Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Sept. 26. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared.

Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech: The Technicians (5-0, 4-0 Public School League) remained unbeaten with a 44-6 thumping of Detroit Denby. Cass Tech led 30-6 at halftime and was led by quarterback Rodney Hall, who completed 7 of 11 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. The Cass Tech defense compiled four sacks and a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ke’von Sardin. Denby fell to 3-2 (1-2).

A.J. Alexander, WR, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock: Lake Braddock (4-1, 2-0 Class 6A Conference 7) built a 21-3 halftime lead and earned a 28-17 win over visiting Annandale (2-2, 0-1). Ibrahim Mansaray rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns to lead the Bruins.

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Burrow completed 10 of 13 passes for 286 yards as Athens (5-0, 2-0 Tri-Valley Conference) cruised to a 61-14 win vs. McArthur Vinton County. Five of those 10 completions went for touchdowns, including two apiece to Zacciah Saltzman and Adam Luehrman. The Bulldogs led 61-0 at halftime and ropped Vinton County (0-5, 0-2).

Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington: Clark and the Tigers moved to 5-0 with a 26-13 win over visiting Steubenville. Clark started the scoring in the first quarter by tossing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Danny Robinson. The sophomore completed 10 of 14 passes for 81 yards and rushed for 17 more. The Big Red fell to 4-1.

Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto: The Irish (3-2, 1-1 Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal) earned their first conference win, 27-6 at Westerville North. Justin Penn rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown, and four different players reached the end zone for Scioto – including Conner, who rushed for a 1-yard TD in the first quarter. North fell to 1-4 (0-2).

Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall: Four second-quarter touchdowns helped Cretin-Derham Hall (3-2, 3-2 Suburban East) earn a 40-7 win over visiting Park of Cottage Grove (1-4, 1-4). Maxwell Jackson threw four touchdown passes – all in the second quarter.

Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland: Norland (2-1) went on the road and fell 29-6 at Miami Columbus (4-1). Columbus QB Tucker Beirne completed 9 of 22 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Explorers.

Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.: The Tigers improved to 3-1 with a 37-28 win over visiting Jacksonville Raines (2-3). Dean caught three passes on offense, including a 35-yard scoring strike from Bruce Judson, and added a 33-yard touchdown run.

Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen (3-0) traveled to Florida and earned a 41-14 win at Fort Pierce Central (2-2). On a rainy night in the Sunshine State, Don Bosco Prep never trailing. The Ironmen led 14-0 lead and cruised from there, despite a game effort by the Cobra – who trailed 17-7 at halftime.

Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East: The Tartans (3-2) won their third straight, posting a 66-53 win vs. Ironton Rock Hill (1-4). The East offense scored more than 50 points in each of those wins. Against Rock Hill, the Tartans compiled 470 yards rushing on 51 carries.

Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley: Glover-Williams had another big game, but host Uniontown Lake (2-3, 1-1) took a 25-22 win over McKinley (1-4, 1-1). Glover-Williams scored all three of his team’s touchdowns, taking a punt return 54 yards for a score and rushing for TDs of 4 and 7 yards. He finished with 140 yards on 25 carries.

Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic: It took overtime, but the Stags continued their winning ways against Washington (D.C.) St. John’s, taking a 21-14 victory. DeMatha (3-2, 1-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) has not lost to the Cadets (4-1, 0-1) in 20 years. Darryl Turner Jr. scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a 23-yard reception.

George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio: Hill rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns as Hubbard (5-0) posted a 54-28 win at Poland Seminary (4-1) in both teams’ All-American Conference opener. Fellow rusher L.J. Scott finished with 278 yards and four touchdowns.

Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier: A sold-out crowd at St. Xavier’s Ballaban Field watched visiting Cincinnati Moeller emerge with a hard-fought 13-7 victory. Moeller (5-0, 1-0 Greater Catholic League South) got a boost from the boot of Matt Coghlin, who made field goals of 47 and 37 field goals. St. X (3-2, 0-1) outgained Moeller 213-117 but could only manage a 24-yard touchdown pass from Sean Clifford to Ronnie Fricke.

Hilliard made six tackles, including two sacks, for the Bombers.

Dre'Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius: The Wildcats (3-2) fell 37-31 in double overtime to visiting Paramus (N.J.) Catholic (3-1). St. Ignatius led 17-7 at halftime and 24-10 in the fourth quarter before the Paladins rallied to send the game to overtime. Jones caught a touchdown pass in offense in a losing effort.

Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne: Host Mount Vernon (4-1, 2-0 Ohio Capital Conference Capital) recorded a 34-27 victory vs. Kilbourne (3-2, 1-1). The winning points came with 1:32 remaining on an 84-yard touchdown run by Ryan Fitzgerald. The Wolves narrowed the deficit to seven points and set the final score with a 54-yard touchdown reception by Josh Stoner shortly before the end of regulation.

Josh Moore, TE, Olathe (Kan.) North: North (4-0, 3-0 Sunflower) had little trouble in a 49-0 win at Shawnee Mission South (1-3, 1-3). Moore caught a 14-yard touchdown pass in the victory and was one of five different Eagles to reach the end zone.

Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt: Quarterback Jett Thune finished with 291 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in leading Roosevelt (4-1) to a 48-17 win over visiting Aberdeen Central (2-3). Running back Jake Bear added 157 yards on the ground and also scored twice.

Denzel Ward, CB, Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia: The Knights improved to 5-0 (2-0 Suburban) with a 34-0 win over visiting and winless Lodi Cloverleaf (0-5, 0-2). Ward and the defense held that Colts at bay, and on offense, Ward caught four passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. He only played in the first half.

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