Friday Night Lights: Look Ahead

High school football playoff action is in full swing across much of the United States, and among the players looking to cap the season with a state championship are several members of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class. Here is a look at the upcoming games for OSU's verbal commitments.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – While the postseason has begun in most of the country, it has not yet in Texas. Despite playing without Barrett, who is out for the rest of the season with an injury, Rider (7-2, 5-1 District 5-4A) has clinched a playoff berth in Class 4A Division II. Before the Raiders enter tournament play, however, they have to finish the regular season. They'll do that on Friday at rival Wichita Falls (2-7, 0-6).

Look ahead, Rider will travel to Fort Worth Dunbar Nov. 16 for its first-round playoff game.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – Baugh and the Huskies begin their postseason quest Friday night when they travel to Fontana Kaiser in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Central Division bracket. North (6-4) will face a stiff test against third-seeded Kaiser, which finished the regular season 9-1. The Cats have won four straight after losing its Sunkist League opener to eventual champion Summit and have outscored foes 185-8 in doing so.

In Kaiser's last game, a 47-0 win against Fontana, Desmond Ferrera led the way with two touchdown receptions and one score on a 60-yard run.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The postseason has yet to being in Florida. The Raiders (7-2) know they're in playoffs and know who they'll play Nov. 16 in the Florida High School Athletic Associations Class 7A regional quarterfinals – Miami Beach. But before that game can take place, St. Thomas Aquinas will have its senior day Friday vs. Deerfield Beach (5-3).

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – The Rams (9-2) won their Ohio High School Athletics Association Division II opener last weekend, earning a blowout 48-0 victory against Cincinnati Mt. Healthy, and No. 6 Trotwood will next face second-seeded Cincinnati Winton Woods in the Region 8 semifinal.

The Warriors (8-3) crushed Trenton Edgewood in its playoff opener, 50-7. The game was not close. Winton Woods scored all of its points in the first half and added points on offense defense and special teams. Quarterback Shemar Hooks will provide a stiff test for Burrows and company. He rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns a week ago, leading Winton Woods' triple-option attack.

Burrows recovered a fumble in Trotwood's win last week. The Rams are the defending OHSAA Division II champions.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – Elliott and the Bombers are in the midst of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 playoffs. Burroughs (11-0) last played Monday night, winning the District 2 championship by a 50-6 score against St. Louis Soldan.

Much as has been the case most of the season, Elliott led the Burroughs' attack. He rushed 11 times for 57 yards and four touchdowns and added four catches for 109 yards and two more scores. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a state championship is the goal, even more so because Burroughs has lost the last two Class 3 championship games by a combined eight points.

"Most of the people on the team know how it feels to walk out of the dome not with that championship (trophy)," Elliott told the Post-Dispatch. "We use that every day to drive us to work harder."

The win moves the Bombers to the state quarterfinal round. They'll next play Saturday at Park Hills Central. The Rebels (10-2) advanced by defeating Sainte Genevieve, 28-7, for the District 1 championship. Cody Harrison scored two touchdowns in the win, running for a 27-yard score in the first quarter and capping the scoring with a 71-yard TD reception from Hunter Courtois.

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – The unbeaten Bears begin regional play in Indiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A with a rematch against Indianapolis Pike Friday night.

Lawrence Central (12-0) earned a sectional title with a 21-7 win over Indianapolis North Central a week ago. At the same time, Pike (9-3) ousted Avon, 55-24, on the road for the Red Devils' second-ever sectional crown. The Bears defeated Pike, 32-23, in early September. In that game, Isaiah Townsend rushed for a touchdown and caught another. Drake Christen threw a TD pass and ran for another.

Pike is led by quarterback Brent Lyles, who completed 11 of 19 passes for 171 yards and five touchdowns against Avon.

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – Hill is out for the season but Pendleton plays on. The Bulldogs enter the second round of South Carolina High School League Class AA Region I play with a game Friday at Cheraw.

Pendleton (8-3) advanced with a 9-6 victory against Prosperity Mid-Carolina. Alex Haynes kicked three field goals, including the game winner in the final minutes. Cheraw (6-4) won, 28-14, at Chesterfield.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – The Rams begin Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South Region play Saturday with a game at Lanham DuVal.

The game is a rematch and a chance for Suitland (9-1) to avenge its only loss of the season. DuVal (9-1) defeated Suitland, 26-6, on Oct. 6, a game in which Jacobs had four receptions for 76 yards. Jacobs is coming off a game in which he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in Suitland's 49-7 win against Greenbelt Eleanor Roosevelt that closed the regular season.

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee will lead the Eagles as they try to avoid a repeat of history.

Fourth-seeded New Albany (9-2) will take on No. 1 Dresden Tri-Valley Friday night at Zanesville in an OHSAA Division II, Region 7 second round game. The Scotties (11-0) have eliminated the Eagles in each of the last two seasons.

Lee led the Eagles to a 25-6 win last week against No. 5 Columbus Beechcroft. That same night, Tri-Valley defeated eighth-seeded New Carlisle Tecumseh, 47-29. The game was tied 14-14 before tailback Austin Jones left Tri-Valley to victory. He rushed 31 times for 268 yards and quarterback Nathan Strock completed 13 of 17 passes for 199 yards.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – An Eastern Plains League matchup will pit Tarboro vs. Kinston Friday night in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs.

The unbeaten Vikings will host Kinston (7-4), a team Tarboro defeated earlier in the season. The Vikings defeated the Kinston, 34-27, on Oct. 5. Kinston, also the nicknamed the Vikings, won its first playoff game, 48-21, over Kill Devil Hills First Flight.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – Second-seeded Central Catholic will host No. 6 Mansfield Madison at Sandusky Perkins in the second round of the OHSAA Division II, Region 6 playoffs. The Irish (10-1) routed Grafton Midview, 50-7, in the first round. Quarterback DeShone Kizer passed for four touchdowns and rushed for two more.

Madison (10-1) upset No. 3 Westlake in the first round, earning a 14-7 overtime victory. After taking the lead on the first possession of OT on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Cody Rush, the Rams held the Demons on downs. On fourth-and-goal at the Madison 11, quarterback Kent Axcell scrambled and fell one yard short of the goal line.

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – The 60th annual Battle for the Barrel will have Boone travel to rival Orlando Edgewater Friday night. The Braves (5-4) will end their season with the rivalry game, one which began with the teams' first matchup in 1952 – when Orlando High School split into two schools. Edgewater enters the game with a 3-6 record.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – The Vikings have clinched a playoff spot, but will not play again until the weekend of Nov. 16-17.

Eastern (6-3) has earned a spot in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association South Jersey Group V bracket but finished its nine-game regular season slate last weekend against Medford Lenape. Because of the Hurricane Sandy and the destruction caused by it, the NJSIAA allowed schools affected by the storm to finish its football schedules through Nov. 10. The start of the postseason was postponed by a week.

The following players have ended their seasons: Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio; Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio; Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch; Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio.

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