Football: Desert alumni college football update

Here’s how former high school players from the desert performed for their respective college teams over the weekend.


Nu’uvali Fa’apito, Colorado State, La Quinta: The backup redshirt freshman linebacker had six tackles in a 42-21 loss to Air Force on Saturday.

Greg Latta, Purdue, College of the Desert/Palm Desert: The backup junior defensive end played in a 51-41 victory over Marshall on Saturday, but didn’t record any statistics.

Dontrell Onuoha, San Diego State, La Quinta: Out indefinitely, the sophomore defensive end did not play in a 52-40 loss to Fresno State. He started the first four games of the season for the Aztecs. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, coach Rocky Long said after the game, “He wasn’t suspended from the team; he has personal issues to handle. He’s still gone right now, and I have no idea when he’ll be back.”

D.J. Welch, Oregon State, Palm Desert: The starting sophomore linebacker had five tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss, in a 38-35 victory over Arizona. The Beavers are now ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and 3-0 for the first time since 2002.

Trent Wilder, UNLV, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup senior defensive tackle had two tackles in a 35-13 loss to Utah State on Saturday.

Other former high school players who are on FBS teams include BYU freshman cornerback Trevor Bateman (Palm Desert), USC freshman left guard Erick Jepsen (La Quinta), Utah State defensive lineman Tryn Mesarch (Palm Desert), Boise State freshman wide receiver Taylor Pope (La Quinta) and Colorado State freshman wide receiver Jordan White (Palm Springs).


Lars Hanson, Sacramento State, Palm Desert: The redshirt freshman right tackle played in a 54-31 victory over Idaho State on Saturday.

Other former high school players who are on FCS teams include UC Davis freshman offensive lineman Armando Ceja-Lua (Xavier Prep), Missouri State sophomore wide receiver Adam Judnich (College of the Desert/La Quinta) and Harvard freshman cornerback Tola Omilana (Xavier Prep).


Mo Barragan, Western New Mexico, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: Barragan is a a backup sophomore offensive lineman. No statistics were available from the team’s 54-28 victory over Colorado School of Mines on Saturday.

Other former high school players who are on Division II teams include New Mexico Highlands redshirt freshman wide receiver Dominic Houghton (Shadow Hills).


David Adams, Simpson College, Cathedral City: The starting senior defensive tackle had two tackles in a 20-19 victory over Wartburg on Saturday.

Domonic De La Riva, John Carroll University, Xavier Prep: The backup sophomore running back gained 16 yards on four carries and caught one pass for 1 yard in a 37-10 victory over Capital on Saturday.

Kevin Gilbert, Greenville College, Indio: The starting senior nose tackle had three tackles in a 49-18 victory over Crown on Saturday.

Anthony Osuna, Greenville College, Desert Hot Springs: The backup senior outside linebacker recorded two tackles in a 49-18 victory over Crown on Saturday.

David Rafter, Lake Forest University, Palm Desert: The starting freshman wide receiver caught four passes for 21 yards in a 13-10 victory over Carroll on Saturday.

Charles Scicli, Whittier College, San Jose State/Palm Desert: The starting senior linebacker had 10 tackles in a 49-35 loss to Chapman on Saturday.

Josh Sonico, University of Puget Sound, Cathedral City: The freshman kicker made all four of his extra point attempts in a 55-42 loss to Lewis & Clark on Saturday.

Other former high school players on Division III teams include Whittier freshman defensive back Antonio Desmarais (Desert Hot Springs).


Mike Karls, Midland University, Palm Springs: The starting junior quarterback completed 13 of 27 passes for 97 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed for 13 yards on nine carries in a 27-7 loss to Doane College on Saturday.

Other former high school players on NAIA teams include St. Francis (Ill.) sophomore running back Ryan Greer (Desert Hot Springs).