29 Cougars named to SCFA Scholar-Athlete Team

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The College of the Canyons football program had 29 players named to the 2023 Southern California Football Association Scholar-Athlete Team, the most of any school in the region. 

To be eligible for inclusion on the SCFA Scholar-Athlete Team, players must participate on their respective school’s football team for two seasons, while successfully completing a minimum of 36 units. At least 27 units must be in academic courses (non-physical education or collegiate sport activity). Scholar-Athlete team honorees must also achieve a GPA of at least 3.0.  

“We could not be prouder of our SCFA Scholar-Athlete honorees,” COC head coach Ted Iacenda said in a news release. “These young men have dedicated hours of hard work to their studies and understand that the true purpose of College of the Canyons football is for student-athletes to pursue both their academic and athletic goals.” 

The 29 honorees produced by COC tops the class of 24 Cougar players who earned Scholar-Athlete honors in 2022. 

Representing Canyons on the 2023 SCFA Scholar-Athlete Team are: 

• Oscar Adolfsson, Offensive Line — 4.0. 

• Kayode Agbalaya, Defensive Back — 3.6. 

• Jeremiah Alemayehu, Linebacker — 3.4. 

• Bennet Boedeker, Tight End — 4.0. 

• Jacob Cipperley, Defensive Back — 3.3. 

• Joshua Clark, Wide Receiver — 3.09. 

• Bryce Dickson, Quarterback — 3.8. 

• Emery Floyd, Quarterback — 3.01. 

• Cameron Fouts, Quarterback — 3.77. 

• Timothy Jackson, Defensive Back — 3.3. 

• Tony Johnson, Punter/Kicker — 3.3. 

• Gary Johnson, Linebacker — 3.44. 

• Mario Kljajic, Defensive Line — 3.3. 

• Dumelia Knox, Offensive Line — 3.2. 

• Linus Lindberg, Offensive Line — 3.8.  

• Carlos Meza, Linebacker — 3.09. 

• Jacob Montes, Defensive Back — 3.1.  

• Matias Ortiz, Defensive Line — 3.5. 

• Mausa Palu, Offensive Line — 3.5. 

• Joshua Lopez, Linebacker — 3.1. 

• Lyndon Ravare, Wide Receiver — 3.2.  

• Cairo Rhodes, Linebacker — 3.11.  

• Carlos Rivera, Defensive Line — 3.2.  

• Aramonte Schneider, Defensive Back — 3.2. 

• Noah Staples, Tight End — 3.3. 

• J.D. Sumlin, Running Back — 3.4. 

• Jacobee Taylor, Wide Receiver — 3.05.  

• Victory Vaka, Defensive Line — 3.25.  

• William Vaka, Defensive Line — 3.2 

Additionally, Adolfsson, Floyd, Johnson, Palu, Ravare and Staples were named to the All-SCFA Team for their efforts on the playing field. Palu was an All-SCFA First-Team selection.  

The Cougars finished the 2023 regular season third in the SCFA National Division, Northern League behind co-conference champions Ventura and Allan Hancock College. COC went on to play in a postseason bowl game for the first time since the 2017 season with the Cougars having qualified for the state playoffs in 2018, 2019 and 2021.   

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