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. 29-30. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales – DeSales earned a spot in the Division III playoffs with a 35-24 road win at Cleveland St. Benedictine.

Ball scored two touchdowns as the Stallions (5-5) built a 21-10 halftime lead and cruised to victory. Ball's touchdowns came on runs of 5 and 2 yards.

DeSales qualified for the OHSAA Division III playoffs as a No. 8 seed in Region 10 and will face top-seeded Columbus Bishop Watterson (8-1) in a regional quarterfinal. Watterson defeated DeSales 31-7 in the eighth week of the season.

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – The Elks closed the regular season with a 51-7 thumping of host Beavercreek.

Centerville (8-2, 4-2) prepped for the playoffs by crushing the Beavers (1-9, 1-5) behind its triple-option offense. Quarterback Jon Overstreet rushed for 84 yards, and running back Tristen Boykin (186) and fullback Chris Barr (103) both topped the century mark on the ground. The Elks rushed for 461 yards.

The Elks qualified for the Division I playoffs in Region 4 as a No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 Cincinnati Moeller (7-3) in a regional quarterfinal.

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – Fremd opened play in the IHSA Class 8A playoffs with a 24-13 win at seventh-seeded Evanston.

Running back Justin Wallace followed Bobek and the rest of the offensive line to the tune of 294 yards on 43 carries with three touchdowns. The Vikings (6-4) twice erased touchdown deficits before taking command. Tenth-seeded Fremd took the lead for good at 14-13 when Wallace ran for a 26-yard touchdown and Andrew Stark converted the extra point.

The Wildkits finished their season 6-4. Tenth-seeded Fremd will face either No. 2 Wilmette Loyola Academy (9-1) next week.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – Akron Buchtel clinched the Akron City Series championship with a 38-25 win against Firestone at InfoCision Stadium.

Both teams came into the game with identical 5-0 records in the City Series, and the game was tied 18-18 at halftime before the Griffins (7-3, 6-0) took command in the second half. Quarterback Stephen Parker completed 7 of 13 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. His top target was Corey Smith, who had four catches for 67 yards and a pair of scores.

Cody Grice led the attack for Firestone (6-4, 5-1). Grice, who verbally committed to the University of Akron during the week, rushed for 110 yards on 33 carries with a touchdown. Firestone did not qualify for the playoffs.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – Kennedy concluded the regular season with a 14-8 win at Cleveland Rhodes in Senate League action.

Rhodes (6-4, 4-4) led 8-0 at halftime with a second-quarter score and two-point conversion. JFK (7-3, 5-2) rallied with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns on a 15-yard run by Lawrence Drake and 4-yard rush by Antonio Howard.

The Eagles qualified for the Division II playoffs in Region 6 as a No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Olmsted Falls (7-3) in a regional quarterfinal.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – Plantation improved to 3-5 with a 48-9 thumping of visiting and winless Hollywood McArthur.

The Colonels opened the scoring with a touchdown stemming from a recovered onside kick. The trick play gave Plantation the ball at the McArthur 45-yard-line to start the game, and Imonni Carswell threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Nate Nelson four plays later. Two quick touchdowns near the end of the first quarter essentially put the game out of reach. After a 15-yard touchdown run by Rijante Randall with 49 seconds left in the quarter, Erin Andrews intercepted a Mustang pass and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown that gave Plantation a 20-2 lead.

Cash found his way to the end zone during the game, returning the second half kickoff 88 yards for a score.

Bri'onte Dunn (junior), RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – GlenOak ended the season with a 35-33 loss at Massillon Perry.

Perry (7-3, 4-2 Federal League) rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing by 13 points. That comeback overshadowed another impressive effort by Dunn, who rushed for 100 runs against a Perry front that was expecting the run. Dunn's efforts pushed him past 2,000 yards for the season. He also scored a 12-yard touchdown with 1:22 left in the third quarter that gave GlenOak (4-6, 2-5) a 27-14 lead.

Perry scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to earn the victory and keep its playoff hopes alive. GlenOak had a chance to tie the game when the Golden Eagles scored a touchdown and needed a two-point conversion to tie the game. Unfortunately for GlenOak, quarterback Alex Meredith's pass was incomplete and Perry recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – Elyria's season ended with a thud in a 45-0 loss at Twinsburg.

Twinsburg (9-1, 4-1) earned a share of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title with the win. Leading the Tigers' attack was running back John Barton, who rushed for 63 yards, had 104 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns.

Elyria ended the season with a 4-6 record and a 3-2 mark in conference.

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers – Gambrell scored twice on offense as Rogers ended the season with a 65-6 rout of visiting Toledo Scott.

Gambrell rushed for scores of 56 and 57 yards, and Rogers (6-3, 5-1) piled up 476 yards of total offense. Conversely, Scott (1-9, 1-5) was held to 50 yards rushing and 112 passing.

Conversely, Scott (1-9, 1-5) was held to 50 yards rushing and 112 passing.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – Whitmer finished its second consecutive Toledo City League championship season with a 33-7 home win vs. Toledo Start.

Whitmer (9-1, 7-0) opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Alex Palicki to Nick Longenbarger and never looked back. The lone score for Start (2-8, 2-5) came on a 1-yard run by Josh Winzler.

