Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com 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. 14-15 weekend. All are seniors unless noted.

OL Mike Adams and TE/WR Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman – Coffman remained unbeaten with a 26-21 win over host Mentor Lake Catholic.

Two late fourth-quarter touchdowns by Lake Catholic made the final close, but two touchdown passes from Zack Stoudt helped the Shamrocks (4-0) cruise to a big lead.

K/P Ben Buchanan, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Buchanan made a pair of extra points, but the Warhawks (0-4) still lost to Powell Olentangy Liberty 35-14.

Liberty quarterback Ryan Cypret threw for three touchdowns in the win, and Allen Eggleston rushed for 129 yards and scored twice.

OL Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater – Edgewater did not have a game this weekend. The Eagles (1-1) travel to Orlando Evans Sept. 21.

TE Nic DiLillo, Madison, Ohio – DiLillo and the passing offense took a backseat to running back Nick Yeager in a 35-24 win over Painesville Harvey. Yeager carried the ball 30 times for 238 yards and two touchdowns for the host Blue Streaks.

DiLillo did get on the scoreboard in the third quarter when he caught a two-point conversion pass.

DT Garrett Goebel, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – The Broncos improved to 4-0 with a 55-20 win over Aurora Central Catholic.

Montini had little trouble in the win, allowing only a 60-yard touchdown run in taking a 48-7 halftime lead. Bronco quarterback Tom DiCristina had four touchdown passes.

WR DeVier Posey, Cincinnati LaSalle – Posey and the Lancers (3-1) earned a 28-19 upset win over Cincinnati Elder, a team ranked No. 15 nationally by Sports Illustrated.

Posey fumbled a kickoff return in the third quarter, and that helped Elder slice LaSalle's lead to 21-19. However, the wideout made up for the miscue by scoring on a 48-yard catch-and-run pass from Brendan Jones in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.

Posey finished with nine catches for 141 yards.

It was LaSalle's second win over Elder (3-1) in three years, and it was the Greater Catholic League South opener for both teams.

OL J.B. Shugarts, Klein, Texas – Klein defeated host Kingwood 17-7.

A blocked punt by Henry Kaetzer with 5:14 left in the first quarter set up the first Bearkat touchdown, and after Kingwood tied the game with a third-quarter score, Klein (2-1) scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to earn the win. C.J. Palmer scored on a 1-yard run with 4:33 remaining, and Randy Bullock added a 29-yard field goal with 1:34 left.

Shugarts was expected to miss the game with a sprained left knee suffered Sept. 7, but his absence from the game was not confirmed.

MLB Andrew Sweat, Washington (Pa.) Trinity – The Hillers (2-1) scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 21-14 win over Allison Park Hampton.

Mike Yancich scored the game-winning touchdown on a 43-yard run. Hampton had taken a 14-7 lead on the final play of the third quarter on a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown by Matt Dukovich.

Sweat carried the ball five times for 80 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

RB/LB Devoe Torrence, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – The Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 14-3 win over Division V Youngstown Ursuline.

It was not a pretty win, as Massillon had to hold on for the win despite a distinct advantage from the start. Ursuline was playing without its top running back, a starting wide receiver and an offensive lineman. All were out because of injuries.

Torrence was a key part in one Tiger touchdown. He ran four times during the scoring drive, and he was part of a play-action fake on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Josh Cross. Torrence finished with 158 yards on 29 carries – 108 coming in the second half.

DE/LB/FB/HB Nathan Williams, Washington Court House (Ohio) Miami Trace – The Panthers hosted central Ohio power Plain City Jonathan Alder and fell 23-0.

Williams blocked a 43-yard field goal, but the 2006 Division IV state runners-up were too much for Miami Trace. The Pioneers blew the game open in the second half after taking a 7-0 lead into halftime.

LB Jordan Whiting (Junior), Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks fell to Cincinnati St. Xavier, 47-31, in an interstate battle.

The Bombers (4-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation by PrepNation.com, trailed the Shamrocks 24-13 midway through the third quarter. However, St. Xavier scored 28 straight points to send Trinity back to Kentucky with its first loss of the season in three games. Whiting had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

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 and the Hurricanes (3-0) dominated on both sides of the ball in a 49-9 rout of host Whitehall (2-1).

