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.


D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, Palm Desert: The starting sophomore linebacker left the game early in the first quarter with a rib contusion, according to the Oregonian, and didn’t return in a 27-23 loss to Stanford on Saturday. Alexander didn’t record any statistics.

D.J. Alexander

Nu’uvali Fa’apito, Colorado State, La Quinta: The backup redshirt freshman linebacker had five tackles in a 33-11 victory over UNLV on Saturday.

Greg Latta, Purdue, College of the Desert/Palm Desert: The backup junior defensive end had one tackle in a 27-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday.

Dontrell Onuoha, San Diego State, La Quinta: The sophomore defensive end didn’t play in a 28-9 victory over Air Force on Saturday.

Trent Wilder, UNLV, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup senior defensive tackle had four tackles in a 33-11 loss to Colorado 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 offensive tackle didn’t play Saturday. Sacramento State was idle.

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 didn’t play in a 58-0 loss to New Mexico Highlands 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 21-10 victory over Luther on Saturday. Simpson finished the season 6-4. Playing in all 10 games, Adams recorded 33 tackles, including four-and-a-half sacks, as well as one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Domonic De La Riva, John Carroll University, Xavier Prep: The backup sophomore running back did not play in a 59-17 loss to Mount Union on Saturday. John Carroll wrapped up the season 6-4. Participating in five games, De La Riva rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries and caught three passes for 12 yards.

Kevin Gilbert, Greenville College, Indio: The senior nose tackle didn’t play Saturday because Greenville was idle.

Anthony Osuna, Greenville College, Desert Hot Springs: The starting senior outside linebacker didn’t play Saturday because Greenville was idle.

David Rafter, Lake Forest University, Palm Desert: The backup freshman wide receiver played but didn’t record any statistics in a 20-10 loss to St. Norbert. Lake Forest finished the year 8-2. Playing in all 10 games, Rafter caught nine passes for 68 yards.

Charles Scicli, Whittier College, San Jose State/Palm Desert: The starting senior linebacker had 12 tackles and a forced fumble in a 63-40 loss to Redlands on Saturday. Whittier wrapped up the season 4-5. Playing in all nine games, Scicli led the team with 89 tackles, including eight for loss. He also recorded two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup.

Josh Sonico, University of Puget Sound, Cathedral City: The freshman kicker played but didn’t record any statistics in a 55-0 loss to Willamette on Saturday. Puget Sound finished the year 0-9. Sonico played in four games and made all 10 of his extra points.

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 15 of 31 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and rushed for 28 yards on 13 carries in a 21-14 loss to Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday. Midland finished the season 4-6. Playing in nine games, Karls completed 99 of 195 passes for 932 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 313 yards on 87 carries and five touchdowns.

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