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. 12-13.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – Rider (5-1, 3-0 District 5-4A) earned a victory 26-7 at Corinth Lake Dallas (3-2, 1-1) in its first game after the Raiders lost Barrett for the season because of a torn ACL and lateral meniscus. Barrett suffered the injury Oct. 5 at Fort Worth Brewer.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – The Huskies were opportunistic in a 17-10 win at Moreno Valley View.

North (4-3, 3-0 Inland Valley) was aided by an interception, two recovered fumbles and a botched Valley View punt. That helped the Huskies build a 17-7 lead in the first half. The Eagles (3-5, 1-3) cut the deficit to seven with a field goal in the third quarter but could get no closer.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Running back Fred Coppet scored three touchdowns as the Raiders (4-2, 2-0 District 15-7A) bested host Hollywood South Broward, 48-0.

St. Thomas Aquinas put its controversial loss a week earlier against Miramar in the past by throttling the Bulldogs (0-6, 0-3). The Raiders led 28-0 after the first quarter and finished the game with a running clock. The game was marred, however, by an on-field incident in the second quarter. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, players from both teams threw punches and five from each team were ejected.

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – The visiting Rams spotted Troy a 7-0 lead before cruising to a 33-13 win in Greater Western Ohio Conference play.

Trotwood (6-3, 3-0 GWOC North) scored 27 straight points in the second quarter to take command. Michigan commit Michael McCray recorded two interceptions at his spot at linebacker, the latter of which resulted in a 70-yard touchdown return with 38 seconds left before halftime.

Troy fell to 3-5 (1-2).

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – Elliott rushed for three touchdowns, giving him 28 for the season, as Burroughs routed St. Louis Clayton, 56-0.

The Bombers (7-0, 6-0 Metro League) were never challenged. They led 28-0 at halftime and finished the game with a running clock. Elliott rushed for scores of 4 and 34 yards and added a 14-yard TD reception in between those trips to the end zone. Clayton fell to 5-3 (4-2).

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – Fullback Alex Rodriguez followed Gardner and his offensive line to the tune of 105 yards in a 21-7 win at Bloomington North.

Rodriguez added two touchdowns as the Bears improved to 9-0 (7-0 Conference Indiana). Lawrence North finished with more than 300 rushing yards and dropped the Cougars to 2-7 (1-6).

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – Pendleton got a three-touchdown performance by Cam Blackburn and earned a 34-7 win vs. Greenville Carolina.

Blackburn started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run, as Pendleton (5-3, 3-2 2A-Region 1) built a 20-0 halftime lead. Blackburn added a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter and a 3-yard scoring burst in the third quarter. He finished with 137 yards. Hill recovered a fumble in the victory as the Pendleton defense held up its end in the win.

The Trojans (2-6, 0-5) got their lone score in the third quarter on a 9-yard TD pass from R.J. Rosemond to Zach Cannon.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Jacobs scored a pair of touchdowns as the Rams hit the road and left Beltsville High Point with a 46-6 victory.

Jacobs finished with 215 all-purpose yards and reached the end zone on a 13-yard scoring pass from Wesley Wolfolk and a 75-yard punt return. He caught two passes for 36 yards. Suitland (6-1, 5-0 Prince George's 4A) led 14-0 after the first quarter and 40-0 at halftime. High Point fell to 2-5 (2-5).

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee sealed a 17-6 victory against visiting Sunbury Big Walnut with an interception late in the fourth quarter.

After Alan Watson extended New Albany's lead to 11 points with a 75-yard touchdown run with 5:02 remaining, Lee halted Big Walnut's final drive by picking off a Carson Chatterton pass on the first play of the ensuing drive. The Eagles (6-2, 5-0 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division) then ran out the rest of the clock.

New Albany outgained Big Walnut (5-3, 3-2) by a 423-149 margin.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – The Vikings remained unbeaten thanks to a 43-22 victory against rival Pinetops SouthWest Edgecombe.

Tarboro (8-0, 4-0 Eastern Plains 2A) scored on its first four possessions and controlled the game throughout. The Vikings won their 16th straight game.

"Playing against SouthWest is our biggest, biggest challenge," Lewis told the Rocky Mount Telegram. "It determines where we are. … Playing against them, everything is set high."

Tarboro running backs Travonne Marshall, Quentin Roberson and Radja Bobbit combined for four touchdowns, keeping Edgecombe (4-5, 3-2) at bay.

Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio – The Elks dropped a key GWOC Central game, 26-10, to visiting Huber Heights Wayne.

Centerville (5-3, 2-1) never found any offensive traction and was held to 160 yards of total offense, including just 129 on the ground. Meanwhile, Wayne (6-2, 2-1) finished with 354 yards and scored the game's final three touchdowns to erase a 10-6 Centerville second-quarter lead.

Jesse Bray scored a trio of TDs for the Warriors. He caught a 24-yard scoring pass from Javon Harrison in the second quarter, ran back the opening kick of the second half 99 yards for a TD and caught another scoring pass from Harrison – a 31-yard strike in the third quarter.

Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio – The Middies' struggles continued with a 27-14 loss at unbeaten West Chester Lakota West.

Middletown (2-6, 1-4 Greater Miami Conference) committed five turnovers and three led to touchdowns for the Firebirds (8-0, 5-0). One of those miscues was a Marshall-thrown pick-six that was returned 60 yards by Michael Carter, which gave Lakota West a 27-0 lead in the third quarter.

Marshall threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on a fourth-and-1 deep in Lakota West territory. He did produce both of Middletown's touchdowns, however – a 53-yard run and a 15-yard pass to Jordann Thomas. Marshall completed 4 of 18 passes for 39 yards and rushed for 165 yards on 24 carries.

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – Fitch improved to 7-1 with a 68-7 drubbing of host Marion Harding.

Rainy weather could not slow the Falcons, who scored five touchdowns of 25 yards or longer in the first half. Fitch led the Presidents (3-5) 56-7 after the first half, and the coaches agreed to play the second half in two eight-minute quarters.

Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio – The Pioneers (6-2, 2-1 Northeast Ohio Conference River Division) blasted visiting Stow-Munroe Falls, 49-13.

Quarterback Hunter Parsh finished with 226 passing yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The Pioneers led 27-0 and were never challenged by the Bulldogs (2-6, 0-3). Elyria also got a combined 127 yards from rushers Jordan Connell and Jumarr Lewis.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – The Fighting Irish remained unbeaten with a 49-21 win against visiting Toledo St. John's Jesuit.

Central Catholic (8-0, 5-0 Three Rivers Athletic Conference) piled up the yards – 486 in fact – in the victory. Running back Amir Edwards scored three touchdowns and had 179 yards on 30 carries. Quarterback DeShone Kizer completed 12 of 14 passes for 187 yard and another score. Kizer also rushed for a 36-yard TD.

St. John's Jesuit fell to 3-5 (3-2).

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Boone moved to .500 on the season with a 30-23 non-district win vs. Ocoee.

Running back A.J. Turman rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, which improved the Braves to 3-3. Quarterback Will Walters led Ocoee (1-5) by throwing a pair of touchdowns.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – The Vikings improved to 4-2 with a 36-20 win at Mullica Hill Clearview.

Eastern (3-1 West Jersey American Division) dropped Clearview to 4-2 (3-1).

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