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 Nov. 16-17. All are seniors unless noted.

OL Mike Adams and TE/WR Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman – The Shamrocks won an Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I regional title with a 42-35 win over Hilliard Darby at Upper Arlington's Marv Moorehead Stadium.

Stoneburner caught two touchdowns and finished with four catches for 110 yards while quarterback Zack Stoudt threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Shaun Jones, who started in place of injured running back Jared Phillips, ran for 141 yards behind Adams and the offensive line. Jones also scored three touchdowns, including an 11-yard score that gave Coffman a commanding 42-28 lead with 1:53 left.

The Shamrocks (13-0) will play in the state semifinals Nov. 24 vs. an opponent as yet to be determined at press time.

OL Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater – The Eagles opened their Florida High School Athletic Association Class 6A playoff run with a 21-7 win over Clermont East Ridge.

Edgewater (9-2) took advantage of seven East Ridge turnovers. The Knights lost three fumbles, threw three interceptions and muffed a punt. One of those interceptions led directly to a touchdown – a 78-yard return by Brad Sweatt. Receiver Nakeem Pittman caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from James Morgan for another score on a drive that began after another East Ridge turnover.

Jeremiah Schwartz added a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles will travel to face rival Apopka (10-1) in a regional semifinal.

CB Travis Howard and LB Etienne Sabino, Miami Dr. Michael M. Krop – The senior duo finished their season Nov. 9 with a 50-14 victory over Miami Ferguson.

For the season, Sabino had 132 tackles and five sacks. He also intercepted one pass for the Lightning. Howard had nine interceptions, three touchdowns and 57 tackles.

Krop finished the season 7-3.

RB/LB Storm Klein (Junior), Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein and the Panthers advanced to the state semifinals with a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over Canal Fulton Northwest.

Klein pushed his team to victory with a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 2:49 remaining. That gave the Panthers a Division III Region 11 championship.

Klein was halted at the line of scrimmage at first, but fullback Cole Blake and offensive lineman Greg Christo-Barker helped Klein push through for the game-winning score.

"I definitely felt them behind me," Klein told The Columbus Dispatch. "It's nice to know your buddies have your back."

The game was a back-and-forth affair. The lead changed hands three times, two times in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers (12-1) will play in the state semifinals Nov. 23.

OL J.B. Shugarts, Klein, Texas – The Bearkats opened their Texas University Interscholastic League Class 5A, Division 1 playoff run with a 19-13 road win at Conroe.

C.J. Palmer scored on two 1-yard touchdown runs, and Randy Bullock added two field goals of 46 and 48 yards.

The Bearkats led 19-0 after three quarters before Conroe scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth.

Palmer ran behind Shugarts and the offensive line for 203 yards on 29 carries.

Klein (7-4) will face Round Rock in the next round.

MLB Andrew Sweat, Washington (Pa.) Trinity – Trinity ended its season with a 20-7 loss to McKees Rocks Montour Nov. 9 in the quarterfinals of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAA playoffs.

Sweat had 19 tackles in leading the Hillers' defense, but Trinity's offense was held to only 196 yards.

For the season, Sweat finished with 113 tackles, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four sacks on defense. He was also the fullback for the Hillers and rushed for 430 yards and eight touchdowns. Sweat also caught one touchdown and punted 27 times for an average of 47.8 yards per kick.

RB Lamaar Thomas, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly – Thomas had his prep career end with a 34-12 win over Capitol Heights Central Nov. 10.

The season was a difficult one for the Patriots, who won nine of their 10 games. However, Friendly missed the playoffs with a 3-7 record when the Patriots were forced to forfeit six games because of their use of an ineligible player.

LB Jordan Whiting (Junior), Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – Trinity had little trouble dispatching Ballard, 63-14, in a Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6-A, District Five semifinal.

