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. 18-20.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – Despite losing another quarterback to injury, Rider (6-1, 4-0 District 5-4A) earned a 29-22 win vs. Azle. Chase London, who took over under center for Barrett after the future Buckeye suffered a season-ending knee injury, left the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. The Raiders then went to a single wing attack, led primarily by Domanic Thrasher. He carried 20 times for 166 yards and sent Azle (5-2, 2-2) to its second loss.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – Wearing uniforms similar to Ohio State's, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde defeated North, 34-13, in Inland Valley play.

Rancho Verde (5-3, 3-1) bruised North (4-4, 3-1) on the ground. The Mustangs rushed for more than 400 yards during the convincing win. They led 21-6 at halftime and were never threatened. Quarterback Joseph Garcia led North with 244 yards on 25-of-35 passing.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders played without three players, who were suspended for an altercation at South Broward a week earlier, but still managed a 63-13 win at Davie Nova.

St. Thomas Aquinas (5-2, 3-0 District 15-7A) was led by Houston-bound quarterback John O'Korn. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 144 yards and five touchdowns. His efforts helped the Raiders build a 49-7 halftime lead. Nova moved back to .500 at 4-4 (1-3).

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – The Rams (7-3, 4-0) remained unbeaten in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division action with a 75-7 win against visiting Sidney (3-6, 0-4).

Trotwood led 26-0 after the first quarter and 65-0 at halftime. The Rams outgained Sidney 638-135. Ashton Jackson scored three of Trotwood's touchdowns on runs of 5, 5 and 79 yards. The Yellowjackets (3-6, 0-4) scored their lone points in the fourth quarter.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – Two of the top teams in Missouri clashed, with Class 3 power Burroughs emerging with a 34-6 win at Maplewood-Richmond Heights of Class 2.

The Bombers (8-0) ended the regular season with another big performance by Elliott. He rushed 28 times for 211 yards. Elliott got his team off to a good start when he returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, forcing the Blue Devils (7-2) to play from behind from the start.

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – The Bears began postseason play with a Class 5A Sectional 5 first-round win, 34-13, against visiting Indianapolis Southport.

Quarterback Drake Christen rushed for 70 yards on 10 carries and completed 6 of 12 passes for 213 more to lead Lawrence Central (10-0). Christen also threw for three scores and rushed for another. The Bears scored the first 27 points of the game before the Cardinals (5-5) found the scoreboard.

Lawrence Central next faces Indianapolis Warren Central, a 31-24 triple-overtime winner against Carmel.

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – Hill watched from the sideline as Pendleton (6-3, 4-2 2A-Region 1) earned a 37-23 win vs. Liberty (4-5, 3-4). The defensive tackle suffered a hand injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season. Senior tailback Cam Blackburn led the Bulldogs past Liberty thanks to a three-touchdown performance.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Jacobs caught a 79-yard touchdown pass in a 35-0 Suitland win against Bladensburg.

The host Rams scored three first-quarter touchdowns to take command. Jacobs' score came in the second quarter on a pass from Wesley Wolfolk. Suitland (7-1, 6-0 Prince George's 4A) scored all of its points in the first half.

Jacobs caught five passes for 191 yards. Bladensburg fell to 3-5 (2-5).

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – The Eagles held a narrow 6-0 halftime lead before exploding to a 34-7 win at Pataskala Watkins Memorial.

New Albany (7-2, 6-0 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division) scored a pair of touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters to pull away. Running back Leslie Anokye scored two of those scores on runs of 56 and 66 yards, respectively. He finished with 147 yards on eight carries. Watkins Memorial fell to 2-7 (2-4).

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – The Vikings recorded a 21-0 win at Farmville Central. Tarboro remained unbeaten at 9-0 (5-0 Eastern Plains 2A), while the Jaguars fell to 1-8 (1-4). Statistics were unavailable.

Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio – The Elks dropped a 27-21 loss at Beavercreek in a GWOC Central matchup.

It had been so long since the Beavers (6-3, 3-1) had defeated Centerville that, according to the Dayton Daily News, no one at the game was certain when it had last happened. The Elks (5-4, 2-2) struggled again without quarterback Jimmy Brooks, who suffered a knee injury two weeks ago that has him standing on the sideline. The Beavers outgained Centerville's rushing attack with a 326-141 yardage advantage.

Beavercreek erased a 7-0 Elks lead with three unanswered touchdowns before halftime. The Beavers led 27-7 in the third quarter before Centerville attempted to rally.

Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio – A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns sent Middletown past visiting Hamilton in the annual Butler Bowl trophy game.

Marshall had a hand in both scores. He cut his team's deficit to 19-14 with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:02 remaining. Less than a minute later, Marshall did it again – throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to A'Keeno King with 1:14 remaining. The Middletown defense took it from there, halting Hamilton on its final drive.

Marshall completed 3 of 15 passes for 76 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also rushed for 135 yards and a score on 23 carries. Middletown improved to 3-6 (1-5 Greater Miami Conference), while Hamilton fell to 2-7 (0-6).

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – Fitch improved to 8-1 with a 28-6 win against visiting Uniontown Lake.

Darrin Hall helped the Falcons pull away from the Blue Streaks (2-7) by scoring a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter that extended the lead to 21-6 and setting up a fourth-quarter score with a 23-yard run that moved the ball to the Lake 3-yard line. Matt Futkos ended that march with a TD run.

Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio – Facing Hudson and Michigan verbal Ben Gedeon, the Pioneers earned a 26-16 road victory in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division action.

"All week our coaches preached attitude and effort all game," Sprinkle said. "We came out here and played with attitude and effort and got the win. (Elyria coach Kevin Fell) told us (Hudson) would do some things we'd have to bounce back from. My job as a leader is to keep the defense in the game. We've got one more game to win (to make the playoffs)."

Hudson (7-2, 3-1) led 10-6 at halftime before Elyria (7-2, 3-1) rallied. Jordan Connell rushed for three touchdowns after the break – a pair of 1-yard runs in the third quarter and a 12-yard trip to the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Sprinkle and the Pioneers defense held Hudson to 143 rushing yards. Gedeon rushed for 62 yards.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – The Fighting Irish remained unbeaten with a 60-0 whitewashing of host Toledo St. Francis de Sales.

In a game played at the University of Toledo's Glass Bowl, Central Catholic (9-0, 5-0 Three Rivers Conference) scored four first-quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach early. The Irish led 41-0 at halftime. They outgained St. Francis (3-6, 2-4) 380-107.

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Visiting Orlando Freedom earned its first win against Boone in nine tries, a 46-22 victory.

The Patriots (6-1, 2-0 District 5-8A) clinched a playoff berth thanks in large part to Jeff Badet, who caught five passes for 179 yards. He added a rushing touchdown and a receiving score.

Boone fell to 3-4 (0-2).

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Junior quarterback Tom Flacco rallied the Vikings from down 10 with less than nine minutes remaining and sent Eastern (5-2, 4-1 West Jersey American Division) to a 20-17 victory vs. Malton Cherokee.

The younger brother of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw the game-winning touchdown, a 17-yard strike to Ryan Delaney, with 1:48 remaining despite being hit on the play. Minutes earlier, Flacco had thrown a 14-yard TD pass to Devon Nikolis. The extra-point attempt was missed after that score, however. Cherokee fell to 2-4 (1-3).

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