Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Sept. 7-8.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – The visiting Raiders earned their first win of the season in the form of a 21-15 victory at Denton Ryan.

Barrett provided the winning points, scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run and throwing for the subsequent two-point conversion. That gave Rider (1-1) the victory and ended a 25-game regular-season winning streak by Ryan (1-1).

Barrett compiled 181 yards of total offense. He completed 4 of 7 passes for 84 yards and rushed for 97 more on 17 carries. In addition to his winning score, Barrett threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to John Hatch late in the third quarter.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – The Huskies (1-1) fell 54-14 to host Mission Hills Alemany, but Baugh did not play because of a concussion. According to a report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Baugh suffered a concussion during a Sept. 3 practice. Alemany (2-0) cruised to the win with Baugh out of the opposing lineup after building a 24-0 lead by halftime.

"He's out (for) this game with a concussion – at least this game, maybe next," Riverside North head coach Mark Paredes told the Press-Enterprise.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Like Baugh, Bosa was out because of a concussion. Despite his absence, the Raiders (2-0) earned a 43-17 win at Weston Cypress Bay. Bosa dressed for the game and was with the team captains for the coin toss, but he did not play.

Quarterback John O'Korn made sure it didn't matter. He threw for 138 yards on 12-of-21 passing and added 86 yards rushing. In all, O'Korn produced four touchdowns – two rushing and two passing. Cypress Bay fell to 1-1.

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – Burrows finished with one tackle as host Huber Heights Wayne used two third-quarter touchdowns to earn a 21-14 win against the Rams.

A 5-yard touchdown run by Javon Harrison and a 15-yard blocked punt return for a score by Jordan Whitfield broke a 7-7 halftime tie in the Warriors' favor. Trotwood (1-2) did cut the deficit in half with a 1-yard TD run by Israel Green, but that's as close as Wayne (2-1) allowed the score to get. Green led Trotwood with 161 yards on 27 carries. He also added a first-quarter touchdown of 5 yards.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – Elliott led the way in a 59-28 win against St. Louis Priory. He scored four touchdowns in the rout, scoring twice in the Bombers' 28-point first quarter on runs of 47 and 1 yard. Elliott added a 41-yard TD run in the second quarter and a 2-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter. He finished with 104 yards on nine carries and caught an 11-yard pass. John Burroughs improved to 3-0 (2-0 Metro League), while Priory fell to 1-2 (1-1).

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – The Bears remained unbeaten with a 32-23 win at Indianapolis Pike. Lawrence Central (4-0) improved to 2-0 in Conference Indiana play with a win at the Red Devils. Isaiah Townsend and Drake Christen sparked the win. Townsend rushed for a touchdown and caught another. Christen threw Townsend's passing score and added a rushing score of his own. Pike fell to 2-2 (1-1).

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – Facing an emotional foe, Pendleton fell 41-7 to visiting Belton-Honea Path.

BHP (2-1) played the game one night after the death of player Ben Jordan. The 16-year-old lost a battle with an undisclosed blood disorder. The junior was slated to be the Bears' starting right tackle this season but was rushed to the hospital the night before his team's season opener.

Hill and the Bulldogs (2-1) struggled to contain BHP senior running back Korey Thompson, who rushed for 156 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Jacobs scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half as Suitland blasted visiting Oxon Hill, 56-0. His first score gave the Rams (2-0) a 14-0 advantage because of his 45-yard TD reception from Wesley Wilfolk – his only catch of the game. In the second quarter, Jacobs added a 49-yard interception return for a score, one that extended the lead to 29-0. Oxon Hill fell to 0-2.

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – The Eagles earned their first win of the season, besting host Columbus DeSales, 56-22. Lee completed 3 of 5 passes for 42 yards and rushed for 23 more on five carries. He also contributed a pair of touchdowns for New Albany (1-2) on a 47-yard first-quarter punt return and a 29-yard TD run in the second quarter. The Eagles led 21-7 at halftime and outgained DeSales (1-2) by a 342-317 margin.

Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio – Centerville earned its first win of the season, a 27-21 victory against visiting Cincinnati Withrow in one of several lightning-delayed games in the Buckeye State. The Elks had to wait until Saturday to complete the game, and no other details were available. Withrow fell to 1-2.

Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio – Marshall threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to William Peters in the fourth quarter, but that was a rare highlight as Middletown (1-2) suffered a 51-13 shellacking at Cincinnati Winton Woods. Marshall completed 4 of 7 passes for 70 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also added 77 rushing yards on 24 carries. Winton Woods (2-1) led 23-0 at halftime.

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – Price and the Falcons cruised to a 35-7 blowout of visiting Brunswick. Fitch improved to 3-0 for the second time in three years thanks in large part to its defense. Brunswick (2-1) came into the game averaging 40 points in its first two games but found things difficult against the Falcons. Three Brunswick turnovers turned into three Fitch touchdowns. The Blue Devils outgained Fitch 342-319 but were held to seven three-and-outs.

Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio – Sprinkle scored a touchdown by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone, but host Grafton Midview won the battle of unbeaten teams by earning a 37-27 victory.

Sprinkle's touchdown cut Midview's lead to 31-21, and the deficit was later reduced to 31-27 on a Jordan Connell touchdown run. But that is as close as things got. Elyria (2-1) did drive to the Midview 18 with a chance to take the lead, but Jared Armstrong intercepted a pass to end the drive. Midview then added a touchdown to set the final score.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – Perrysburg scored first, but visiting Central Catholic scored more often in a 35-7 rout. Senior Amir Edwards led the Irish attack by rushing for 167 yards on 23 carries. He also scored four touchdowns on runs of 41, 12, 4 and 14 yards. Thompson and the Central Catholic defense held Perrysburg (2-1) to 130 yards of total offense. The game was ended by lightning with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Central Catholic improved to 3-0.

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Boone's game at Orlando Timber Creek was postponed, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Woodard and the Vikings opened their season with a 9-6 win at Sewell Washington Township.


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