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 Aug. 25-27. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball scored his first touchdown of the season on a 19-yard run in the second quarter, but DeSales (0-1) could not make a 14-3 halftime lead last in a 31-14 loss to visiting Gahanna Lincoln.

The Lions (1-0) were led by senior Tyler Grassman, who rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, threw a 5-yard score to Kevin Mosley and caught a 35-yard score from Alec Tuohy.

Ball was held to 23 yards on 12 carries.

De'van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville – As is usually the case when Glenville faces Lakewood St. Edward, the game was close. This time, however, St. Edward left Cleveland Browns Stadium with a 17-14 overtime victory.

A 22-yard field goal by Jake Wilhelm was the winning score. It held up when St. Edward defensive end Darryl Render forced Glenville QB Quan Robinson to fumble, and Lavonte Robinson recovered for the Eagles (1-0) to seal the victory.

Glenville (0-1) led 8-7 in the fourth quarterback before St. Edward took a 14-8 lead with 7:49 remaining on a 1-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Aaron on a fourth-and-goal play. The Tarblooders later answered the score on a 4-yard touchdown run by Robinson, but then went for a two-point conversion pass that was deflected by Sam Martello.

The Tarblooders had another chance to win the game before overtime when St. Edward lost a fumble at its own 21-yard line. However, a 30-yard field goal attempt by Akee Henderson went wide right with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – With Ohio State fullback and Pickerington Central grad Zach Boren in attendance, the Tigers lost 14-0 to Cincinnati Moeller at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.

Moeller quarterback Spencer Iacovone hooked up with Keith Watkins for both of the game's scores. The first came on a 12-yard strike in the second quarter, with a 4-yard pass resulting in a trip to the end zone in the third quarter.

The Crusaders (1-0) outrushed Pickerington North (0-1), 150-34. Lewis returned four punts for 45 yards.

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in a 35-17 victory for GlenOak against visiting Akron Firestone.

Dunn had plenty of help from fellow rusher Jordan Autry, who added 92 yards on 10 carries. The Golden Eagles (1-0) also got a good performance from quarterback Christian Manns. He completed all eight of his pass attempts for 124 yards and two more touchdowns. Manns got the start in place of Reid Worstell, who was out with mononucleosis.

Led by Dunn, GlenOak outrushed Firestone (0-1), 224-6, and the Eagles held a commanding 35-3 lead in the third quarter before the Falcons scored a pair of late touchdowns to make the final score more respectable.

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North – Behind Elflein and the rest of his offensive line mates, North posted a surprising 38-3 beatdown of visiting Columbus Bishop Watterson, the defending OHSAA Division III champion.

The Panthers dominated on both sides of the ball. Elflein helped create holes for Pickerington North rushers and closed holes against Watterson's wing-T offense. Elflein notched a pair of sacks of Watterson quarterback Andy Elberson and two more tackles for a loss.

"We really didn't expect it to come this easy," Elflein told the (Columbus) Dispatch. "It all starts up front, and we know that's the strength of this football team."

Godwin Igwebuike, Zach Olszewski, Alston Robertson and Jordan Chambers all rushed for scores for the Panthers (1-0). Olszewski also threw a touchdown pass to Roland Lapido.

Watterson (0-1) scored its points on a 32-yard field goal by Brennan Clegg in the first quarter.

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – A two-point conversion in the final minute of the fourth quarter by host Dresden Tri-Valley sent Upper Arlington to a 29-27 loss.

The two-point play was actually scored because of a mistake. A 16-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Strock to Matt Amicone tied the game at 27, but the point-after attempt was botched because of a bad snap. Holder Devin Moran hauled in the high snap and made his way to the end zone for the winning points.

Upper Arlington (0-1) gave Tri-Valley (1-0) an opening to pull off the victory when the Golden Bears missed an extra point after taking a 27-21 lead with eight minutes left following a Garrett Powers 16-yard touchdown reception from David Smith.

Epitropoulos helped the Golden Bears' cause by hauling in three passes for 109 yards. He also nabbed a 44-yard touchdown pass that opened the scoring in the first quarter.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – Murray and the Big Red began the season with a 31-9 rout of visiting Morgantown, W.Va.

Steubenville (1-0) piled up 337 yards of offense, and Murray and the defense held the Mohigans (0-1) to 98 yards of total offense. The Big Red led 31-0 at halftime and got a pair of touchdown receptions from tight end Eric Robinson on passes from Marcus Prather.

Offensively, Murray rushed twice for 14 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – A 19-yard touchdown run by Perry with 7:17 remaining in the fourth quarter lifted the host Braves to a 27-21 win against visiting crosstown rival Lewis Center Olentangy Orange.

The point after attempt following Perry's score was blocked, but an interception by Tim Feasel at the Olentangy 45-yard line with 40 seconds remaining sealed the victory for the Braves (1-0).

Perry carried the ball 14 times for 99 yards and also added a 5-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, his night ended before the final whistle. He was ejected from the game with 5:33 remaining for hitting Orange quarterback Daniel Bull near the Orange sideline.

"I don't know what happened until I see the film," Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "Josh said he pushed him, but the officials said he hit him. If that happened, he'll miss next week (against Delaware)."

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio – The Bedford defense kept visiting Olmsted Falls quiet for much of the night, and Powell added a touchdown offensively as the Bearcats began their season with a 49-20 victory.

Powell caught a 32-yard touchdown pass that closed the scoring in the second quarter and gave Bedford (1-0) a 21-7 lead at the break. Two more touchdowns gave the Bearcats a 35-7 lead through three quarters before both teams added a pair of touchdowns to close the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – A slow start turned into a 35-13 blowout victory by Lancaster against visiting Logan.

The Golden Gales (1-0) trailed 7-0 in the second quarter before Roberts broke through with a 32-yard touchdown run. He added a two-point conversion run to make it 8-7 and Lancaster went on to score 35 unanswered points. Logan (0-1) did not score again until the fourth quarter.

Roberts did leave the game in the third quarter with a leg injury but later returned.

Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats opened the season with a 40-20 win against visiting Detroit Cody.

St. Ignatius (1-0) was led by running back Tim McVey, who rushed for touchdowns of 5, 8 and 44 yards. The Wildcats led 40-0 at halftime.

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