Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Oct. 17. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared.

Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech: The Technicians (8-0) advanced to the Public School League championship game with a 19-12 semifinal win against Detroit East English Village (5-3). Cass Tech rallied from a 12-0 deficit in the win, and the defense helped by holding the Bulldogs to 40 second-half yards. Michigan commit Mike Weber rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Cass Tech will face Detroit Martin Luther King (8-0) for the league title next week at Ford Field.

A.J. Alexander, WR, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock: A late field goal sent Lake Braddock (5-2, 3-1 Class 6A Conference 7) to a 16-14 defeat at Springfield West Springfield (5-2, 2-1). Jaxon Clark’s 37-yard field goal with four seconds remaining gave West Springfield the win.

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Despite a brief health scare, Burrow had a good – albeit short – performance in a 82-7 win vs. Wellston. Burrow was seen limping in the first quarter and left the game with Athens (8-0, 4-0 Tri-Valley Ohio) holding a 28-7 lead in the second quarter. Burrows said he was fine after the game.

“He’s been battling tendonitis on his knee is all,” Athens coach Ryan Adams told the Athens Messenger. “He aggravated it and we were certainly not going to take any chances with him on a night when we already had the game in hand.”

Burrow completed 5 of 6 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Athens won its 27th consecutive regular-season game. Wellston fell to 3-5 (1-3 TVC Ohio). The final score was the largest margin of victory during that winning streak.

Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington: Clark completed 4 of 9 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in a 38-0 home rout of Akron Garfield (3-6). Massillon (6-2) outgained Garfield 431-200 and was led by rusher J.D. Crabtree, who ran for 173 yards and two TDs.

Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto: Scioto (4-4, 2-3 Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal) fell 31-10 to visiting Hilliard Darby (7-1, 5-0) with Conner watching from the sideline. He is out for the season because of a knee injury suffered a week ago.

Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall: The Raiders (6-2, 6-2 Suburban East) concluded their regular season with a 40-7 win at Woodbury (1-7, 1-6). Kenneth Udoibok rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Maxwell Jackson threw for two others and rushed for a third in the win. Cretin-Derham Hall will host White Bear Lake (3-4) Oct. 24 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland: Norland (3-2, 2-1 District 16-6A) had an open week. The Vikings next face Miami Washington on Oct. 24.

Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.: In District 5-4A action, Cocoa (6-1, 2-0) blew past visiting Cocoa Space Coast (5-3, 1-2) 57-7. Dean was presented his Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl jersey before the game and scored two offensive rushing touchdowns in the rout.

Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen (4-1) earned a 38-0 home win against Wayne Passaic County Tech (5-1). No details were available.

Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East: The Tartans remained winless in league play with a 28-12 loss to visiting McDermott Northwest (5-3, 4-0 Southern Ohio Conference I). The Mohawks scored all of its points in the first half to hold East (3-5, 0-3) at bay.

Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley: Massillon Perry (5-3, 3-1 Federal League) got a late touchdown by Braxton Berry that gave the Panthers a 24-21 win at McKinley (3-5, 3-2 Federal League). Berry finished with 200 yards, and his TD with 10:17 remaining put his team ahead for good. Glover-Williams led the Bulldogs with 111 rushing yards but was held out of the end zone.

Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic: DeMatha (5-3, 2-1 Washington Catholic) posted a 70-32 win against visiting Forestville Bishop McNamara (2-5, 1-2). No details were available.

Kierre Hawkins (junior), TE, Maple Heights, Ohio: Hawkins rushed for a 3-yard touchdown in his first game as an OSU verbal commit. His score helped the Mustangs (7-1) move to 5-0 in Lake Erie League action with a 26-0 win at East Cleveland Shaw (1-7, 0-5).

George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio: Hill rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns during Hubbard’s 48-16 win at Warren Howland (5-3, 1-2 All-American National). Hill got help from fellow rusher Larry Scott, who posted a game-high 241 yards on the ground and four touchdowns for Hubbard (8-0, 4-0). Hill’s TDs came on runs of 3 and 5 yards, respectively.

Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier: Hilliard made six tackles with a sack, and the Bombers (6-2) bested Indianapolis Warren Central 23-14 in the Queen City. Ben Glines led the hosts to victory by rushing for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Warren Central fell to 7-2.

Dre'Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius: In a game held at Dublin Coffman, St. Ignatius (6-2) posted a 34-20 win against Cincinnati Moeller (6-2). Jones made six tackles, including five solo stops and a sack, to help lead the St. Ignatius defense.

Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne: The Wolves (5-3, 3-2 Ohio Capital Conference Capital) trailed 40-7 at halftime and were blasted 54-21 at Lewis Center Olentangy (8-0, 4-0). Olentangy quarterback Deeb Haber completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and also ran for 104 yards and three scores.

Josh Moore, TE, Olathe (Kan.) North: Moore caught two passes for 49 yards during North’s 49-3 home win against Olathe East (3-4, 0-1 Class 6A-4). The Eagles (8-0, 1-0) rushed for 363 yards and finished with 487 yards on the night. East was held to 94 for the game.

“I felt like this was the best offensive game we’ve played in a while,” Moore told the Kansas City Star. “We’ve obviously got a great back, but I feel like we’ve got the best receivers in the state too and we were able to use them some tonight.”

Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt: In a crosstown rivalry game, Roosevelt bested Sioux Falls O’Gorman 28-21 in the regular season finale. Jake Bear rushed for 130 yards and helped Roosevelt (7-1, 4-1 Greater Dakota) rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit to the Knights (5-3, 4-1). The Rough Riders will open Class 11AAA postseason play Oct. 30 vs. an opponent to be determined.

Alex Stump, WR, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward: Stump is out for the season because of a foot sprain. The Eagles (6-2) posted a 35-6 win against visiting Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy (2-7).

Denzel Ward, CB, Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia: The Knights improved to 8-0 (5-0 Suburban) with a 40-7 rout of visiting Tallmadge (5-3, 2-3). David Murray sparked the win by throwing four touchdown passes. He threw for 218 yards and rushed for 178 more. Ward nabbed an interception to aid the defensive effort.

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