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Card Class 17 Update: It's playoff season for the Cardinal commits

Who still has a shot at a state title?

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Doubling up this week to make up for missing last week, which means you're getting a double dose of high school action from your favorite Cardinal commits!


2017 Commits


QB Davis Mills - Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.)


Round 1 vs. Pace Academy:
Mills' four total touchdowns engineered a 35-17 victory in the Spartans' first round playoff victory over Pace Academy. The game was closer than the score indicates, as GAC clung to a four-point lead midway through in the fourth quarter before the tested senior signal-caller came through, scrambling to avoid pressure in the pocket to find Harrison Sloan in the left corner of the endzone for the game's decisive score. Mills finished 20-of-27 for 276 yards passing and two touchdowns to go along with six carries, 23 yards and two touchdowns rushing.


Round 2 vs. Worth County HS: In their game this week, Mills turned in an incredibly efficient passing performance which yielded only three incompletions. In fact, Mill's 260 yards passing were enough to keep the punt team off the field for the entire night (GAC didn't punt even one time). The Spartans staved off a 174-yard, three touchdown effort from Worth County RB Chris McDaniel to push ahead to the third round of the playoffs after a 34-21 victory.


TE/DE Colby Parkinson - Oaks Christian HS (Westlake Village, Calif.)


Round 1 vs. La Habra HS: Parkinson's season ended with a seven-point loss to La Habra HS, 35-28. The nation's top tight end caught a 26-yard score in the Lions' first round loss, his only reception in the game. Regardless of the result, Parkinson was still appreciative of his senior season and his teammates. Despite missing a handful of games to begin the season, Parkinson was a productive piece of the offense.


WR Osiris St. Brown - Mater Dei HS (Anaheim, Calif.)


Round 1 vs. Tesoro HS:
St. Brown caught touchdown passes of nine and 65 yards on his only two targets as Mater Dei rolled Tesoro in their first-round playoff game, a 69-0 shutout. The Monarchs don't seem to be slowing down at all on their quest for an undefeated season ending in a California state title.


Round 2 vs. Vista Murrieta HS: Add two more to Osiris' TD tally in the postseason. Both St. Brown brothers continue to dazzle (Little bro Amon-Ra racked up 184 yards on 7 catches for a pair of touchdowns as well) this season. The Monarchs got a bit more of challenge from Vista Murrieta, but still conquered the Broncos, 63-30.


DB Stuart Head - Etowah HS (Woodstock, GA)


Round 1 vs. Westlake HS: The Etowah double-digit lead evaporated in the final minute of the game for the fifth time this season. Salivate on that: If not for five scores at the end of games, Head and the Eagles might've only lost one game all season, and not finished with the school's first losing record since 2012. Alas, Head's high school career ends on a sour note in a 24-23 first round loss.


RB Sione Heimuli-Lund - Brighton HS (Salt Lake City, UT)


No updates from this guy now that his season has been over for about a month. However, Lund did become commit No. 2 in this class to publicly announce his academic acceptance into Stanford.


TE Tucker Fisk - Davis Senior HS (Davis, Calif.)


Round 1 vs. Cosumnes Oaks HS: Fisk was the most active player on both sides of the ball, accounting for two of the offense's four touchdowns (a three-yard run and a short touchdown pass) while also adding 13 tackles at linebacker, but Cosumnes Oaks led for most of the game. Playing from behind forced Davis to go for two twice instead of kicking the extra point (Davis kicker Chris Johnson missed 1 of 2 in this one, by the way). Fisk's Blue Devil career ends with just Davis' third loss to Cosumnes Oaks since 1995.


OL/DL Drew Dalman - Palma HS (Salinas, Calif.)


Round 1 vs Saratoga HS: Dalman's game film from this 55-27 thrashing of Saratoga says it all.


Pancakes for everyone! That's the kind of play we like to see from a future member of the #TunnelWorkersUnion.


Chieftain RB Emilio Martinez (28 carries for 308 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns) heaped on the complements again this week, telling The Californian, "Once I started seeing the holes develop and open up and the line started getting it together, the rest just happened. I wouldn't be able to get anywhere without them, so I owe all of the credit to them."


Martinez's six scores were a Palma single-game record and his 30 total are a new Palma season record, so it's easy to see how dominant Dalman has been in this group.


Round 2 vs Live Oak: It was more of the same for Martinez and the offensive line, as Dalman and company helped Emilio power for 305 yards and five more scores. Dalman also registered one of three sacks as Palma cut down Live Oak, 40-14.


More praise from Martinez: "The magic has been the offensive line. It's just really clicking. They've been giving me some of the best blocks I've had in the three years that I've been on varsity. It's just been amazing."


2018 Commits


QB Jack West - Saraland HS (Saraland, AL)


West's season is over after a disappointing first round loss three weeks ago to Parks Crossing HS.


Here's the updated playoff tracker.

CARDINAL COMMIT PLAYOFF TRACKER
Name Team Next Game
Davis Mills GAC School Liberty County HS (Nov 25)
Osiris St. Brown Mater Dei HS Rancho Cucamonga HS (Nov 11)
Colby Parkinson Oaks Christian Eliminated from Playoffs
Stuart Head Etowah Eliminated from Playoffs
Sione Heimuli-Lund Brighton Eliminated from Playoff Contention
Tucker Fisk Davis Eliminated from Playoffs
Drew Dalman Palma Valley Christian HS (Nov 25)
Jack West Saraland Eliminated from Playoffs