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. 21-22.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball scored four touchdowns as DeSales cruised to a 52-7 victory at Cincinnati LaSalle in a nonconference game.

Ball scored three of his touchdowns in the first quarter as the Stallions (5-3) built a 21-0 lead. His touchdowns came on runs of 4, 20 and 2 yards, respectively. LaSalle (6-3) answered with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Dominic Capano to Derek Kief in the second quarter, but DeSales responded with a 27-yard yard field goal by Anthony Ciammaichella and a 4-yard Ball TD run before halftime, giving the Stallions a commanding 31-7 lead at halftime.

DeSales outgained the Lancers 419-222.

Devan Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville – Glenville posted its fifth Senate League shutout in as many games, this time posting a 35-0 victory against Cleveland John Adams.

The Tarblooders (5-3, 5-0) had 349 yards of total offense. V'Angelo Bentley sparked the offense with 106 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also threw a 19-yard TD pass. Regular Glenville quarterback Quan Robinson threw two touchdown passes. Bogard also got in on the scoring, catching a 47-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter on offense.

John Adams fell to 3-3 in Senate League play and 3-6 overall.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers clinched a share of their sixth consecutive Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division title with a 34-0 win at Grove City.

Pickerington Central (6-2, 6-0) scored touchdowns on its first five drives and gained 283 yards of offense in the first half. Jake Kincaid scored the first two touchdowns of the game on runs of 4 and 1 yard, both coming in the first quarter. Jake Raymond then added a 15-yard touchdown pass from Nick Jensen-Clagg in the second quarter, and Devone Penick and Lewis both added scores before halftime. Penick rushed for an 8-yard TD, while Lewis caught a 40-yard scoring strike from Jensen-Clagg.

The win was the sixth straight for Pickerington Central after starting the season 0-2.

"When we started 0-2 everybody was saying Pickerington Central was down, so it feels great to win our sixth straight OCC championship," Lewis told This Week newspapers of Columbus. "We came ready to play."

Grove City (3-6, 2-4) was held to minus-18 yards rushing on 24 carries. Quarterback Nick Davis completed 5 of 15 passes for 40 yards.

Brionte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Eagles routed visiting North Canton Hoover, 38-13.

Dunn ran for scores on runs of 9, 4 and 35 yards. GlenOak (8-1, 4-1 Federal League) led 17-0 at halftime and scored the game's first 38 points. In addition to Dunn's TDs, GlenOak got rushing scores from seniors Christian Williams and Ranta Hill-Morton. Williams scored on an 8-yard run, and Hill-Morton added a 6-yard score.

Hoover (2-7, 1-4 Federal League) was outgained 381-35 on the ground.

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North – Twenty-one first-quarter points sparked Pickerington North to a 31-14 victory at Newark.

Running back Godwin Igwebuike ran behind Elflein and the PN offensive line to the tune of 189 yards and two touchdowns. Alston Robertson added 149 yards and another score. Jake Butt added a 28-yard touchdown reception and had six tackles on defense, including two sacks.

Newark (0-9, 0-6 OCC Ohio) had some success moving the ball, getting into the red zone three times but only scoring seven points.

Pickerington North improved to 7-2 (4-2 OCC Ohio).

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – A safety and two touchdowns in the final nine minutes sent host Hilliard Davidson to a 25-7 victory against Upper Arlington in a OCC Central showdown.

The momentum went Davidson's way in the fourth quarter. It began when the Wildcats (8-0, 6-0) downed a punt at the UA 1-yard line with under 10 minutes remaining. That turned into points when linebacker Ian Losey tackled quarterback Gus Ackley in the end zone on the first play of the ensuing drive.

After Upper Arlington's free kick gave the Wildcats good starting field position at the UA 38, Davidson needed only four plays to add another touchdown. It came on a trick play in which running back Tyler Talbot took a pitch from quarterback Brandon Gleim and then threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Nick Waters.

The Talbot TD throw gave Davidson an 18-7 lead with 7:24 left. The Wildcats added an 8-yard touchdown run by Talbot with 1:54 to end the scoring.

Upper Arlington (7-2, 5-1) lost for the first time since the opening week of the season.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – The Big Red held visiting Massillon Washington to five first downs and 106 yards of total offense in a 24-7 victory.

Murray helped on both side of the ball, aiding Steubenville's defense and adding a 15-yard touchdown reception on offense that started the scoring. The Big Red (8-0) added a 28-yard field goal by Luke Smith in the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead, but the Tigers (7-2) answered before halftime on a 13-yard touchdown connection from quarterback Kyle Kempt to Montel Harrison.

Steubenville closed the scoring with two fourth-quarter touchdowns on a pair of Jo Jo Pierro touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards, respectively.

Murray finished with 34 rushing yards and 67 more in the passing game.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another but it was not enough in a 42-20 loss at Westerville South.

Gary Brown and Kelly Carter led the way for Westerville South (6-3, 5-1 OCC Cardinal). The wide receivers combined for 12 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Brown caught eight passes for 102 yards and a score, while Carter hauled in four for 125 yards.

Perry started the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He later added a 1-yard run in the third quarter. In between he threw a 14-yard TD on a halfback pass to quarterback Andrew Horstman. The TD pass tied the game at 14, but the Wildcats scored four of the last five touchdowns of the game to seal the victory.

The Braves fell below .500 at 4-5 (3-3 OCC Cardinal).

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio – The Bearcat defense did not play poorly, but the offense struggled in a 22-0 loss at undefeated Maple Heights.

Two long touchdown runs by Da'junn Graham proved to be the difference. Graham started the scoring in the first quarter on a 65-yard sprint to the end zone. He added a two-point conversion run to make it 8-0. Graham later added a 64-yard scoring run in the second quarter that made it 14-0 at halftime.

Maple Heights (8-0, 5-0 Lake Erie) added a 1-yard touchdown run by Mervin McCane and a two-point run by Anthony Burgin to close the scoring in the third quarter.

Bedford fell to 4-5 (3-3 Lake Erie).

Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – Brothers Russ and Jerry King led Lancaster to a 27-25 OCC Ohio victory at Groveport-Madison.

Russ, a junior, and Jerry, a freshman, combined for four touchdowns – two apiece. Russ finished with 201 yards on 14 carries. Jerry added 71 more on eight carries. They helped the Golden Gales (4-5, 2-4) build a 21-12 lead at halftime, and Lancaster never trailed despite the Cruisers (3-6, 1-5) attempting a late comeback. Groveport-Madison had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter but was stopped on a two-point conversion run by quarterback Shane Denny.

It was Lancaster's first win in three weeks.

Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – In a cross-state battle, Cincinnati St. Xavier gave the Queen City some bragging rights with a 14-12 victory against host Cleveland St. Ignatius.

St. X (7-2) never trailed, taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on an 80-yard touchdown run by Trey Kilgore. St. Ignatius kicker Tim Shenk cut that deficit to 7-6 with field goals of 47 and 31 yards in the first and second quarters, but Kilgore added a 29-yard TD run before halftime to give the Bombers a 14-6 halftime lead.

The Wildcats (7-2) did not allow St. X to score again but could not rally for the victory. St. Ignatius closed the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Eric Williams to Jake Mooney in the fourth quarter. A two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game failed.

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