Keep up with the Colorado football commits for 2014 every week in the Afternoon Drive. We'll split things up this week into still playing, just finished and season over.
Isaac Miller, OL, Silver Creek (Longmont)
The Silver Creek Raptors went all the way to Delta (300+ miles) and hung on for a 28-17 victory to advance to the Class 3A championship game.
Isaac Miller and the offensive line helped Anthony Kasper rush for 88 yards and Ben Sjobakken throw for 172 yards.
10-2 Silver Creek hosts 12-1 Coronado (Colorado Springs) on Saturday for the 3A title. Coronado advanced to the championship with a close 28-27 victory over Classical Academy (Colorado Springs).
Grant Watanabe, LB, Brennan (San Antonio)
Brennan's magical season continued with a 55-0 blow out of McCallum (Austin, Texas) at the Alamodome in the Texas 4A Division-1 playoffs. It was the ninth shutout Grant Watanabe's D has served up to opponents. The 12-0 Bears advance to a regional round battle with 9-3 Victoria West.
MySanAntonio.com reports: "Brennan's defense turned in another stifling performance, allowing only 93 yards against a McCallum team that pulled out all the stops on offense, running several halfback passes and even lining up junior quarterback Sabian Cannon at wide receiver for a stretch."
Your Brennan defense update: Nine shutouts in 12 games, 2.5 points allowed per game, 79.6 yards per game allowed.— mySA high schools (@mysahighschools) November 25, 2013Advertisement
Rick Gamboa, LB, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
Rick Gamboa, Donovan Lee and the Chaminade Eagles kept rolling in the CIF Southern Section Western Division bracket with a 36-3 win over Ventura. Colorado target Donovan Lee had another big game, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. The 156 yards pushed the 2014 prospect over 1,500 yards rushing on the season.
10-2 Chaminade draws 11-1 Lompoc on Friday in the semifinals with the winner of Serra and St. Francis waiting in the championship game next week.
The L.A. Times reports: "Serra will get a rematch against Mission League rival La Cañada St. Francis (10-2). Chaminade will play Lompoc (11-1), which got 131 yards rushing from Derrick Portis and 126 yards rushing from A.J. Florez in a 42-10 rout of Santa Monica.
The biggest challenge for Chaminade will be trying to block one of the best defensive linemen in the state, Lompoc's 280-pound Ainuu Taua. "You mean what three guys are going to block him?" said Chaminade Coach Ed Croson. "
Dylan Keeney, TE, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Dylan Keeney and the Granite Bay Grizzlies were eliminated from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division-1 playoffs with a 28-17 loss against Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) Keeney's squad finished the year with an 8-4 record. Keeney pulled in three catches in his final prep game for 52 yards.
Keeney's teammate Cameron Smith, a four-star, 6-foot-3, 240-pound 2015 linebacker doesn't appear to be receiving much interest from the Buffs, according to the West coast recruiting gurus. He's hearing from plenty of Pac-12 teams though with UCLA and Washington State already offering the Grizzly junior.
The Roseville and Granite Bay Tribune reports: "We waited 51 weeks for this game," Oak Ridge senior running back Josh Wellman (19 rushes, 113 yards, touchdown) said. "They have taken us out of the playoffs two times in a row.
"Third times the charm." "
Keeney senior stats: 40 receptions for 791 yards (19.78 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns.
Evan White, S, Cherokee Trail (Aurora)
CU commit defensive back Evan White snagged two interceptions in the 5A semifinals, but it wasn't enough against Valor Christian (12-1) as Cherokee Trail (10-3) was knocked out of the postseason with a 42-23 loss.
Valor's Stanford-bound Christian McCaffrey had his way with the Cougars' defense, scoring four touchdowns to push Valor in the 5A title game against Fairview, who eliminated ThunderRidge 38-28.
Valor and Fairview will square off on Saturday in Denver. It's the first trip to a state title game for Fairview since 2002.
Check out the videos of White in action above, it'll help ease the pain of the Chance Waz loss.
