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Flight Players and Alumni in the News

Talents honed in Irvine land at schools across the U.S.  
Aug. 27, 2015 Updated 12:53 p.m.

BY BRENT SHAVER / Contributing Writer

A number of former city high school players have continued their football careers at the college level.

They include former Woodbridge defensive star Kyle Kelley, who is now playing at San Diego State.

Kelley played in all 10 games at Saddleback College in 2014, registering 46 tackles (23), 9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, a 34-yard fumble recovery, an interception and two pass breakups. He was named to the all-California team by CCCFCA and the NCS League First Team.

Star Warrior offensive lineman David Patterson is playing at Fresno State.

Scott Patton, who was the Irvine World News male athlete of the year as well as the all-city defensive player of the year last season, will be in his first season at Yale.

Patton was named all-league in football three times and was an eight-time letter winner between football (four times) and track and field (four times).

Also having moved on from Woodbridge are Austin DeFreitas (SMU), Taylor Evans (Georgia Southern), Zack Kennedy (Maryville), Stone Conley (Briar Cliff), Philip Hong (Golden West), Scott Jackson (Saddleback) and Josh Ortiz (Saddleback).

DeFreitas was at Golden West College last season.

Several players have moved on from Irvine, including Adam Searl, who is a punter at UCLA, Tim Callian, who is playing at Eastern New Mexico, and Jake Day, who is playing at Montana State-Northern.

Others moving on
from Irvine include Matt Canlas (La Verne), Richie Careers (Orange Coast), Jeremiah Carter (Trinity International) and Alex Cliatt (South Dakota School of Mines).

And standout Irvine football player Mikey Filia will be with the UC Irvine baseball team next spring.

University has Tyler Stanek playing at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Colby Mazzuca at Lewis and Clark, Dakota Brooks at Albion College, Keyvan Amizadeh at Santa Monica College and Zack Christy at San Jose State.

Stanek, now a junior wide receiver and punter at Claremont, was a first-team all-league and Orange County All-Star Game participant as a senior at Uni. He set three Trojan records and also played two years of varsity baseball and one of varsity basketball.

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McDONALD BEING TESTED: Although he entered the spring with no game experience, junior Matthew McDonald was expected to be next in line for the Monarchs starting job.

At 6-foot-2 with the ability to escape the pocket, McDonald has drawn comparisons to Chase Forrest, who is currently at Cal.

A week into camp, however, Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson said that McDonald is being pushed for the starting job. The challenger is freshman JT Daniels, who rotated into the first-team snaps at Friday’s practice.

Rollinson said his expectations are always the same for the team's quarterbacks.

“(The quarterback) has to take advantage of the fact that now, it’s his race car and he’s the driver,” Rollinson said. “We can go fast, but he has to keep it between the lines.

“(McDonald) doesn’t have game experience, so it’s going to be a building process with him or the Daniels kid. We’re excited about both of them.”​