Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
The Plains (Ohio) Athens vs. Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin
The over two-hour drive was worth it after watching The Plains junior quarterback Joey Burrow in action. For the season, Burrow finished with 218/306 passing for 3,732 yards and 47 touchdowns and a QB rating of 140.6. While Marion-Franklin used their size and speed advantage throughout the night, Burrow showed the skill set to be considered one of the top signal callers in the Midwest for the 2015 class. Burrow is not alone as we also got a chance to watch junior Trae Williams at running back and corner, along with juniors Ryan and Adam Luehrman who have to be placed on our watch list. Marion-Franklin looked to run behind senior Martesse Patterson who is in no hurry to make his decision known. The star of the night was senior Shannon Royster who scored on touchdown runs of 40, 34 and 7 yards as the Red Devils won 38-7 to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne vs. Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson at 7:00 p.m.
Wayne started the game off right with an impressive opening 68-yard drive to take an early 7-0 lead over Davidson. However, it was all Davidson after that as quarterback Nick Iske would run Davidson's option attack to perfection taking advantage of four Warriors turnovers to win 37-7. Phillpie Motley (Pittsburgh) and Markus Bailey each would score on the night, but it was D.D. Clark who powered the offense with 126-yards rushing and a score. Bailey flexed his muscle on defense with seven tackles while Travis Brown recorded a team high nine stops on the night. Wayne senior linebacker Dorian Hendrix (Kentucky) finished his high school career with 11 stops and junior defensive back Tyree Kinnel (Michigan) would post ten tackles on the night.
Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Hubbard (Ohio)vs. Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
St. Vincent blew open a tight game at the half and rolled to an easy win behind the play of their two four-star standouts. Parris Campbell had two long touchdown runs from his tailback spot and ran for over 200 yards. Linebacker Dante Booker had double-digit tackles, including two for loss, and helped control the line of scrimmage. For Hubbard, junior four-star lineman Matt Jones played well and had his team in the game until leaving after halftime with a possible concussion.
Lakewood St. Edward vs. Austintown Fitch
St. Edward rolled over Fitch 28-0 and advanced to the fourth round of the Ohio playoffs. Junior four-star Shaun Crawford (Michigan commit) starred at both sides of the ball, catching a long touchdown pass and causing a key fumble from his safety spot. Junior cornerback/wide receiver David Dowell also contributed on both sides of the football and showed why he is a four-star prospect. Fitch junior tailback Darrin Hall was never able to get going against the Eagle defense.