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 Dec. 7-8.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – The Barrett-less Raiders advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history thanks to a 33-7 victory against visiting Wolfforth Frenship in a University Interscholastic League Class 4A Division II regional final. Rider (12-2) allowed only one touchdown against a Frenship squad that came into the game averaging 38.2 points per contest. Barrett replacement Chase London threw two touchdown passes, and Carlos Fleeks rushed for 131 yards and a pair of scores. Frenship ended its season 12-2. The Raiders will face Lancaster (13-1) in the state semifinal round at Justin Northwest.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders clinched a spot in a state title game with a 35-18 upset of previously unbeaten Bradenton Manatee in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 7A semifinal at Brian Piccolo Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. St. Thomas Aquinas (12-2) will face Tallahassee Lincoln (12-1) at the Citrus Bowl for the championship after dispatching the Hurricanes. Manatee (13-1) had won 25 straight games before falling to the Raiders, who build a 21-3 lead before cruising to victory. Running backs Fred Coppet and Madre London combined for 254 yards.

The following players have ended their seasons – Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North; Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison; Gareon Conley, CB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington; Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs; Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central; Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C.; Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland; Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C.; Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio; Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio; Donovan Munger, DT, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch; Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio; Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic; Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone; Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern.

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