Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Sept. 16-19. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales – Despite playing without the services of Ball, DeSales avenged its 2009 OHSAA Division III title game loss with a 41-31 win against visiting Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

Nick Gentile excelled in Ball's absence, rushing for 116 yards and touchdowns of 4, 1 and 2 yards. The ground game pushed the Stallions (3-1) to victory. They outrushed Mooney (2-2) 265-107.

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – Bennett played on both sides of the ball and helped the Elks earn a 31-7 home win against perennial state contender Cleveland St. Ignatius.

Bennett and the Centerville defense dominated, holding St. Ignatius (2-2) to 195 yards of total offense. Conversely, the Elks piled up 484 rushing yards as they found plenty of holes opened up by Bennett and his offensive linemates. Quarterback Jon Overstreet led the CHS attack, rushing for 283 yards and a touchdown and throwing for another TD.

The Elks improved to 4-0.

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – Fremd kept its playoff hopes alive by winning for the first time in four games, posting a 26-14 win at Buffalo Grove in a Mid-Suburban crossover game.

Bobek and the Fremd offensive line led the way as senior running back Justin Wallace rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown. The line allowed the Vikings (1-3) to rush for 239 yards.

"We talked before the game that we needed to be the Fremd offensive line of the past," Bobek told the Daily Herald. "The past O-lines have always been tough and we wanted to continue that tradition. We were kind of backed into a corner and we had to fight our way out of it."

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – Firestone moved to 2-2 on the season with a 72-0 rout of visiting Akron Kenmore in the City Series opener.

Senior rusher Timonte Anderson followed Brown and the rest of his blockers in rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow senior Cody Grice added 121 yards and two more scores for the Falcons (2-2, 1-0).

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – Behind Carter and the Kennedy offensive line, quarterback Antonio Howard pushed the Eagles to a Senate Athletic League victory against Cleveland John Hay.

Howard rushed for 106 yards and threw for 83 more. He completed 9 of 14 passes for a touchdown, and Lawrence Drake added two more scores.

Kennedy improved to 3-1 (1-0 SAL). John Hay fell to 2-2 (0-1 SAL).

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – The 0-2 Colonels had an open week. They will host Miramar (1-1) for a Class 6A District 10 game Sept. 24.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – Things started well enough for Elyria, but after missing on a trick play, host Mayfield took command in a 33-0 victory.

The Pioneers (1-3) took the opening kickoff and drove into Mayfield territory before failing on a fake field goal. The Wildcats (3-1) then scored on their first offensive play from scrimmage, reaching the end zone on an 80-yard pass from Caden Loew to Harry Morgenstern.

Elyria fell behind 10-0 after the first quarter and 23-0 at halftime. The Pioneers failed to gain any offensive traction in the second half, gaining only 29 yards of total offense after the break.

"The thing about our team right now," Elyria head coach Steve Hamilton told the Lorain Morning Journal. "We don't have mental toughness. We don't have physical tough¬ness. We need to go home and see the man in the mirror."

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers and Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – With Gambrell looking on as he nursed a meniscus injury, Hayes and his teammates jumped out to a 15-0 lead en route to a 35-12 victory.

Facing double teams for the entirety of the game, Hayes was limited to three tackles including one for a 3-yard loss as well as one pass deflection. At the other side of the line, junior end Chris Wormley recorded three sacks.

All 12 points scored by Rogers (1-3, 0-1) came in the second quarter. Quarterback Alex Paliki completed 6 of 15 passes for 163 yards for the Panthers (3-1, 1-0).

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – Seventeen points in the final two minutes of the first half helped Center Grove cruise to a 46-0 victory over visiting Terre Haute South.

Center Grove (4-1, 2-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) led only 8-0 late in the second quarter before Damiano Mancini made a 44-yard field goal to make it 11-0. Terre Haute South (1-4) fumbled the ball on the next play from scrimmage, and four plays later, the Trojans added to their lead on a touchdown run by Jimmy Daggett. The Braves were flagged for running into the kicker on the PAT, and Center Grove then attempted an onside kick from its own 45. The Trojans recovered the ball and quickly struck again on a 43-yard TD pass from Kody Kavanaugh to Kyle Schwartz on a flea flicker.

With that, the rout was on. Center Grove made three more trips to the end zone in the second half to cap the scoring.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – Heuerman did not have a catch, but Barron Collier still earned a 42-14 home victory against Palmetto Ridge.

Three late touchdowns in the second quarter helped the Cougars (2-1) pull away after being tied 7-7. A 49-yard touchdown reception by Roodjery Roger from Julio Gomez started the onslaught, and Travis Weber added a pair of touchdowns before the break on a 1-yard run and a12-yard pass from Gomez.

