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. 15-16. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales – A Central Catholic League rivalry game did not go DeSales' way in a 31-7 blowout loss to Columbus Bishop Watterson in a contest played at Crew Stadium.

Watterson (6-1, 1-0) dominated all aspects of the game, scoring in each quarter and not allowing DeSales to reach the end zone until the Eagles had already scored 31 points. The Stallions (4-4, 1-1) lost for the third time in four games and needed a Nick Gentile 8-yard touchdown reception to prevent the shutout in the fourth quarter. Ball, who has been dealing with a foot injury, was held to 34 yards on 10 carries.

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio and Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Miller threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-24 passing as Wayne beat Centerville 34-10 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference showdown that was televised nationally on ESPNU.

Miller tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Marshall Peterson in the first quarter and a 9-yard scoring strike to Armani Miller in the third quarter. He also rushed seven times for 36 yards for the Warriors (5-3, 2-1 GWOC Central) and sported a new haircut featuring an Ohio State Block-"O" logo in the back.

"The Big Ten can have him," Centerville coach Ron Ullery told the Dayton Daily News. "I'm glad I'm going to be watching him. These other coaches can try to figure out how to stop him."

Wayne never trailed and led by 24 at halftime. The Warriors scored touchdowns on a run, pass, kickoff return and fumble recovery during a dominant first half.

Centerville (5-2, 2-2) lost for the second straight week and was outgained 343-159. Bennett recorded three tackles in a losing effort.

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – Fremd needs only one more victory to reach the postseason for the 16th consecutive season thanks to a 26-12 upset victory vs. previously unbeaten Barrington.

The Vikings (4-4, 3-1 Mid-Suburban League West) started the season with losses in four of their first five games before getting back into playoff contention. Senior running back Justin Wallace and freshman quarterback Sam Beutler led the way in their latest victory. Wallace rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and Beutler added 96 yards of offense (48 passing, 48 rushing). Beutler's 15-yard touchdown pass to Matt Metzen with 37.1 seconds left in the first half was arguably the game's biggest play.

Bobek, who played some defensive tackle and recently moved back to center after playing guard, and Fremd now need a win at home against Hoffman Estates Conant next week in order to qualify for the IHSA Class 8A playoffs.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – A trio of players scored two touchdowns apiece as Firestone beat visiting Akron North 63-0 in City Series play.

The Falcons (5-3, 3-1) got a pair of scores from Cody Grice, Darren McGinnis and Timonte Anderson. The Vikings (0-8, 0-4) remained winless.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – A first-quarter touchdown was all Kennedy needed in a 6-0 win over Akron East.

Marcus Martin caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Antonio Howard, and even though the point-after kick failed, it was enough for JFK (5-3). Akron East fell to 1-7 with the loss.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – A 27-point third quarter helped Plantation win for the first time in 2010, earning a 43-6 win at Sunrise Piper.

The Colonels (1-5, 1-2 District 10-6A) scored on each of its third-quarter drives after leading 16-6 at the break. Rijante Randall scored three touchdowns and helped keep Piper (2-4, 0-2) winless in district play.

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – GlenOak was outscored 27-6 in the second half and dropped a 41-13 contest to visiting Youngstown Boardman.

The Spartans (6-2, 4-1 Federal League) scored 34 unanswered points to pull away, led by Ryan Pollifrone and Trae Robinson. Both threw a pair of touchdowns. GlenOak (3-5, 1-4) struggled offensively, and Dunn was held to less than 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. He had 99 yards on 24 carries with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – Elyria could not hold a 12-10 early third-quarter lead and lost 26-19 to visiting Stow.

The Bulldogs (3-5, 2-1) outlasted Elyria (3-5, 2-1) behind the efforts of quarterback Mike Greenwell and tailback Duane Mitchell. Greenwell threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while Mitchell added 124 yards.

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers – Rogers improved to 3-1 in the Toledo City League with a 40-14 rout of visiting Toledo Bowsher.

The Rams (4-3) scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions. Gambrell scored the first two on a 14-yard run and a 38-yard reception from Marquise Snider. Damond Powell added three more scores in the blowout.

Bowsher (3-5, 2-2) scored its points on a 1-yard touchdown run by Dijon Tucker and a 52-yard touchdown pass from Tucker to Alan Cook.

