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 Oct. 22-23. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball scored two touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards, but the Stallions' upset bid fell just short in a 33-30 loss to unbeaten Cincinnati LaSalle.

Ball scored on first-half touchdown runs of 5 and 35 yards, and DeSales (4-5) built a 30-27 lead with a 22-yard touchdown reception by Sam Borghese with 4:03 left in the fourth quarter. LaSalle (9-0) then responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Ben Ingle to take the lead for good. The biggest play of the game-winning drive came when the Lancers converted a third-and-31 from its own 19 with a 35-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Kummer to Matt Woeste. Kummer threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Woeste had 178 receiving yards.

Ball left the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter.

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – A pair of touchdown runs was all Centerville needed to get back on track with a 14-0 win at Springfield.

Jon Overstreet scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter, and Tristin Boykin added a 13-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Bennett and the Elks defense took care of the rest, holding the Wildcats (7-2, 3-1 GWOC Central) to 137 yards of total offense.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Centerville (7-2, 3-2).

Former OSU target Trey DePriest led Springfield's defense with 15 tackles and one forced fumble.

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – Fremd is playoff bound again after defeating host Hoffman Estates Conant 31-10 in the regular season finale.

"It wasn't easy," Bobek told the Chicago Daily Herald after the Vikings (5-4, 4-1 Mid-Suburban League West) clinched a spot in the postseason for the 16th straight year and earned a share of the league title.

Fremd won for the fourth straight time and Justin Wallace led the way in the win over Conant (2-7, 0-5) with 165 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – Firestone set up a regular season finale for the Akron City Series title against Akron Buchtel by blasting host Akron Garfield 31-6.

Timonte Anderson caught 42-yard touchdown pass, and the Falcons (6-3, 5-0) got rushing scores from Cody Grice and Darren McGinnis in the victory over the Golden Rams (3-6, 2-3). Grice rushed for a career-high 231 yards.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – After a scoreless first quarter, JFK cruised to a 34-12 victory at Cleveland East Tech.

The Eagles (6-3, 4-2 Senate League) led 20-6 at halftime after Malcolm Martin caught a pair of touchdown passes, and Trevon Williams rushed for a third score. The JFK defense also recorded a safety.

Martin added a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Isaac Johnson capped JFK's scoring with an 11-yard TD run. East Tech (1-7, 1-5) scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – Cash nabbed an interception and Plantation beat visiting Fort Lauderdale Dillard, 42-21, in non-district play.

The Colonels (2-5) scored 28 points in the second quarter to break the game open. Plantation went ahead for good when Terrance Mitchell scored on a 6-yard run to put his team ahead 13-6. The lead increased to 35-7 by halftime thanks to a 2-yard TD run by Cleve Williams, a Rijante Randall 83-yard scoring burst and a 15-yard touchdown pass from Imonni Carswell Jovante Ham.

Dilliard (3-4) was led by rushers Otis Wright and Dre'Sean Nelson, who combined to rush for 307 yards.

Bri'onte Dunn (junior), RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn was dominant as GlenOak outlasted Federal League foe North Canton Hoover.

The Golden Eagles (4-5, 2-4) rode Dunn to victory. He carried for a school-record 50 times and rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, he threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to DaShawn Hill. Dunn had a hand in all five GlenOak touchdowns and the Golden Eagles needed each one, especially the 49-yard touchdown he scored with three minutes remaining that represented the winning points.

With the win, GlenOak can clinch a .500 season next week with a victory in the season finale.

"I just told the offensive line we've got to toughen it up if we want to win," Dunn told the Canton Repository. "We wanted to win ... 5-5 sounds a lot better than 4-6."

Hoover (3-6, 1-5) rushed for only 60 yards but had 254 through the air. Dom Iero threw four touchdown passes and completed 19 of 25 passes for 254 with an interception in his first start of the season.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – Freshman running back Jumarr Lewis scored two touchdowns as Elyria defeated visiting Lakewood 21-7.

Lewis started the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown burst, and he put the Pioneers (4-5, 3-1 Northeast Ohio Conference River Division) ahead for good with a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter after Lakewood (3-6, 2-2) took a 7-6 lead with a 2-yard touchdown run by Ben Fitchwell and a successful extra-point kick.

Jared Williams capped the scoring for Elyria with a 3-yard run. Farris added a sack, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble.

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers – Rogers broke a late tie with a touchdown with 5:05 remaining and earned a 26-19 win at Toledo Clay.

Gambrell sealed the win with an interception at the Rogers 6-yard line with two minutes left, and that allowed his 15-yard touchdown run to stand as the winning score. Rogers (4-4, 4-1 Toledo City League) also got two touchdown receptions by Damond Powell, who caught nine passes for 127 yards.

Clay fell to 3-6 and 1-5 in the TCL.

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – The Trojans had their season come to a disappointing end with a 27-13 loss to Columbus East in a Class 5A Sectional 7 game.

Columbus East (9-1) took the opening kickoff and drove down the field 80 yards for a touchdown. Gunner Kiel scored on a 1-yard TD dive to give the Olympians the lead. East then recovered an onside kick after the extra point, and four plays later, Kiel scored again on another 1-yard burst to give the Olympians a 14-0 lead with 7:51 left in the first quarter.