Palmetto Ridge (0-3) struggled with Barron Collier's speed and played without starting quarterback Shad Thebaud and receiver Richard Jean-Baptiste because of injuries.

Kyle Kalis (junior), OT, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward - Kalis saw his team earn a 38-6 victory against visiting Inkster, Mich., in his first game after giving Ohio State his verbal commitment.

No individual statistics were available.

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Miller is still not 100 percent while recovering from an ankle injuries suffered earlier this season, but his efforts were enough to push Wayne to a 21-7 win against visiting Trotwood-Madison.

Miller threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Armani Miller to start the scoring. Miller led the Warriors (2-2) with 133 yards on 9 of 21 passing with a touchdown and an interception. Seth Stuart added a 1-yard TD run, and Anthone Taylor added a 4-yard score.

The Rams (3-1) capped the scoring with their lone touchdown of the game, a 7-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Graham to Trai Mobley.

Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – McKinley could not hold a 14-point lead and fell 24-21 at Austintown Fitch.

A 22-yard field goal by Ken Kilpatrick with 1:52 remaining provided the winning points for the Falcons (4-0). McKinley drove to the Fitch 24-yard-line in the final moments but could not tie the game.

Fitch's last drive went 94 yards after the offense took over at its own 1. McKinley (2-2) had built a 21-7 lead in the third quarter thanks two touchdown runs of 4 and 7 yards by Kyle Ohradzansky and a 4-yard score by Sa'Veon Holloway.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry rushed for a 57-yard touchdown as Olentangy thumped Dublin Scioto 42-13.

Perry rushed for 87 yards on five carries, and Bryce Creek scored two touchdowns for Olentangy (3-1, 1-0 OCC Cardinal). Creek reached the end zone on a 30-yard reception and a 45-yard interception.

Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Smith did a little of everything for the Massillon offense in a 26-21 win at Mentor.

Smith caught eight passes for 127 yards, averaged 42 yards on a pair of punt returns and also threw a touchdown pass.

"We work it all the time in practice," Smith told the Canton Repository about his TD pass. "They tell us to be ready just in case we get to run them in the game. It just worked perfectly. We executed it perfectly."

The Tigers (3-1) looked better on offense under first-time starter Kyle Kempt, who completed 16 of 26 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to Smith and Kempt, receiver Justin Olack also threw a TD pass. Olack also caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that put Massillon ahead for good.

Mentor had its playoff hopes take a big hit. The Cardinals (1-3) will likely have to win the rest of their games to see the postseason.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – The beat went on for Vernon Hills as the Cougars pitched their fourth straight shutout in a 60-0 rout of visiting Round Lake.

Vernon Hills' high-powered offense has gotten a lot of attention this season, but the defense also continued its success. The Cougars (4-0, 2-0 North Suburban Prairie) did not allow a first down until Round Lake's seven offensive possession.

Vernon Hills scored 47 points in the first half. Spencer aided the cause with two touchdowns on a 20-yard run off a hook-and-ladder and a 7-yard touchdown reception.

Round Lake fell to 1-3 and 0-2 in the NSP. Vernon Hills has outscored its opponents 208-0.

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – Tanner threw two touchdowns on offense to help Eastmoor earn a 55-36 shootout victory against visiting Columbus West.

Tanner completed all four of his pass attempts for 63 yards and two of them were score scores. The first came on a 10-yard pass to Tevion Page in the first quarter, and the second was on a 7-yard strike to Devon Edwards in the second quarter. Derick Rudolph added three more touchdowns for Eastmoor (1-2) and finished with a 311 yards on 30 carries.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Shaker Heights moved to 1-3 on the season witha 21-6 vicotry against visiting Warrenville Heights.

Running back Narwin Powell rushed behind Underwood and hte Shaker Heights offensive line for two touchdown runs of 70 and 13 yards.

Nick Vannett, TE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Vannett caught two touchdown passes but it was not enough to help the Warhawks earn their first win of the 2010 season. Host Westerville South earned a 21-14 victory.

Westerville Central (0-4) fell behind 21-0 at halftime before attempting to rally. Vannett helped the cause by hauling in a 50-yard TD pass from Cody Kondas in the third quarter and a 8-yard score from Kondas in the fourth quarter. Vannett finished with six receptions for 94 yards, but Jayshon Jackson stole the spotlight for Westerville South (3-1). Jackson scored on touchdown runs of 14 and 20 yards and finished with 205 rushing yards.


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