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. 18-19. All are seniors unless noted.

Kyle Berger, OLB, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats (5-3) upset rival Lakewood St. Edward (6-1), emerging with a 23-17 road victory. Berger is out for the season because of a knee injury suffered Aug. 24 in a scrimmage at Canton McKinley.

Dante Booker, OLB, and Parris Campbell, RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary – The Fighting Irish remained unbeaten with a 41-0 home victory against Barberton.

Campbell closed the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He finished the night with nine rushes for 57 yards. SVSM (8-0) dominated throughout, leading 34-0 at halftime. Booker helped the defensive effort with a team-high 10 tackles, including two sacks.

Noah Brown, WR, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII – The Lions (6-0) had little trouble in a 52-6 blowout of host Vernon (0-5, 0-4).

Brown scored twice in the win, reaching the end zone on a 2-yard run and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Sonny Abramson. Both scores came in the first quarter. Brown caught three passes for 85 yards and scored on his only carry of the game.

Stephen Collier, QB, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County – The Trojans fell from the ranks of the unbeaten after a 45-14 loss at Thomasville Thomas County Central.

Lee County (6-1) committed six turnovers – four fumbles and two Collier interceptions. One of those picks was returned for a touchdown that gave the Jackets (7-1) a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter. Collier did rush for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter, one that narrowed his team's deficit to 17-14, but that was as close as Lee County could get.

Eric Glover-Williams (junior), RB, Canton McKinley – Despite trailing winless Massillon Perry 7-6 after one quarter, McKinley rallied to clinch at least a share of the Federal League title thanks to a 43-21 road win.

Glover-Williams was held out of the game because of a nagging ankle injury. Even without the junior, the Bulldogs (8-0) were able to earn at least a share of their third straight conference crown. Perry fell to 0-8.

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor – The Titans had little trouble in a 55-8 home win over Norfolk Booker T. Washington.

Marcus Hawkins and Marcus Carter both rushed for more than 100 yards to lead Lake Taylor (5-2). Washington fell to 2-4.

Malik Hooker, WR, New Castle, Pa. – A two-point conversion in the final minute gave New Castle a 43-42 victory at Moon Township.

Hooker caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, but the hero of the game was quarterback Julian Cox. He threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Stew Allen in the waning seconds and followed that with the game-winning two-point run.

Hooker's scores came on receptions of 71 yards in the first quarter and 19 in the third. New Castle improved to 6-2, while Moon fell to 5-3.

Sam Hubbard, OLB, Cincinnati Moeller, and Terry McLaurin, WR, Indianapolis Cathedral – Bragging rights went to Hubbard, as host Moeller cruised to a 35-14 win over McLaurin and Cathedral.

McLaurin did make a mark early on, taking a kickoff following a Moeller TD back 98 yards for a score. Other than that, the Crusaders (8-0) dominated. They led 24-7 at halftime and had three players rush for touchdowns in the win. Hubbard led the defense with five tackles.

Cathedral closed its regular season 4-5. The Irish open Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A playoff action Oct. 25 at Decatur Central (5-4).

Lonnie Johnson, WR, Gary (Ind.) West Side – The Cougars concluded regular-season play with a 78-6 rout of host Gary Roosevelt.

Johnson returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown and added a 26-yard receiving score in the win, one that kept Roosevelt winless at 0-9. West Side (5-4) next plays Lowell on Oct. 25 in the first round of the IHSAA Class 4A football tournament.

Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago De La Salle – In a battle of Chicago Catholic League White Division powers, visiting Oak Park Fenwick emerged with a 20-0 victory that gave the Friars the division title.

De La Salle (5-3, 2-1) could not get anything going offensively. Meanwhile, Fenwick (7-1, 3-0) was led by Rich Schoen, who returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown that opened the scoring and later added a 37-yard touchdown reception to go with two interceptions.

Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders had eight different players score touchdowns in a 62-0 whitewash of host Cleveland Collinwood.

Glenville improved to 7-1 (5-0 Senate League) thanks in large part to its defense, which posted its fourth shutout in five games. In league play, the Tarblooders have allowed seven points. Collinwood fell to 1-7 (1-4).

Demetrius Knox, OG, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints' Episcopal – Quarterback Foster Sawyer threw four touchdown passes in a 57-24 win at Oklahoma City Casady.

The TCU commit completed 12 of 16 passes for 226 yards with an interception. The Saints (8-0) piled up 515 yards of offense in the win. Casady fell to 4-4.

Sean Nuernberger, K, Buckner (Ky.) Oldham County – Nuernberger made a 49-yard field goal in a 47-39 loss vs. Louisville Eastern (3-4). No box score was available. The Colonels fell to 2-6.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall – Samuel rushed for 135 yards and scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, but Erasmus Hall lost a big battle, falling to Brooklyn Lincoln, 38-23.

Samuel's score came on a 53-yard run. After that, however, the Railsplitters (7-0) took command, scoring four unanswered touchdowns. Erasmus Hall (6-1) struggled without quarterback Elijah Davis, who left the game with a leg injury in the first quarter. Samuel himself did not finish the game because of an ankle injury.

Dylan Thompson, DE, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – The Broncos, who are ranked No. 1 in the state's class 5A Associated Press poll, moved to 8-0 on the season with a 49-0 drubbing of Aurora Christian (5-3). No box score was available.

Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster, Ohio – Six different rushers helped Lancaster rush for 190 yards in a 33-21 road win at Reynoldsburg.

Quarterback Collin Young had a hand in three touchdowns, rushing for a pair and throwing for another. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 81 yards. The Golden Gales (5-3) won their third straight and dropped Reynoldsburg to 3-5.

Damon Webb, CB, Detroit Cass Tech – The Technicians (8-0) will play for the city title thanks to a 19-0 victory vs. Detroit East English Village Prep in a Detroit Public School League semifinal.

Webb intercepted a pass in the victory. Scout's Allen Trieu was at the game and said Webb was thrown at just three times – picking off one pass, which ended Village Prep's first drive, and breaking up the other two.

Cass Tech will play rival Detroit King (7-0) for the DPSL crown on Oct. 25 at Ford Field. Village Prep fell to 5-3.

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