The Panthers qualified for the Division I playoffs in Region 2 as a No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 Massillon Washington (7-3) in a regional quarterfinal.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – A stopped two-point conversion gave Barron Collier a 14-13 win at Naples Golden Gate.

The Titans (6-4, 1-4 District 3A-12) had the conversion run stopped short with 1:27 to go to allow the Cougars (6-2, 4-1) to leave with the victory. The win clinched a playoff spot for Barron Collier, its fourth consecutive postseason berth.

Heuerman caught a 12-yard touchdown pass to give Barron Collier a 7-0 halftime lead. That lead increased to 14-0, which would be enough for the Cougars.

Kyle Kalis (junior), OT, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward – Kalis missed his team's regular season finale at Cleveland St. Ignatius, but the Eagles improved to 10-0 with a 33-10 thumping of the Wildcats.

St. Edward is 10-0 for the third time in school history and ended the season for St. Ignatius (4-6), which missed the postseason for the first time since 1987. The Eagles never trailed and had a 23-3 lead at halftime. Terrell Bates scored two touchdowns to lead the way on runs of 2 and 12 yards. He finished with 137 yards on 25 carries. Quarterback Kevin Burke added two touchdowns and 194 yards of total offense.

The Eagles qualified for the Division I playoffs in Region 1 as a No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 Mentor (7-3) in a regional quarterfinal.

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Miller and the Warriors ended the regular season with a 42-14 rout of visiting Kettering Fairmont.

Miller completed 13 of 30 passes for 188 yards and had a hand in three touchdowns. He rushed for two and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Armani Miller. Anthone Taylor led the rushing attack for Wayne (7-3, 4-1 GWOC Central) rushed for another touchdown and reached the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

Fairmont ended its season with a 2-8 record (0-4 GWOC Central).

The Warriors qualified for the Division I playoffs in Region 4 as a No. 8 seed and will face No. 1 Middletown (10-0) in a regional quarterfinal.

Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley and Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – The annual rivalry showdown went McKinley's way in a 40-17 blowout for the Bulldogs.

More than 17,000 were at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and saw the host Tigers fail to hold on to a 10-7 lead in the second quarter. McKinley (8-2) outrushed Massillon 356-102 and took the lead for good on a 6-yard touchdown run by Sa'Veon Holloway. Quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky rushed for touchdowns of 24 and 36 yards and also threw for a 19-yard score to Malcolm Robinson.

Miller and the Bulldog defense finished with three sacks, all in the second half.

"We just kept playing hard and kept rushing the passer," Miller told the Canton Repository. "We just kept rushing the quarterback and having fun."

Smith did his best for the Tigers (7-3), catching seven passes for 135 yards.

McKinley and Massillon both qualified for the Division I playoffs in Region 2. The No. 1 Bulldogs will host No. 8 Medina, while the No. 6 Tigers travel to No. 3 Toledo Whitmer (9-1).

Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Olentangy concluded the season with a 44-12 win at Westerville North.

The Braves (6-4, 4-3 OCC Cardinal) were led by running back William Greathouse, who rushed for two scores and 140 yards. Perry added an additional 107 as Olentangy outrushed Westerville North 345-99.

The Warriors ended the season winless at 0-10 (0-7 OCC Cardinal).

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Spencer took the opening kickoff of Vernon Hills' IHSA Class 5A playoff opener 84 yards for a touchdown, and that set the tone in a 51-0 win against visiting Chicago Harlan.

The fourth-seeded Cougars (9-1) had little trouble against Harlan (6-4). Spencer added a 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Chris Argianas during a 28-point first quarter for Vernon Hills.

Vernon Hills will face No. 12 Tinley Park (7-3) next week.

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – Eastmoor scored 36 points in the first quarter and crushed host Columbus Africentric 49-0.

The Warriors (6-3, 6-1 City South) scored all of their points in the first half. Tanner completed all three of his pass attempts for 30 yards and one score. That TD pass went 15 yards to Andre Hairston. Derick Rudolph and Tevion Page each added two touchdowns apiece.

Africentric (3-7, 2-5) finished with 78 yards of total offense, including minus-3 yards on the ground.

Eastmoor qualified for the Division III playoffs in Region 10 as a No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Tiffin Columbian (9-1) in a regional quarterfinal.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Underwood capped his prep career with a 55-20 win vs. Cleveland Collinwood.

Shaker Heights (2-8) raced out to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter and were never threatened by Colinwood (3-7). Devaughn Dubose, Brandon Harris and Arlin Hill all scored rushing touchdowns in the first half, and Jimmie Pope threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Romond Tate before halftime.

Nick Vannett, TE/DE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Westerville Central ended its season with a 2-8 record after a 43-22 loss to visiting Dublin Jerome.

Jerome (6-4, 5-2 OCC Cardinal) was led by Donovan Wilson, who rushed for 233 yards and scored three touchdowns. The Celtics rushed for 310 yards.

Westerville Central (2-5 OCC Cardinal) trailed 28-0 at halftime. Quarterback Spencer Allen completed 14 of 33 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns but had four passes intercepted.


The following players have concluded their season: Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove


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