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – A missed extra point in overtime sent Center Grove to a 28-27 loss against visiting Indianapolis Warren Central.

Warren Central (8-1, 7-0) clinched the outright title in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference thanks to the missed PAT following what appeared to be a tying 10-yard touchdown pass from Kody Kavanaugh to Andrew Gudeman that would send the game to a second overtime.

The loss was not the only bad news for Center Grove (7-2, 5-2). Hale suffered an apparent ankle injury late in the fourth quarter when he was hurt playing on the Trojans' offensive line.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – The Panthers clinched a Toledo City League championship with a narrow 21-20 win at Toledo Central Catholic.

A 51-yard touchdown run by Jody Webb and extra-point by Jared Kenczewicz provided the winning points with 10:54 left in the fourth quarter. Central Catholic attempted to steal the victory on the ensuing drive, but 30-yard field goal attempt by Patrick Wesolowski sailed wide to the right with 7:14 remaining. Wesolowski missed a third-quarter extra point that ended up costing the Irish (7-1, 4-1) the game and the TCL title.

Whitmer (7-1, 5-0) earned the league title in its final season in the CL. The Panthers will leave the league next year along with four other TCL schools.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – The Cougars (5-1, 3-0 District 12-3A) had an open week and next play Oct. 22 at Naples (6-0, 3-0).

Kyle Kalis, OT, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward – St. Edward won a cross-state showdown by beating visiting Cincinnati St. Xavier 20-3.

St. X (4-4) scored first with a third-quarter field goal, but the Eagles took command from there. St. Edward (8-0) took the lead with a 6-yard touchdown run by Terrell Bates and led 10-3 at halftime thanks to a 37-yard field goal.

Mike Dinunzio made another 37-yard field goal, and Bates added another 6-yard TD run to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – Three touchdown rushes by Elijah Farrakhan led McKinley past North Canton Hoover, 28-17.

Farrakhan rushed for 91 yards on 15 carries with scores of 9, 17 and 9 yards. Defensively, the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2) held Hoover (4-5, 1-3) scoreless after the Vikings built a 17-14 lead at halftime.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy and Nick Vannett, TE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – William Greenhouse scored a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Olentangy a 27-20 win in a OCC Cardinal matchup.

Greenhouse led the way for Olentangy (5-3, 3-2) with 85 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Perry carried the ball 20 times for 89 yards. The Braves rushed for 265 yards as a team and finished with 345 yards of total offense.

Vannett caught nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown for Westerville Central (2-6, 2-3). His second-quarter 3-yard touchdown reception from Spencer Allen cut WC's deficit to 14-6.

Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Smith caught eight passes for 144 yards, but the Tigers dropped a 20-6 contest at Warren Harding.

Demond Hymes led Harding (6-2) with a 348-yard rushing performance with two touchdowns. Moses Sosa added a pair of field goals. Massillon (6-2) scored its only points on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt to Jacar Roberson.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – The streak is over. Not only did Vernon Hills allow points to an opponent for the first time this year, but the Cougars also suffered an upset loss to Lake Forest, 21-0.

The visiting Scouts (6-2, 3-2 North Suburban Lake) clinched a playoff berth thanks to its North Suburban crossover win. Vernon Hills (7-1, 5-0 North Suburban Prairie) had outscored its first seven opponents 310-0 but struggled against Lake Forest, allowing three first-half touchdowns and never finding its stride on offense.

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – Tanner threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another, but it was not enough in a 34-27 loss to visiting Columbus Marion-Franklin.

Tanner rushed for a 6-yard score and threw touchdown passes of 23, 18 and 23 yards. His play was overshadowed by counterpart Correy Benson, who also scored four times (three passes, one rush) and had 258 yards of total offense to lead the Red Devils (8-0, 4-0 City South).

Eastmoor fell to 4-3 and 4-1 in the City South.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Shaker Heights were a homecoming victim for host Mentor, dropping a 49-14 game to the Cardinals.

Mentor (5-3, 2-0 Lake Erie League Lake Division) scored on its first six possessions to quickly take command. Shake Heights (1-7, 0-5) scored its points on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Connor Hall to Antonio Johnson in the second quarter and a 2-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run by Narvin Powell.

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