Hayo Carpenter Has Big Game in Playoff Win
Hayo Carpenter has 236 receiving yards in win
Hayo Carpenter has 236 receiving yards in win

Posted Nov 30, 2008


Minnesota commit Hayo Carpenter, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver from College of the Canyons (CA) CC, had 10 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns, breaking his own school record for receiving yards in a 36-27 win over El Camino College in the Southern California Playoff Semifinals. The Cougars (12-0) will face No. 3 seed Mt. San Antonio College (11-1) Saturday in the championship game.

Hayo Carpenter returned from a 72-hour suspension for what Cougar head coach Garett Tujague characterized as "conduct unbecoming of a Cougar."

Carpenter was named the National Division, Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and last week was selected as the All-Western State Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Carpenter caught 65 passes for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman and has raised his numbers this season as a sophomore. Carpenter has 89 receptions for 1,590 yards and 15 touchdowns through 11 games. He has three rushing attempts for 11 yards and has been a standout punt and kickoff returner. He has returned 12 punts for 239 yards and one touchdown and has nine kickoff returns for 202 yards and one score.

Carpenter, a five-star recruit, is the second wide receiver commit for the Gophers, joining Florida wideout Victor Keise. He caught a 56- and 60-yard touchdown passes in a semifinal win.

The Cougars host No. 3 seed Mt. San Antonio College (11-1) next Saturday in the Southern California Championship. The winner of that title game will face Northern California's Butte College of Oroville (11-0) in the state championship Dec. 13 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.



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