Friday Night Lights

Ohio State's commitments were in action the weekend of Dec. 5. Here's how the prospects and their teams fared. All are seniors unless mentioned.

Jerome Baker, OLB, Cleveland Benedictine: Baker helped lead the Bengals (14-1) to a 21-14 win against Kettering Archbishop Alter (14-1) in the Ohio High School Athletics Association Division IV championship game. He rushed for two of his team's scores, including the game-winning touchdown on a 14-yard run from the wildcat quarterback spot with 10:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. Baker led all rushers with 83 yards and even completed two of three passes for 55 yards. Defensively, he made a game-high 11 tackles with a half stop for a two-yard loss. More on his performance can be found here.

Joey Burrow, QB, The Plains (Ohio) Athens: Burrow completed 26 of 45 passes for 446 yards with six touchdowns and an interception, but the Bulldogs (14-1) fell short in a 56-52 defeat against Toledo Central Catholic (13-2) in the OHSAA Division III championship. Read more about the game here and see a story on Burrow's efforts here.

Torrance Gibson, QB, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage: Gibson and the Patriots (11-3) advanced to the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 5A championship game with a 20-17 win against Orlando Moore (13-1). Oren Milstein made a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give American Heritage the victory. Gibson threw for 15 yards on just 2-of-10 passing and rushed for 66 yards. He did rush for a pair of scores, however. American Heritage, unbeaten since losing a playoff game in 2012, will face Tallahassee Godby (12-2) for the title on Friday in Orlando.

Denzel Ward, CB, Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia: Cincinnati La Salle (14-1) ended Ward and Nordonia's quest for a state championship with a 55-20 thumping of the Bengals (13-0) in the OHSAA Division II championship. Ward made six tackles. Offensively, he caught five passes for 89 yards and rushed for a team-best 20 yards. More on Ward and the Knights can be found here.


The following players have concluded their seasons: Joshua Alabi, DE, Detroit Cass Tech; A.J. Alexander, WR, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock; Rashod Berry, TE, Lorain, Ohio; Branden Bowen, OT, Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon; Matthew Burrell, OG, Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton; Danny Clark (sophomore), QB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington; Jonathon Cooper, OLB, Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln; Nick Conner, OLB, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto; Jashon Cornell, DE, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall; Carlton Davis, S, Miami Norland; Jamel Dean; Kevin Feder, OT, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep; Eric Glover-Williams, RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley; Tyler Gerald (junior), OG, Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East; Tyler Green, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic; Kierre Hawkins (junior), TE, Maple Heights, Ohio; George Hill (junior), RB, Hubbard, Ohio; Justin Hilliard, MLB, Cincinnati St. Xavier; Dre'Mont Jones, DE, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Mirko Jurkovic Jr., OG, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy; Liam McCullough, LS, Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne; Joshua Norwood, CB, Valdosta, Ga.; Grant Schmidt, OT, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt; Alex Stump (INJURY), WR, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward.


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