The Liberty defense allowed only nine points, all in the second half, after the Hurricanes took a 28-0 halftime lead. Ahkeem Smith scored on touchdown runs of 62 and 93 yards to help Liberty pull away.

DE Quinton Coples, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy – The Tigers fell 22-12 Sept. 9 at Louisburg (N.C.) College.

Coples had several tackles and a sack, but the Hurricanes built an early lead and held on for the win.

The Tigers (3-1) were scheduled to play at Marshall University's subvarsity team on Sept. 16.

WR/DB Michael Floyd, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall – Floyd had two touchdown catches, including a 74-yard score in a 42-13 Raider victory over Woodbury.

Cretin-Derham Hall quarterback John Nance, a Minnesota verbal commitment, threw for 224 yards and four touchdowns as the Raiders improved to 3-0.

LB Shayne Hale, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – The Gators' defense held Baldwin to one touchdown in a 35-7 win.

Gateway (2-1) got two touchdown catches from wide receiver Jon Pryor, who verbally committed to Eastern Michigan Sept. 14.

CB Brendan Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – The Tornadoes were not scheduled to play until a Sept. 20 game at Fort Lauderdale.

S/QB Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Preparatory – Hill completed 4 of 5 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and added another score on an interception return in a 62-0 win over host West New York (N.J.) Memorial.

St. Peter's (2-0) led 21-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Hill scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-0 and ended the half with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.

WR Josh Jarboe, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove – The Saints improved to 1-2 with a 19-6 win at Millers Grove.

Stanley McBride scored two rushing touchdowns in the win.

OL Josh Jenkins, Parkersburg, W.Va. – The Big Reds moved to 4-0 with a 22-12 come-from-behind win over Belle Riverside.

Jenkins and the Parkersburg line led the way for running back Matt Lindamood, who ran for 273 yards and all three of Parkersburg's touchdowns. He scored on runs of 67, 16 and 2 yards.

DE Willie Mobley, Eden Prairie, Minn. – The Panthers crushed Lakeville North, 34-3.

Mobley had the Eagles' quarterback, Mike Hartwell, on the run all game. The defensive end finished with two sacks. The Eden Prairie defense held Lakeville North (2-1) to 41 yards of total offense. Eden Prairie (3-0) had 296 net yards rushing.

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – Pryor completed 7 of 11 passes for 109 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 53-0 win over Herminie Yough.

Jeannette's signal caller also carried nine times for 127 yards and a touchdown.

LB Etienne Sabino, Miami Dr. Michael M. Krop – In a rain-shortened game, Krop dominated Miami Jackson 22-0.

A half-hour rain delay led to a Jackson forfeit with 3:01 remaining in the third quarter. Before the rain came, Krop scored all of its points by halftime.

WR Cordale Scott, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders evened their record to 2-2 with a 46-0 rout of Cleveland Lincoln-West.

Glenville cruised from the start, leading 33-0 after one quarter in its Senate Athletic League opener.

RB Lamaar Thomas, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly – Thomas scored two touchdowns as Friendly improved to 2-0 with a 32-12 win over visiting Forestville.

Thomas caught a 33-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. The point-after kick failed, but Thomas made up for it by scoring on a two-point conversion run after a second Friendly first-quarter touchdown.

Thomas also scored on an 81-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. He finished with 71 yards rushing on nine carries, and his touchdown catch was his only reception of the game.

DT Justin Thompson, Torrence (Calif.) El Camino Junior College – The Warriors routed Riverside, 38-14, to get back on track after losing a week before to Bakersfield.

Thompson and the defense got El Camino rolling when free safety Devynn Brown intercepted a pass and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring. It was one of four turnovers El Camino forced in the win.

CB Charles Whitlock, Chester, S.C. – Whitlock and the Cyclones (3-1) outlasted the rain and Columbia Flora for an 8-0 win.

Quarterback Gene McCaskill scored the game's only touchdown with 1:51 before halftime on a 1-yard run. Whitlock and the defense held Flora to 106 total yards.


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