The Shamrocks (10-2) built a 35-0 lead after one quarter and got five touchdown throws by quarterback Will Stein, two of which went to Nathan Dutton. Running back Tim Phillips added 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Whiting even got in on the scoring, returning an interception 60 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Trinity will face 10-1 Lexington Henry Clay Nov. 23 in a state quarterfinal matchup.

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 earned a trip to Pittsburgh's Heinz Field for the WPIAL Quad-A championship after a thrilling overtime win, 28-27, over North Allegheny.

Cameron Saddler scored his third touchdown of the game to begin overtime, and the Gators punched their ticket to Pittsburgh when they stopped North Allegheny inches short of the goal line on a two-point conversion run after a Tiger touchdown.

Saddler scored on an 8-yard run to help send the game into overtime. North Allegheny had a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter before the Gators rallied.

"We never put our heads down," Hale told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We just wanted it so bad that we never gave up."

The Gators (11-1) will face Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the state final Nov. 23.

CB/WR Brendan Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – The Tornadoes began their FHSAA Class 4A playoffs with a 49-0 win over Naples Gulf Coast.

Harris rushed for a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Tornadoes outrushed Gulf Coast 241-9.

Booker T. will host Hallandale Nov. 23 in a regional semifinal.

OL Josh Jenkins, Parkersburg, W.Va.Matt Lindamood scored four touchdowns as the Big Reds won a West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Class AAA quarterfinal game vs. Bridgeport, 45-13.

Parkersburg took advantage of seven Bridgeport turnovers. The Indians led 6-0 early before the Big Reds rallied behind Lindamood. The senior finished with 176 yards on 24 carries. His four touchdowns gave him 30 for the season.

Parkersburg (11-1) will face Morgantown University in the state semifinals Nov. 23.

DE Willie Mobley, Eden Prairie, Minn. – The Eagles set up a showdown with Cretin-Derham Hall with a 30-0 victory over Apple Valley Eastview in the Class 5A semifinals at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Eden Prairie led 16-0 at halftime and pulled away thinks in part to a 12-play, 72-yard drive to start the second half. Mobley and the Eden Prairie defense held Eastview to 104 yards of total offense.

The Eagles will face Cretin-Derham Hall in Minnesota's Prep Bowl, a two-day state championship weekend at the Metrodome, Nov. 23. Both teams will bring perfect 13-0 records into the showdown.

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – The quarterback phenom had 421 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns in a 70-48 win over Aliquippa in a WPIAL Class AA state semifinal game.

Pryor ran for 331 of those 421 yards on 22 carries. He not only rushed for five touchdowns, but he threw two others. He also forced two fumbles on defense.

Aliquippa kept things close for a while, trailing only 43-40 in the third quarter before Pryor and the Jayhawks pulled away.

"You've known me for a long time and maybe for the first time ever, I'm really at a loss for words," Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "How good is (Pryor)? How many superlatives can you put out there? I was a creative writing teacher for years and I can't think of any more superlatives for him. But he's not alone on that team."

The unbeaten Jayhawks will face Beaver Falls in the state championship game Nov. 23 at Heinz Field.

WR Cordale Scott, Cleveland Glenville – The seventh-seeded Tarblooders had their playoff run end with a 41-40 loss to No. 1 Mentor in a Division I regional title game, but Scott certainly was not the reason why.

Scott returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, both for 99 yards, but it was not enough for Glenville (10-3). Scott's second return gave the Tarblooders a 40-38 lead with 4:04 remaining, but Mentor quarterback Bart Tanski drove his team 71 yards to the Glenville 1-yard line in the final minutes. Kevin Harper's 17-yard field goal with no time remaining gave Mentor the victory. Harper had to squint when he kicked the game winner because he lost a contact when Scott ran him over on the previous kickoff return.

DT Justin Thompson, Torrance (Calif.) El Camino Junior College – The Warriors ended their season with a 44-43 loss to visiting Moorpark in the first round of the Southern California Playoffs.

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