Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments along with some of the top prospects being tracked across the country.

Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared over the Sept. 6-9 weekend. All are seniors unless noted.

OL Mike Adams, TE/WR Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman; K/P Ben Buchanan, Westerville (Ohio) Central – In a battle of three future Buckeyes, Stoneburner stole the show in a win by the Shamrocks (3-0) over Buchanan and Westerville Central.

Stoneburner caught 10 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-10 win over Central. His first touchdown went for 72 yards, and he later added a 21-yard score.

Adams and the rest of the Coffman offensive line gave quarterback Zack Stoudt plenty of time to pass, and the quarterback threw for 358 yards on 21-of-36 passing and four touchdowns.

For the Warhawks (0-3), Buchanan hit a 48-yard field goal and also added an extra point.

OL Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater – Brewster and the Eagles fell to 1-1 after losing an offensive showdown, 35-28, to Tallahassee Lincoln.

Lincoln quarterback B.J. Daniels scored five touchdowns, and a late rally by Brewster and the Edgewater offense fell short. Trailing 35-21 late in the fourth quarter, Edgewater cut the deficit to seven with a fourth-down 23-yard touchdown pass to Keairon Jackson. The Eagles attempted an onside kick following the score, but the Trojans recovered the kick and iced the game.

Brewster and his offensive linemates were creating holes for Edgewater running back Jeremiah Schwartz through the midway point of the third quarter. However, Schwartz was called for a personal foul and ejected. Prior to the call, Schwartz had 137 yards and a score.

TE Nic DiLillo, Madison, Ohio – It was a frustrating night for DiLillo and the Blue Streaks (1-2) as they dropped a home contest, 24-9, to Mentor Lake Catholic.

Madison's offense struggled all night, scoring only once on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nick Yeager. The Blue Streaks' only other points came on a safety late in the third quarter that cut the deficit to 10-9. Lake Catholic (2-1) went on to ice the game with two fourth-quarter scores.

DT Garrett Goebel, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – The Broncos defense, led by Goebel, allowed only one touchdown in a 51-7 win over St. Francis.

Montini Catholic quarterback Joe DiCristina finished 17 of 28 for 257 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' Suburban Catholic Conference opener.

St. Francis scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter with most of the starters out of the game.

WR DeVier Posey, Cincinnati LaSalle – The Lancers improved to 2-1 on the season with a 55-26 road win over the border against Lexington (Ky.) Henry Clay.

Coming off a five-catch, 112-yard performance against Indianapolis Cathedral Sept. 1, Posey hauled in four catches for 45 yards against Henry Clay.

LaSalle hosts Cincinnati Elder Sept. 14.

OL J.B. Shugarts, Klein, Texas – Klein, fresh off a 45-0 loss to nationally-ranked Katy Sept. 1, evened its record with a 10-7 home win over Cy Ridge.

The Bearcats got a touchdown run by C.J. Palmer in the first half and added a third-quarter field goal by Randy Bullock in the win. Cy Ridge scored a touchdown in the final minute, but it was too little, too late.

Shugarts played most of the game until coming out with an injury. One of his offensive linemen fell and landed on his left leg, ending his night. Shugarts had an X-ray the following day that showed no bone damage. He is expected to miss one game with what was diagnosed as a sprained left knee.

MLB Andrew Sweat, Washington (Pa.) Trinity – Sweat and the rest of the Cougar defense allowed 33 points to Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAA No. 4 Blackhawk, but Trinity was one better in a dramatic double-overtime upset.

Trinity running back Mike Yancich ran for 215 yards on 24 carries and added three touchdowns in the win. He also recorded the game-tying score, and an extra point by John Murphy was the winning point.

RB/LB Devoe Torrence, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Torrence had a 2-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but that was not enough to rescue the Tigers from losing for the second time in their first three games.

Parma Normandy handed the Tigers their second loss in a row, 27-13. Massillon was held to 198 yards of offense – 66 coming on the drive capped by Torrence's touchdown against a prevent defense.

DE/LB/FB/HB Nathan Williams, Washington Court House (Ohio) Miami Trace – Despite a touchdown by Williams, the Panthers fell to Tecumseh, 15-12, at New Carlisle.

Williams scored on a 21-yard run that capped off a 12-play, 81-yard drive. Miami Trace did miss the extra point, however, and trailed at halftime 7-6. The Panthers took a 12-7 lead after scoring a touchdown following a 66-minute lightning delay. The lead was short-lived, as the Arrows ran the ensuing kickoff into Miami Trace territory and scored the game-winning touchdown 11 plays later.

Miami Trace did have a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but the Panthers missed a 31-yard field goal.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Cardinals had little trouble dispatching overmatched Louisville Butler, 49-0.

Whiting, a junior, and his defensive teammates allowed only 23 yards rushing on 21 carries, and Trinity led 21-0 after the first quarter and added four more touchdowns before halftime to cap the scoring

Here is a look at several other prospects from around the country that Ohio State is tracking. All are seniors unless otherwise noted.

LB Brendan Beal, Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty – Beal blocked a punt in a 55-0 win over host Allen, Pa. Beal and the rest of the defense held the Canaries to one first down. The Hurricanes racked up 328 yards on the ground. Ahkeem Smith scored three times for Liberty.

