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 Oct. 1-2. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball capped the scoring in a 20-6 victory against Columbus St. Charles, but quarterback Nick Gentile was the workhorse for the Stallions (4-2, 1-0 Central Catholic League).

Gentile rushed for 130 yards and led a DeSales offense that outscored St. Charles (5-1, 0-1) 13-0 after taking a narrow 7-6 lead into halftime. Ball set the final margin of victory with a 1-yard touchdown dive with 1:16 left in the game.

The win continued DeSales' dominance in the series. The Stalions have won 34 consecutive games against the Cardinals.

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – The beat continued for the Elks, who blasted host Kettering Fairmont 59-0 in Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division play.

Bennett recorded two sacks and a half-sack in the rout. Multipurpose back Tristin Boykin led the offensive attack for Centerville (5-0, 1-0 GWOC Central), rushing for 118 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Jon Overstreet rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more.

The Firebirds fell to 2-4 (0-1 GWOC Central).

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – On a week during which Bobek was picked for the U.S. Army All-America Game, the Vikings thoroughly dominated Hoffman Estates in a 30-0 victory.

Fremd (2-4, 1-1 Mid-Suburban West) still needs to win the rest of its games to make the postseason but made a good first step by stifling the option attack of the Hawks (0-6, 0-2). The Vikings allowed only 95 yards of total offense and followed Bobek and the offensive line to the tune of 205 rushing yards. Justin Wallace led the attack with 77 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – Brown and Firestone crushed crosstown foe Akron East 34-0 in a game played at the University of Akron's Info-Cision Stadium. The Falcons (3-3, 2-0 City Series) were led by Cody Grice, who rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Timonte Anderson rushed for another score, and Firestone also recorded two safeties.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – The Eagles became the latest Senate League opponent to fall to state power Cleveland Glenville, dropping a 51-12 final.

The Tarblooders (6-0, 3-0) piled up 397 yards of total offense and got four touchdowns from quarterback Cardale Jones, who came off the bench to complete 10 of 14 passes for 215 yards.

Kennedy (4-2, 2-1) scored all of its points in the fourth quarter. Carter started at right guard and also spent time as a defensive lineman.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – Plantation allowed a touchdown on every first-half drive in a 49-7 home loss to unbeaten Lakeland.

The Dreadnaughts (4-0) was led by Steward Butler, who rushed for 158 yards in the first half alone. He also scored twice before halftime. Plantation remained winless on the season at 0-4 (0-1 District 10-6A).

Brionte Dunn (junior), RB, Canton GlenOak and Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – Points weren't plentiful, but big plays were in an 8-6 victory for McKinley at Canton GlenOak.

No play was bigger than the defensive stop of a two-point conversion attempt by GlenOak (3-3, 1-2 Federal League) with a little more than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs pressured GlenOak quarterback Alex Meredith and stopped him short of the goal line.

"Our defense came up big," McKinley quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky said. "Those guys have been making big plays all year."

McKinley (4-2, 2-2 Federal League) scored its lone touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter. Ohradzansky reached the end zone on a 60-yard run, and holder Taron Montgomery added a two-point conversion rush when he took a snap and took the ball around left end.

Dunn finished with 103 yards on 28 carries in his first game after giving Ohio State his verbal commitment.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – Farris and the Elyria defense dominated in a 35-3 win at Cuyahoga Falls.

Elyria (2-4) allowed the first points of the game and trailed 3-0 after the first quarter before taking command. Keon Nealy scored two touchdowns on runs of 31 and 69 yards to lead the attack.

Cuyahoga Falls fell to 1-5 with the loss.

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers – Gambrell and the Rogers defense had an easy time of it in a 62-0 Toledo City League blowout win at Toledo Woodward.

Damond Powell set the tone for the Rams (2-3, 1-1) by catching an 81-yard touchdown pass from Dominic Jones on the first play from scrimmage. Powell finished with two catches, which both went for touchdowns, for 141 yards. Jones added three touchdown runs and finished with 73 yards on nine carries.

Woodward remained winless at 0-6 (0-2 TCL).

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – The Trojans earned a 21-14 victory in a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference showdown against Indianapolis Ben Davis.

Center Grove (6-1, 4-1) scored the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of regulation. It capped a seven-minute possession that included three third-down conversions and traveled 73 yards. Running back Jimmy Daggett finished the march with a 2-yard TD run with 29 seconds left on the clock.

The Trojans beat Ben Davis (5-2, 3-2), a perennial central Indiana football power, for the fifth straight time.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – Whitmer outgained visiting Toledo St. Francis 412-198 and earned a 35-8 win in Toledo City League play.

