 tackles, 4 INTs); Freshman CB Willie Fletcher (19 tackles, 3 INTs).

Game Prediction: Cerritos 41 – Grossmont 35


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