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. 29-Oct. 1. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball rolled up 171 yards rushing with two touchdowns on 27 carries as DeSales defeated Columbus St. Charles 27-10.

The bulk of Ball's yardage came after halftime. He topped the 100-yard rushing mark in the third and fourth quarters, totaling 132 after the break. Ball helped the Stallions improve to 3-3 (1-0 Central Catholic League) and earn their 35th straight victory against the Cardinals (2-4, 0-1).

"At halftime the coaches said they wanted to pound it at them," Ball told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "Our offensive line did a tremendous job. We didn't want tot be the senior class that loses to them. It feels good because they're a good football team."

Ball's first touchdown gave DeSales a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. His score came on an 8-yard run. St. Charles cut the lead to 7-3 on a 41-yard field goal by John Colosimo later in the first quarter, and that score held until the second half. The Stallions pulled out to a 27-3 lead with three unanswered touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. Auston Garrett caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Alex Perrine. The extra point was blocked, but it didn't matter. Ball added a 2-yard TD run later in the third quarter, and Perrine added a fourth-quarter TD pass, this one a 7-yard strike to J.T. Blubaugh.

De'Van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville and Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – Seventeen unanswered points in the second half led St. Ignatius to a 24-6 win against visiting Glenville in a non-conference showdown.

The Wildcats (5-1) led 7-6 at halftime thanks to a 10-yard touchdown pass from Eric Williams to Tim McCoy. They pulled away after the break thanks to two touchdown runs by Tim McVey of 3 and 8 yards and a 48-yard field goal by Tim Shenk – all coming in the third quarter.

Williams finished with 104 passing yards and a touchdown. McVey added 89 rushing yards and two scores.

The Tarblooders (2-3, 2-0 Senate League) got their points on a 78-yard touchdown run on an end around by Justin Hardee in the second quarter.

Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. returned to the team after missing last week's game for personal reasons. He was on the sidelines but did not coach. Assistant coach/offensive coordinator Tony Overton led the squad in Ginn's place.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Lewis sparked the Tigers with a key 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as Central defeated host Gahanna Lincoln 28-7 in an Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division matchup.

Lewis' big play erased a 7-0 Lincoln lead in the second quarter and took momentum away before halftime.

"We're really not used to be scored on, (so) I just felt I had to put the team on my back," Lewis told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "It did a lot for our momentum. It shifted the game."

After heading into the break tied 7-7, the Tigers (3-2, 3-0) took command of the game with three third-quarter touchdowns. Central took a 14-7 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Billy Eakins. Quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg extended the lead to 21-7 when he connected with Jake Raymond for a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Eakins then closed the scoring with a 24-yard TD burst. He finished the game with 16 carries for 108 yards.

The Lions fell to 4-2 (2-1 OCC Ohio).

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn was limited by an injury, but fortunately for GlenOak he wasn't completely sidelined. The five-star prospect led two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles rallied for a 16-7 win against rival Canton McKinley at Fawcett Stadium.

GlenOak (6-0, 3-0 Federal League) trailed 7-3 after three quarter and Dunn rarely saw the field because of his undisclosed injury. Once the fourth quarter began, however, Dunn took over. He first led the Eagles on a 64-yard touchdown drive, one that he capped with a 3-yard touchdown run. The point after attempt was blocked by McKinley standout (and Michigan State verbal commit) Se'Von Pittman, but that only temporarily stunted GlenOak's momentum.

McKinley (4-2, 2-1) was forced to punt on its next offensive possession, and the kick went only 9 yards. That allowed GlenOak to take over at the McKinley 44 with 7:49 left in the fourth quarter. Dunn carried the ball eight times during the Eagles' 12-play drive and helped weaken the McKinley defense. Quarterback Reid Worstell finished the drive with a quarterback sneak that went 3 yards to the end zone.

In all, Dunn carried the ball 17 times for 71 yards, with nearly all of those totals coming in the fourth quarter.

