Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Sept. 5. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared.

Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech: The Technicians improved to 2-0 on the season with a 31-2 rout of host Detroit Pershing. While the Cass Tech defense held the Doughboys (1-1, 0-1 Public School League) off the scoreboard, Ke’Von Sardin scored twice for the victors (1-0 PSL).

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Burrow led the visiting Bulldogs (2-0) to a 66-28 win at Zanesville (1-1). The quarterback led an offense that piled up 715 yards and scored touchdowns on its first eight possessions. Burrow completed 15 of 19 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns – to five different receivers.

“It’s very gratifying,” Burrow told the Athens Messenger. “We prepared all summer for this game. We obviously prepared for (Gallipolis) Gallia (last week) but this was the one we had our eye on and we came out and performed.”

Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington: Clark completed 4 of 10 passes for 34 yards and added seven yards on the ground in a 17-14 road win at Canton GlenOak. The Tigers (2-0) were led by J.D. Crabtree, who rushed for 171 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown that put his team ahead for good.

GlenOak fell to (1-1) and were got touchdown runs by Brennon Tibbs and Cameron Cubilla.

Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto: A crosstown battle went against Conner and the Irish, who fell 35-7 to visiting Dublin Coffman. The Shamrocks (2-0) dominated from the beginning, needing only three plays to take the lead. The Irish (1-1) trailed 21-0 at halftime and committed four turnovers on the night.

Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall: Cornell had a sack, quarterback hurry and a pass breakup, but Woodbury East Ridge earned a 23-7 win over host Cretin-Derham Hall (1-1). The Raptors (2-0) were led by uncommitted four-star quarterback Seth Green, who completed 14 of 30 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 11 rushes for 50 yards, including a game-sealing 1-yard score in the fourth quarter.1

“It was the second half that hurt us,” Cornell told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “We’d stop (Green), but then he’d step up in the pocket and run, and that killed us. Luckily, it’s just one game. We’ve got a whole season to go.”

Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland: Norland (1-0) had an open week. The Vikings next play Miami Jackson on Sept. 13.

Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.: Cocoa opened its season with a 31-17 vs. Titusville. The Terriers scored the final three touchdowns of the game to overcome a 14-6 halftime deficit. Cocoa quarterback Bruce Judson tosses two touchdowns in the second half.

Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen crossed into Pennsylvania and earned a lightning-shortened 35-7 win at Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep. The game was called with 2:33 remaining before halftime because of the inclement weather. Don Bosco Prep (1-0) led 21-0 after the first quarter and extended the advantage prior to the arrival of severe weather.

Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East: Host South Point earned a 42-6 win over the Tartans (0-2). Gerard and the Tartans led early on a 1-yard touchdown by Michael Stiltner, but the Pointers (1-1) pulled away from there.

Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley: The Bulldogs fell to 0-2 with a 33-20 home loss to Memphis (Tenn.) University School. Colton Neel scored all of the visitors’ five touchdowns, and Glover-Williams was held to 38 yards on 13 carries. The tailback rushed for a pair of touchdowns, however, reaching the end zone on rushes of 3 and 1 yard.

Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic: The Stags evened their record at 1-1 with a 21-12 win at Leonardtown St. Mary’s Ryken. Shane Simmons returned an interception 70 yards for a crucial touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Ryken fell to 1-1.

George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio: Hill carried eight times for 152 yards and a touchdown as Hubbard improved to 2-0 with a 56-13 win at Girard. Ethan Wassil scored two touchdowns for Hubbard, who dropped the Indians to 1-1.

Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier: The Bombers (2-0) never trailed in a 31-12 win over visiting Cincinnati Colerain (0-2). St. Xavier outgained the Cardinals 369-248 and got two touchdown runs by Ronnie Fricke, who finished with 59 yards on six carries. Defensive back-turned-tailback Sean Prophit added 144 yards on 21 carries.

Dre’Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius: A 65-yard touchdown pass from Jake Floriea to Jason Blizzard in the fourth quarter gave visiting Mentor (2-0) a 37-33 win over the Wildcats. St. Ignatius (1-1) trailed 22-9 in third quarter before rallying to take a 30-22 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne: The battle of Worthington was won by Kilbourne, who blanked host Worthington Thomas Worthington 42-0. The Wolves (1-1) dominated from the start, building a 28-0 halftime lead and dropping the Cardinals to 0-2.

Josh Moore, TE, Olathe (Kan.) North: North traveled to Arkansas and returned to Kansas with a 18-13 victory over Rogers Heritage. A 4-yard touchdown run by running back Venus Triplett allowed the Eagles (1-0) to earn the win in the final minute.

Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt: Schmidt, who suffered a sprained ankle a week earlier, helped the Rough Riders improve to 2-0 with a 26-14 victory vs. Sioux Falls Washington (0-2). Schmidt moved to nose guard on defense for the game and helped Roosevelt avoid an upset bid from its crosstown rival.

“Washington’s offensive line is huge, and we didn’t have anybody like that,” Roosevelt head coach Kim Nelson told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. “Our trainer did a great job of getting (Schmidt) ready, and by Wednesday he said, ‘I think I can play.’ We needed him tonight, and he came through for us.”

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