Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Aug. 29. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared.

Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech: Alabi was taken off the field on a stretcher during Cass Tech’s season opener vs. Oak Park at Wayne State University in Detroit. The injury, however, was not serious.

“The doctors said I overworked my muscles and my kidneys could't function right!,” Alabi tweeted from his @JoshAlabi Twitter handle. “Everything good and I thank everybody that checked up on me.”

As for the game, the Technicians (1-0) got three touchdown runs by Michigan commit Mike Weber to rally Cass Tech past the Knights, 27-26. Weber finished with 151 yards. Oak Park, led by Chauncey Lowman’s 283 passing yards and a 141-yard rushing effort by uncommitted three-star running back John Kelly, fell to 0-1.

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Burrow opened his senior season with a splash, completing 12 of 12 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-0 rout of visiting Gallipolis Gallia Academy.

The quarterback threw touchdown passes of 80 and 32 yards to Ryan Luehrman, 39 yards to Adam Luehrman and 25 yards to Zacciah Saltzman. The Bulldogs (1-0) led 45-0 at halftime and outgained Gallia Academy (0-1) 494-100. Athens earned its first win over the Blue Devils since 1987.

Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington: At crosstown rival Massillon Perry, Clark helped the Tigers rally for a season-opening 37-30 victory.

Clark completed 15 of 27 passes for 123 yard and two touchdowns. He needed to lead a big rally to allow Massillon (1-0) to escape with a victory. Perry (0-1) scored the game’s first 16 points and led 23-6 at halftime. Clark threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Henderson during the rally, and J.D. Crabtree rushed for a pair of second half touchdowns.

Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto and Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne: Visiting Scioto earned bragging rights over Kilbourne and won the Battle of Hard Road by defeating the Wolves 17-14.

The Irish (1-0) won the chunk of asphalt from the road on which both schools reside by winning the regular-season meeting between the teams for the fifth consecutive season. Conner did not play, however, because of a shoulder injury that limited him during the preseason. Nathan Densel and Evan Wallace rushed for touchdowns for Scioto.

Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall: The Raiders opened the season at White Bear Lake and emerged with a 34-27 victory. Cretin-Derham Hall (1-0) earn the win over the Bears (0-1) thanks in large part to five touchdown passes by quarterback Max Jackson, including a go-ahead 35-yard strike to Tony Adamle with 3:19 remaining.

Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland: Norland (1-0) opened its season at the Battle of the Borders Classic in Clarkston, Ga., with a 30-0 win over Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King Jr. Davis nabbed two of Norland’s four interceptions in the rout.

Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.: The Tigers open their season Sept. 5 vs. Titusville.

Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen open their season Sept. 6 at Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep.

Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East: Host Crown City South Gallia dropped Sciotoville 48-12. The Tartans (0-1) held a 6-0 lead after Akia Brown took the opening kickoff back 71 yards for a touchdown, but the Rebels (1-0) dominated from there. Landon Hutchinson threw two touchdown passes, and Isaiah Geiger rushed for two more.

Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley: Glover-Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 30-21 loss to visiting Eric (Pa.) McDowell. He rushed for scores of 66 and 2 yards, but McDowell QB Jake Tarasovitch matched him with two scores and 230 yards rushing.

“All I can say about Glover-Williams is wow,” McDowell head coach Brad Orlando told the Canton (Ohio) Repository. “He’s a great player. We gave up one big run to him, but after that we were able to contain him, fortunately. Our goal was to limit big plays tonight, and I think we did that.”

Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic: The Stags opened their season with a 34-13 loss to Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Ward. The battle between 2013 state champions was not close, as Wood (1-0) held the Don Bosco Prep (0-1) to 45 yards of total offense in the first half.

George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio: Hill rushed 11 times for 54 yards as Hubbard opened its campaign with a 35-0 thumping of visiting Lakeview. The Eagles rushed for 401 yards in the rout, with senior Larry Scott leading the attack with 259 yards and four touchdowns.

Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier: In the annual Crosstown Showdown event in the Queen City, the Bombers bested East St. Louis, Ill., 35-20. Running back Ben Glines rushed for three scores and 126 yards. St. Xavier (1-0) outgained the Flyers 267-175.

Dre’Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius: The Eagles traveled to Indianapolis and earned a 28-21 victory over host Indianapolis Lawrence Central. Quarterback Dennis Grosel threw for 314 yards with three scores. Jones had an up and down game, drawing four offsides penalties but catching three passes from his tight end position on offense. He added four defensive tackles, including three for loss.

Josh Moore, TE, Olathe (Kan.) North: The Eagles open the season Sept. 5 at Rogers (Ark.) Heritage.

Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt: The Rough Riders defeated visiting Brandon Valley 42-34 in their season opener. A lightning-delayed affair, Roosevelt (1-0) led 42-13 late in the second quarter before the Lynx nearly mounted a big comeback. Taryn Christion led the Riders with 394 passing yards and 111 rushing with five combined touchdowns. Schmidt suffered an ankle injury in the win.

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