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 Nov. 19.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers earned the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I, Region 3 title and a trip to the state semifinal round with a dominant 24-0 victory against Hilliard Davidson at Ohio Wesleyan's Selby Field.

Pickerington Central (10-2) opened the scoring with 10 second-quarter points. Lewis got things going with an 8-yard touchdown reception - a one-handed grab - of a Nick Jensen-Clagg pass with 9:56 left before halftime.

"That catch, I felt I had to make a big play," Lewis told the (Columbus) Dispatch. "It's playoff time. We want a ring this year."

The Tigers added to that advantage with a 22-yard field goal by Jake Raymond that capped a 13-play, 63-yard drive with 2:44 left before the break.

Running back Billy Eakins helped Pickerington Central pull away in the fourth quarter. He rushed for a 9-yard TD with 9:27 left. The Tigers closed the scoring with a little more than two minutes remaining when Adam Clopton returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown.

Eakins led the Pickerington Central offense with 156 yards on 20 carries.

Davidson (11-1) was without head coach Brian White for the final 5:26 after he was ejected for arguing with referees following the second of two illegal block calls on his defense. Each team was penalized six times for personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct during the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats' high-powered rushing attack was held to a season-low 101 yards on 34 carries. Davidson finished with 109 yards of total offense and only five first downs.

The Tigers advance to face Cincinnati St. Xavier next weekend. The Bombers beat Pickerington Central 38-21 on Sept. 4.

Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats held off a late rally and defeated Mentor 23-17 in the Division I, Region 1 championship game.

St. Ignatius (11-2) scored 16 unanswered points after Mentor finished the first quarter with a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals earned that advantage thanks to a 32-yard field goal by Tomislav Derezic. The Wildcats responded by taking a 13-3 lead into halftime. Quarterback Eric Williams threw two touchdown passes, connecting with Conor Hennessey on an 8-yard score and Jake Mooney on a 35-yard TD. Tim Shenk had one of his two PATs blocked.

Shenk added a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter, giving St. Ignatius a 16-3 lead. Mentor answered with a 3-yard TD pass from Mitch Trubisky to Cameron Kavan to make it 16-10.

In the fourth quarter, St. Ignatius got a 1-yard TD run by Williams that extended the Wildcats' lead to 23-10.

Mentor (11-2) cut the deficit to six again with 6:27 remaining on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky to Conner Krizancic, but the Wildcats held on by going on a 14-play drive that drained the rest of the time off the clock. The key play during the march was a 17-yard pass from Williams to Mooney on a third-and-16 play.

Tim McVey, a junior tailback, finished with 160 yards on 38 carries to lead St. Ignatius. Williams completed 10 of 23 passes for 121 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He added 45 rushing yards and another score.

Mentor was led by Trubisky, who threw for 189 yards on 12-of-28 passing with a touchdown and an interception.

St. Ignatius will face unbeaten Toledo Whitmer in the state semifinal round.

The following OSU verbal commits have completed their seasons: Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales; De'Van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville; Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak; Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North; Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio; Cardale Jones, QB, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy; Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio; Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy; Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio; Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio; Mike Thomas, WR, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy.

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