Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, Buckeye Sports Bulletin 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 Oct. 30-Nov. 3. All are seniors unless noted.

OL Mike Adams and TE/WR Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman – The Shamrocks had a field goal blocked, turned the ball over two times and fumbled a punt, but Coffman still earned a 28-21 win over Gahanna Lincoln with a late touchdown run during the opening round of the Division I playoffs.

Jared Phillips put the third-seeded Shamrocks (11-0) ahead for good with a 1-yard run with 2:34 remaining.

Lincoln helped Coffman set up the winning score when the Lions (7-4) went for it on fourth-and-1 at their own 20 with 3:24 remaining. Running back Darius Reeves was stopped at the line of scrimmage, setting up the Shamrocks for their game-winning drive.

Stoneburner scored one of Coffman's touchdowns with a 29-yard catch in the second quarter.

K/P Ben Buchanan, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Buchanan ended his prep career at Westerville Central by making 14 of 19 field goals and 31 of 32 extra points as a senior.

The Warhawk made all 13 of his attempts inside 50 yards and made 10 field goals of more than 40 yards. Buchanan had a season-best kick of 57 yards in a game vs. Sunbury Big Walnut. In that game, Buchanan made five field goals.

Buchanan also handled the punting duties for Westerville Central (3-7) and averaged 40.6 yards per kick.

OL Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater – Brewster and the Eagles clinched the Class 6A, District 3 title and earned a playoff berth for the ninth straight year with a 28-7 win over visiting Winter Park on Senior Night.

Edgewater rusher Jeremiah Schwartz had 193 yards of total offense and scored a receiving touchdown – a 6-yard grab that gave Edgewater (8-1) a 14-0 lead at halftime.

The running back gave credit to Brewster and other teammates.

"We all love each other so much," said Schwartz in a game recap by the Orlando Sentinel. "I give all the credit to the offensive line and our fullback."

Winter Park cut the deficit to 14-7 in the third quarter, but Edgewater responded by scoring the game's final 14 points.

TE Nic DiLillo, Madison, Ohio – The eighth-seeded Blue Streaks had their season come to an end with a 49-7 loss to No. 1 and unbeaten Warren Howland in a Division II playoff game.

Howland's Vince Peterson intercepted a Madison pass for a touchdown on the game's first drive, and the Tigers (11-0) added another quick touchdown following a Madison three-and-out. It only got worse for the Blue Streaks (7-4), who narrowly avoided a shutout with a Nick

Yeager 4-yard touchdown run after falling behind 49-0.

DiLillo closed his prep career with four catches for 11 yards.

DT Garrett Goebel, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – The second-seeded Broncos had their season come to a surprising end with a loss to No. 7 Woodstock Marian Central Catholic, 29-15, in the second round of the Illinois High School Association Class 5A playoffs.

Marian quarterback Jon Budmayr, who missed the regular-season meeting between the two schools, led the Hurricanes on an 80-yard, game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Andrew Stochl caught the go-ahead score, and Jordan Peart caught a two-point conversion.

Budmayr completed 23 of 31 passes for 245 yards and two scores.

Montini (9-2) defeated the Hurricanes 33-0 Oct. 5.

WR/CB Travis Howard, Miami Dr. Michael M. Krop – Krop saw its dim postseason hopes fade with an 8-6 loss at North Miami.

Junior Mertile had 90 yards receiving, scored on a two-point conversion and iced the North Miami win with an interception in the fourth quarter.

The Lightning (6-3, 1-3 District 12-6A) needed a win and a loss by Miami Norland to keep its playoff hopes alive.

RB/LB Storm Klein (Junior), Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein missed Licking Valley's Division III playoff opener with a knee injury, but senior running back Josh Bailey picked up the slack in a 42-21 win over Granville.

The second-seeded Panthers got a boost from Bailey, who ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries. The win set Licking Valley (10-1) up with a date against Beloit West Branch in a regional semifinal Nov. 9.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Klein injured his right knee vs. Newark Catholic Oct. 19. He did play in the regular-season finale vs. Columbus Academy a week later, but team doctors did not clear Klein to play vs. Granville.

WR DeVier Posey, Cincinnati La Salle – La Salle finished its season 5-5 after a 4-1 start to the season.

While the Lancers struggled to win in the second half of the season, Posey had an impressive senior season, leading La Salle in receiving with 776 yards and eight touchdowns on 48 catches. He also had two interceptions, one for a touchdown, on defense.

Posey was named to the All-Greater Catholic League South Div. first team and was the receiver of the year in the GCL.

OL J.B. Shugarts, Klein, Texas – Shugarts and the 6-3 Bearkats had an open weekend prior to their regular-season finale vs. Klein Oak Nov. 9.

MLB Andrew Sweat, Washington (Pa.) Trinity – Trinity opened its playoff run with a 43-16 win at Mt. Pleasant.

Mike Yancich ran for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the offense. Brandon Weaver added 104 yards and a score for Trinity, who will face McKees Rocks Montour in the quarterfinals of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAA playoffs.

RB Lamaar Thomas, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly – Thomas ran for a touchdown in a 42-7 romp over Upper Marlboro Largo Oct. 30, but Friendly's unblemished record took a hit Nov. 2.

