The lights were on again at football fields across the nation this past Friday and the Cal football commits were in action for this week’s edition of Friday Night Lights. It was a mixed bag for some of the commits, as there was an injury scare to go along with some really good individual and team performances all around. So, let’s get straight to the recap.
Taariq Johnson & Jeremiah Hawkins: WR & ATH, Buena Park Coyotes (Buena Park, CA)
The Coyotes played in their third consecutive road game to start the season and won 42-0 to pull off yet another dominating victory to improve their record to 3-0. Hawkins carried the ball three times for 38 yards and caught five passes for 69 yards. Hawkins added one kick return for 94 yards and a touchdown as well. MaxPreps didn’t list any stats for Taariq Johnson, so I’m not sure he played in this one.
Chase Garbers: QB, Corona del Mar Sea Kings (Newport Beach, CA)
Garbers and co. took down El Toro 42-13 and the Cal commit dominated this matchup contributing on all six of the Sea Kings’ touchdowns. Garbers completed 18 of 24 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He also ran for two touchdowns. The OC Register has an article which details the events of the game and here is an excerpt:
Garbers and Sea Kings coach Dan O’Shea credited the offensive line of Colston Chacon, Arwin Rahmatpanah, Sean Owens,Bryan Samudo and Denham King for helping all of that scoring happen.
“Tae and Chase look great,” O’Shea said. “But it all starts up front.”
Corona del Mar scored 14 points in the first, second and third quarters. The Sea Kings had a 28-0 lead in the second quarter and took a 42-6 lead into the fourth.
They scored their first touchdown on their second possession. Garbers connected with Le on a 68-yard touchdown pass. Le caught the ball near midfield, skipped over the fallen defensive back who vied with him for the ball then ran the rest of the way for the six points.
The Sea Kings recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at El Toro’s 22-yard line and quickly converted. Garbers, rolling right, tossed 12 yards to Le who made a leaping catch and just managed to get a foot in the end zone. That made it 14-0.
Corona del Mar pushed the lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter when Garbers scored on a 5-yard run. Later in the quarter, Garbers dropped back before taking off on a 15-yard touchdown run on which he did a tuck-and-roll, high-jump move to get into the end zone for a 28-0 lead.
Michael Onyemaobi: ATH, Chaparral Pumas (Temecula, CA)
The Pumas suffered their second defeat in three games to start the season, this one they lost 30-13 at the hands of Oceanside. Onyemaobi caught four passes for 48 yards to go along with five tackles and three pass breakups.
Gabe Cherry: DE, Centennial Golden Hawks (Bakersfield, CA)
Centennial picked up its first victory of the season to bring their record to 1-2 on the year. The Golden Hawks defeated Golden Valley 31-10. Cherry added four tackles, three tackles for a loss and .5 sacks for his best statline of the season so far.
Je’Quari Godfrey: CB, Bishop O’Dowd Dragons (Oakland, CA)
Bishop O’Dowd beat Justin-Siena 56-0 to improve to 2-0 this season as they knocked out Siena’s starting QB to provide a death knell in their offense’s ability to move the ball in this contest. The Napa Valley Register wrote a story about this contest and they referenced Godfrey as a big part of the defense.
Bishop O’Dowd came into the contest as one of the top teams in the East Bay. The Dragons sport two of the best football prospects in California with four-star USC commit Alijah Tucker and University of California-pledged cornerback Je’quari Godfrey. The 6-foot-5, 291-pound Tucker anchors one of the biggest offensive lines in the state, and Bishop O’Dowd averages 6-3, 250 across the board.
Biaggio Ali-Walsh: RB, Bishop Gorman Gaels (Las Vegas, NV)
Walsh’s return from injury was short-lived as he re-sprained his ankle during the first quarter after carrying the ball six times for 29 yards.
Biaggio Walsh gets gains of 5 and 12 yards. Tate Martell 15-yard run. Gorman is driving.— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) September 10, 2016
After a tough tackle, Biaggio Walsh limps off field for Bishop Gorman.— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) September 10, 2016
End of 1: No. 3 St. John Bosco 14, No. 1 Bishop Gorman 7. Uphill climb for BG w/out Biaggio Ali Walsh (ankle injury) https://t.co/i4h4XzEoST— Mitch Stephens (@MitchMashMax) September 10, 2016
Surely losing Walsh would be too big a loss for the Gaels to overcome against a really good St. John Bosco squad, right? Well .... about that ...
Gorman played most of the game without their #1 RB Biaggio Ali-Walsh & without #1 WR Tyjon Lindsey and still won handily. Great performance.— PrepForce.com (@PrepForce1) September 10, 2016
Bishop Gorman won the game 35-20 on the road in California to continue their ultra impressive start to the season.
Alex Funches & Da’Quan Patton: DE & LB, Trinity Valley C.C. (Athens, TX)
Trinity Valley football was flying high after last week’s huge win against Navarro College and perhaps suffered a bit of a letdown performance as they lost 30-29 on the road against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The Cardinals took a 19-0 halftime lead and a 29-13 lead into the fourth quarter before allowing the final 17 points of the contest to lose a nail-biter. Funches compiled six tackles while Patton tallied 11 tackles, 1 sack and one tackle for a loss. The loss dropped the Cardinals from number one in the National Junior College Athletic Association rankings to number 11 nationally. Navarro College, their opponent from last week, is number 15 while Northeastern Oklahoma A&M received a few votes but find themselves on the outside looking in with a 1-1 record.