Keep up with the Colorado football commits for 2014 every Monday in the Afternoon Drive. Players are listed in order of commitment date to CU. Apologies for this week's delay.
1. Isaac Miller, OL, Silver Creek (Longmont)
Isaac Miller and the Raptors are finding their form heading into Colorado's 3A playoffs. Not only did the defending state champs end Mead's undefeated streak, they did so in dramatic fashion 45-13. AKA all Silver Creek at Everly-Montgomery Field.
Miller and the 6-2 Raptors take on 2-6 Berthoud to conclude the regular season on Friday. As you can see in the photo above, the future Colorado offensive lineman is leading the charge to the playoffs and potentially to another state title.
BoCoPreps.com: "Had Mead remained undefeated, it would have had the opportunity to play the undefeated Roughriders straight-up for the conference title in next week's season finale. The Mavericks, whose first seven opponents had a combined 8-37 record, may have been brought back down to earth on Friday night."
2. Grant Watanabe, LB, Brennan (San Antonio)
Four yards. That's how many the Brennan Bears gave up in a 64-0 rout of Highlands. Da Bears' D has been ridiculous all season with seven of their nine wins coming from shutouts. Grant Watanabe has been nursing a sore hamstring, but will hopefully be ready when the Bears take on 0-8 Jefferson on Saturday to conclude (most likely) a perfect regular season.
3. Chance Waz, S, Hendrickson (Pflugerville, Texas)
Hendrickson hung on in a close one 21-17 over Round Rock to remain undefeated at 9-0. Chance Waz's Hawks are one of 14 teams in Texas' 5A with a perfect record, they play a lot of football in Texas. Commitment watch: Waz tweeted that he'd like to take in a game over in Lincoln. As far as the recruiting world knows, but he's still a future Buff. Rivals lists him as a soft verbal, for what it's worth.
Statesman.com: "The opening play of the third quarter seemed disastrous for Round Rock, as Chance Waz stepped in front of a sideline pass meant for Dilosa and returned the interception 30 yards for a pick six and a quick 14-0 lead." ... "On fourth down, Waz batted down a goal line pass aimed at Dilosa, and the Hawks took over on downs."
4. Cade Apsay, QB, Canyon Country (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Valencia got the best of Cade Apsay's Cowboys 35-28, but the CU commit had a huge game. Apsay completed 29 of 43 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball an eye poppin' 21 times for 54 yards and a score. Canyon slips to 6-2 with the loss and gets 5-3 West Ranch (Valencia) on Friday.
SingalSCV.com: "Canyon quarterback Cade Apsay drove the Cowboys (6-2 overall, 2-1 Foothill League) deep into Valencia territory and faced a fourth-and-goal from the Valencia 15-yard line with 14.5 seconds to play in the game.
He took the snap and looked quickly for a receiver.
( Valencia linebacker Justin) Son was glued to Liam Cabrera, who had 13 catches for 201 yards in the game. Then he broke off as soon as he saw Apsay tuck the ball and run.
Apsay met Son with his shoulder down at the 5-yard line, but the Vikings senior linebacker took the senior quarterback down.
"As I was bringing him down I was thinking this is the greatest feeling," Son said."
Justin Son, an enemy of Buffsnation.
Apsay senior stats: 2,242 yards passing (64 percent completion rate), 19 touchdowns, four interceptions with 81 carries for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
5. Rick Gamboa, LB, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
Rick Gamboa and the Eagles rebounded from a loss to Serra with a 64-13 thumping of St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.). Gamboa's 6-2 Chaminade, like most of California's teams, has two games remaining in the regular season. The Eagles get Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) on Friday. The future CU linebacker tweeted he's considering taking in the UCLA game on Saturday.
6. Zach Brown, DE/LB, Patrick Henry (San Diego, Calif.)
Zach Brown's Patriots may be 0-8 following a 28-13 loss to Hoover (San Diego), but they have 0-7 San Diego High School on Friday. Somebody is getting a win, let's hope it's Brown's Pats.
