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. 26-27.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – Rider lost for the first time since losing Barrett for the season because of a knee injury, falling 21-10 at Denton Guyer. In a battle of teams previously unbeaten in District 5-4A play, Barrett's Raiders (6-2, 4-1) had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – Baugh caught two touchdown passes as North crushed visiting Riverside Poly, 38-0.

Baugh caught a 54-yard TD pass on the first offensive possession for North (5-4, 4-1 Inland Valley). He later added an 18-yard TD reception from quarterback Joseph Garcia shortly before halftime. Poly (4-6, 3-3) had its best chance to score on the game's first possession, but the Bears had their 37-yard field-goal attempt blocked.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders took command in the race for the District 15-7A championship by rallying for a 24-20 victory against visiting Plantation.

Two late turnovers and a big game from running back Fred Coppet, who rushed for 209 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving), helped St. Thomas Aquinas (6-2, 4-0) move a step closer to the district title.

Plantation (6-1, 3-1) led 20-17 after the third quarter, but a pair of turnovers helped the Raiders emerge with the win, the second of which proved to be crucial. After Isaac Brutton recovered a fumble with a little more than seven minutes remaining, St. Thomas Aquinas went on an eight-play, 76-yard drive that ended with Coppet's 8-yard touchdown run with 3:55 remaining.

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – The Rams finished the regular season with their seventh straight victory, a 27-3 win against visiting Vandalia Butler.

Burrows made a pair of solo stops in the victory, one that improved Trotwood's record to 8-2 and gave the Rams a perfect 5-0 mark in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play. The win not only gave the Rams the division title but also earned the squad a playoff berth in the Ohio State High School Athletic Association tournament.

The Aviators (6-4, 4-1) fell short of both, as they needed a victory for the division crown and needed that and some help to make the playoffs. Trotwood, a No. 6 seed, will open its defense of its OHSAA Division II title with a Region 8 opening-round game Nov. 2 vs. No. 6 Cincinnati Mt. Healthy (9-1).

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – The top-seeded Bombers (9-0) got an unexpected bye in the first round of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 playoffs with a forfeit victory over Confluence (1-8). Next up for Elliott and company is a game vs. Manchester Kennedy (6-3), scheduled for Oct. 31.

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – Unbeaten Lawrence Central advanced to the Class 5A Sectional 5 championship game with a 21-14 win against Indianapolis Warren Central.

Quarterback Drake Christen led the way, rushing for 150 yards behind Gardner and the rest of the Bears' offensive line. He provided the game's key play, a 27-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-2 play, early in the fourth quarter. That score gave the Bears (11-0) a 21-7 lead. Warren Central ended its season at 5-6. Next up for the Bears is a game vs. Indianapolis North Central (4-7).

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – Pendleton earned a postseason berth with a 38-21 victory at Landrum. In their second game since losing Hill for the season because of a hand injury, the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-2 AA-Region 1) made the playoffs and finished second in their region by coming back from a 21-17 halftime deficit. Landrum finished the season 3-7 (3-4). Pendleton will begin its Class AA Region I playoff run Nov. 2 with a game against Prosperity Mid-Carolina (2-8).

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Suitland clinched a playoff berth with one week remaining in the regular season thanks to a 29-12 victory against visiting Bowie.

Jacobs had a big game on both sides of the ball. He recorded an interception on defense and on the ensuing possession caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. The Rams (8-1, 7-0 Prince George's 4A) also got 186 rushing yards from Anthony Squire in the win, one that had Suitland rally from a 12-6 halftime deficit.

Bowie fell to 4-5 (4-4).

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – The Eagles outgained host Mt. Vernon, 422-253, and finished the regular season with a 38-14 win against the visiting Yellow Jackets.

With the win, New Albany (8-2, 7-0) earned the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division title for the fourth straight season and an OHSAA playoff berth. Leslie Anoyke led the Eagles past Mt. Vernon (6-4, 3-4) thanks to a 144-yard rushing performance with two touchdowns. The Eagles earned the No. 4 seed in Division II Region 7 and will host fifth-seeded Columbus Beechcroft (8-1) on Nov. 2.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – The Vikings ended the regular season with a perfect 10-0 mark and an Eastern Plains 2A championship thanks to a 34-0 win at Wilson Beddingfield. Aaron Moore hauled in a pair of interceptions for Tarboro (10-0, 6-0).

Beddingfield finished the regular season 4-6 (2-4). The two teams won't have to wait long to see each other again as the squads will begin North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A postseason play Nov. 2 against one another.

Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio – Centerville ended its season on a high note, breaking a two-game losing streak with a 41-6 blowout win at Springfield.

The Elks (6-4, 3-2 GWOC Central) led 28-0 at halftime and got a pair of touchdown runs from both Kyle Wenning and Tim Roop. Springfield finished the season 1-9 (0-5).

Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio – A disappointing season for Middletown did end on a positive, thanks to the Middies' 41-14 win against visiting Cincinnati Princeton. Marshall had a strong prep finale, rushing for 168 yards and three scores and adding two more through the air.

"Everybody played together tonight and we came out with a victory. We got our last one," Marshall told the Middletown Journal. "It feels great. It's sad, but everybody moves on in life. I enjoyed playing with these guys."

Middletown (4-6, 2-5 Greater Miami Conference) got TD runs of 1, 76 and 2 yards from Marshall. He threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Antonio Oatis and a 26-yard strike to the end zone to Drey Lewis. Princeton (1-9, 1-6) led 7-0 in the first quarter before Middletown scored 41 unanswered points.

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – In their final pre-playoff tuneup, the Falcons demolished Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 49-7.

Fitch (9-1) got 152 passing yards and four total touchdowns from quarterback Matt Futkos. He led the Falcons as they handed the Cardinals (3-6) their worst home loss since a 42-0 defeat against Warren Harding in 2002.

Darrin Hall added 139 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Fitch head coach Phil Annarella earned his 200th win. The Falcons, the seventh seed in the OHSAA Division I Region 1 bracket, will face No. 2 Cleveland St. Ignatius (9-1) on Nov. 3.

Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio – The Pioneers needed a win and help to make the OHSAA playoffs and unfortunately got neither. Host Mayfield emerged with a 31-21 win to end Elyria's season.

Mayfield (6-4, 3-2 Northeast Ohio Conference River Division) led 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime. That lead grew to 28-0 before Elyria (7-3, 3-2) responded with three consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter. Hunter Parsh threw for two of those, a 28-yard connection with Da'Juan Glover and a 7-yard TD throw to Dan Ratliff.

That was as close as Elyria could get, however, as Mayfield ended the threat by scoring the lone points of the fourth quarter on a field goal.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – A Three Rivers Athletic Conference showdown to close the regular season turned into a laugher, with Toledo Whitmer crushing host Central Catholic, 42-0.

The Panthers (10-0, 7-0) outgained the Irish, 383-179. Central Catholic (9-1, 6-1) also hurt its cause with four first-half turnovers, which allowed Whitmer to win its fourth straight league title.

Despite the loss, Central Catholic earned the No. 2 seed in the OHSAA Division II Region 6 bracket. The Irish will face Grafton Midview (9-1) on Nov. 2.

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Three touchdowns by A.J. Turman helped Boone ruin homecoming for Orlando East River, 28-12, in a non-district matchup. The Braves (4-4) led 14-12 in the fourth quarter before Calvin Smith gave Boone breathing room with a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown.

East River fell to 2-6.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Host Eastern (6-2, 3-1 West Jersey American Division) earned a 55-38 victory against visiting Atco Winslow Township (0-8, 0-4 West Jersey National Division). No other details were available.

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