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Cal football recruiting commits, Friday Night Lights: Duncan's big game not enough

Jordan Duncan put forth an incredible performance in what will be his final game for Oak Grove. How many of the other Cal commits managed to keep their seasons alive?

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Jordan Duncan: WR, Hattiesburg (Ms.) Oak Grove (10-3)

Duncan played a great game in trying to prevent his team's elimination from Mississippi's 6A playoffs, but it was not enough.

Oak Grove fell 35-29 in a rematch with Meridian, whom they had previously defeated 24-21 during the regular season.

Duncan's final game for Oak Grove was a memorable one, though, as he caught seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.

Here is a great article from the Hattiesburg American on the Duncan's performance and how the game unfolded.

Oak Grove trailed 21-13 at the half, but its big-play receiver provided a spark in the second half. Jordan Duncan hauled in his first touchdown reception of the second half, a 76-yard strike down the sideline to pull his squad to within one, 21-20.

Following a Warren touchdown pass to Daniel Crowell, the University of California commit then recorded his second score, a 34-yard score with 11:40 to play in the fourth quarter. However, the two-point conversion failed, and Oak Grove trailed 28-26.

Duncan finished the game with seven catches for 203 yards and the two scores.

"He had a great game," Causey said. "He's going to go on to Cal and have a great career. I've known Jordan since he was a baby - I've played with two of his brothers and I've coached with the other ones. It's a really good family and I'm happy for him."

Derrick Clark: RB, San Diego (Ca.) Mission Bay (9-2)

I've touched on the resounding defeats dished out to Mission Bay during its final two games of the regular season during previous editions of Friday Night Lights, and considering just how bad those games went, I was of the belief that Mission Bay would likely lose its first playoff game.

I was wrong.

Clark scored two touchdowns while the Mission Bay defense scored four more during their 62-35 victory against Fallbrook.

Mission Bay will now take on Valley Center (8-3) in the semifinals of the San Diego section championships.

Max Gilliam: QB, Thousand Oaks (10-2)

Gilliam completed 11 of his 15 pass attempts for 154 yards and two touchdowns as Thousand Oaks beat Lompoc 34-31 to advance to the semifinals of their section's playoff championship.

Next up for Thousand Oaks is a section semifinal against Arroyo Grande (11-1). That will be quite a test for the Lancers.

Drew Kobayashi: WR, Honolulu (Hi.) St. Louis (9-2)

St. Louis and Kobayashi failed to overcome their nemesis in Kahuku during a 39-14 defeat in the state championship game.

Kahuku beat St. Louis in state championship games in 2000 and 2001 as well.

Matt Laris: WR, Sammamish (Wa.) Eastside Catholic (11-0)

Laris caught 10 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown as Eastside Catholic crushed Bonney Lake 47-7 to advance to the semifinal of their playoff bracket.

Their next game will be against Lakes (10-2).

Daniel Juarez (OL) and Camry Bynum (CB), Corona (Ca.) Centennial (12-0)

Bynum, Juarez and the Centennial juggernaut continue to steamroll their way through the schedule. This time they beat Orange Lutheran 49-27.

Centennial advances to the semifinals of their section tournament which sees them take on Mater Dei (10-2).

Josh Drayden: CB, Dallas (Tx.) Bishop Dunne (11-0)

Drayden and Bishop Dunne took care of Concordia Lutheran 51-22 to keep their season alive. They will take on St. Pius X (10-2) next.

Tevin Paul: DE, Austin (Tx.) Lake Travis (12-0)

Paul contributed four tackles, two tackles for a loss and two sacks to Lake Travis' impressive 28-21 win over Westfield to advance to the last sixteen of the 6A Division 2 playoffs.

Traveon Beck: CB, Bellflower (Ca.) St. John Bosco (12-0)

Beck and St. John Bosco dispatched of Loyola 52-14 to advance to the semifinals of their section tournament.

Their next opponent is Bishop Amat (10-2), but all roads appear to lead to a colossal showdown with Centennial in the championship game.

Centennial and St. John Bosco are two of the very best teams in the nation and that would be one helluva matchup.

Evan Weaver: DE, Spokane (Wa.) Gonzaga Prep (12-0)

Gonzaga Prep received more of a fight then they usually do as they beat Woodinville 28-18 to advance in the playoffs.

This represents their closest margin of victory since their first two wins of the season (three and six point victories).

Their next opponent is Richland (11-1) in the semifinals.

Duncan is the only Cal commit to have been eliminated from the playoffs this past week and we'll see how the remaining players do this upcoming Friday.

Check back next week!