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Cal Football Recruiting: Friday Night Lights Week Six

Two previously injured commits returned to action this week, while another missed out. Find out how Biaggio Walsh and Taariq Johnson performed in their return from injury!

NCAA Football: Utah at California John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Taariq Johnson & Jeremiah Hawkins: WR & ATH, Buena Park Coyotes (Buena Park, CA)

Buena Park suffered their first loss of the season 28-19 on the road against St. Francis. Johnson returned to the lineup and registered four receptions for 73 yards. Johnson catches a WR screen for a nice gain on the first play of the highlight, sheds a tackle nicely on the second play, and goes over the middle for two first downs on the final two plays of the video. It’s good to see him back on the field for the Coyotes. Hawkins, meanwhile, missed out on this matchup with a shoulder injury.

Chase Garbers: QB, Corona del Mar Sea Kings (Newport Beach, CA)

Since their season opening defeat to Palos Verdes the Sea Kings have won four consecutive games, including a 55-14 win against Trabuco Hills. Garbers completed 19 of 25 yards for 315 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed twice for 20 yards. Garbers played just one half in this contest but hooked up with WR Tae Le for four touchdowns in that half. The LA Times has a snippet about Garbers’ start to the season.

Yes, there was disappointment when Corona del Mar lost its season opener to Palos Verdes, but the Sea Kings (4-1) have rolled to four consecutive victories, and quarterback Chase Garbers is living up to preseason expectations.

Garbers, a Cal commit, has attempted 134 passes without an interception.

He has passed for 1,363 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 69%.

Junior TaeVon Le has caught 38 passes for 637 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Corona del Mar appears headed for a 9-1 regular season, then will make a strong bid for a Southern Section Division 4 title.

Michael Onyemaobi: ATH, Chaparral Pumas (Temecula, CA)

The Pumas were on a bye week and will look to get back on track against Great Oak on October 7.

Gabe Cherry: DE, Centennial Golden Hawks (Bakersfield, CA)

Cherry and the Golden Hawks were also on a bye this week. They will take on Stockdale next.

Je’Quari Godfrey: CB, Bishop O’Dowd Dragons (Oakland, CA)

Bishop O’Dowd recovered from their crushing defeat to Freedom with a 35-12 win against James Logan. Godfrey notched one tackle in the easy victory.

Biaggio Ali-Walsh: RB, Bishop Gorman Gaels (Las Vegas, NV)

Walsh returned to action after missing two games with an ankle injury by rushing for 87 yards on 24 carries. The Gaels were pushed for the first time this season by Florida’s St. Thomas Aquinas, but emerged victorious yet again 25-24 in triple overtime. Walsh scored the game-winning two-point conversion.

Tyriq Hardimon: DB, Lassiter Trojans (Marietta, GA)

Hardimon and the Trojans were on a bye this week. They will look to stay undefeated when they battle Roswell next week.

Marquese Taylor: ATH, Lovejoy Wildcats (Lovejoy, GA)

Lovejoy picked up its third consecutive win to improve to 4-3 after taking down Mt. Zion 35-9.

Jordan Genmark-Heath: ATH, Cathedral Catholic Dons (San Diego, CA)

Cal’s newest commit was on a bye this week. The Dons will look to win their sixth consecutive game to start the season next week against Scripps Ranch. The San Diego Tribune has a story on Genmark-Heath’s commitment to the Bears:

Cathedral Catholic High senior safety Jordan Genmark Heath has committed to play football at Cal. Genmark Heath narrowed his choices to Cal, Northwestern and Stanford.

“It was the best fit for me, athletically, academically and socially,” Genmark Heath said.

Genmark Heath is considering majoring in business and said he was partially swayed by Cal being ranked tied for second for the best undergraduate business school by U.S. News & World Report.

At 6-feet-2, 205 pounds, Genmark Heath is an imposing, physical safety. He also sees spot duty at running back and slot back for the Dons.

He has rushed 12 times for 50 yards, scoring two touchdowns. He has five catches for 151 yards and two TDs.

Genmark Heath said Cal coaches have “definitely” told him he’s playing safety. “There’s a chance they want me to (play) running back as well sometimes.”

Born and raised in Sweden, Genmark Heath moved to San Diego with his mother and stepfather when he was 15, longing to play football in the United States.

“(Earning a scholarship) is one of my short-term goals,” said Genmark Heath. “Just because I’ve accepted a scholarship to a Division I school doesn’t mean I will stop there. It’s another steppingstone to a bigger goal, which is to play in the NFL.”

Alex Funches & Da’Quan Patton: DE & LB, Trinity Valley C.C. (Athens, TX)

Trinity Valley pulled off a comeback against New Mexico Military Institute by outscoring their opponent 14-0 in the 4th quarter. Funches recorded three tackles and two quarterback hurries. Patton tallied eight tackles, one tackle for a loss and a pass breakup.