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. 14-15. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball rushed for 195 yards on 44 carries as DeSales won its fourth Central Catholic League Silver Division title in five years thanks to a 25-14 win against visiting Columbus Bishop Watterson.

Ball added two touchdowns to the cause, both coming in the first half. He gave DeSales (4-3, 2-0 CCL) a 10-0 lead in the second quarter with an 8-yard scoring run and later made it 17-0 with a 6-yard romp.

"We really played some smash-mouth football and the offensive line did a tremendous job tonight," Ball told This Week newspapers of Columbus.

Watterson (3-5, 0-1) got as close as 20-14 when Austin Greene ran for a 66-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 8:52 left in the fourth quarter, but DeSales iced the victory with a safety and a field goal. The safety came when Ja'Mezz McKinney tackled Greene in the end zone with 3:07 left, and Anthony Ciammaichella added a 30-yard field goal with 90 seconds left on the clock.

De'Van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville – Bogard threw a touchdown pass on offense as the Tarblooders routed Cleveland Lincoln West 52-0 in a Senate League battle.

Bogard's TD pass, a 37-yard connection with Davonte Congress in the first quarter, opened the scoring. Glenville (4-3, 4-0) led 13-0 after the first quarter and 31-0 at halftime. Congress added a 53-yard touchdown run, and quarterback Quan Robinson tossed two touchdown passes of 25 and 34 yards, respectively.

Lincoln West fell to 1-7 and 0-5 in league play.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The host Tigers had little trouble with Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division foe Newark in an 87-0 victory.

Pickerington Central (5-2, 5-0) rushed behind Boren and the rest of the offensive line to the tune of 509 yards. Lewis also got into the act, scoring the Tigers' third touchdown on a 16-yard strike from quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg.

Pickerington Central led 49-0 at halftime. Newark remained winless at 0-8 (0-5 OCC Ohio).

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn was held to less than 100 yards rushing as GlenOak fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 17-14 Federal League loss at Youngstown Boardman.

Dunn rushed 22 times for 82 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring in the first quarter. Boardman, however, took the momentum before halftime by scoring 10 points in the final 40 seconds of the first half. A short GlenOak punt from its own end zone allowed the Spartans (6-2, 5-0) to start a drive from the Golden Eagles' 37-yard line. Boardman then tied the game with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Pollifrone to Devin Campbell with 40 seconds left in the second quarter.

GlenOak muffed the ensuing kick, allowing Boardman to add three more points before the break on a 27-yard Ian Simmons field goal.

"That was huge," Boardman head coach Mark D'Eramo told the Canton Repository. "It was just a great effort by our kids and a great high school football game."

Boardman extended its lead to 17-7 in the third quarter after an 85-yard drive that took only three plays. Nathan Jones capped the brief march with a 39-yard TD run out of the wildcat formation.

GlenOak (7-1, 4-1) cut into the lead with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Reid Worstell to Lunden Butler with 11:13 left in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Eagles could get no closer.

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North and Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – Elflein gained bragging rights against his future Ohio State teammate thanks to a 49-14 rout for Pickerington North against the visiting Golden Gales.

Big plays helped Pickerington North (6-2, 3-2 OCC Ohio) earn the victory. Of the Panthers' seven touchdowns, five came on plays of 40 yards or more. OSU target Jake Butt had the first of those, opening the scoring in the first quarter with a 41-yard TD reception from Zach Olszewski. Butt, a junior, caught six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns, the second coming in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard completion.

The Panthers finished with 444 yards of total offense. Lancaster (3-5, 1-4) netted 251 yards of total offense despite nearly doubling Pickerington North in time of possession.

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – A week after beating an OCC Central foe by 76, the Golden Bears could not quite match that with a 63-7 rout of visiting Galloway Westland.

Upper Arlington (7-1, 5-0) scored 49 unanswered points after Westland (1-7, 0-5) scored a second-quarter touchdown that cut UA's lead to 14-7. Epitropoulos scored two of those seven touchdowns, reaching the end zone on a 50-yard punt return and a 31-yard reception from David Smith.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – Murray scored two offensive touchdowns as Steubenville remained unbeaten with a 49-26 victory against visiting Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Joseph's.

The Big Red improved to 7-0 thanks in part to Murray. In addition to his efforts on defense, Murray added TD receptions of 13 and 25 yards. The latter score was highlight-reel worthy. According to the Steubenville Herald Star, Murray made a diving catch on a Marcus Prather pass in the end zone in the third quarter.

A 21-point third quarter helped Steubenville hold off St. Joseph's (5-2). The Big Red held a narrow 22-20 lead at halftime before taking command after the break. Jo Jo Pierro got things going with a 5-yard run and later an 85-yard catch and run from Prather. Murray capped the quarter with his second score.

The Big Red and the Marauders combined for 992 yards of total offense. Murray caught three passes for 39 of his team's 588 yards.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Illness limited Perry as Olentangy fell 20-7 to visiting Westerville Central.

Perry scored the Braves' lone touchdown on a 4-yard run in the second quarter but did not make it to halftime. He left the game midway through the second quarter after only five carries for 17 yards.

"He was throwing up at school and he tried to play, but he was just too sick," Olentangy head coach Ed Terwilliger told This Week newspapers of Columbus.

Westerville Central (7-1, 4-1 OCC Cardinal) was led by quarterback Cody Kondas, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 20 times for 65 yards and another score.

All of the game's points came in the first half. Olentangy (4-4, 3-2) held WC to 51 yards of total offense after halftime but turned the ball over on downs three times in the second half.

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio – Powell scored an offensive touchdown vs. East Cleveland Shaw but it was not enough in a 27-13 loss in Lake Erie League play.

Powell caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Devin Davis that cut a 12-0 halftime deficit to 12-6 in the third quarter. Shaw (4-3, 3-2) took the momentum back, however, by scoring 15 unanswered points to extend its lead.

Bedford (4-4, 3-2) closed the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by Taylor Williams.

Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – An extra point by senior Tim Shenk proved to be the difference as St. Ignatius outlasted Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis 21-20 in overtime.

St. Francis (4-3) opened overtime with a 4-yard touchdown catch by tight end Jarrett Dolegala. The Red Raiders missed the point after attempt, however, and when Tim McVey scored for St. Ignatius (7-1), Shenk ended the game by making his extra point boot in a stiff wind.

Prior to Overtime, St. Francis held a 14-0 lead at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by Akeel Lynch, a Boston College verbal commit. St. Ignatius tied the game in the second half on two third-quarter TD passes from quarterback Eric Williams. The first went 4-yards to Connor Hennessy, and the second was a 3-yard strike to Jake Mooney.

Lynch rushed for 131 yards on 38 carries.

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