The Panthers (5-1, 2-1 TCL) were led by Jody Webb and Tre Sterritt, who rushed for a combined 267 yards and five touchdowns. Webb piled up 135 yards on 13 carries with three scores, while Sterritt added 132 on 10 carries with two trips to the end zone.

The Knights (2-4, 1-2) allowed 337 yards rushing to Whitmer.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – Naples remained unbeaten in district play with a 17-0 whitewash of host Lehigh Acres East Lee County.

Barron Collier (4-1, 2-0 District 12-3A) was led by quarterback Julio Gomez, who provided all 17 points. He scored touchdown runs of 8 and 4 yards and added a 35 yard field goal. All the points came after halftime.

The Cougars held the Jags (1-3, 0-2) to 87 yards of offense.

Kyle Kalis (junior), OT, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward – Kalis did not play in his team's 45-0 rout of visiting Cleveland Benedictine.

Even without Kalis, the Eagles cruised. St. Edward (6-0) limited Benedictine (1-5) to 82 yards of total offense, and the Eagles used an impressive rushing attack to pile on the points. St. Edward rushed for 338 yards, led by a 106-yard performance by Reggie Terrell.

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – In a battle featuring a pair of top prospects and good friends, Wayne's late rally was not enough in a 28-21 loss to visiting Springfield.

Led by linebacker Trey DePriest, the Wildcats (5-1, 1-0 GWOC Central) built a 21-0 lead into the fourth quarter before Miller rallied the Warriors (3-3, 0-1 GWOC Central) with three touchdown drives in three minutes to tie the game with 7:26 remaining. Springfield then got the big play it needed to earn the victory when George Walker returned the kickoff following the third Wayne touchdown 92 yards for a score of his own.

Miller then led the Warriors down the field and into Springfield territory before having a pass intercepted by Walker in the end zone with six seconds remaining.

Miller, who attended Springfield schools until the eighth grade, completed 9 of 30 passes for 156 yards and three interceptions. He rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked six times.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry did not play because of a concussion, but the Braves fared well without him in a 10-7 victory at Powell Olentangy Liberty, their first win over the Patriots in three meetings.

Despite missing Perry and two other defensive starters, Olentangy (4-2, 2-1 OCC Cardinal) held Liberty to 35 rushing yards. Tyler Foy scored the Braves' touchdown on a 3-yard TD run, and Kyle Culbertson's 28-yard field goal provided the winning margin.

Liberty (3-3, 1-2) prevented a shutout by scoring with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Hudson to Joey Longhino.

Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Smith returned the opening kickoff for a 79-yard touchdown, and that was a hint of things to come in an eventual 56-7 rout of visiting Brantford (Ontario) Collegiate Institute.

Smith later added a 7-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Kempt, who threw three touchdown passes to lead the Tigers (5-1). Justin Olack added two touchdown receptions and led the Massillon offensive attack with 92 receiving yards.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Spencer hauled in an interception on defense and returned it for a touchdown in a 48-0 blanking of host Wauconda in North Suburban Prairie action.

The Cougars (6-0, 3-0) still have not allowed a point this season on defense, outscoring their opponents 290-0, and the offense continued to cruise against the Bulldogs (1-5, 0-3). Senior Brian Palmer scored three touchdowns, made five tackles on defense and blocked a field goal. New Notre Dame verbal commit DaVaris Daniels added a 32-yard touchdown run and a 68-yard touchdown return off the blocked field goal by Palmer.

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – The Warriors had no trouble against visiting Columbus South, posting an 82-3 victory. Derick Rudolph led Eastmoor (3-2, 3-0 City South) with four touchdowns. He also added 109 yards rushing.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Shaker Heights fell to 1-5 and lost their Lake Erie League Lake Division opener 27-19 vs. Cleveland Heights.

Cleveland Heights (3-3, 1-0) was led by Deontre Delk, who scored two touchdowns on a 83-yard reception and a 35-yard run, respectively.

Nick Vannett, TE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – After dropping its first four games of the season, Westerville Central won its second straight game, 23-20, at Marysville.

A defensive touchdown iced the victory for the Warhawks (2-4, 2-1 OCC Cardinal). With Westerville Central holding a 16-12 lead in the fourth quarter, Kyle Winston intercepted a Marysville pass and returned it for a 25-yard touchdown.

The Monarchs (3-3, 1-2) led 12-7 at halftime but struggled to move the ball after the break. Marysville closed the gap to 23-20 on a Craig Runyan 6-yard touchdown reception from Connor Devine with a little more than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Warhawks stopped the Monarchs on their final two offensive possessions.

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