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Friday Night Lights Week 12: It’s time for the PLAYOFFS!

Find out how Cal’s current commits fared in their opening round playoff games!

NCAA Football: California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

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

Buena Park took down San Juan Hills 20-7 to improve to 10-1 and advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Hawkins returned to the lineup and was a jack of all trades for the Coyotes. He completed his only pass attempt for 18 yards, added two rushes for 38 yards, and two receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown. Hawkins has nice speed and adds another element to an offense that is already very dangerous. As he gets back into the swing of things after missing some time his numbers should get even better.

Johnson caught three passes for 28 yards.

The Coyotes will take on a fellow Golden Bear commit, Michael Saffell, and his Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) Chargers next week in a matchup of 10-1 squads. These two teams squared off last week resulting in a 38-0 Edison victory.

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

Corona del Mar improved to 10-1 after defeating Murrieta Mesa 41-20 in their first playoff game.

Garbers passed for three touchdowns and one interception while completing 18 of 25 passes for 293 yards. He rushed 11 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

Next up for the Sea Kings is a matchup with 8-3 Colony (Ontario, CA).

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

Bishop O’Dowd hit the ground running as they stomped Terra Linda 56-14 to improve to 10-1 and advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Godfrey had a tremendous regular season and earned a couple of awards.

Next up for the Dragons is a matchup with 9-2 Encinal (Alameda, CA).

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

Bishop Gorman beat Palo Verde 59-0 to improve to 12-0 on the season.

Ali-Walsh rushed just eight times, but he made the most of it by gaining 128 yards and adding four touchdowns.

Their next victim will be 6-4 Faith Lutheran as the Gaels continue their march towards another state championship.

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

The Lassiter Trojans’ once promising season came to an abrupt end as they suffered a 35-10 defeat to McEachern. The Trojans finished the season 6-5, having lost five of their last six games. Check out the highlight video below to see Hardimon bring the hammer down on a couple of guys over the middle of the field.

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

Lovejoy beat Richmond Hill 48-28 to improve to 7-4 and advance to the next round of the playoffs. Taylor missed out on the game due to an injury.

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

Genmark-Heath and the undefeated Dons start their quest for a section championship this week against Torrey Pines.

Michael Saffell: OL, Edison Chargers (Huntington Beach, CA)

Saffell and the Chargers improved to 10-1 by thumping Newbury Park 49-24, ensuring the Cal vs Cal matchup of Saffell versus Johnson and Hawkins.

Paul Scott: LB, McClymonds Warriors (Oakland, CA)

McClymonds beat Oakland Tech 30-0 to end their regular season 9-1. Next up for the Warriors is a meeting with 6-4 Fremont in the playoffs.

Scott suffered a broken ankle earlier during the season, but has still been doing what he can to help his teammates. Here’s a snippet from a Ryan Gorcey story from Scout:

The ankle is a setback, for sure, but Scott has kept busy by getting on the headset on the sideline, providing an extra voice of coaching as he carries the clipboard in one hand as he crutches up and down.

"Oh, man," Scott breathes, as he rolls his eyes, and then his head, recalling how his broken ankle happened, on Sept. 30, against Skyline. "It was a fumble, and me and my teammate were both going for the ball. He dove for it, and I had to jump over him. He was rolling, and rolled on top of my ankle, but I picked it up and scored on the play, still. I really only had to go a few yards -- maybe two yards. It was at the 15, and the center snapped it over [the quarterback's] head. We both went for the ball."

The focus of the article is about Scott and his daughter, and how much of an impact she had on him ultimately choosing to commit to Cal. It’s a great story and you should definitely give it a read.

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

Trinity Valley came back from a 10 point deficit with about seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to pull out an overtime win against Kilgore College to claim the Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship.

Patton tallied 10 tackles, while Funches notched six tackles and two sacks.

The Cardinals will take on defending NJCAA champion Northwest Mississippi C.C. in the Heart of Texas Bowl.