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Cal Football Recruiting: Friday Night Lights Week 4

The newest addition to Cal’s recruiting class makes his first appearance on Friday Night Lights. How did he do in his first game since choosing to commit to the Bears?

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

Buena Park improved to 4-0 with a 67-0 win against the Pioneer Titans. Hawkins caught 3 passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 2 carries for 58 yards and another touchdown. Hawkins is doing his thing but it appears Johnson has not played since the first game of the season. I cannot find any news on him and can only assume he picked up an injury in their season opener.

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

Corona del Mar won their third straight game of the year to improve to 3-1 on the season with a 41-13 win against their rivals Newport Harbor. Garbers completed 12 of 14 passes for 277 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed 9 times for 61 yards. Here is an excerpt from the L.A. Times on the game:

The only ball Chase Garbers lost in the Battle of the Bay football game came when he dropped back to pass for the first time in the second half. He fumbled and the turnover helped Newport Harbor High cut Corona del Mar's lead to one.

The miscue fired up Garbers. Three of the next five passes the senior completed went for long touchdowns.

The Cal-bound quarterback lit up the Sailors on Friday, throwing 34-, 57- and 61-yard touchdowns in the second half. The Sea Kings blew out Newport Harbor, 41-13, at Orange Coast College, giving them four straight wins in the rivalry.

One week Garbers is throwing three touchdowns to wide receiver TaeVeon Le, and the next he is hooking up for three scores with Billy Shaw. The Sailors tried to double team Le, who set a CdM single-game record for receiving yards (234) last week, leaving Shaw in single coverage.

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

Onyemaobi’s Pumas took their third loss in four games to start the season as they suffered a 23-22 loss to Redlands. Onyemaobi caught a 43-yard touchdown pass.

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

Cherry and the Golden Hawks dropped to 1-3 on the season in another blowout loss. They dropped the matchup 35-7 to Bullard.

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

Godfrey caught one pass for 61 yards and a touchdown to go along with 2 passes defended. The Dragons improved to 3-0 with a 48-7 win against the Saint Mary’s Panthers.

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

Walsh missed out on Bishop Gorman’s 35-7 win against Hawaii’s Kahuku Red Raiders due to the ankle injury he aggravated in last week’s game. Bishop Gorman just keeps rolling along though with yet another impressive victory.

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

Cal football’s newest commit makes his first appearance in the CGB Friday Night Lights series as Tyriq Hardimon and the Trojans are 4-0 on the year after defeating the Marietta Blue Devils 21-14. Hardimon was all over the field making tackles on defense and special teams. MDJonline has a great story on Hardimon and here is an excerpt:

Lassiter’s Tyriq Hardimon played a key role down the stretch in the Trojans 21-14 victory over Marietta at Northcutt Stadium Friday night.

A 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back, Hardimon helped limit Marietta freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey to three completions for 30 yards and an interception over his final 11 attempts and allowed sixth-ranked Lassiter to rally for 21 unanswered points over the final 19 minutes to win the game and remain undefeated on the season at 4-0.

Hardimon’s stellar night finished off an exciting day for the senior, who verbally committed to California hours prior to kickoff.

Considered a three-star athlete by most recruiting services, Hardimon had numerous offers from some of the top programs in the country, including Illinois, Rutgers, Iowa State and Northwestern, among others. He chose California over Navy, West Virginia, Minnesota and Army.

“They’ve been one of my favorite schools since I visited there last spring break,” Hardimon said. “They’re the No. 1 public school, and that’s just a great option for my four-year plan after football is all over.”

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

Trinity Valley rebounded from last week’s shocking defeat to pull out a late victory against Blinn College 36-28. The Cardinals scored three touchdowns in the final 4 minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Funches notched five tackles and a forced fumble while Patton did not show up in the box score and might have missed out due to injury. The Cardinals moved up to 10th in the national rankings.

Check back next week to see how Cal’s recruits manage to perform in their next slate of games.