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. 23-24. All are seniors unless noted.

OL Mike Adams and TE/WR Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman – The Shamrocks simply ran out of time in their upset bid vs. national power Cincinnati St. Xavier in an Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I semifinal at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

Facing third-and-10 at the St. X 15-yard line down 10-7 with 10.8 seconds and no timeouts remaining, quarterback Zack Stoudt completed a 7-yard pass to Trey Fairchild, Unfortunately for the Shamrocks, St. Xavier's Fred Craig tackled Fairchild inbounds and the clock expired before Coffman could attempt a game-tying field goal.

"Yes, we could have easily taken the field goal there, but we were out there going for a win and that was our best opportunity down by their goal line with the momentum on our side," Coffman coach Mark Crabtree told the Columbus Dispatch.

"You can't blame what happened to any one kid. With no timeouts, there's really no ability to talk over the situation and you put the outcome in the hands of teenage kids. … I've got to credit (Craig) for coming up and making that play."

Things were not looking good for a Shamrock rally when the Bombers took a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Coffman showed some life on offense with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Stoudt with 7:06 remaining.

Coffman's defense then did its part, forcing three straight three-and-outs and giving the Shamrocks a chance at the end of regulation.

Unfortunately for the Shamrocks (13-1), it was not to be.

St. Xavier (14-0) will face Mentor (11-2) for the state title Dec. 1 at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.

OL Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater – Brewster's high school football career came to an end with a loss to 11-1 Apopka in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 6A regional semifinal.

The Eagles (9-3) managed a lone second-quarter touchdown and struggled to stop Apopka quarterback Jeremy Gallon and the Blue Darter offense. Gallon ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Edgewater's touchdown came on a 45-yard pass to Quincy McDuffie from James Morgan.

The win for Apopka avenged a regular season loss to Edgewater. In that game, the Blue Darters blew a 19-point lead and lost 40-32.

RB/LB Storm Klein (Junior), Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – The Panthers are going to Canton after a 27-21 victory over Mentor Lake Catholic at Massillon's Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in an OHSAA Division III semifinal.

Klein ran for two second-half touchdowns – his 27th and 28th of the season – to give Licking Valley a 21-14 lead after trailing by seven at halftime. He ran for 130 yards total in the game.

Lake Catholic tied the game in the fourth quarter, but Licking Valley's Josh Bailey sent his team to the Division III title game with a 65-yard touchdown run on a third-and-13 play with 25 seconds remaining.

The Panthers (13-1) will face Big Walnut (13-1) Nov. 30 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton for the state championship.

OL J.B. Shugarts, Klein, Texas – Shugarts and the Bearkats had their season come to an end with a 35-13 loss to Round Rock in the second round of the Texas University Interscholastic League Class 5A, Division 1 tournament.

Marcus Jackson had three touchdowns and rushed for 243 yards to lead Round Rock. Klein trailed 14-6 at halftime and never caught up to Round Rock's rushing attack. The Bearkats (7-5) got within eight early in the fourth quarter after a C.J. Palmer 5-yard touchdown run, but two late Round Rock touchdowns iced the game.

Klein's Randy Bullock added two field goals of 45 and 29 yards in the loss.

LB Jordan Whiting (Junior), Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – Quarterback Will Stein set a school record for touchdown passes in a season as the Shamrocks crushed Lexington Henry Clay, 50-14, in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6-A state quarterfinals.

Stein threw for seven touchdowns and has 48 this season – 22 over the past four games. He broke a record held by University of Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, who was in attendance.

Whiting once again got in on the scoring when he caught a two-point conversion pass from Stein in the first quarter.

Trinity (11-2) will host Boone County in the state semifinals Nov. 30.

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 – Many fans left Heinz Field when the Gators were down 15 points with only 62 seconds remaining in their Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Quad-A championship game vs. unbeaten Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

They should have stayed. Some missed a great ending.

