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. 16-17. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball scored five touchdowns as DeSales improved to 2-2 with a 42-7 victory at Union (Ky.) Ryle.

Ball rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries, his first 100-yard game of the 2011 season. He rushed for touchdowns of 2, 16, 11, 24 and 34 yards to lead the Stallions' attack. Quarterback Alex Perrine completed 8 of 10 passes for 105 yards.

Nathan Davis threw a touchdown pass to Mason Lehmkuhl for Ryle (2-2). DeSales outgained the Raiders, 319-311.

De'Van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders' scheduled game against Senate League foe Cleveland Rhodes did not happen after the Rams announced that they would forfeit the game. Rhodes had suspended several players stemming from a bench-clearing brawl a week earlier during its game against Cleveland Central Catholic. Principal Diane Rollins and head coach Phillip Gray chose to not play because of low varsity numbers and a lack of a junior varsity team.

Unfortunately for Glenville, the forfeit will not help its playoff hopes. Ohio High School Athletic Association Media Relations Director Tim Stried told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer that the game will be deemed a no contest. Thus, the Tarblooders will not get computer points for a victory.

With the no contest, Glenville's record remained 1-2 (1-0 Senate League). Rhodes remained 1-2 (0-1 Senate League).

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central and Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – For the first time in school history, Pickerington Central won at Lancaster, earning a 21-0 victory that opened Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division play.

Three first-half touchdowns provided all the points. Jordan Pieczynski started the scoring in the first quarter with a 5-yard rushing score. Billy Eakins and Jake Kincaid added TD runs of 7 and 2 yards in the second quarter. The Tiger defense did the rest, holding Lancaster (2-2, 0-1) to 115 yards of total offense. Conversely, Pickerington Central (1-2, 1-0) netted 143 yards on the ground.

Roberts, also a fullback for the Golden Gales, rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries. Lancaster played the game without starting quarterback Riley Theiss, who was out with a concussion. Starting running back Ethan Bond and starting center Clayton Happeney also missed the game for undisclosed reasons.

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn again led the Golden Eagles and GlenOak improved to 4-0 with a 34-7 victory against visiting Massillon Jackson to open the Federal League season.

Dunn helped crush the previously-undefeated Polar Bears (3-1, 0-1) – literally on one occasion. During one rush, Dunn bowled over two Jackson defenders, who both had to be helped off the field.

"This was a big game for us," Dunn told the Canton Repository. "They're No. 1 in our computer region. We wanted to punish them. Every game we have to prove that we can play that brand of GlenOak football. Every game."

After holding only a 6-0 lead at halftime, the Golden Eagles (4-0, 1-0) took command. GlenOak did most of its damage on the ground. Dunn finished with 169 yards on 21 carries, and fellow rusher Jordan Autrey added 119 yards on nine carries.

Dunn reached the end zone four times on scoring runs of 4, 4, 5 and 10 yards.

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North – For the first time in school history, Pickerington North moved to 4-0 thanks to its 38-21 victory vs. visiting Groveport Madison in both teams' OCC Ohio Division opener.

Elflein and the Panthers' line led the way, opening holes and allowing rushers to score four touchdowns. Running back Godwin Igwebuike scored on rushes of 3 and 2 yards, and Alston Robertson added a 1-yard score. Quarterback Zach Olszewski ran for an 18-yard touchdown and completed 8 of 14 passes for 146 yards.

Pickerington North rushed for 362 yards, with Igwebuike leading the attack with 82 yards on nine carries. Seth Gamby led the receivers with 102 yards on four receptions.

Pickerington North improved to 4-0 (1-0), and the Cruisers fell to 2-2 (0-1).

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – The Golden Bears opened OCC Central Division play with a 14-7 victory at Worthington Thomas Worthington.

Upper Arlington (3-1, 1-0) opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run from Gus Ackley in the second quarter. The Bears then extended their lead to 14-0 in the fourth quarter with a 4-yard TD pass from David Smith to Zach Powers.

The Cardinals (1-3, 0-1) got their points with a 2-yard scoring run by Eric Monfort with 8:20 remaining. They had one last possession late in the fourth quarter but it ended when UA cornerback Alex Husted intercepted a pass with a little more than a minute remaining.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – The sixth edition of the Battle of the Bridge went to the Big Red, 40-6 winners at Wellsburg (W.Va.) Brooke.

As usual, Steubenville's rushing attack paced its offense. The Big Red (4-0) finished with 526 yards, 337 coming on the ground. Senior Jo Jo Pierro led the attack with 141 yards on 16 carries and three scores. Senior QB Marcus Prather threw for 189 yards and two TD passes.

Murray carried the ball once on offense for 12 yards. He also caught a pass for another 12-yard gain.

Brooke fell to 1-3.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry rushed for 199 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Braves to a 35-25 victory at Dublin Scioto in both squads' OCC Cardinal Division opener.

Perry scored on runs of 61, 1 and 88 yards to lead the offense for Olentangy (2-2, 1-0). He finished with 87 rushing yards and had two additional touchdowns called back by penalties. Defensively, he helped the Braves hold the Irish scoreless in the first half. Olentangy led 28-0 in the third quarterback before Scioto scored the first of its four touchdowns, each coming through the air from quarterback Evan DeMars.

"We came out here with an intensity we haven't seen in a couple of weeks," Perry told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "The energy was there and the team morale was up tonight."

The Irish fell to 1-3 (0-1).

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio – Powell and the Bedford defense helped keep visiting Shaker Heights winless in a 32-14 Lake Erie league victory for the Bearcats.

Seniors Devin Davis and Joe Beasley combined for 140 yards rushing. Davis netted 82 yards with a touchdown and Beasley added 58 more yards and two scores.

Bedford (2-2, 1-0) led 19-7 at halftime. Shaker Heights fell to 0-4 (0-1).

Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – Thomas caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown as St. Ignatius avenged a 2010 lopsided loss by crushing visiting Centerville 27-8.

The Wildcats (3-1) were led by quarterback Eric Williams, who threw for 259 yards and two TDs. In addition to Thomas' 11-yard TD haul in the second quarter, Jake Mooney added a 79-yard scoring catch in the third quarter.

Centerville (1-3) had its triple-option offense held to 119 yards. The Elks defeated St. Ignatius 31-7 last season at Centerville.

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