Here’s how former high school players from the desert performed for their respective Football Bowl Subdivision teams over the weekend. Players on teams in the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA already have completed their seasons.
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION
D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, Palm Desert: The starting sophomore linebacker led the Beavers with 14 tackles in a 48-24 loss to Oregon on Saturday. Alexander also had a pass breakup. The Beavers host Nicholls State on Saturday in their regular season finale.
Nu’uvali Fa’apito, Colorado State, La Quinta: The backup redshirt freshman linebacker played but didn’t record any statistics in a 24-20 victory over New Mexico on Saturday. The Rams finished the season 4-8. Playing in all 12 games, Fa’apito was tied for eighth on the team with 34 tackles. He also recovered a fumble.
Greg Latta, Purdue, College of the Desert/Palm Desert: The backup junior defensive end played but didn’t record any statistics in a 56-35 victory over Indiana on Saturday. With the victory, the Boilermakers are bowl eligible at 6-6. Playing in all 12 games, Latta had 10 tackles, including one sack, as well as one pass breakup and one pass defensed.
Dontrell Onuoha, San Diego State, La Quinta: The sophomore defensive end didn’t play in a 42-28 victory over Wyoming. The Aztecs are bowl eligible at 9-3. Playing in four games, Onuoha had nine tackles.
Trent Wilder, UNLV, College of the Desert/Palm Springs: The backup senior defensive tackle had two tackles in a 48-10 loss to Hawaii on Saturday. The Rebels finished the season 2-11. Playing in all 13 games, Wilder had 27 tackles, one pass breakup, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
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: Sacramento State finished the season 6-5. Hanson, a redshirt freshman left tackle, 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: Simpson was 6-4. 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: Greenville finished the season 8-2. Playing in all 10 games, Gilbert, a starting senior nose tackle, recorded 45 tackles, including two sacks, and forced two fumbles.
Anthony Osuna, Greenville College, Desert Hot Springs: Greenville finished the season 8-2. Taking part in nine games, Osuna, a starting senior outside linebacker. 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).