Football: Desert alumni college football update

Charles Scicli, a Palm Desert High School graduate and senior linebacker at Whittier College, has been selected to play in the All-American Bowl, an All-Star game for the best players in the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA played in December in Minneapolis. Scicli leads the Poets with 77 tackles. He also has one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup. Whittier is a Division III school, so Scicli will play in the Division III and NAIA All-Star game.


D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, Palm Desert: The starting sophomore linebacker had four tackles, including a half a sack, in a 36-26 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.

Nu’uvali Fa’apito, Colorado State, La Quinta: The backup redshirt freshman linebacker had four tackles in a 45-31 loss to Wyoming on Saturday.

Greg Latta, Purdue, College of the Desert/Palm Desert: The backup junior defensive end played but didn’t record any statistics in a 34-9 loss to Penn State on Saturday.

Dontrell Onuoha, San Diego State, La Quinta: The sophomore defensive end didn’t play in a 21-19 victory over Boise State on Saturday.

Trent Wilder, UNLV, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup senior defensive tackle had three tackles in a 35-7 victory over New Mexico 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 20-17 loss to Montana 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: The backup sophomore offensive lineman played in a 36-24 loss to Black Hills 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).


David Adams, Simpson College, Cathedral City: The starting senior defensive tackle had four tackles in a 29-27 loss to Buena Vista on Saturday.

Domonic De La Riva, John Carroll University, Xavier Prep: The backup sophomore running back did not play in a 31-10 loss to Heidelberg on Saturday.

Kevin Gilbert, Greenville College, Indio: The senior nose tackle recorded five tackles in a 27-16 victory over Northwestern (Minn.) College on Saturday.

Anthony Osuna, Greenville College, Desert Hot Springs: The starting senior outside linebacker had nine tackles in a 27-16 victory over Northwestern (Minn.) College on Saturday.

David Rafter, Lake Forest University, Palm Desert: Lake Forest was idle Saturday. Rafter is a backup freshman wide receiver.

Charles Scicli, Whittier College, San Jose State/Palm Desert: The starting senior linebacker had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery in a 61-30 victory over Occidental on Saturday.

Josh Sonico, University of Puget Sound, Cathedral City: The freshman kicker made an extra point in a 47-7 loss to Linfield 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 7 of 13 passes for 79 yards and rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown in a 28-20 victory over Briar Cliff on Saturday.

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