East County Sports

Ylagan is Charger you can root for

Former West Hills High standout NOAH YLAGAN, of Briar Cliff University



By Ramon Scott



SIOUX CITY, Iowa. – They haven’t even been playing varsity football for 15 years yet at Briar Cliff University, but former West Hills High standout NOAH YLAGAN may end up at the top of the Chargers’ record books for years to come.

Ylagan, a junior, had 21 carries for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns in BCU’s 49-33 loss to Dakota State on Saturday, as the do-it-all athlete moved into second place on the career rushing list at Briar Cliff.

Ylagan now has 1,249 rushing yards, which is still over 1,400 yards shy of the school record, but barring unforeseen circumstances, Ylagan is likely to tote the rock for another 19 games for the Chargers.

Ylagan scored touchdowns from 12 and 20 yards out on Saturday, but BCU still fell to 0-3. He is averaging 107 yards rushing per game this season.

The school’s single-season rushing record is 953 yards, which could be in jeopardy if Ylagan keeps up his current workhorse-like pace.

Unfortunately, Briar Cliff has lost 13-straight games dating back to last season, but despite the winless start, the team appears improved over last year.

Highlanders in action

New Arizona Wildcat SCOTTIE YOUNG, a freshman out of Helix, had another sharp night with seven tackles, including one for loss that had to be seen to be believed, as U of A lost to Houston, 19-16. Young came up to engage a blocker and he overpowered the skill player pushing him back into his own sweeping ball carrier, knocking him to the turf.

Utah State defensive back JALEN DAVIS, who made headlines for his ejection last week on a targeting call, came back in a big way against Idaho State, as the former Highlanders had two interceptions, including one for a pick six, 2 tackles, and a pass break up in a 51-14 blowout.

Former Highlander JIHAD WOODS, a linebacker at Washington State had three tackles in the Cougars’ wild 47-44 comeback win over Boise State on Saturday.

UNLV wide receiver KENNY KEYS, also from Helix, had five catches for 49 yards in the Rebels’ bounce-back win over Idaho.

Former EastCountySports.com Player of the Year NATHAN STINSON, a redshirt freshman at Northern Arizona, made his season debut Saturday, carrying twice for 14 yards, as the Lumberjacks lost to Western Illinois, 38-20.

Also for the ‘Jacks, SPENCER HAVIRD’s storied career has brought him NAU, and the former Valhalla star DB had four tackles and one pass breakup in the win.

On the other side of the field, LB WILLIE FAIR (Steele Canyon) had 5 tackles for the Cougars.

Freshman defensive lineman BLAYKE DE LA ROSA, of Fort Lewis College, recorded his first three tackles of the season in a 17-13 win over Black Hills State.

KENE ANIGBOGU, a former Helix wide receiver currently at Missouri Western, had 5 receptions for  53 yards in a 45-7 win over Missouri Southern St.

Defensive line standout SEFA TAUANU’U brought the pressure on Saturday with three quarterback hurries in Humboldt State’s 30-19 upset win on the road over No. 8 Azusa Pacific.

Also for the Lumberjacks, for Valhalla standout JOHN TODD got his season off to a good start with three catches for 58 yards in the win.

More Valhalla guys getting it done

DE’SHAWN TONE, a defensive lineman out of Valhalla now at Southwest Baptist, had a sack and seven tackles in a 32-9 win over Mississippi College.

Defensive back ISAIAH EDWARDS, a Valhalla grad now at Western New Mexico, had 3 tackles in a 37-34 loss to Eastern New Mexico.

Veteran Jamestown Jimmies’ DB KEITH ROGERS, also from Valhalla, had nine tackles in a 49-12 loss to Dakota Wesleyan.

Steele pass catching stars

Former Steele Canyon Cougar LAWRENCE DICKENS looks to continue racking up receptions this season, as he tallied five catches for 54 yards in a 38-17 win over Stetson.

Former Cougar JORDAN JOHNSON, now at Hasting College in Nebraska, had a 10-yard touchdown catch in a 47-9 win over Valley City State.


Another All-East County star, ISAIAH CAPOOCIA, playing defensive back, saw action in Sacramento State’s 56-22 win over Incarnate Word, making four tackles on defense in the fourth quarter.

Dixie State defensive back partners ALEX LILLIARD (Grossmont) and MIKE JONES (Mount Miguel) combined for 16 tackles and two pass break ups in a 35-14 loss to South Dakota Mines.

