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COLLEGE FOOTBALL — Slayton continues to impress; first college catch for Thrap

File photo – Lane Thrap (23) during his St. Bernard’s playing days.

By Ray Hamill — Former St. Bernard’s standout Lane Thrap pulled in his first college reception last week, playing for Santa Rosa JC.

The Bear Cubs have had a tough start to the season schedule wise, dropping to 0-3 with a 34-17 loss to Reedley.

One bright spot for H-DNL fans, however, was Thrap’s first catch of the season, which was good for 17 yards.

Thrap plays alongside former and current teammate Micah Fontenot, who was two years ahead of him at St. Bernard’s.

Fontenot, who had a 100-yard receiving game at Fresno the previous weekend, also had one catch against Reedley, for 10 yards.

The Bear Cubs play at Diablo Valley on Friday night at 6 p.m.

Del Norte’s Anthony Slayton, meanwhile, is coming off another big week for Shasta College, finishing with a co-team-best seven tackles in a close 30-29 loss to Laney.

The Shasta linebacker had a team-best three tackles for a loss, as well as a block.

Teammate Josiah Graham, a Eureka High grad, plays receiver for the Knights and finished the game with one reception for 11 yards.

Shasta hosts Sequoia on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Another Del Norte player, quarterback OJ Calleja, was also in action last week at the JC level.

Calleja completed 10 of 24 passes for 123 yards, a TD and an interception, while playing for Siskiyous in a 23-13 loss to Chabot.

Calleja and Siskiyous (0-3) will host Sacramento City on Saturday at 1 p.m.

File photo – Anthony Slayton during his Del Norte playing days.

On the defensive side of the ball, former McKinleyville Panther James Soloman got his first sack of the season for McPherson College in a 33-13 win over Ottawa University.

The defensive lineman also had six tackles, including two for a loss.

The Kansas NAIA team is 2-1 and has a bye this weekend.

At Clarke University, meanwhile, former Eureka Logger Kenny Spaight continued to be a bright spot at DB for the Pride, finishing with six tackles in a 68-0 loss to Benedictine College.

It’s been a tough start to the season for Clarke, which dropped to 0-4 with the loss, but Spaight has played well.

The 2011 Eureka graduate is second on the team with 18 tackles and has three interceptions already, half of his team’s tally this season.

The Pride will look for their first win of the season when they host Baker University on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Another former Logger, Cruz Montana, also is coming off a big weekend after helping lead Lewis & Clark to a blowout 66-14 win against Whittier.

Montana got the start at quarterback and completed 11 of 22 passes for 156 yards, a TD and an interception, as well as gaining 18 yards on four carries.

It was the third biggest points total ever in program history, as the Pioneers played all of their quarterbacks in the win.

Montana and the Pioneers have a bye this weekend before playing at Whitworth next week.

Last week’s matchup between College of Idaho and Southern Oregon saw a pair of former H-DNL standouts go head to head, with St. Bernard’s Jack Rice playing quarterback for Idaho and McKinleyville’s Jared Smith playing linebacker for SOU.

Rice and the Yotes won the game 29-3, with the QB completing 8 of 10 passes for 89 yards in limited action, while Smith finished with one tackle.

Rice is expected to see time under center again at Eastern Oregon on Saturday at 1 p.m., while SOU host Carroll at 1 p.m. on the same day.

Another former H-DNL player will feature on ESPN Plus on Saturday, with Eureka’s Isaak Gutierrez and New Mexico playing at UTEP at 7 p.m.

Gutierrez is the starting right guard for the 2-1 Lobos.

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