Friday Night Lights

Playoff action is getting intense across high school football, and it's no different for those players committed to joining the Ohio State program, many of whom are on teams advancing deep into their brackets. All results are from the weekend of Nov. 29, and players are seniors unless otherwise indicated.

Dante Booker, OLB, and Parris Campbell, RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary – The Irish advanced to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III championship game with a 17-9 victory against Columbus Marion-Franklin in a semifinal.

Campbell rushed for 193 yards on 23 carries, including an 81-yard TD run to start the scoring in the first quarter. He moved 30 yards short of St. V&M's single-season record and enters the title game with 1,586 yards.

"Those were the toughest yards all season," Campbell told the Akron Beacon Journal. "Give credit to Marion-Franklin. They were the toughest defense we've seen all year."

Booker helped the Irish (14-0) defense hold Marion Franklin (12-2) to 178 yards. He made six tackles, including one for loss and a sack. Booker also caught a 44-yard pass on offense.

The Irish, last year's Division III champion, will face Trotwood-Madison (11-2) in the championship game Thursday in Massillon.

Noah Brown, WR, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII – No. 2 Pope John (10-1) had a week off before playing in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Non Public Group 3 final against top-seeded Montvale St. Joseph (9-1) on Saturday.

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor – Holmes' prep career came to a close in a 28-0 loss to Dinwiddie in a Virginia High School League Group 4 semifinal.

Quarterback Ronald Kearney and running back Sadarius Williams both scored a pair of touchdowns for the Generals (13-0). Lake Taylor quarterbacks Shiheem Johnson and Nhyre Quinerly had five passes picked off, and Dinwiddie outgained the Titans, 319-134.

Lake Taylor ended its season 10-3.

Sam Hubbard, OLB, Cincinnati Moeller – The No. 2 Crusaders advanced to the state championship round with a 13-11 victory over top-seeded Hilliard Davidson in the OHSAA Division I Region 2 championship game.

Hubbard recorded seven tackles, including one for loss in the win. Davidson (13-1) led 11-10 – thanks to a two-point conversion run by Alex Backenstoe after a first-quarter touchdown – at halftime. The only points after the break came on a 28-yard field goal by Matthew Coghlin in the third quarter. Hubbard and the Moeller defense made the lead stand.

Moeller (13-1) will face Mentor (13-1) on Saturday in Canton as it attempts to defend its state championship.

Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders reached the state championship round with a 41-13 victory over Medina Highland in a OHSAA Division II semifinal.

Glenville dominated the second half after entering halftime tied 13-13. OSU target Marshon Lattimore scored four touchdowns in the victory, catching scoring passes of 9, 55, 5 and 56 yards from Quan Robinson Jr. Bruce Kinsey tossed a pair of TDs for Highland (13-1).

Glenville (13-1) earned its first title-game berth since 2009 and will try to win its elusive first-ever state title vs. Loveland (14-0) on Friday in Canton.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Indianapolis Cathedral – McLaurin capped his high school career in style, leading Cathedral to a 42-18 victory over Westfield in the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A championship game.

McLaurin reached the end zone three times in the win. He caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Collin Barthel in the first quarter, rushed for a 28-yard TD in the second and tallied a 47-yard scoring run in the third. He finished with 196 all-purpose yards and even added an interception on defense.

"He forces the entire game plan," Westfield coach Jake Gilbert told The Indianapolis Star. "Where you kick it, how far you can kick it. He affects everything. There are plays that he doesn't make, but he still makes the play. A shanked punt has more to do with him than the pressure. A short kickoff with bad coverage is because of him.

"He's outstanding. In my mind, he's the best football player I've seen."

The Irish (10-5) won their 11th state title and ended top-ranked Westfield's season at 12-2.

Dylan Thompson, DE, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – Top-seeded Montini's quest for a fifth straight state championship fell short in a 38-28 loss to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in the Illinois High School Association Class 5A championship game.

Quarterback Gabe Green rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns in the win, which gave the Cyclones (14-0) their fourth title since 2005. Montini was attempting to become the second team in IHSA history to win five straight crowns. The Broncos (13-1) were held to 78 yards rushing.

The following players had previously ended their seasons – Kyle Berger, OLB, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Stephen Collier, QB, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County; Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.; Eric Glover-Williams (junior), RB, Canton McKinley; Malik Hooker, WR, New Castle, Pa.; Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago De La Salle; Demetrius Knox, OG, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints' Episcopal; Sean Nuernberger, K, Buckner (Ky.) Oldham County; Curtis Samuel, WR, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall; Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster, Ohio and Damon Webb, CB, Detroit Cass Tech.

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