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 Nov. 12-13. All are seniors unless noted.

Michael Bennett, DL, Centerville, Ohio, and Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – In the end, Braxton Miller was simply too much for Centerville to overcome in an Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Region 4 semifinal.

Miller sent Wayne (9-3) to its first regional championship game since 2005 with a 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime that gave the Warriors a 36-33 win at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

Centerville (9-3) lost to Wayne 34-10 on Oct. 14 but looked like a different team in the second matchup. The Elks rode a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jon Overstreet, a 34-yard field goal by Chris Kuzma and a 9-yard Chris Barr TD burst to a 16-0 lead in the second quarter. Wayne answered with a pair of touchdowns – one coming on a 44-yard pass from Miller to Anthone Taylor – to cut the deficit to 16-13 at halftime.

The Elks got another short Overstreet touchdown run to extend the lead to 23-13 midway through the third quarter, but Wayne rallied to send the game to overtime with 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Marshall Newsome made a 44-yard field goal and then Miller tied the game with a 2-yard TD run.

Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime. Wayne started on offense, and Miller threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Bonner. Centerville answered with a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass from Overstreet to Shawn Johnson. It was Overstreet's only pass attempt of the game.

The Elks took a 33-30 lead in the second overtime with a 21-yard Kuzma field goal, but that left the door open for Wayne. Miller capped an 80-yard rushing performance with a game-winning 1-yard run to the end zone to end the game.

"This means a lot," Miller said in the Dayton Daily News. "It's not easy to get past them."

The eighth-seeded Warriors will face No. 6 Cincinnati St. Xavier (7-4) Saturday in the regional final.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – Plantation may not have qualified for the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 6A playoffs, but the Colonels ended the season by making history in a 58-56 win at Miramar Everglades.

The 114 points scored in the game set a Broward County record, and a 1-yard touchdown run by Rijante Randall in the fourth quarter gave Plantation the victory. The total points were the most in Broward County since 1998 when Plantation and Cooper City combined for 110.

Randall scored three touchdowns and led all rushers with 107 yards on 18 carries. Nate Nelson added three more Plantation touchdowns. Everglades (6-4) was led by quarterback Matthew Vincent, who threw for 229 yards on 14-of-18 passes with three touchdowns.

The Colonels (5-5) had their postseason hopes dashed on Monday when they failed to advance in a three-way tiebreaker for second place in District 10-6A. Plantation earned their way to the second quarter of the tiebreaker by blanking South Plantation 21-0 in the first quarter. Unfortunately, a missed extra point cost Plantation in a 7-6 loss to Davie Western.

Conner Crowell, LB, Waldorf (Md.) North Point – Crowell's season came to an end before the final whistle blew in North Point's 28-17 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 4A East region semifinal at Gambrills Arundel.

Crowell suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and had to be taken from the field in an ambulance. He underwent surgery on the ankle Friday night at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Without Crowell, who was also his team's top rusher, third-seeded North Point (9-2) struggled. No. 2 Arundel (10-1) raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown passes from Nick Rosati to Tyler Washington. North Point cut the deficit to 14-10 in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Emmanuel Onakoya in the second quarter and a 26-yard field goal by Bryce Fuggit in the third quarter, but that was as close as the Eagles would come.

"Most of our package for the game revolved around him, but we had a lot of guys step up and play well in his place and that's a tribute to the kids," North Point coach Ken Lane said of Crowell in the Maryland Gazette.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer – Third-seeded Whitmer scored early and often in the first half and cruised to a 35-14 win against No. 7 Twinsburg in an OHSAA Division I Region 2 semifinal at Ashland Community Stadium.

The Panthers (11-1) burst out to a 28-0 lead in the first half. Whitmer rushed for 279 yards on 48 carries, led by a 139-yard effort by Jody Webb. He scored on touchdown runs of 66 and 25 yards and quickly put the Tigers (10-2) out of contention.

Whitmer quarterback Alex Palicki added 97 passing yards and 86 on the ground.

Next up for the Panthers is a regional championship game against fourth-seeded Toledo St. John's. The Titans (11-1) defeated Medina 24-6 in a regional semifinal.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – The Cougars' final game before the playoffs went well, with Barron Collier taking the 13th annual Catfish Bowl title thanks to a 28-7 win vs. Naples Gulf Coast.

Barron Collier (8-2) rode Julio Gomez to victory. The quarterback ran for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns. Of his rushing total, 181 yards came in the second half. Gomez also completed 4 of 6 passes for 79 yards.

"If I have field, I'm going to do whatever I can to get the extra yards," Gomez said in the Naples News. "I'll make a cut, do whatever I can to get yardage and get points on the board."

The Sharks (3-7) had opportunities to keep the game close. They missed two field goals and had two other drives end in Barron Collier territory without points.

Up next for the Cougars is a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A regional quarterfinal Friday at South Fort Myers (9-0).

Kyle Kalis, OL, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward – St. Edward crushed Cleveland Glenville 42-22 in an OHSAA Division I Region 1 semifinal at Parma Byers Field.

The third-seeded Eagles (12-0) picked off four passes and rallied past the second-seeded Tarblooders (11-1) with 28 unanswered points that erased a two-point halftime deficit (16-14). Cory Blackstock started the second-half scoring with an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown. Chris Connors added a 13-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Burke in the third quarter.

Running back Terrell Bates capped the St. Edwards scoring in the fourth quarter on runs of 26 and 42 yards.

Glenville's Cardale Jones closed the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run. He completed 23 of 48 passes for 320 yards with one touchdown.

No. 1 Solon (12-0) is next for St. Edward in the regional championship game.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Spencer scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but it was not enough as top-seeded Maple Park Kaneland ended Vernon Hills' season with a 27-21 loss in an Illinois High School Association Class 5A quarterfinal.

The teams traded first-half touchdowns and went into halftime tied 7-7. Vernon Hills (10-2) then took a 14-7 lead early in the third quarter on a 21-yard Brian Palmer touchdown run. Kaneland answered to tie the game, which the Knights also did after Spencer's score gave the Cougars a 21-14 lead.

Kaneland (12-0) then earned the victory with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Camiliere to tight end Tyler Callaghan with 8.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The score came at the end of a 14-yard, 80-yard march that started with 2:29 left on the clock and included a fourth-and-3 conversion at the Vernon Hills' 16-yard line. Instead of attempting a tying field goal, Camiliere completed a 6-yard pass to Daniel Helm.

Spencer finished his prep career with an eight-catch performance for 124 yards.


The following players have concluded their season: Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales; Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd; Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone; Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy; Bri'onte Dunn (junior), RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak; Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio; DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers; Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove; Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley; Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy; Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington; Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor; Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Nick Vannett, TE/DE, Westerville (Ohio) Central.


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