Future Cougs in High School Football: Week 6 (Mid-Season review)

High School football reaches its mid-way point this week. This week saw impressive performances by Solofa Funa, Aleva Hifo, Freddy Livai, Hank Tuipulotu, Jackson McCheshney, and Skyler Southam who made three field goals to overtake Justin Sorenson as the Utah career field goal leader.  Here’s a quick look at how all BYU’s Class of 2016 (and 2017) commitments have been performing.

Skyler Southam becomes the Utah career field goal leader.
Skyler Southam becomes the Utah career field goal leader.

Class of 2016 Commits (listed alphabetically)

Solofa Funa, LB/RB for Spanish Fork High School (Spanish Fork, UT). Spanish Fork was defeated by Maple Mountain 13-11 to fall to 3-3. Funa had six carries for 56 yards, 3 receptions for 32 yards, and two tackles in the loss.  Season stats (6 games): 38 carries for 207 yards, 3 TDs; 8 receptions for 77 yards, 19 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception

Jaren Hall, QB for Maple Mountain High School (Spanish Fork, UT). Maple Mountain defeated Spanish Fork 13-11 to get to 5-1. Hall had two touchdown passes in the win. Season stats (through first 5 games): 77-138 passing for 992 yards, 10 TDs with 6 INT; 48 carries for 308 yards and 2 TDs.

Aleva Hifo, CB/WR for Heritage High School (Menifee, CA). Heritage defeated Etiwanda 56-14 to stay undefeated (5-0). Hifo had seven carries for 69 yards and two TDs.  He also caught a 40 yard pass for another TD. Season Stats (5 games): 25 rushes for 216 yards and five TDs, nine receptions for 248 yards and four TDs, 99 yard kickoff return for another TD.

Britton Hogan, LS for Olympus High School (Salt Lake City, UT). Olympus defeated Kearns 44-14 to raise to 4-2. Hogan recorded no statistics as the deep snapper. Season stats: LS; 1 catch for 18 yards, 1 TD.

Drew Jensen, QB/S for Brighton High School (Salt Lake City, UT). Brighton (5-1) lost their first game of the season in a 51-49 shootout against Jordan. Jensen is out with a PCL injury, but may be back in a week or two. Season stats (1 game): 8-24 passing (.333) for 142 yards and 1 TD with 3 INT; 6 carries for 3 yards and 0 TDs.

Wayne Kirby, DT/DE for Highland High School (Pocatello, ID). Highland (4-1) lost their first game of the season, falling 27-3 to Coeur d’Alene.  Season stats (through first 3 games, incomplete): 7 tackles, 1 FF, 1 FR, 3 sacks

Freddy Livai, DE for A.B. Miller High School (Fontana, CA). Miller fell to 1-3 with a 35-7 loss to Citrus Valley.  Livai had five tackles, five quarterback hurries, and one sack on the night.  Season Stats (4 games): 24 tackles, 11 QBH, 4 TFL, 3 Sacks

Atunaisa Mahe, NG/G for West Jordan High School (West Jordan, UT). West Jordan (4-2) defeated Taylorsville 31-13. Season Stats (through first 5 games): 33 tackles (5.5 TPG), 3 sacks

Darius McFarland, RB/DE for Box Elder High School (UT). Box Elder (1-5) fell to Woods Cross 27-17.   Season stats (through first 5 games, incomplete): 5 rushing TDs, 2 receiving TDs.

Keenan Pili, LB for Timpview High School (Provo, UT). Timpview (5-1) defeated Orem 35-20.  Pili had three tackles in the win. Season Stats (6 games): 28 tackles, 1 sack.

Skyler Southam, K/P/DB for Wasatch High School (Heber City, UT). Wasatch (5-1) defeated Salem Hills 23-10 on the back of another solid kicking performance from Army All-American Southam.  He had field goals from 22, 39, and 42-yards as well as a PAT. His final field goal gave him 29 career field goals, passing former BYU kicker Justin Sorenson on his way to a state record.  He also kicked six touchbacks with two of them splitting the uprights. Season Stats (5 games); 18-18 PATs, 13-13 FGs (long of 46 yards)’ 20 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Max Tooley, S for Bountiful High School (Bountiful, UT). Bountiful (3-3) lost to Pleasant Grove 35-10 in PG. Tooley had eight carries for 37 yards, one reception for five yards, and a 40 yard completion. He also led his team with eight tackles.  Season Stats (6 games): 64 carries for 300 yards and 5 TDs; 6 receptions for 27 yards; 45 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception.

Keaton Torre, QB for Bingham High School (South Jordan, UT). Bingham (5-1) defeated Hunter 27-6.  Torre recorded no statistics for the game.  Season stats (through 4 games, incomplete): 20-34 passing (.588) for 345 yards, four TDs, and 1 INT; 16 carries for -7 yards.

Jonah Trinnaman, WR for Snow College (Ephraim, UT). The Badgers (4-0) defeated Glendale CC 24-0.  Trinnaman had three receptions for 33 yards, and two carries for 11 yards.  Unfortunately his opponent never scored so we weren’t able to see any more amazing 99 yard kickoff returns.  Season stats (4 games): 2 rush, 11 yards, 0 TDs; 15-228 receiving, 3 TD; 7 kickoff returns, 259 yards, 1 TD.

Hank Tuipulotu, TE for Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, SC). Nation Ford (4-2) defeated Gaffney 42-26. Tuipulotu had 10 catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns.  Normally, we’d make a big deal about a stat line like that, but the Tongan tank has been doing this all season. Season Stats (6 games, incomplete): 2-6 rushing, 1 TDs; 48-662 receiving, 6 TDs, one INT.

Troy Warner, WR/DB for Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA).  Mission Hills (5-0) defeated Escondido 42-3. Warner sat his final game of a three-game suspension for fighting. Season Stats (3 games): one reception for 25 yards, 7 tackles.

Class of 2017 Commits

Jackson McChesney, RB/WR for Lone Peak High School (Alpine, UT). Lone Peak (6-0) defeated Westlake 42-7. McChesney had three carries for nine yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 49 yards and another score.  Season stats (6 games): 31 rushes for 195 yards and 4 TDs, 16-274 receiving, 4 TDs.

Stay tuned for additional BYU commitment updates.

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