Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Sept. 24. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales – DeSales traveled to Michigan to face Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep and returned with a 24-0 loss.

The unbeaten Eaglets were led by Mike Koenigsknecht, who threw a 16-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 5-yard score. He completed 4 of 8 passes for 54 yards.

No individual stats were available for DeSales (3-2).

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – Bennett recorded five tackles and a sack as the Elks (5-0) beat visiting Springboro 28-13 to avoid a letdown after marquee victories against Kettering Alter and Cleveland St. Ignatius.

While Centerville remained unbeaten, the Panthers (2-3) did keep it close. Michael Hale started the scoring for the Elks on a 5-yard TD run in the first quarter, but Springboro answered with a 1-yard scoring run by Josh Little. Centerville took a 14-6 lead into the break on a 4-yard touchdown run by Chris Barr, but Springboro answered early in the third quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Josh Little to Jeron King. The Elks finally pulled away with a late third-quarter touchdown on a 2-yard Barr run and another Barr touchdown, this one a 1-yard variety, in the fourth quarter.

Three Centerville players finished with more than 100 yards rushing: Barr (130), Jon Overstreet (125) and Tristin Boykin (111).

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – Seven-time defending Mid-Suburban West champion Fremd fell to 1-4 because of a 17-14 loss at Schaumburg in a division opener.

Fremd will have to win its first four games to qualify for the playoffs after being unable to hold onto a halftime lead. The Saxons (4-1) were led by Shepard Little and Mark Iannotti. Little ran for 176 yards and added a 4-yard go-ahead touchdown. Iannotti scored the eventual game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Bob Quilico that made it 17-7 with 9:03 left in regulation.

Fremd led 7-3 at halftime thanks to a 35-yard touchdown pass from Sam Beutler to Jeff Diegel. Beutler rushed for his team's other score on a 4-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone and Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – In a game featuring two commits, the historic Massillon program earned its 800th win with a 42-10 rout of visiting Firestone.

Smith caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt early in the second quarter that broke a 7-7 tie and sparked a 28-point outburst by the Tigers (4-1) that made the score 35-10 at halftime. Smith finished with five catches for 91 yards.

Firestone (2-3) was led by rusher Cody Grice, who followed Brown and the rest of the offensive line and finished with 22 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – In what was supposed to be a competitive Senate Athletic League game, Kennedy had little trouble vs. Cleveland John Marshall in a 41-6 victory.

The Eagles (4-1, 2-0 SAL) led 21-0 after the first quarter and never looked back. Carter and the Kennedy offensive line helped quarterback Antonio Howard gain 129 yards and score three touchdowns. Eagles tailback Lawrence Drake added 106 yards of total offense with another score.

John Marshall (3-2, 2-1) scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Josh Sims to Tamaine Chappell.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – The Colonels went for the win and got burned late in a 24-23 loss to visiting Miramar in a District 10-6A opener.

Plantation (0-3) scored a touchdown to get within a point with two minutes left in the fourth quarter but instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game, head coach Steve Davis elected to go for two. Colonels quarterback Imonni Carswell had his pass to the end zone knocked away, however, and Miramar was able to then run out the rest of the clock.

"We play to win," Davis told the Miami Herald. "Our kids got us in a position to win it."

The Patriots (2-1) took a 24-17 lead with less than four minutes left in regulation on a 20-yard touchdown reception by Sean McVay from Devote Mathis. Plantation responded with a Rijante Randall touchdown run on fourth-and-1 that set up the key two-point conversion attempt.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – The Pioneers could not make a 17-7 lead stand on homecoming as Parma scored 13 fourth-quarter points to capture the 20-17 lead.

After the visitors (4-1) scored only 27 seconds into the final quarter, they recovered an onsides kick and promptly scored again to seize control. Two subsequent Elyria drives went nowhere, and the Redmen emerged victorious.

Farris recorded four tackles including two sacks for -20 yards while playing all but one play at either right tackle or defensive end.

Despite falling to 1-4 on the season, Elyria begins conference play this weekend with hopes of capturing a league crown.

"Hopefully we can get these five wins in a row and be conference champions and try to sneak in the playoffs," Farris told after the game. "It's definitely nice to be able to look ahead. At least we have a future. At lest we've got somewhere we can look forward to."

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers – Rogers (1-3, 0-1 Toledo City League) had an open week and will next play Oct. 1 at Toledo Woodward.

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – Indiana commit Nick Stoner led Center Grove to a 34-24 win vs. Indianapolis Lawrence North.

Stoner, who had earlier muffed a punt that led to a Wildcat touchdown, returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, later added a TD on a fumble return and intercepted a pass.

"When I came out in the second half after that punt, I was going to go hard no matter what," Stoner said. "The guys did a great job blocking and they made a hole for me and I just took it."

