Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Nov. 7. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared.

Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech: The Technicians (11-0) earned a district title with a 28-21 win against Dearborn Fordson (10-1). Three Fordson turnovers helped Cass Tech pull off the victory. Michigan commit Mike Weber scored the game-winning touchdowns on a 1-yard run with 1:27 remaining. Cass Tech will host Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (8-3) in the regional round next week.

A.J. Alexander, WR, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock: Lake Braddock (8-2) concluded its regular season with a 47-20 win against Springfield Lee (2-8). Next for the Bruins is the Virginia High School League playoffs vs. an opponent to be named.

Jerome Baker, OLB, Cleveland Benedictine: Baker rushed for a 15-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter out of the wildcat formation to help the top-seeded Bengals (9-1) outlast No. 8 Perry (6-5) in the first round of the Ohio High School Athletics Association Division IV Region 11 bracket. Next up for Benedictine is No. 5 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (6-4).

Rashod Berry, TE, Lorain, Ohio: The Titans’ first appearance in the OHSAA Division I playoffs was a brief one because of a 49-34 loss by No. 13 Lorain (7-4) at No. 4 Mentor (10-1) in a Region 1 opener. Berry caught three touchdown passes in the loss and recorded a sack on defense. “Berry is one of the best football players I’ve seen,” Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno told Cleveland.com. “Ohio State should have him play on offense.”

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Burrow threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns as No. 4 Athens (11-0) earned a 65-14 rout of fifth-seeded Granville (8-3) at home. The quarterback completed 18 of 27 passes and threw two of those three touchdowns to Heath Wiseman. The Bulldogs next face top-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley (11-0) in the second round of the OHSAA Division III Region 9 bracket.

Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington: Third-seeded Perrysburg (11-0) outgained No. 6 Massillon (7-4) 497-280 and ended the Tigers season in a 56-7 rout in the first round of the OHSAA Division II Region 3 bracket. The defeat was Massillon’s worst since 1931.

Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto: Conner remained sidelined with a season-ending injury suffered Oct. 10, but No. 7 Scioto (7-4) kept it season going with a 38-14 win at No. 2 Ashville Teays Valley (8-3) in the first round of the OHSAA Division II Region 5 bracket. The Irish will next face Hard Road archrival Worthington Kilbourne next week in a regional semifinal.

Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland: Norland (3-6) concluded its season with a 3-2 loss to Hialeah-Miami Lakes (5-5). The defeat came 48 hours after the Vikings were eliminated from postseason contention in a three-team tiebreaker with Miami Carol City and Miami Northwestern for the runner-up playoff spot in Class 6A District 16).

Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa, Fla.: Cocoa (9-1) ended its regular-season slate by winning the Barbecue Bowl 47-0 vs. Rockledge (2-8). Dean caught a 67-yard touchdown pass in the rout. The Tigers earned a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A playoff berth by winning District 5. They will host Avon Park (2-8) on Nov. 14.

Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen (6-2) rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit vs. Wayne DePaul (5-4) and earned a 38-20 win. Feder recovered a fumble while playing defensive end.

Torrance Gibson, QB, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage: In his first game after committing to OSU, Gibson completed 10 of 17 passes for 176 yards and rushed for 49 more in a 35-13 win for American Heritage (6-3) vs. Lakeland Kathleen (5-5). The Patriots will begin FHSAA Class5A postseason play Nov. 14 with a regional quarterfinal game vs. Immokalee (4-6).

Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic: DeMatha (7-3, 5-1 Washington Catholic) ended its regular season with a 40-12 win vs. Westminster (Md.) Carroll (2-7, 0-6). Next up for the second-seeded Stags is the a Washington Area Catholic Conference semifinal showdown with No. 3 Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga (8-2).

Kierre Hawkins (junior), TE, Maple Heights, Ohio: No. 7 Maple Heights (7-4) ended its season with a 49-12 loss at No. 2 Mayfield (10-1) in the OHSAA Division II Region 3 opener. Andy Isabella scored three TDs to lead Mayfield, and Maple Heights committed three turnovers.

George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio: Top-seeded Hubbard (11-0) opened OHSAA Division III Region 7 play with a 45-14 victory vs. No. 8 Tallmadge (6-5). Michigan State commit Larry Scott rushed for four touchdowns. Next up for the Eagles is No. 4 Aurora (10-1).

Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier: Hilliard made two tackles, and the second-seeded Bombers cruised to a 50-13 win vs. No. 15 Grove City Central (7-4) Crossing in an OHSAA Division I Region 2 opener. St. Xavier (9-2) will next face No. 10 Cincinnati Colerain (8-3) on Nov. 15.

Dre'Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius: No. 8 St. Ignatius (7-4) had little trouble in a 42-14 win against No. 9 Elyria (7-4) in a OHSAA Division I Region 1 first-round game. No. 1 Hudson (11-0) will face St. Ignatius next week.

Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne: Sixth-seeded Kilbourne (8-3) posted a 32-9 win at No. 3 Pataskala Watkins Memorial (8-3) in the first round of OHSAA Division II Region 5 bracket. Kilbourne held the Warriors to just 3 yards rushing. Next up for the Wolves in a rematch of the Battle of Hard Road vs. Scioto. The Irish beat Kilbourne 17-14 earlier in both teams’ season opener.

Joshua Norwood, CB, Valdosta, Ga.: The Wildcats (9-1) rallied for a 22-21 win at Leesburg Lee County (7-2) in their regular-season finale. Valdosta earned the win thanks to a 2-yard touchdown pass from Seth Shuman to Rico Ramsey with 1:10 remaining. The Wildcats next enter Class 6A playoff action next week vs. Covington Newton (5-3).

Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt: The No. 2 Rough Riders (9-1) earned a berth to the South Dakota High School Activities Association Class 11AAA championship game thanks to a 20-9 win against third-seeded Brandon Valley (7-3). Roosevelt struggled offensively, gaining just 151 yards on a windy night, but was helped by three Brandon Valley turnovers inside the Rough Riders 25. Roosevelt will face No. 1 seed Sioux Falls Lincoln at the DakotaDoma next week for the state title. The Patriots beat the Rough Riders in the championship game last season.

Alex Stump, WR, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward: Though Stump is still sidelined with a foot injury, No. 2 St. Edward (9-2) opened postseason action with a 37-3 vs. No. 15 Brunswick (7-4) in an OHSAA Division I Region 1 first-round game. The Eagles next face No. 7 Powell Olentangy Liberty (9-2).

Denzel Ward, CB, Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia: Ward helped produce a touchdown on special teams as No. 2 Nordonia (11-0) cruised seventh-seeded Fremont Ross (7-4), 58-26, in the first round of the OHSAA Division II Region 4 bracket. Ward blocked a punt in the third quarter. The ball rolled into the Ross end zone, and Tyler Soltis fell on the ball for a touchdown. Nordonia will face Perrysburg next week.


The following players have concluded their seasons: Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall; Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley; Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East.


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