Friendly was forced to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player. According to a report by The Washington Post, the player – a reserve – was ineligible because of residence issues. A Friendly assistant coach also was suspended indefinitely. The coach was not named.

Things got worse for the Patriots Nov. 3 when host Brandywine Gwynn Park beat Friendly 33-30. With 41 seconds remaining, Gwynn Park's Zachary Harper blocked a punt and LaVaughn Hughes returned it to the Friendly 35-yard line. Two plays later, Khalek Shepherd scored the game-winning touchdown on a 30-yard run.

Thomas scored the game's first touchdown on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Friendly led 18-0 at halftime before Gwynn Park rallied.

The loss dropped Friendly, the defending Maryland Class 3A champion, to 5-4 with one game left in the regular season.

RB/LB Devoe Torrence, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Torrence scored twice in the Tigers' season-ending, 23-20, overtime win over rival Canton McKinley Oct. 27, but Massillon failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Massillon finished the season 6-4 and on a four-game winning streak. Torrence played in nine games for Massillon and ran for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns. His season high came vs. Mentor Sept. 21, when he ran for 283 yards and four touchdowns.

DE/LB/FB/HB Nathan Williams, Washington Court House (Ohio) Miami Trace – Williams had his prep career end Oct. 26 with a share of the South Central Ohio League title.

The Panthers defeated Washington Court House, 42-40, to end the season 6-4 and 5-1 in conference. Williams rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries in the win.

LB Jordan Whiting (Junior), Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – Whiting and the Shamrocks held host Lexington Lafayette to 25 yards of offense in the first half and only 167 yards for the game in a 41-7 blowout win.

Trinity led 35-0 at halftime and was never challenged in its regular-season finale. Quarterback Will Stein threw for 332 yards on 20-of-26 passing with six touchdowns in only three quarters of work.

Trinity will face Louisville Seneca to begin the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6A playoffs Nov. 9.

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

LB Shayne Hale, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – The Gators committed 11 penalties in the first half vs. Harrison City Penn Trafford and allowed the game to remain close for a half before pulling away for a 45-14 victory.

Gateway (9-1) scored 28 unanswered points in the second half in the first round of the WPIAL Quad A playoffs. Running back Cameron Saddler scored three times for the Gators and finished with 34 carries for 267 yards.

The Gators will next face Upper St. Clair in the Quad A quarterfinals.

CB Brendan Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – Harris and the Tornadoes continued to dominate with defense in a 36-0 win over visiting Miami Jackson.

Booker T. (8-0) remained unbeaten in District 16-4A action through four games with the shutout win – its sixth whitewash of 2007.

Quarterback Torrance Moise threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Tornadoes offense.

OL Josh Jenkins, Parkersburg, W.Va. – Parkersburg ended its regular season 9-1 with a 55-3 win over Ripley Oct. 26 and will begin its playoff run Nov. 10.

Jenkins and the Big Reds will host Glen Dale John Marshall in the first round of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Class AAA playoffs.

DE Willie Mobley, Eden Prairie, Minn. – The Eagles won the Class 5A, Section 6 championship with a 38-7 victory over Edina.

Mobley and the defense pressured Edina quarterback Anders Lee all night and held the Hornets to only two first downs in the first half. Most of Eden Prairie's starters were out of the game by the end of the third quarter.

Matt Swanson led the Eden Prairie rushing attack with 15 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Grant completed 7 of 9 passes for 179 yards and three scores.

Eden Prairie will face Andover in the state quarterfinals Nov. 10 at St. Paul Central.

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – Pryor began his final prep playoff run with a 49-7 rout of Seton La Salle in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. The standout quarterback ran the ball 10 times for 159 yards, completed all three of his pass attempts for 84 yards and even added an interception on defense at the end of the first half.

Jeannette (10-0) advanced to play Pittsburgh Shady Side Academy in the quarterfinals Nov. 9.

LB Etienne Sabino, Miami Dr. Michael M. Krop – Sabino and the Krop defense allowed only one touchdown, but that was all it took for North Miami to earn the 8-6 win over the Lightning.

North Miami's lone score came on a 3-yard run by Junior Delpe. The ensuing two-point conversion was the margin of victory.

Jordan Heller caught a Krop touchdown pass, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.

WR Cordale Scott, Cleveland Glenville – The seventh-seeded Tarblooders upset No. 2 Cleveland St. Ignatius, 26-23, in a Division I playoff opener.

Senior Jermil Martin forced a late St. Ignatius fumble, and Bobby Baker grabbed the loose ball and took it 66 yards for the game-winning score with 4:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Scott helped set up Glenville's first touchdown with a 26-yard reception and later added an 89-yard interception return for a score on defense.

Glenville (9-2) advanced to a regional semifinal matchup vs. Youngstown Boardman (8-3).

DT Justin Thompson, Torrance (Calif.) El Camino Junior College – The Warriors defeated host Mesa Orange Coast, 42-13.

Thompson had two tackles, one for a loss, in the rout. Jonathan Price scored twice to lead the El Camino attack.

El Camino will host its first game since September vs. Fullerton Nov. 10.


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