Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian at Zeeland (Mich.) West
West won the game behind their Wing-T offense. Western Michigan commit Jordan Van Dort, a tight end who projects to offensive line was only targeted once in the pass game, but blocked very well. He also had a great game on defense as a defensive tackle and that may be a possibility for the 285-pound senior in college as well. For Christian, Northwestern commit Tommy Doles impressed. He has great feet and is technically sound. He still must continue to get bigger and stronger, but he's a tough, hard working kid who can bend and move. Junior linebacker Jack Bates is an impressive underclassman. He has a nose for the ball, is tough, and can run to the football. Two senior running backs, West's Danny Bauder and Christian's Dominic Paiz are also ones to watch out for.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Springfield (Ohio) Shawnee vs. Wapakoneta (Ohio)
Shawnee jumped out early behind the play of sophomore quarterback Saalih Muhammad who used his legs on a 74-yard touchdown run to give his team an early lead. Wapakoneta didn't go away and with Muhammad out with an injury, they fought back to force overtime tied at 34. In overtime, Shawnee got first crack to score and after five plays, the Braves lined up at the six yard line for a fourth-and-goal. Back-up quarterback Alec Bennett would hit David Barnett for a touchdown pass and the extra point was good by Kaitlin Gregory the Braves defense led by senior under the radar linebacker/running back Jalen Nelson looked to shut down Wapakoneta. After moving the ball to the three yard line, Wapakoneta faced their own fourth-and-goal attempt that saw Shawnee come up big as they forced quarterback Kodi Morgan out of the pocket and scrambling until the Braves tipped an attempted pass away ending the game 41-34. Nelson is a senior who could play on either side of the ball at a high level and could be a major sleeper for someone. Muhammad has work to do but should be considered one of the top sophomore signal callers to keep an eye on in the coming years.
Pickerington (Ohio) Central vs. West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West
This game didn't disappoint as Central pulled out a 38-28 victory over Lakota West in a game with 851 yards of total offense. Kentucky pledge Mikel Horton would rush for 128 yards and two touchdowns behind the blocking of junior George Asafo-Adjei to keep the Firebirds in the running. However, it was the combination of Central backs Tawain Gordon and Isaiah Richmond who each rushed for over 70-yards and two touchdowns each in the win. Central senior offensive lineman and Ohio pledge Brennan Dudziak is a player under the radar with a high ceiling and sophomore Seth Currens and junior Brad Morris are players to keep an eye over the next year.
Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Marlington (Ohio) vs. Hubbard (Ohio)
Hubbard rolled to an easy 42-14 first round playoff victory, remaining undefeated on the season. Ohio's top 2015 prospect, four-star tailback L.J. Scott is still battling a foot injury and his mobility was limited, but he still carried the ball 21 times for 137 yards and scored three touchdowns. Sophomore tailback George Hill exploded onto the recruiting radar with 144 yards on only eight carries. He had touchdown runs of 66 and 48 yards, showing blinding track speed. Four-star junior lineman Matt Jones excelled on both sides of the football, clogging the middle on defense and paving the way for the tailbacks from his guard spot. Senior cornerback/wide receiver Darnell Tate continued his fine overall play, and it's a mystery why he holds no offers at this time. Junior Isaiah Scott, L.J.'s brother, caught a touchdown pass and played well from his linebacker position.