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 Oct. 7-8.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – DeSales (3-3, 1-0 Central Catholic League) had an off week. The Stallions next play Oct. 14 against visiting Columbus Bishop Watterson.

De'Van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders maintained their dominance in the Senate League by crushing previously unbeaten Cleveland John F. Kennedy, 40-0.

Glenville (3-3, 3-0) is likely not going to make the playoffs but can still win the Senate League again. The Tarblooders won their 101st straight league game and dropped JFK to 6-1 (2-1 Senate League).

"The playoffs is not our issue," Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "What is our issue is to be the highlight of the city. We play for the city. We play for the (Cleveland school) district. If someone thinks this is just about the playoffs, that shows how short-minded you are."

Ginn returned to active duty on the sidelines for the first time in three weeks. He has been dealing with undisclosed health issues.

After a scoreless first quarter, Herbert Walker gave the Tarblooders a 13-0 lead at halftime on runs of 19 and 1 yard. Glenville added a pair of touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters. V'Angelo Bentley had two of them, one on a 19-yard run in the third quarter and another on a 55-yard reception from Quan Robinson.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers led 7-0 at halftime before breaking out and routing host Groveport Madison, 35-0.

Pickerington Central (4-2, 4-0 Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division) won its fourth straight and was led by senior running backs Billy Eakins and Devone Penick, who rushed for 104 and 90 yards, respectively. Eakins scored one touchdown, while Penick added two. The Tigers were balanced in the win, rushing for 260 yards and throwing for 204. Quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg threw for 161 of those passing yards, completing 7 of 9 passes.

The Cruisers (3-4, 1-3) finished with 300 yards of total offense but could not break through for points.

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn was held to 89 yards on 25 carries but the Golden Eagles relied on others in a 22-16 victory against visiting Uniontown Lake.

GlenOak quarterback Reid Worstell threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to DaShawn Hall with no time left on the clock to win the game. The scoring strike came after the pair had just connected for a 31-yard completion and following a missed potential go-ahead field goal by Lake (1-5, 1-3 Federal League) with 45 seconds remaining.

"I dropped back to pass, and I was thinking that it's probably not going to be there because they are all going to be rushing," Worstell told the Canton Repository about the game-winning play. "I scrambled around, saw Dashawn, threw it and we got the touchdown."

Worstell led the Golden Eagles (7-0, 4-0) by completing 13 of 16 passes for 192 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North – A 90-yard kickoff return by Aaron Roberson helped visiting Gahanna Lincoln knock off Pickerington North, 24-14, in an OCC Ohio battle.

The kickoff return featured some trickery. Brandon Shirey fielded the boot and was then surrounded by two teammates, one of whom was Roberson. When the players dispersed, Roberson had the ball – and plenty of open field to the end zone.

The Panthers (5-2, 2-2) had tied the game at 14 before the kickoff return. Quarterback Zach Olszewski found tight end Jake Butt for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately for Olszewski, his attempt to lead Pickerington North to a touchdown after the kickoff return ended with an interception.

Lincoln (5-2, 3-1) was led by quarterback Tyler Grassman, who completed 21 of 31 passes for 236 yards with two touchdown and two interceptions.

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – Epitropoulos caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter as the Golden Bears crushed host Grove City Central Crossing, 76-0.

Epitropoulos' score was UA's third of the first quarter. The Bears (6-1, 4-0 OCC Central) led 35-0 after the first quarter and 62-0 at halftime. Running back Gus Ackley rushed for 106 yards on only four carries. He also scored twice on runs of 33 and 16 yards.

The Bears dominated defensively, holding the Comets (0-7, 0-4) to 21 total yards – minus-4 in the second half.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – Murray caught four passes for 66 yards offensively and helped defensively as the Big Red remained unbeaten with a 35-20 win against visiting Baltimore (Md.) Mount St. Joseph.

Steubenville (7-0) had its share of struggles against the Gaels (2-3). The Big Red never trailed but Mount St. Joseph always remained close. Steubenville led 14-7 at halftime and 21-7 in the third quarter before the Gaels rallied to pull with one at 21-20 after a pair of touchdowns with one missed extra point.

A 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Manard Reed and a 25-yard touchdown run by Jo Jo Pierro sealed the win for the Big Red in the fourth quarter.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry did a little bit of everything in Olentangy's 42-17 win against host Dublin Jerome.

Perry scored four touchdowns in three different ways. He rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, added a 64-yard touchdown reception and also returned an interception 22 yards for another score.

"Joshua is starting to come into his own," Olentangy head coach Ed Terwilliger told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "They started to bottle us up in the second half, but he made some big plays."

Jerome head coach Mark Hundley could only laugh about Perry after the game.

"The good news is he's going to be a Buckeye, and I don't have to worry about him going against us," Hundley told This Week. "The kid's a player. He's got a big body, and he runs so well. He's one of the most patient running backs I've ever seen."

Perry's biggest play was arguably his 64-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. After Jerome (2-5, 2-2 OCC Cardinal) cut the deficit to 21-10, Perry took a swing pass from Andrew Horstman for a touchdown to give Olentangy (4-3, 3-1) more breathing room.

Perry, however, was more pumped up about his defensive score. It came in the fourth quarter and gave the Braves a 35-17 lead.

"I've never had an interception for a touchdown so that was extremely exciting for me," Perry told This Week. "We did a good job of getting after it. We weren't going to let him come at us. We're going to come at them."

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio – The Bearcats fell to 4-3 on the season with a 23-20 loss at Lorain.

Lorain (4-3, 2-2 Lake Erie) raced out to a 21-0 halftime lead before Bedford rallied with 20 unanswered points. The Titans were able to ice the victory with a safety with 3:53 left when defensive lineman Cedric Peyton sacked Devin Davis in the end zone. Despite the safety, Davis led Bedford (3-1 Lake Erie) with 164 yards on 5 of 17 passing with two touchdowns. He also ran for 29 yards and a score.

Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – The Golden Gales committed five turnovers and had a rough night offensively in a 13-2 loss to visiting Reynoldsburg in OCC Ohio play.

Lancaster (3-4, 1-3) lost three fumbles, including one at the Reynoldsburg 5-yard line at the end of a 66-yard run by freshman quarterback Alex Butsko in the second quarter. The Raiders (5-2, 3-1) led 7-0 at the time and added to that by driving 95 yards after the Butsko final for a 9-yard touchdown run by Reynoldsburg quarterback Jordan Aekins.

The Golden Gales' lone points came on a third-quarter safety.

Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats had to use a backup quarterback but that didn't matter in a 42-7 win at Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep.

St. Ignatius (6-1) was without senior quarterback Eric Williams, who was out with a minor injury. Junior Mike LaManna stepped in and threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Jake Mooney caught three of LaManna's TD passes on plays of 18, 15 and 61 yards. Fullback Mike Svetina caught the other, a 74-yard score. Svetina also recovered a fumble for a score.

Cathedral Prep fell to 4-2.

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