Jase Franke, DE, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
Jase Franke and the Seraphs were eliminated from the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division postseason with a 44-8 loss against Long Beach Poly. St. Bonaventure finished the season with an 8-4 record.
Poly's star John "JuJu" Smith took care of business on both sides of the ball, the L.A. Time reports. The 2014 prospect has taken his five official visits to national powerhouses Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon.
Franke's senior highlights are above, and as you can see he's made the move to defensive tackle. Hopefully the Buffs can hold on to the St. Bonaventure defender, he could provide some serious push up the middle for the next four seasons.
Jomon Dotson, RB, American Canyon (Calif.)
Also playing his final prep game this past weekend was CU running back commit Jomon Dotson. Dotson and the American Canyon Grizzlies (10-2) lost a heart breaker 30-27 against Christians Brothers (Sacramento) in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division-3 playoffs.
Dotson was a beast in defeat, going for 256 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The CU commit also had a 70-yarder called back because of a penalty. The big game pushed Dotson over the 2,000 yards rushing mark for the season according to Maxpreps.
The Vallejo Times-Herald reports: "The American Canyon High School football team gambled and lost in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Friday night.
The top-seeded Wolves lost 30-27 to No. 8 Christian Brothers at Wolf Den stadium in a game that appeared to be coached by a pair of river-boat gamblers.
American Canyon (10-2) trailed 23-20 with less than five minutes to go when it faced fourth down and the go-ahead score two yards away. Head coach Ian MacMillan decided to go for it rather than attempt the game-tying field goal.
Running back Jomon Dotson ended up a half-yard short and the Wolves came away with no points.
"I just thought we could punch it," said American Canyon head coach Ian MacMillan. "I'm definitely second guessing myself in terms of the play call, but that's who we are and that's who we've always been. I believe in my kids, but I feel like I might have made a bad call." "
Dotson senior stats: 2,004 yards on 189 carries (10.60 yards per carry) with 26 touchdowns. 12 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Career prep stats: 4,976 yards on 466 carries with 60 touchdowns. 18 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
Cade Apsay, QB, Canyon Country (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Cade Apsay and the Canyon Country Cowboys (8-3) were eliminated from the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs last week.
Apsay senior stats: 3,103 yards passing (64 percent completion rate), 28 touchdowns, six interceptions with 110 carries for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Career prep stats: 6,436 yards passing (61 percent completion rate), 67 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and 218 carries for 754 yards and 19 touchdowns
Zach Brown, DE/LB, Patrick Henry (San Diego, Calif.)
Zach Brown's team finished the season 2-8 with one loss coming via forfeit. The 2014 defender is scheduled to take visits to Colorado and San Jose State, as reported by Rivals.
Eddy Lopez, DT, Coronado (El Paso)
Coronado's season came to an end with a 49-14 loss to Cooper (Abilene, Texas) last week.
Lopez senior stats: 42 solo tackles, 27 assists and four sacks. Career prep stats: 69 solo tackles, 41 assists and seven and a half sacks in two seasons of varsity defensive action.
Sam Bennion, DE, Logan (Utah)
Sam Bennion and the Logan Grizzlies finished the season with an 11-1 record.
Bennion senior stats: 30 solo tackles, 24 assists and nine and a half sacks.
Elijah Rodriguez, OL, Cypress Creek (Houston)
After starting the season 4-0, Elijah Rodriguez's team dropped six games in a row to finish 4-6.
Christian Shaver, DE, Jordan (Sandy, Utah)
Christian Shaver and the Jordan Beetdiggers went 7-6 on the season.
Shaver senior stats: 39 solo tackles, 14 assists and six and a half sacks.
Jaisen Sanchez, DB, Saint Louis (Honolulu)
Jaisen Sanchez and Saint Louis High School finished the year 6-3.
Wyatt Tucker Smith, LS, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Miss.)
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs went 8-2 in 2013. Their season came to an end on Nov. 2 with a 45-28 loss to East Mississippi Community College.