Strong end to season for BYU commits Baker, Bowers, Thomason, Watson, Tangilanu, and Pulalasi (Prep Tracker Week 14)


Eleven future Cougs were in-action on Friday in regular season finales and playoff games in Utah, Arizona, Washington, California, Colorado, and Texas.

Each of the six preps who played their last games of the season played remarkably well.

Junior linebacker Easton Baker had eight tackles in his last game, with two tackles for loss, as Stansbury lost their first game of the season.  Arizona linebacker Pierson Watson also had a strong end to his season, finishing with six tackles, two tackles for loss, and two sacks in his season finale.  Both Baker and Watson have been incredibly consistent this year at the linebacker position.

The newest BYU commit, California defensive end David Tangilanu, also had an incredible performance in his final prep game.  He led the team with 10 tackles, including four tackles for loss and a sack.

On the offensive side, senior tight end Jackson Bowers did all he could in his final game, finishing with two receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown.  He was also a beast on defense and finished with three tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss.

Star offensive lineman Ethan Thomason helped his team to the second round of the Colorado state playoffs, but they fell short on Friday thereby ending his prep career.

Finally, Leo Pulalasi continued to do what he has done all season—score!  He accounted for all 20 of Lake high school’s points in their 28-20 loss in the Washington 3A state title game.  He had one receiving touchdown, two rushing touchdowns, and a two-point conversion.  Pulalasi ends the season as the 3A state leader in rushing touchdowns and total points, averaging 18.4 points per contest.

Future Cougs who just played their last game of 2022

The following are the stats and season highlights for the future Cougs who played their last game of 2022 on Friday:

Easton Baker (LB) 8 TKL, 2 TFL – Lost in the Utah 5A semifinal round and season is now over

Jackson Bowers (TE/DE) 2 REC for 31 YDS, TD, 3 TKL, 2.5 TFL – Lost final regular season game and did not qualify for playoffs so season is over

Leo Pulalasi (ATH) 4 REC, 77 YDS, TD; 13 RUSH, 92 YDS, 2 TD; 2-PT; 4 TKLs – Lost 28-20 in the Washington 3A state title game and season is now over

David Tangilanu (DE/OT). 10 TKL, 4 TFL, SACK – lost in first round of California CIF Central Coast sectionals and season is now over

Ethan Thomason (OL). No stats recorded – lost in the second round of the Colorado 5A playoffs and season is now over

Pierson Watson (LB) 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks – Lost final regular season game and did not qualify for playoffs so season is over
A final prep report for the 2022 season will drop next week as will individual prep reports for each of the BYU football commits

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