"We've been practicing that (onside kick) for three weeks and we were going to use it in the tournament," Olympians coach Bob Gaddis told the Indianapolis Star.

Center Grove (7-3) scored the next two touchdowns but never tied the game after one extra point went off an upright. East then extended the lead to 21-13 with a 6-yard TD pass from Kiel to Shane Henderson late in the third quarter and Center Grove did not seriously threaten again.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – The Panthers have already clinched the Toledo City League championship but still kept up their winning ways with a 55-8 win at Toledo Bowsher.

Jody Webb scored three touchdowns and Tre Sterritt added two more for Whitmer (8-1, 6-0 TCL). Andrew Grigsby scored the lone touchdown for Bowsher (3-6, 3-3) in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – Naples defeated Barron Collier 13-7 to continue its dominance in the annual Crosstown Showdown.

Naples won the rivalry game for the 12th consecutive time by rallying with two scores after spotting Barron Collier (5-2, 3-1) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Despite the close final score, Naples dominated, piling up 367 yards of offense and holding Barron Collier to 99.

Kyle Kalis (junior), OT, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward – The unbeaten Eagles remained unblemished with a 31-7 win at Cincinnati Moeller.

St. Edward (9-0) scored two first-quarter touchdowns to set the tone, building a 31-0 lead before Moeller (6-3) capped the scoring with a fourth-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Kevin Burke led St. Edward with 279 yards of total offense. He threw for 168 yards and touchdown and rushed for 111 and two more scores.

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Wayne's 24-7 win at Clayton Northmont forced a three-way tie atop the GWOC Central and improved the Warriors' playoff chances.

Wayne (6-3, 3-1), Northmont (6-3, 3-1) and Springfield (7-2, 3-1) will have plenty to play for next week after the Warriors scored 24 unanswered points to snap Northmont's five-game winning streak. Miller led the way with 243 passing yards and a touchdown on 19-of-29 passes. He also rushed for touchdowns of 12 and 3 yards, despite rushing the ball only three times.

"When they call my number I try to explode out and get that touchdown," Miller told the Dayton Daily News. "But I like using my arm most of the time. It's effective."

Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – McKinley looked ready for its annual showdown with Massillon after beating host Youngstown Boardman 27-20 in Federal League play.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2) likely clinched a Division 1, Region 2 playoff spot with the win. McKinley built a 20-0 lead and needed a fourth-quarter touchdown to hold off Boardman (6-3, 4-2). Kyle Ohradzansky's 17-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Foster iced the victory.

Miller injured his right elbow but never left the game. His coach, Ron Johnson, said he will play in the Massillon game.

"We'd find a way for him to be successful with no arms in that game," he said.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry rushed for 37 yards on offense, and Westerville South ran away from Perry when the junior was playing defense in a 52-10 win for the Wildcats.

Westerville South (8-1, 6-0 OCC Cardinal) rushed for 370 yards and worn down the Braves (5-4, 3-3). The Wildcats led 14-10 at halftime before pulling away in the second half. Running back Jayshon Jackson led the way with 223 yards and three scores.

"We came out in the second half and wherever (Perry) lined up, we ran the other way," Westerville South coach Rocky Pentello told the Columbus Dispatch. "There are four new guys on the offensive line pounding it out this year and getting our running back some yards."

William Greathouse led Olentangy's offense with 43 yards on nine carries.

Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – If the Tigers were looking ahead to their annual showdown with McKinley next week it did not show in a 55-17 rout of Avon Grove, Pa.

Massillon (7-2) scored touchdowns on all seven of its first-half possessions en route to taking a 48-10 lead into halftime. A 50-yard kickoff return by Smith sparked the first drive, and Smith caught two touchdown passes from Kyle Kempt. Smith hauled in a 67-yard TD and a 14-yard score.

Smith finished with 109 receiving yards on six receptions.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Vernon Hills capped a perfect 6-0 season in the North Suburban League Prairie Division with a 55-6 thumping of visiting North Chicago.

Spencer scored four of his team's seven touchdowns in the victory. The Vikings (8-1) got two touchdown runs, a scoring reception and a punt return for a score from Spencer, who was ready to go after Senior Night ceremonies.

"I was itching before the game," Spencer told the Chicago Daily Herald. "It was nice before the game, but I was like, ‘C'mon, we need to get onto the field.'"

The Warhawks finished their season 1-8 with a 1-4 conference mark.

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – Eastmoor improved to 5-1 in the City South with a 34-12 win at Columbus Independence.

Derek Rudolph led the Warriors (5-3) with 164 yards and two first-half touchdowns.

Independence fell to 3-6 overall and 3-3 in the City South.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Shaker Heights fell to 1-8 after a 44-17 loss at Warren Harding.

Demond Hymes rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and Harding (7-2) led 34-3 at halftime. Shaker Heights scored second half touchdowns on a 5-yard TD pass from Connor Hall to Roamelle Bell and a 11-yard touchdown run by Hall.

Nick Vannett, TE/DE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Olentangy Liberty raced out to a 34-6 lead at halftime and cruised to a 41-12 home win.

Channing Doermann caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Allen for Westerville Central (2-7, 2-4 OCC Cardinal), but the Patriots (4-5, 3-3) had already scored five touchdowns by then. Jeff Kemper led the attack with 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

John Howard led the Warhawks with 55 rushing yards.


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