7. Dylan Keeney, TE/D, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Dylan Keeney's Grizzlies suffered their second straight loss 30-28 on a last-second field goal. Granite Bay called three consecutive timeouts, but it wasn't enough to freeze the Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) kicker.
Colorado's future pass catcher had a strong game, scoring twice from 11 and 65. His Megatron-esque stats: 6 catches for 138 yards and the two scores.
Keeney senior stats: 23 catches for 569 yards (24.74 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns.
8. Evan White, S, Cherokee Trail (Aurora)
Cherokee Trail concluded a 7-2 regular season with a 27-14 win over quarterback Austin Conway and Overland, wrapping up second place in the conference. Evan White's No. 6-seed Cougars draw No. 27 seed Arvada West (4-5) in the first round of the 5A playoffs on Friday. My money is on Cherry Creek in 5A, no offense to No. 1-seed Fairview.
9. Eddie Lopez, DT, Coronado (El Paso)
The Coronado Thunderbirds struck down Socorro (El Paso) with a mighty vengeance, 59-0. Eddie Lopez had a ball game, recording 10 total tackles, two for a loss, and his fourth sack of the season. I'm excited to see what Colorado defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat can do with the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Lopez next year. Colorado could use some push in the defensive trenches. 6-2 Coronado hosts 6-2 Montwood (El Paso) on Friday.
Lopez senior stats: 33 solo tackles, 22 assists, seven tackles for a loss and four sacks.
10. Jase Franke, DE, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
Jase Franke and the Seraphs rolled past Newbury Park 43-7 to improve to 5-3. St. Bonaventure ends its regular season on Friday at 4-4 Royal (Simi Valley, Calif.)
11. Sam Bennion, DE, Logan (Utah)
Logan stays on the CU commit list of undefeated crews with a 36-15 win over Box Elder (Brigham City, Utah). Sam Bennion had eight total tackles, one for a loss, and tossed in his eighth sack. Bennion's 10-0 Grizzlies open playoff action on Friday against 5-5 Bountiful (Utah) and could go all the way to a state title.
Bennion senior stats: 30 solo tackles, 23 assists and eight sacks.
12. Elijah Rodriguez, OL, Cypress Creek (Houston)
Cypress Creek's slide to .500 (4-4) continued with a 41-21 loss to Cypress Lake (Katy, Texas). After starting 4-0, Elijah Rodriguez and the Cougars have tasted defeat in four straight. They'll attempt to right the ship on Friday against 6-2 Cy-Woods . If you've been keeping up with all the Cy-schools in the Houston region this prep season, kudos to you.
13. Christian Shaver, DE, Jordan (Sandy, Utah)
Christian Shaver's Jordan ended the season of rival West Jordan with a 65-28 pounding, thus claiming Jordan domination. The future CU defensive lineman had three total tackles and one and a half sacks. Shaver's 5-5 Beetdiggers head to 6-4 Hunter (West Valley City, Utah) on Friday for a first-round playoff clash. It'll be a long road to postseason glory for everyone's favorite Beetdiggers.
Shaver senior stats: 31 solo tackles, 10 assists and four and a half sacks.
14. Jomon Dotson, RB, American Canyon (Calif.)
CU commit running back Jomon Dotson's numbers from last week were a paltry zero caries for zero yards and no touchdowns. That's because American Canyon coach Ian MacMillian gave the offensive weapon the week off to rest. Dotson should be in the backfield on Saturday when his 7-1 Wolves go to 4-4 Bethel (Vallejo, Calif.). American Canyon's record for rushing touchdowns (24) stands for another week.
NapaValleyRegister.com: "For the first time since anyone can remember, star running back Dotson didn't record a touchdown or even a single yard of offense."
Dotson senior stats: 116 carries, 1,411 yards (12.16 yards per carry), 23 touchdowns and six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns.