Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Oct. 31. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared.

Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech: Cass Tech (10-0) opened postseason play with a 26-7 win vs. Warren Mott (5-5) in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class Division I pre-district round. Next up for the Technicians is Dearborn Fordson (10-0).

A.J. Alexander, WR, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock: The Bruins (7-2, 5-1 Class 6A Conference 7) knocked host Lorton South County (8-1, 4-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 62-41. Quarterback Kyle Edwards threw for five touchdowns and rushed for two others.

Jerome Baker, OLB, Cleveland Benedictine: The Bengals (8-1, 4-0 North Coast Blue) clinched a division title with a 35-7 win at Akron Hoban (6-4, 2-3). Baker rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter and played linebacker, running back and quarterback during different times of the game. Benedictine earned the top seed in the Ohio High School Athletics Association Division IV Region 11 bracket and will host No. 8 Perry (6-4) Friday.

Rashod Berry, TE, Lorain, Ohio: Berry caught a 91-yard touchdown pass from Eddie Williamson, and the Titans (7-3, 4-2 Lake Erie) clinched a playoff spot with a 32-7 win vs. Warren Harding (3-7, 3-3).

“It just opened up for me out of nowhere,” Berry told the Lorain Morning Journal. “At first it didn’t look like the window was open for a big play like that. It was a great momentum builder for us on both sides of the ball.”

Lorain earned a No. 13 seed in the OHSAA Division I Region 1 bracket and travels to No. 4 Mentor (9-1) Saturday.

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Burrow helped the Bulldogs (10-0, 6-0 Tri-Valley Ohio) finish a perfect regular season with a 48-22 win at Nelsonville-York (7-3, 5-1). Burrow completed 23 of 30 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns. He threw TD passes for 8, 36, 77 and 12 yards. Next up for fourth-seeded Athens is its OHSAA Division III Region 9 opener vs. No. 5 Granville (8-2).

Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington and Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley: Glover-Williams rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown, but it was Clark who took the bragging rights thanks to a 31-21 win for Massillon (7-3) against visiting McKinley (3-7). Clark completed 5 of 12 passes for 100 yards and added 27 yards on the ground.

McKinley did not qualify for the postseason. Massillon earned a No. 6 seed in the OHSAA Division II Region 3 bracket and will travel to No. 3 Perrysburg (10-0) Friday.

Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto: Scioto (6-4, 4-3 Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal) scored all six of its touchdowns on the ground in a 45-14 win at Canal Winchester (1-9, 0-7). Conner remained sidelined because of a knee injury. No. 7 Scioto will travel to No. 2 Ashville Teays Valley (8-2) in an OHSAA Division II Region 5 first-round battle on Friday.

Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland: Host Miami Carol City (4-5, 2-2 Class 6A District 16) earned a 6-0 win against Norland (3-5, 2-2) in a defensive struggle. Darnell Rolle scored the only points of the game with a 9-yard touchdown run with 2:12 remaining.

Norland, who has one more game left in the regular season, will take part in a three-team tiebreaker Monday for the runner-up playoff spot in its district. Carol City and Miami Northwestern (5-4, 2-2) will join Norland in the battle for the spot.

Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.: Cocoa (8-1, 4-0 Class 4A District 5) clinched a district crown thanks to a 40-0 win against visiting Orlando Jones (4-5, 3-1). The Cocoa defense recorded its third shutout of the season.

Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen (5-2) had little trouble in a 56-6 win against visiting Paterson Eastside (3-5). Don Bosco Prep led 35-6 at halftime and got two touchdown passes from quarterback Thomas DeVito.

Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East: The Tartans (5-5, 2-3 Southern Ohio Conference I) concluded their season with a 42-19 win at Portsmouth Notre Dame (2-8, 1-4). East rushed for 391 yards in the win.

Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic: DeMatha (6-3, 4-1 Washington Catholic) had an open week. The Stags next take the field Nov. 8 vs. Washington (D.C.) Carroll.

Kierre Hawkins (junior), TE, Maple Heights, Ohio: Hawkins rushed eight times for 20 yards in his team’s 35-6 loss at Bedford (10-0, 6-0). Maple Heights (7-3, 6-1) earned a No. 7 seed in the OHSAA Division II Region 3 bracket and will travel to No. 2 Mayfield (9-1) Friday.

George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio: Hill suffered a bruised tibia early in the game, putting him on the sideline during a 36-13 win for Hubbard (10-0, 5-0 All-American National) vs. Struthers (4-6, 2-3). Hill’s counterpart, Larry Scott, picked up the slack. The Michigan State recruit recorded 230 yards on 34 carries and finished the regular season with 6,763 yards.

Hubbard earned the top seed in the OHSAA Division III Region 7 bracket and will host No. 8 Tallmadge (6-4) Friday.

Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier: Hilliard made two tackles as St. Xavier (8-2) bested visiting Louisville St. Xavier (6-4), 24-6. The Bombers, the No. 2 seed in the OHSAA Division I Region 2 bracket, will host No. 15 Grove City Central Crossing (7-3) Saturday.

Dre'Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius and Alex Stump, WR, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward: With Stump still sidelined with a foot sprain, St. Edward (8-2) routed fellow Northeast Ohio power St. Ignatius (6-4) 41-10. Both teams qualified for the OSHAA Division I playoffs. No. 8 St. Ignatius will host No. 9 Elyria (7-3), and second-seeded St. Edward will host No. 15 Brunswick (7-3). Both games are slated for Saturday.

Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne: McCullough threw a touchdown pass on offense in a 42-0 win at Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (4-6, 2-5 Ohio Capital Conference Capital) for Kilbourne (7-3, 5-2). Playing at slotback, McCullough took a pitch from the quarterback and threw a pass to Dakota Holtzclaw that went for a 76-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Kilbourne, the No. 6 seed in the OHSAA Division II Region 5 bracket, will travel to No. 3 Pataskala Watkins Memorial (8-2) Friday.

Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt: The No. 2 Rough Riders (8-1) opened South Dakota High School Activities Association Class 11AAA playoff action with a 49-14 win against visiting Rapid City Stevens (3-6). Schmidt and the Roosevelt offense scored on its first five offensive possessions. The Rough Riders next battle third-seeded Brandon Valley (7-2) Friday in the state semifinal round.

Denzel Ward, CB, Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia: The Knights (10-0, 7-0 Suburban) concluded an unbeaten regular season with a 41-7 win at Wadsworth (7-3, 4-3). Ward caught four passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns on offense. Second-seeded Nordonia will host No. 7 Fremont Ross (7-3) Friday in the OHSAA Division II Region 4 bracket.


The following players have concluded their seasons: Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall.


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