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 recorded two tackles in a 62-14 victory over California on Saturday.

Nu’uvali Fa’apito, Colorado State, La Quinta: The backup redshirt freshman linebacker had two tackles in a 42-14 loss to Boise State on Saturday.

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Greg Latta, Purdue, College of the Desert/Palm Desert: The backup junior defensive end had two tackles in a 20-17 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

Dontrell Onuoha, San Diego State, La Quinta: The Aztecs had a bye Saturday. Onuoha is a sophomore defensive end.

Trent Wilder, UNLV, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup senior defensive tackle had four tackles in a 28-23 loss to Wyoming 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 left tackle started in a 34-27 loss to UC Davis on Saturday. Sacramento State finished the season 6-5. Hanson started six games, including the last four.

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: Western New Mexico finished the season 4-7. Barragan, a backup sophomore offensive lineman, played in five games, including one start.

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: Playing in all 10 games, Adams, a starting senior defensive tackle, 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: John Carroll wrapped up the season 6-4. Participating in five games, De La Riva, a backup sophomore running back, rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries and caught three passes for 12 yards.

Kevin Gilbert, Greenville College, Indio: The senior nose tackle recorded eight tackles in a 28-27 overtime victory over Northwestern (Minn.) on Saturday. Greenville finished the season 8-2. Playing in all 10 games, Gilbert recorded 45 tackles, including two sacks, and forced two fumbles.

Anthony Osuna, Greenville College, Desert Hot Springs: The starting senior outside linebacker had 11 tackles in a 28-27 overtime victory over Northwestern (Minn.) on Saturday. Greenville finished the season 8-2. Taking part in nine games, Osuna had 41 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

David Rafter, Lake Forest University, Palm Desert: Lake Forest finished the year 8-2. Playing in all 10 games, Rafter, a backup freshman wide receiver, caught nine passes for 68 yards.

Charles Scicli, Whittier College, San Jose State/Palm Desert: Whittier wrapped up the season 4-5. Playing in all nine games, Scicli, a starting senior linebacker, 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: Puget Sound finished the year 0-9. Sonico, a freshman kicker, 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: Midland finished the season 4-6. Playing in nine games, Karls, a starting junior quarterback, 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).