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 Sept. 1-4. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – DeSales evened its record through two weeks with a 48-12 home victory against Columbus Brookhaven. Ball found the end zone early and often. He scored six touchdowns, breaking through on runs of 2, 6, 12, 1, 8 and 7 yards.

Ball scored four touchdowns in the first half, giving the Stallions (1-1) a 28-6 lead at halftime. He finished with 77 yards on 14 carries.

"Last week was a disappointing loss to Gahanna (Lincoln, a 31-14 loss), so it felt great," Ball told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "The offensive line did a tremendous job."

The touchdowns for the Bearcats (0-2) came on a second-quarter 33-yard pass from Tajuan Green to Clevis Towns and an 8-yard Michael Fair run in the fourth quarter.

De'van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville – Glenville (0-1) will face Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County (1-0) Monday at Ohio Stadium as part of the Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers faced a Cincinnati team for the second consecutive week and lost for a second time, dropping a 38-21 game vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier at Ohio Stadium as part of the Herbstreit Classic.

The Bombers (2-0) took advantage of five Pickerington Central turnovers, including two in the fourth quarter. The Tigers did lead twice, however, scoring the first touchdown of the game when Lewis caught a 43-yard TD pass from Nick Jensen-Clagg in the first quarter and breaking a 7-7 halftime tie with a Billy Eakins 78-yard scoring run that opened the second-half scoring.

St. X took command by scoring 31 points after Eakins' score. The only Pickerington Central during that span came on a 39-yard TD reception by Lewis.

"They had a pretty good defensive line and a pretty good running back (Conor Hundley, who rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns)," Lewis told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "I think we learned a lot from this."

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn got it done for GlenOak, leading the Golden Eagles to a 22-21 come-from-behind victory at Massillon Washington.

Dunn carried the ball 39 times for 249 yards and helped GlenOak (2-0) post its first road win against the Tigers since 1986. He scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to erase what was a 21-10 lead for Massillon (1-1) through three quarters. The first came on a 12-yard run with 7:40 remaining that capped a 12-play, 77-yard drive and cut the deficit to 21-16 after a failed two-point conversion.

Dunn's second trip to the end zone was more memorable than the first. The 6-1, 215-pound tailback broke through the Massillon line and broke several tackles en route to a 56-yard touchdown that gave the Golden Eagles the lead with 4:57 remaining. Again, the Golden Eagles failed to convert a two-point conversion attempt, but the Tigers could not to retake the lead.

There was some late controversy when Dunn appeared to fumble the ball with less than two minutes remaining. The officials had blown the play dead, however, because one had thought Massillon head coach Jason Hall had called time out. He had not.

"Ultimately, what they did was take the game out of letting the kids decide whether we win or GlenOak wins," Hall told the Canton Repository.

The officials were escorted off the field by police. Dunn told reporters after the game that his knee was down.

In addition to his rushing efforts, Dunn also put his name on the box score in the first quarter when he threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Lunden Butler. GlenOak's victory avenged a 1-point loss suffered against the Tigers last fall.

"This year's team is way different than last year's team," Dunn told the Repository. "We don't quit on this team. That's the main thing. This senior class doesn't quit. We've been waiting for this a long, long time. They upset us last year."

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North – Pickerington North outgained host Logan 358-186 and improved to 2-0 with a 42-14 victory.

Quarterback Zach Olszewski led the Pickerington North attack, completing 5 of 10 passes for 132 yards and two scores. He added a team-high 87 yards on eight carries. Godwin Igwebuike netted 166 yards of total offense.

Logan trailed 35-7 at halftime and fell to 0-2 on the season.

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – Epitropoulos caught one pass for 41 yards, and the Golden Bears evened its record to 1-1 with a 34-19 victory against Springfield at Ohio Stadium as part of the Herbstreit Classic.

A 2-yard touchdown run by Ryan McSheffery gave UA a 7-0 lead at halftime. The Bears took command of the game by scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter. Chris Frey and Jared Drake returned interceptions for touchdowns and Francis Wilamosky rushed for a 13-yard TD. The trio of scores came in a 72-second span.

The Wildcats (0-2) scored all of their points in the fourth quarter.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – The Big Red spotted visiting Akron Buchtel six points before cruising to a 22-6 victory.

Murray added 45 yards on offense as Steubenville (2-0) used its ground attack to erase its 6-0 halftime deficit. The Big Red finished with 237 rushing yards and got rushing touchdowns from JoJo Pierro of 1 and 53 yards. Leshawn Luke added a 4-yard score.

Buchtel fell to 0-2.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – A touchdown with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter lifted host Delaware Hayes to a 18-14 victory.

Matthew Bingaya caught a 19-yard pass from Josh Bendor for the winning score. Bingaya caught all three touchdowns for the Pacers (1-1). He finished with 11 receptions for 126 yards.

The Braves (1-1) scored their touchdowns on a 54-yard run by Will Brett in the first quarter and a 47-yard run by Jonathan Seymour.

Perry did not play. He was suspended stemming from an incident in the season opener against Lewis Center Olentangy Orange in which he was ejected for hitting an opponent.

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio and Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – A battle between a pair of OSU commits went Thomas' way as St. Ignatius routed visiting Beford, 51-13.

Thomas was held off the scoreboard, but Powell was not. The Bedford senior caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Unfortunately for the Panthers (1-1), it only cut the deficit to 20-6. St. Ignatius scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to further pull away en route to an easy victory.

Junior tailback/safety Tim McVey led the way for the Wildcats (2-0). He rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns and added two more scores on kickoff returns of 80 and 90 yards. He notched two sacks on defense.

Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – Roberts scored three touchdowns on offense as the Gales improved to 2-0 with a 41-35 overtime win at Mason.

Roberts rushed for three touchdowns. His first came on a 73-yard run in the first quarter that tied the game at 7-7. He later added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter on runs of 1 and 34 yards that gave Lancaster a 35-28 lead.

The Comets (1-1) forced overtime with a 19-yard touchdown pass from J.D. Sprague to Kevin Niehoff on a fourth-and-12 play with 1:06 remaining.

Mason missed a field goal in overtime, and Lancaster earned the victory with a 6-yard touchdown run by Ethan Bond.

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