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 played but didn’t record any tackles in a 28-7 loss to Fresno State on Saturday.

Greg Latta, Purdue, College of the Desert/Palm Desert: The backup junior defensive end had one tackle in a 44-13 loss to Michigan on Saturday.

Dontrell Onuoha, San Diego State, La Quinta: The sophomore defensive end is out indefinitely because of “personal issues.” He missed his second game of the season Saturday as San Diego State routed Hawaii 52-14.

D.J. Welch, Oregon State, Palm Desert: The starting sophomore linebacker had one tackle in a 19-6 victory over Washington State, but he sprained his ankle during the game. He did not practice today for the second day in a row, but the injury doesn’t appear serious, according to the Oregonian.

Trent Wilder, UNLV, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup senior defensive tackle had three tackles in a 58-31 loss to Louisiana Tech 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 started at left tackle in a 27-22 victory over Southern Utah 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: The backup sophomore offensive lineman did not play in a 31-14 loss to Colorado Mesa 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 21-18 victory over Central on Saturday.

Domonic De La Riva, John Carroll University, Xavier Prep: The backup sophomore running back gained 30 yards on seven carries and scored one touchdown in a 61-14 victory over Marietta on Saturday.

Kevin Gilbert, Greenville College, Indio: The starting senior nose tackle had four tackles in a 34-27 victory over MacMurray on Saturday.

Anthony Osuna, Greenville College, Desert Hot Springs: The starting senior outside linebacker recorded seven tackles in a 34-27 victory over MacMurray on Saturday.

David Rafter, Lake Forest University, Palm Desert: The backup freshman wide receiver did not play in a 35-28 victory over Illinois College on Saturday.

Charles Scicli, Whittier College, San Jose State/Palm Desert: The starting senior linebacker had 10 tackles in a 31-14 loss to La Verne on Saturday.

Josh Sonico, University of Puget Sound, Cathedral City: The freshman kicker made all three of his extra point attempts in a 62-21 loss to Pacific (Ore.) University 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 21 of 42 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown in a 39-20 loss to Northwestern College on Saturday.

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