DE Quinton Coples, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy – Coples is part of Hargrave Military Academy's postgrad team, which hosted Louisburg College Sept. 9. As of press time, no score or statistics were available.

The Tigers were 3-0, including one forfeit win, going into the game at Louisburg. The team's previous game was a 30-0 win Sept. 3 at Robert Morris University. In that game, Coples was part of a group safety with defensive end Leon Mackey and linebacker Quillie Odom.

WR/DB Michael Floyd, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall – Floyd scored twice as Cretin-Derham Hall blanked visiting Hastings, 55-0.

Floyd scored one of five first-quarter touchdowns on a 27-yard pass reception. He also scored in the second quarter on a 56-yard punt return. He finished with 92 yards rushing on four carries and had 116 yards on three kick returns.

WR Jeff Fuller, McKinney (Texas) Boyd – Fuller's Broncos lost their season opener, 27-21, at Prosper.

Prosper quarterback Hunter Nix scored a game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with less than a minute remaining.

Boyd, in only its second season of high school football, fell to 0-11 all-time.

LB Shayne Hale, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Gateway evened its record to 1-1 with a 17-6 win Sept. 6 at McKeesport.

Hale led the Gators' stingy defense, which forced the Tigers to make several miscues. McKeesport had an interception returned for a touchdown, fumbled six times (lost two) and had four penalties for 25 yards.

CB Brendan Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – Harris and the Tornadoes led 9-6 in the third quarter over Miami Central, but the game will likely not count.

Lightning in the Miami area halted the contest between two of the top teams in Miami-Dade County, and the decision to complete the game will be up to both schools. According to the Miami Herald, it is unlikely to be completed because it is a non-district game.

The Tornadoes had not played since defeating Summerville, S.C., Aug. 25. They will not play again until they open district play Sept. 20 vs. Fort Lauderdale.

S/QB Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Preparatory – Hill battled through leg cramps and a hip flexor injury as his Marauders outlasted Delbarton, 22-15, at Giants Stadium.

Delbarton lost 36-0 to St. Peter's Prep in 2006, but the Green Wave fared much better this season. Delbarton was even driving for a potential game-tying score when time ran out.

WR Josh Jarboe, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove – Jarboe and the rest of the Saints were held out of the end zone in a 7-0 loss to Mays.

The game's only score came on a quarterback sneak by Chauncey Davis in the second quarter from the Cedar Grove 1-yard line.

OL Josh Jenkins, Parkersburg, W.Va. – Trailing by three with five minutes remaining, Jenkins and the Big Red offense rallied for a win over South Charleston.

Parkersburg drove 81 yards for the game-winning score, a touchdown run by Andy Thomas from the South Charleston 1 with 1:15 remaining. The extra point gave the Big Reds a 30-26 win.

The Black Eagles drove to the Parkersburg 29 with 20 seconds remaining, but a Jason Phillips interception iced the win for the Big Reds.

DE Willie Mobley, Eden Prairie, Minn. – The Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 49-14 win at Chaska. The Hawks drove down the field against Eden Prairie to begin the game, but after a missed field goal, the Eagles took control and cruised to the victory.

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – Pryor did it all for the Jayhawks against Interstate Conference foe Washington.

Pryor led Jeannette to a 52-12 win with his feet and arms. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He carried the ball five times for 57 yards and two more scores. Pryor also had a sack on defense and a 54-yard punt return.

LB Etienne Sabino, Miami Dr. Michael M. Krop – The Lightning led 38-6 at halftime against Hialeah-Miami Lakes, but the game was ironically stopped due to lightning.

Krop scored on its first three drives, and Sabino and the defense allowed the Trojans just 9 yards of total offense. The game was stopped at the half, and it is up to the schools whether to continue or not. As of press time, no decision had been announced.

WR Cordale Scott, Cleveland Glenville – Despite the absence of running back Darius Ashley, Cincinnati St. Xavier handed the Tarblooders their second straight loss, 27-12, in Cincinnati.

Scott and Glenville took a 6-0 first-quarter lead, but the Bombers' Danny Milligan scored 21 points for St. Xavier to help his team get the win.

RB Lamaar Thomas, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly – Friendly dominated in a 50-12 win at Edmondson in a match between a pair of 2006 state champions.

Thomas scored the game's first touchdown with an 18-yard run. The Patriots had 371 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Friendly led 34-0 at halftime.

DT Justin Thompson, El Camino (Calif.) Junior College – In a battle between two of the top junior college teams in the nation, Bakersfield College edged El Camino, 33-31.

Bakersfield scored the game-winning touchdown as the clock expired on a 10-yard catch by tight end Seth Damron.

Thompson and the defense struggled against the Bakersfield passing offense. Quarterback Jacob Bower had six passes that covered more than 20 yards. He finished 21 of 37 for 335 yards.

QB/CB Charles Whitlock, Chester, S.C. – Whitlock and the Cyclones struggled in a 27-12 loss to host York.

The air game was not the problem, as Chester amassed 202 passing yards compared to 134 for York. The difference was the running game, which the Cougars dominated. Chester had only 9 yards on 29 carries, while York had 192 yards on 44.

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