Corey Brown caught an 8-yard touchdown pass, and the Gators scored again only seconds later on a hook-and-ladder play in which Robbie Kalkstein passed the ball to Jonathan Pryor, who tossed it to Cameron Saddler. After the Gators added the two-point conversion on a pass reception by tight end Steve Horvath, the game went into overtime.

Gateway (11-2) took its first lead since the first quarter when Leon Green ran for a 1-yard touchdown. Unfortunately for the Gators, the extra-point attempt was a line drive off the back of a Gateway blocker. Central Catholic answered with a touchdown run on fourth down, and Matt Oczypok's extra-point attempt was good and it gave Central Catholic the win.

"Every week our coaches preach to leave everything on the field," Saddler told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I know me and my teammates left everything on the field."

CB/WR Brendon Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – Harris scored three touchdowns in the Tornadoes' 41-0 whitewash of Hallandale in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A regional semifinal.

Despite rain and gusting winds, Booker T.'s offense could not be slowed. Harris led the way by catching on touchdown, rushing for another and throwing yet another. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 137 yards, carried the ball six times for 29 yards and caught one pass – a 53-yard touchdown reception.

'He's our best player,'' Brandon's father and Booker T.'s head coach Tim Harris told the Miami Herald. ``We wanted to get him some reps all at quarterback and you have to find ways to get the ball in your best player's hands.''

Booker T. (11-0) will face Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer in the regional finals Nov. 30.

OL Josh Jenkins, Parkersburg, W.Va. – Third-ranked Parkersburg earned a trip to Wheeling Island for the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Class AAA championship game with a 31-21 win over Morgantown University in the semifinals.

Matt Lindamood ran for four touchdowns behind Jenkins and the offensive line to lead the Big Reds' offense. Lindamood finished with 241 yards and touchdown runs of 5, 76, 4 and 9 yards.

"This is probably the best offensive line I've ever coached,'' Parkersburg coach Bernie Buttrey told the Charleston Gazette. "Sometimes you have a good back and not a good line, but we're fortunate to have a good line and a good back.''

The Big Reds (12-1) will face St. Albans (12-1) in the WVSSAC Class AAA championship game Dec. 1 at Wheeling Island Stadium in Wheeling Island, W.Va.

DE Willie Mobley, Eden Prairie, Minn. – Eden Prairie allowed two early touchdowns – its first points allowed in the opening quarter this season – but the Eagles were too much for fellow state power Cretin-Derham Hall in the Minnesota State High School League Class 5A finals at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

The Eagles won the game 50-21 and have never lost in six "Prep Bowl" appearances. Cretin-Derham Hall became the latest victim despite early scores. Marcus Binns returned the opening kickoff 98 yards and minutes later the Raiders made it 14-0.

Eden Prairie responded and wore down the Raiders. Mobley even got in on the scoring when he rushed for a 9-yard touchdown around left end to give the Eagles a 43-21 lead. The Eagles controlled the clock for more than 32 minutes and had a Prep Bowl record with 30 first downs.

The Eagles finished the season with a perfect 14-0 record.

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – Pryor and the unbeaten Jayhawks cruised to a 61-12 win over Beaver Falls in the WPIAL Class AA championship game at Heinz Field.

Jeannette (13-0) scored on its first four offensive possessions, and the Jayhawks took advantage of five Beaver Falls turnovers. Jeannette led 42-6 at halftime and won its second consecutive WPIAL title.

Pryor completed his first five passes for 81 yards and then ran for 105 yards in the first half. He left the game midway through the third quarter and finished with 166 yards rushing on 12 carries. He also scored on runs of 14 and 61 yards.

"We put it all together as a team," Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We're just trying to make history by breaking records and scoring a lot of points.

"A lot people don't give us respect, so we just continue and prove them wrong. This was just another step."

The Jayhawks advance to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament where they will face Karns City (12-0) in the quarterfinals either Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.

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