Football: Desert alumni college update

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

FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION

Nu’uvali Fa’apito, Colorado State, La Quinta: The backup redshirt freshman linebacker didn’t play because the Rams were idle Saturday.

Greg Latta, Purdue, College of the Desert/Palm Desert: The backup junior defensive end played but didn’t record any statistics in a 29-22 overtime loss to Ohio State on Saturday.

Dontrell Onuoha, San Diego State, La Quinta: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the sophomore defensive end returned to  practice with the Aztecs last week after leaving the team for three weeks to deal with “personal issues.” He missed his fourth consecutive game  Saturday as San Diego State beat Nevada 39-38 in overtime. Aztecs coach Rocky Long told the Union-Tribune that Onuoha “missed three weeks, so he won’t play for three weeks,” meaning Onuoha might play Nov. 10 against Air Force.

D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, Palm Desert: The starting sophomore linebacker had eight tackles, including his first sack of the year, in a 21-7 victory over Utah on Saturday. Oregon State is seventh in the BCS rankings.

Trent Wilder, UNLV, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup senior defensive tackle played but didn’t record any statistics in a  32-7 loss to Boise 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).

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION

Lars Hanson, Sacramento State, Palm Desert: The redshirt freshman started at left tackle in a 31-28 loss to Eastern Washington 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).

DIVISION II

Mo Barragan, Western New Mexico, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup sophomore offensive lineman played in a 49-28 loss to Adams State 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).

DIVISION III

David Adams, Simpson College, Cathedral City: The starting senior defensive tackle had four tackles in a 47-7 loss to Coe on Saturday.

Domonic De La Riva, John Carroll University, Xavier Prep: The backup sophomore running back did not play in a 28-23 victory over Ohio Northern on Saturday.

Kevin Gilbert, Greenville College, Indio: Gilbert is a starting senior nose tackle for Greenville, which beat Eureka 42-35 on Saturday. No statistics were available from the game.

Anthony Osuna, Greenville College, Desert Hot Springs: Osuna is a starting senior outside linebacker for Greenville, which beat Eureka 42-35 on Saturday. No statistics were available from the game.

David Rafter, Lake Forest University, Palm Desert: The backup freshman wide receiver played but didn’t record any statistics in a 35-30 victory over Cornell College on Saturday.

Charles Scicli, Whittier College, San Jose State/Palm Desert: The starting senior linebacker had 10 tackles in a 41-27 victory over Claremont on Saturday.

Josh Sonico, University of Puget Sound, Cathedral City: The freshman kicker did not play in a 70-11 loss to Whitworth on Saturday.

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

NAIA

Mike Karls, Midland University, Palm Springs: The starting junior quarterback completed 10 of 19 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown and one interception and rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns in a 40-20 victory over Mayville State on Saturday.

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