Center Grove (5-1, 3-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) led 14-10 at halftime before pulling away from the Wildcats (0-6, 0-4) in the second half. Hale and the first-team defense were out of the game by the time Lawrence North added a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to make the final score more respectable.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – A key Toledo City League game turned into a convincing 49-24 Whitmer victory over Toledo St. John's Jesuit.

Panther running back Jody Webb led the offense, rushing 17 times for 210 yards. He scored three touchdowns on runs of 41, 16 and 69 yards, helping Whitmer (4-1, 2-0 City League) outgain the Titans 514-295.

St. John's (4-1, 1-1) opened the scoring with a touchdown only 1:31 into the game, but after that the Whitmer defense tightened.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – Heuerman caught one pass for one yard as Barron Collier won 21-14 at Lehigh Acres Lehigh.

The Cougars (3-1) got a big play by Iowa commit Torrey Campbell in overtime to preserve the victory. Campbell knocked away what would have been a game-tying touchdown pass. That play allowed quarterback Julio Gomez to remain the hero for Barron Collier. Gomez rushed for 180 yards and a game-winning 10-yard touchdown. Roodjery Roger and Travis Weber also added rushing scores in regulation.

Gomez only completed two passes on the night, one of which went to Heuerman.

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Miller's high ankle sprain continued to prevent him from running the football, but that did not stop the Warriors from cruising to a 44-3 win at Xenia.

Miller completed 8 of 16 passes for 105 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Marshall Peterson. Anthone Taylor led the rushing attack, carrying the ball nine times for 219 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Morgan added 97 rushing yards.

Wayne (3-2) led 17-3 at halftime before pulling away in the second half, dropping Xenia to 2-3.

Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley –Miller and the Bulldog defense held visiting Massillon Jackson to 77 rushing yards in a 42-12 Federal League rout.

McKinley (3-2, 1-2) was led by Sa'Veon Holloway, who rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 4, 5 and 52 yards. The Bulldogs as a whole rushed for 332 yards and also had scoring runs from Taron Montgomery, Kyle Ohradzansky and Elijah Beach.

The Polar Bears (2-3, 0-2) scored both of their touchdowns in the second quarter on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Merrill to Jimmy Dehnke and a 32-yard interception return for a score by Dehnke.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry got the Braves started with a 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but that score was all Olentangy could manage in a 21-7 loss at Marysville.

Chris Bailey scored twice for the Monarchs (3-2, 1-1 OCC Cardinal) on a 4-yard and 2-yard run. Craig Runyan added a 62-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter that proved to be the winning score.

Olentangy (3-2, 1-1) had to play without Perry for most of the second half because of an injury.

"I hate to use the word concussion, but he was a little lightheaded," Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger told the Columbus Dispatch. "We kept him out as a precaution."

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Spencer was held out of the end zone by an Antioch team that attempted to take him out of the offense, but that did not matter as Vernon Hills remained unbeaten with a 34-0 victory.

The Cougars defense remained stout, pitching its fifth shutout in as many games. Vernon Hills (5-0, 3-0 North Suburban Prairie) has outscored opponents 242-0 this season. That scoreless streak was in jeopardy in the waning seconds. Antioch (4-1, 2-1) had driven 70 yards to the VH 1-yard line with less than a minute left in the game before the second-string defense made three goal-line stops to end the threat.

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – Eastmoor evened its record to 2-2 with a 43-12 win at Columbus Briggs. Derick Rudolph led the way for the Warriors, scoring three touchdowns on runs of 14, 3 and 6 yards. Jordan Bodell also caught a TD pass, and Julian Frierson added a 3-yard scoring run.

Rudolph rushed for 130 yards as the Warriors improved to 2-0 in the City South. Briggs fell to 3-2 and 0-2 in the conference.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – University of Cincinnati prospect Shaq Washington led host Maple Heights to a 35-0 whitewash of Shaker Heights.

Washington, who had not played since suffering a knee bone bruise in his team's first game, had a hand in three touchdowns. He rushed for two on runs of 2 and 1 yard and threw for an 80-yard score to Andre Stubbs. He finished with 145 passing yards. Running back DeVonte Ransom added two more touchdowns for the Mustangs (5-0).

Shaker Heights fell to 1-4.

Nick Vannett, TE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – The Warhawks earned their first win of the season by beating visiting Westerville North 33-7.

Central (1-4, 1-1 OCC Cardinal) was led by Miles Fisher, who rushed for 84 yards and a 48-yard touchdown. John Howard added a 1-yard TD run, and Spencer Allen had a hand in two other scores on a 7-yard run and 11-yard pass to Dillon Seckman. Kicker Blake Munn made a pair of field goals, both from 26 yards.

Westerville North fell to 0-5 and 0-2 in the OCC Cardinal.

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