"I know I wasn't 100 percent in practice," Dunn told the Canton Repository. "I don't know what I was out there, but when I was in the game, it felt like 100 percent."'s Bill Greene in attendance for the game and spoke to Dunn after the final whistle. Click here for more on Dunn's big night and his thoughts on his performance.

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North – 2013 Ohio State target Jake Butt caught two touchdown passes as North crushed host Reynoldsburg 41-6.

Butt had a big game on both sides of the ball. He caught TD passes for 9 and 11 yards and recorded two sacks and three tackles for loss as a defensive end.

The Panthers (5-1, 2-1 OCC Ohio) bounced back from a disheartening loss to Pickerington Central last week by taking a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and a 28-0 advantage by halftime.

Elflein helped open holes for Godwin Igwebuike, who rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on defense on a 21-yard interception return.

Reynoldsburg (4-2, 2-1) scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by De'von Bollinger.

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – Epitropoulos returned after missing three games because of tendon surgery on his thumb and helped Upper Arlington defeat previously unbeaten Hilliard Darby 33-0.

Epitropoulos caught two third-quarter touchdown passes in the victory. He nabbed scoring strikes of 53 and 11 yards and helped turn a 12-0 halftime lead into a 26-0 advantage. Fullback Francis Wilamosky scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns on runs of 49 and 65 yards, and Jared Drake closed the scoring with a 33-yard TD run.

In all, Epitropoulos caught four passes for 84 yards.

"It was nice having Frank back," UA head coach Mike Golden told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "You're not always going to make a perfect throw, but Frank's an outstanding athlete and he made some nice plays for us."

Darby (5-1, 2-1) was held to 138 rushing yards on 43 attempts. The Panthers came into the game averaging 333.6 yards on the ground per game.

The win was the 600th victory for the Golden Bears (5-1, 3-0) in program history.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – Winless East Liverpool was no match for unbeaten Steubenville, as the host Big Red handily won 41-0.

Murray started the scoring when he took the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. He took the kick on the right side of the field, sprinted to the left and raced past everyone once he turned the corner. Steubenville (6-0) had little trouble from there, scoring 28 first-quarter points en route to the victory. Murray helped the Big Red defense keep East Liverpool (0-5) at bay. The Potters recorded only four first downs and finished with 69 yards of total offense.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry scored two touchdowns offensively and helped the Olentangy defense do its job in a 13-7 victory against visiting Olentangy Liberty.

Perry finished with 91 yards on 24 carries. He also scored on touchdown runs of 6 and 7 yards to give the Braves (3-3, 2-1 OCC Cardinal) all the points they'd need. They led 13-0 at the break and only allowed a 12-yard touchdown pass from Joey Longhino to A.J. Motika in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots (2-4, 1-2) did have a chance to score late, reaching the Olentangy 12 before being stopped on downs in the final seconds.

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio – The Bearcats remained unbeaten in Lake Erie League play with a 20-6 win at Warrensville Heights.

Bedford (4-2, 3-0) was led by tight end Isaiah Matthews, who scored two touchdowns. The first came on a 9-yard fumble recovery that tied the game 6-6 in the first quarter. He then added a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help ice the game.

The Tigers (2-4, 0-2) started the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown run by Torian Johnson.

Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – Roberts helped Lancaster's offense get back on track and the Golden Gales defeated host Grove City 28-7.

Roberts set the tone by running though a defender on his way to a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He finished with 192 yards rushing and two touchdowns, leading Lancaster (3-3, 1-2 OCC Ohio) to victory. The Golden Gales finished with 422 yards of offense.

"That's exactly what he does. He runs over people," Lancaster coach Rob Carpenter said of Roberts in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. "I don't want to overuse him, because everybody knows who he is and they all try to take shots at him, but he keeps running over them."

In addition to his 40-yard score, Roberts added a 54-yard touchdown in the third quarter. It also came at a key time, capping a drive that began after Grove City (2-4, 1-2) cut Lancaster's lead to 14-7.

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