Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Oct. 3. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared.

Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech: The Technicians remained unbeaten (6-0, 5-0 Public School League) with a 21-16 win against Detroit East English Village Prep (4-2, 4-1). The Cass Tech defense stood tall late, twice stopping the Bulldogs inside the Technican 30-yard line in the fourth quarter. Mike Weber led the Cass Tech offense with 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

A.J. Alexander, WR, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock: The Bruins (4-1, 2-0 Class 6A Conference 7) had an open week. They next play Oct. 10 at Fairfax Woodson.

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Burrow excelled in a 58-42 win at Steubenville. The Bulldogs (6-0) piled up 591 yards of total offense, and Burrow was a big part of that attack. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns. He lost two early fumbles – including one that occurred when he was diving in the end zone for a touchdown – but added two rushing scores and 77 yards on the ground.

“I was playing pretty crappy in the first half. I had some fumbles,” Burrow told the Athens Messenger. “I picked it up toward the end of the game and so did we as a team. You have to stay aggressive when you get in those situations. You can’t get timid.”

The Big Red (4-2) were led by quarterback Dimitri Collarso, who completed 17 of 29 passes for 281 yards and two scores.

Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington: Clark threw for 237 yards on 18-of-32 passing with a touchdown in Massillon’s 34-33 loss to visiting Austintown Fitch. The Falcons (5-1) recorded the go-ahead touchdown with 4:13 remaining on a 2-yard run by Antwan Harris. Anthony Motaro’s PAT put Fitch ahead. Massillon had taken a 33-27 lead in the fourth quarter on a 53-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Jeff Koch, but the point-after attempt failed. The Tigers (5-1) still had a chance to win late. Clark completed five passes on his team’s final drive, which concluded with a missed 40-yard field goal that sailed wide right.

Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto: Conner starred on offense in helping the Irish emerge with a 56-49 home win over Westerville South. Conner rushed for 172 yards and six touchdowns, including a 3-yard score that gave Scioto (4-2, 2-1 Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal) the win. He scored on runs of 5, 10, 11, 2, 4 and 3 yards.

“I’ve got mixed emotions right now. I’m so happy I almost want to cry,” Conner told ThisWeek Community Newspapers. “Coach (Karl Johnson) told me we were going to put the game on my back because we’ve been struggling offensively, and this is the most I’ve played on offense all year. Our offensive line did a great job.”

South (4-2, 2-1) scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to send the game to overtime before falling short.

Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall: The Vikings (4-2, 4-2 Suburban East) won their third straight, blasting host Stillwater (5-1, 5-1) 32-14. Cretin-Derham Hall led 19-0 at halftime and cruised from there. The Ponies struggled without standout rusher Zach Knox, who was out of the lineup because of a concussion.

Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland: The Vikings (2-1, 1-0) were tied 10-10 in their District 16-6A game with Miami Northwestern (4-0, 1-0) with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter when inclement weather suspended the game. It was slated to resume Monday night.

Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.: The Tigers (4-1, 1-0 District 5-4A) routed winless Cocoa Beach (0-6, 0-2) 56-0. Cocoa was led by quarterback Bruce Judson, who completed 10 of 12 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers have not lost to the Minutemen since 1972.

Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen (3-0) had an open week. Don Bosco Prep travels to Paramus Catholic on Oct. 11.

Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East: Gerald did not play because of illness, and the Tartans fell 35-6 to visiting Oak Hill. East (3-3, 0-1 Southern Ohio Conference I) was missing two linemen and it showed. The Oaks (4-2, 1-0) led 21-6 at halftime and outgained the Tartans 338-152.

Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley: The Bulldogs (2-4, 2-1 Federal League) got back on the winning track with a 36-24 win against visiting Massillon Jackson. Glover-Williams again led the offense, rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned an interception on defense 102 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Jackson fell to 4-2 (1-2).

Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic: Green was held off the stat sheet in a 21-14 loss at Olney Our Lady of Good Counsel. The Stags fell to 3-3 (1-1 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference), while the Falcons (5-1, 2-0) earned the win on a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown by Andres Castillo in the final minute.

George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio: The Eagles (6-0, 2-0 All-American National) remained unbeaten with a 56-6 win against visiting Niles McKinley (1-5, 0-2). Hill caught a 48-yard touchdown in the win. Hubbard piled up 569 yards of offense, led by a 291-yard effort by leading rusher L.J. Scott.

Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier: Hilliard recorded six tackles and a sack, and the Bombers (4-2, 1-1 Greater Catholic League South) earned a 32-24 win at Cincinnati Elder (4-2, 0-1) in double overtime. Ben Glines, who rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns, gave St. X the win with a 5-yard touchdown run in the second OT. He added a two-point conversion rush to set the final score.

“On the touchdown we decided to run it behind Justin,” Glines told WCPO-TV. “I went over to the sideline thinking extra point and put the defense back out there but they start calling for the offense.”

Dre'Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius: Jones recovered a pair of fumbles, and the host Wildcats (4-2) cruised to a 34-7 victory vs. Saint Catharines (Ontario) Canada Prep. The St. Ignatius defense recorded seven turnovers, four interceptions and three fumbles. The Wildcats led 27-0 at halftime.

Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne: The Wolves improved to 4-2 (2-1 Ohio Capital Conference Capital) with a 23-13 win against visiting Sunbury Big Walnut. Running back Isaiah Young rushed for 193 yards and a touchdown, and Dominic Brown added an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery on defense. Big Walnut fell to 3-3 (1-2).

Josh Moore, TE, Olathe (Kan.) North: The Eagles remained unbeaten in league play with a 38-22 win at Leavenworth. North (5-0, 4-0 Sunflower) got 168 yards from running back Vinnie Shabazz on 18 carries, while the Pioneers (2-3, 1-3) were led by Sanchez Williams, who rushed for 83 yards.

Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt: Jett Thune rushed for two touchdowns and Tyson Jahn finished with 108 yards as the Rough Riders (5-1) posted a 35-6 win at Mitchell (1-4). Roosevelt led 21-0 at halftime and cruised from there.

Denzel Ward, CB, Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia: Ward caught two touchdown passes and picked off two passes to help the Knights post a 52-0 win at Uniontown Green. Nordonia (6-0, 3-0 Suburban) scored all of its points in the first half. Ward’s TD receptions came on grabs of 12 and 44 yards. Green fell to 2-4 (0-3).


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