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. 30-Dec. 1. All are seniors unless noted.

RB/LB Storm Klein (Junior), Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein and the Panthers fell 10 yards short in their bid for an Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III title at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

The Panthers (13-2) lost 17-10 to Big Walnut in the championship game.

Klein ran the ball 33 times for 155 yards and scored a game-tying touchdown after Licking Valley fell behind 10-0. Trailing 10-2 in the third quarter, Klein capped a 57-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown. The Panthers added a two-point conversion with 2:04 left in the third when Vince German caught a Nick Phillips pass.

Big Walnut scored the game-winning touchdown with 9:29 left in the game. Corey Wolfe ran for 19 yards on a first-down play, but the Panthers stripped the ball from his hands. Unfortunately for Licking Valley, Big Walnut's Joe Reed scooped up the loose ball and ran 60 yards for the winning score.

The Panthers were driving late in the game and had the ball at the Big Walnut 10 with under a minute remaining. However, Nick Heiden intercepted a Phillips pass with 25 seconds left to seal the state championship for the Golden Eagles.

"We have a lot of things to be thankful for," Licking Valley coach Randy Baughman told the Newark Advocate. "Today didn't go the way we wanted, but we're still thankful for God and what we've accomplished."

The Panthers outgained the Golden Eagles 288-109, but all of Big Walnut's points came off Licking Valley turnovers. The Panthers turned the ball over five times.

Klein was taken from the stadium in an ambulance following the game. He reportedly sustained a kidney injury during the game but was cleared to play. Afterwards, Klein became sick and he was taken to the hospital.

According to the Newark Advocate, Klein was released from Mercy Medical Center in Canton Sunday.

LB Jordan Whiting (Junior), Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – For the seventh time in the past eight seasons, Trinity is going back to state.

The Shamrocks (12-2) defeated visiting Florence Boone County, 56-21, in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6-A state semifinals.

Tim Phillips ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns, and quarterback Will Stein threw for four more touchdowns in the win.

Both teams scored on its first two possessions, but Trinity's defense held strong following the scoring spurt.

"All week we prepared and prepared and prepared," Whiting told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "They caught us with our eyes kind of shut. Eventually, we were comfortable with the scheme they were playing."

Next for the Shamrocks is a rematch vs. archrival Louisville St. Xavier, who defeated Trinity Sept. 28. The game will be at Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and will be for the 6-A title.

"Thank God for second chances," Trinity back Tim Phillips told the Courier-Journal.

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

CB/WR Brendon Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – The Tornadoes got a scare in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A regional final vs. Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer.

Booker T. (12-0) held off Dwyer in a 7-6 victory at the Orange Bowl.

A 33-yard field goal by Daniel Riddle made it a one-point game with 4:40 remaining, but the Tornadoes made it stand. Booker T. ran out the clock on offense.

Harris played a big part in the win. He led the offense when starting quarterback Torrance Moise left the game with bruised ribs with eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Harris led the Tornadoes at quarterback as they ran out the clock.

"Brandon is very creative," Booker T. coach Tim Harris told the Miami Herald. "His confidence level is real high and he can do a lot of things."

The game-winning score came on a third-and-9 play in the second quarter. Eduardo Clements busted through the Dwyer line for an 11-yard touchdown.

The Tornadoes will face Seffner Armwood in the state semifinals. The Hawks have knocked Booker T. out of the playoffs in three of the last four years.

OL Josh Jenkins, Parkersburg, W.Va. – Jenkins and the Big Reds earned their second consecutive West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission championship with a 22-15 win over St. Albans in the Class AAA title game.

Andy Thomas threw two touchdown passes to lead Parkersburg (13-1) to the win at Wheeling Island Stadium.

The Red Dragons (12-2) jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but Parkersburg rallied to take a 22-8 lead at the end of the third quarter. St. Albans drove 72 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter, but the Big Reds' defense held strong late. The game ended with St. Albans deep in Parkersburg territory.

The win gave PHS its 11th state title, which matches the all-class total of Ceredo-Kenova.

"It's indescribable,'' Parkersburg coach Bernie Buttrey told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "Nobody's ever done it in Big Reds history. It's very few times you get to put your name in the record book — especially when you're involved with Big Reds football.

"Somebody may do it again and hopefully, somebody will do it again before too long. But it's been 103 years (of PHS football), so we're just proud of that, so proud of our seniors.''

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – The Jayhawks were held under 40 points for the first time this season. But they were still not in any danger of losing in a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AA quarterfinal game vs. Karns City at Clarion University.

Jeannette (14-0) defeated the previously unbeaten Gremlins, 35-6, to advance to the semifinals.

Pryor ran for one touchdown and threw for two others as the Jayhawks earned a spot in the semis vs. Wilmington (13-1) in a rematch of a 2006 PIAA semifinal at Slippery Rock University.

"(Pryor) was what was advertised," Karns City coach Ed Conto told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I thought we matched up well with them, except for Pryor. We just didn't tackle him, and we allowed him to run around and make plays."

Pryor finished with 102 yards on 12 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter. He also threw for 169 yards on 8-of-13 passing. Pryor threw a 5-yard touchdown score to Dane Vaughn and a 6-yard score to Jordan Hall.

"They were well coached," Pryor told the Tribune-Review. "They did a good job taking away the outside stuff. I work harder when people say I can't throw and that I'm just a runner. I can throw the ball, too."

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