Colorado Mesa wide receiver VIRNELL MOON had 38 all-purpose yards in a 24-10 win over Chadron St. on Saturday.

A week earlier, the former El Cajon Valley wide out caught one pass for 27 yards and a touchdown for Colorado Mesa in their season-opening win and had 147 yards in kick off returns, including a 70-yard scamper.


  1. Rick Ylagan

    September 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    @Ramon Scott


    Thank you for the nice words for my son Noah Ylagan. It’s nice that you guys still follow the local kids. Noah has earned every yard… Last year and now this season, we are again down to the 4th QB due to injuries. So Noah has to face 9-10 guys in the box waiting for him. They did get a new Head Coach and staff this year, and they are committed to run. Keep up the great stories. He enjoys reading EastCountySports.com from Iowa.

  2. Lehigh3

    October 2, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Comets turn back Chaffey 31-26; Romero leads nation in TD passes
    Currie Thomason catches 12-yard touchdown pass from Matt Romero that put Palomar up on Chaffey 31-19 with 8:12 left in the Comets’ victory over the Panthers. — Photo by Hugh Cox Currie Thomason catches 12-yard touchdown pass from Matt Romero that put Palomar up on Chaffey 31-19 with 8:12 left in the Comets’ victory over the Panthers. — Photo by Hugh Cox
    Oct 01, 2017
    ESCONDIDO (9-30-2017) — Matt Romero threw four more touchdown passes to take over the national community college lead Saturday night at Wilson Stadium’s Chick Embrey Field, Chandler Wachholtz contributed 13 more tackles, Devonte Woods blocked two PATs to tie a school record and Tyson Dyer broke the Palomar record for unreturned punts inside the 20-yard line.

    Along the way, the Comets held off Chaffey 31-26 to go 4-1 for the non-conference portion of their football schedule. The Comets get a bye next week and will begin Southern Conference play the following Saturday at Orange Coast.

    Romero’s 16 passing touchdowns through the Comets’ first five games lead the state and nation. He has one more TD completion than the next three quarterbacks on the national list who each has 15 — Grant Lowary (Long Beach City College), Frank Cosio (College of Merced in Northern California) and Christian Lopez (Mesa Community College of Arizona).

    Romero passed for 249 yards on the night and has thrown for 1,526 yards for an average of 305.2 yards per game, which ranks him second among California community college quarterbacks and fourth in the country. Shannon Patrick from Northland Community & Technical College of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, leads the nation at 374.3 yards per game.

    Against Chaffey, Romero’s TD passes went for 12 yards to Devin Nilson in the first quarter, 5 yards to tight end Blake Adamson in the third quarter, 21 yards to Nate Johnson in the fourth quarter and 12 yards to Currie Thomason with 8:12 to play in the game. Tyler Vargas had the other Palomar points on a 31-yard field goal and four PATs.

    “We’re certainly making games interesting. That’s for sure,” said coach Joe Early, whose team alternately made big plays and played give-away. “Sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot, but we’re bowing our necks and finding a way to win. We’re going into conference 4-1, and that’s a good thing.”

    The Comets never trailed in the game and twice led by 12 points, at 24-12 and 31-19. But Palomar allowed the Panthers to quickly navigate down the field to score three times just after the Comets scored, in just 41 seconds; 1 minute and 15 seconds; and in 2 minutes, 52 seconds. In each case, that allowed Chaffey to get back to within striking distance and, in Early’s words, “keep the game interesting”.

    Woods’ record for two blocked conversions in one game equaled the Palomar mark set by Chris Boudreaux against Southwestern in 2008. Boudreaux later was an All-Mountain West selection at Nevada and went to camp with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. Dyer, a freshman from Australia, shattered Palomar’s records for punts in a game inside the 20-yard line (6 of his punts, compared to the old mark of 5). For the record Dyer’s 7 punts went to the 12-yard line but was returned out to the 32, the 8-yard line, the 8 again, the 7, the 8 again, the 1-yard line and the 11. Dyer averaged 41.7 yards per punt with a long of 52 yards.

    Johnson contributed six receptions for 99 yards icluding the touchdown catch. Issiah Aguero had five receptions and three kickoff returns for 64 yards and rushed for ad addional 57 yards, and Rashad Harper had two catches for 59 yards and two punt returns for 52 yards.

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