Future Cougs in High School Football: Week 12

While most of the Class of 2016 Cougar commits have completed their seasons, there were four commits that saw significant football action this weekend.  Keenan Pili, Keaton Torre, and Jackson McChesney each played significant roles for their teams in the Utah semifinal games.  Torre had a rough time in his first start at QB in over two months and his Bingham Miners fell to Jackson McChesney’s Lone Peak Knights.  McChesney was the hero of that game with two touchdown grabs of 63 and 72 yards, helping his team to advance to the 5A title game. Keenan Pili was also dominant with 10 tackles and 0.5 sack as Timpview shut down Highland to advance to the 4A title game.   California and South Carolina playoffs begin this week as Utah closes out their season.  Here’s a run down of the season statistics for all of BYU’s Class of 2016 and 2017 commitments. 

Class of 2016 Commits (listed alphabetically)

Solofa Funa, LB/RB for Spanish Fork High School (Spanish Fork, UT). Spanish Fork (5-6) has completed their season.  Season stats (11 games): 67 carries for 357 yards, 5 TDs; 20 receptions for 243 yards, 38 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions.

Jaren Hall, QB for Maple Mountain High School (Spanish Fork, UT).  Maple Mountain (7-4) has completed their season. Season stats (8 games): 97-183 passing (53.0%) for 1336 yards, 13 TDs with 8 INT; 74 carries for 402 yards and 3 TDs.

Aleva Hifo, CB/WR for Heritage High School (Menifee, CA). Heritage (11-0) cruised to victory with a 42-0 win over Hemet in the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.  Hifo’s stats are not yet available.  Season Stats (10 games): 43 rushes for 375 yards and seven TDs, 17 receptions for 444 yards and eight TDs, three kickoff returns for 146 yards including a 99 yard kickoff return for another TD, and nine punts for 322 yards (35.8 ave.). Heritage will face Yucaipa in the second round of the 2015 CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Britton Hogan, LS for Olympus High School (Salt Lake City, UT). Olympus (7-4) has completed their season.  Season stats (11 games): LS; 4 receptions for 33 yards, 3 TDs.

Drew Jensen, QB/S for Brighton High School (Salt Lake City, UT). Brighton (7-4) has completed their season.  Season stats (5 games): 12-36 passing for 241 yards and 2 TD with 3 INT; 6 carries for 3 yards and 0 TDs; one reception for eight yards; 15 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception for a TD.

Freddy Livai, DE for A.B. Miller High School (Fontana, CA). Miller (2-8) has completed their season.  Season Stats (10 games): 68 tackles (30 solo, 38 assists), 3.0 TFL, 12 QBH, 1 pass deflection, 6.0 Sacks, 1 reception for 30 yards.

Atunaisa Mahe, NG/G for West Jordan High School (West Jordan, UT). West Jordan (5-5) has completed their season. Season Stats (10 games): 47 tackles, 4 sacks.

Darius McFarland, RB/DE for Box Elder High School (UT). Box Elder (5-8) has completed their season,   Season stats (13 games): 69 carries for 321 yards and 5 TDs; 20 receptions fro 299 yards and four TDs; 31 tackles, 1 sack.

Keenan Pili, LB for Timpview High School (Provo, UT). Timpview (11-1) defeated Highland 49-27 to advance to the 4A title game. Pili had a team high 10 tackles and 0.5 sacks in the win. Season Stats (10 games): 69 tackles, 1.5 sack.  Timpview will face East in the 4A title game.

Skyler Southam, K/P/DB for Wasatch High School (Heber City, UT). Wasatch (8-3) has completed their season.  Season Stats (11 games); 33-34 PATs (97% completion), 20-26 FGs (long of 53 yards) for 76.9% completion, 62 kickoffs  for 4524 yards, with 56 touchbacks; 34 punts for 1496 yards (44.0 ave); 37 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Wayne Taulapapa, RB for Punahou High School (Honolulu, HI). Punahou (8-2) has completed their season.  Season Stats (10 games): 180 carries for 1107 yards (6.2 ave.) and 18 touchdowns, nine receptions for 59 yards (6.5 ave.).

Max Tooley, S for Bountiful High School (Bountiful, UT). Bountiful (6-5) has completed their season.  Season Stats (11 games): 156 carries for 1128 yards and 12 TDs; 16 receptions for 109 yards; 2-3 passing for 40 yards; 93 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, and one 45 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Keaton Torre, QB for Bingham High School (South Jordan, UT). Bingham (11-2) fell to Lone Peak 26-9 in their 4A semifinal game. Torre started at quarterback for the first time in over two months and went 14-29 for 169 yards, one touchdown, and two picks.  He also caught one pass for 32 yards and rushed four times for six yards.  Season stats (8 games): 38-79 passing (.481) for 554 yards, five TDs, and four INT; 31 carries for 3 yards; three receptions for 49 yards.

Jonah Trinnaman, WR for Snow College (Ephraim, UT). Snow College (9-1) won the WSFL championship and has completed their season. Season stats (10 games): 5 carries for 38 yards; 46 receptions for 795 yards receiving (17.3 ave.) and 8 TDs; 17 kickoff returns for 576 yards (33.9 ave.), 1 TD; one tackle.

Hank Tuipulotu, TE for Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, SC). Nation Ford (7-4) did not have a game this week.  Season Stats (10 games): 4 carries for 5 yards rushing, 1 TDs; 88 receptions for 1323 yards receiving (15.0 ave.), 7 TDs; seven tackles and one interception. Ford will face York in the first round of the South Carolina playoffs.

Troy Warner, WR/DB for Mission Hills High School (San Marcos, CA).  Mission Hills (10-0) did not play this week.  Season Stats (first 3 games): one reception for 25 yards, 7 tackles. Mission Hills will face La Costa Canyon on November 20th in the CIF San Diego Football Championship.

Class of 2017 Commits

Jackson McChesney, RB/WR for Lone Peak High School (Alpine, UT). Lone Peak (13-0) defeated Bingham 26-9 in the 5A semifinal game. McChesney was very effective as a deep threat, catching three balls for 158 yards and two touchdowns.  Season stats (12 games): 49 rushes for 284 yards and 5 TDs; 36 receptions for 684 yards, 8 TDs. Lone Peak will face Herriman in the 5A title game.

Stay tuned for additional BYU commitment updates.

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