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Cal Football Recruiting: Friday Night Lights Week Five

New commit Marquese Taylor had a big game this past week, while QB Chase Garbers — and others — were on a bye week.

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

The 4-0 Buena Park Coyotes were on a bye this past week and will look to keep the ball rolling against St. Francis on September 30.

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

This edition Friday Night Lights is shaping up to be a great one ... Garbers and Corona del Mar were on a bye this past week as well.

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

Onyemaobi’s squad took another crushing defeat this week as they fell 34-3 to Santiago. A third straight defeat sees the Pumas slip to 1-4 this season. Onyemaobi recorded one tackle, one pass defensed, and one quarterback hurry.

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

Cherry and Centennial took their fourth loss in five games, this time a 58-17 defeat to Clovis. Cherry made several tackles in the highlight film below. Most of the plays were outside runs designed to stretch the defense, but none of them were overly successful. Cherry was able to see where the play was going and make the stop. I was hoping to see Cherry get some penetration and pressure the quarterback, but that didn’t happen in this highlight.

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

The Dragons suffered their first defeat of the season in surprising fashion 43-13 against the Freedom Falcons. Godfrey registered one tackle as the Dragons were thoroughly dominated.

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

Bishop Gorman, unsurprisingly, dominated yet another opponent to improve to 5-0. The Gaels dished out a beating to Bonanza by way of a 42-0 scoreline. Walsh missed out due to an ankle injury that was re-aggravated a couple of weeks ago.

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

Hardimon and the Trojans emerged victorious for a fifth time this season to maintain an undefeated record at the expense of South Forsyth 35-21. Hardimon displayed good coverage and awareness throughout the highlight video. He certainly appears to be a willing tackler and he’s not too bad at it either. That is good to see as the Bears occasionally have some trouble in that department.

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

Cal football’s newest commit caught six passes for 103 yards and one touchdown as Lovejoy sealed its second consecutive win 22-14 against Drew. The Henry Herald listed Taylor’s touchdown reception as one of the key moments in the game.

Moments that Mattered

Wildcats jump out to early lead behind Taylor, Custis

After each team went 3-and-out on its first drives, Lovejoy put the ball in the end zone on its second drive. The Wildcats put together an 81-yard drive, capped off by a 37-yard touchdown pass from Seter to Taylor. The senior quarterback found his wide receiver over the middle on the crossing route. Taylor did the rest, breaking a tackle on his way to giving Lovejoy a 7-0 lead. The Wildcats marched the length of the field on their ensuing drive before Custis broke several tackles en route to a 13-yard touchdown and a 15-0 lead for the Wildcats.

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

Trinity Valley improved to 4-1 with a 63-18 win against Arkansas Baptist College. Da’Quan Patton registered five tackles, one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Funches also tallied five tackles, but also sacked the quarterback once and hurried him on four occasions.

The Cardinals moved up to number eight in the national rankings after the win, but face a huge test in their next matchup.

Check back next time to see how the commits who were on bye weeks perform with an extra week of preparation. Go Bears!