Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Aug. 29-30. All are seniors unless noted.

CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont – Cleveland St. Ignatius, coming off a loss to Cleveland Glenville in week one, rebounded in style vs. Barnett and the Thunderbolts in a 23-3 victory.

The Thunderbolts fell behind early and never recovered. For the second straight week, Northmont had a punt blocked. St. Ignatius' Patrick Hinkel recovered a punt blocked by Derek Reynolds and returned it 30 yards for the first score of the game.

"Especially with them being the away team, that gave them some momentum right off the bat," C. J. Barnett told the Dayton Daily News.

Both teams are 1-1.

WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – In a season-opening battle between two of the top teams in Class AAAA, Gateway stormed out to a 31-3 lead and cruised to a 45-17 win over Pittsburgh Penn Hills.

Although Bell is the more highly ranked prospect, Brown grabbed the headlines. The nation's No. 8 cornerback prospect, Brown caught a 29-yard touchdown pass as the Gators took control early. He also recorded an interception and was praised for his play by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Mike White.

"I knew Gateway receiver-defensive back Corey Brown was good, but he's better than I thought," White wrote. "He breaks on the ball well at defensive back, and his long body makes him tough to cover as a receiver. He made an excellent catch against Penn Hills for a touchdown. An Ohio State recruit, Brown is full of potential."

Both Bell and Brown serve as team captains.

Of Gateway's seven first-half possessions, five resulted in scores. Gateway's Brian Williams was the offensive star, rushing 25 times for 210 yards. His brother, David, is a kick returner at Michigan State.

· DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – Bellamy's Greenmen improved to 1-1 with a 40-14 win over host Mantua Crestwood.

Aurora senior Steven Yung followed Bellamy and the rest of the offensive line for touchdown runs of 1 and 15 yards. Yung also caught 34- and 65-yard touchdown passes.

The Red Devils (0-2) led Aurora 8-7 after the first quarter, but Aurora took command with 20-second quarter points.

RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – Palmetto does not begin its season until Sept. 5. The Panthers will go on the road to face Miami Christopher Columbus Boys Catholic.

· LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Pickerington Central ruined the first home football game for the new Springfield High School, winning 21-0 in a lightning-delayed game.

The Tigers (2-0) had an easy time vs. the Wildcats, holding Springfield to 51 yards passing and 15 yards rushing. Eilar Hardy returned an interception 40 yards for the first touchdown. Nick Raymond threw two touchdown passes, one going to Patrick White and the other going to John Montgomery.

WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Carter and the Raiders began their season in Cincinnati as part of the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series and knocked off Cincinnati Elder, 35-24, at Paul Brown Stadium.

St. Thomas Aquinas forced seven Elder turnovers and scored 28 unanswered points in the victory. Carter caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Becker to give the Raiders the lead for good. St. Thomas Aquinas trailed 10-0 in the first quarter but led 21-10 at halftime.

"We felt at the beginning of the game that we could get open deep," Carter told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's just coming together. It was our first game, and in the first quarter we were getting a little more chemistry. In the second quarter we found sort of a groove. Our quarterback Ryan Becker played a great game and it all started with our (offensive line) blocking."

Carter caught four passes for 131 yards. Becker completed 10 of 18 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also ran for a 1-yard score.

· CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – Clarke will open his season Sept. 5 at home vs. Frederick. This week's scheduled game vs. Sykesville Century was cancelled.

· DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio – The Garfield Heights offense was nearly perfect, and Fellows and the defense took care of the rest in a 32-10 victory over Parma.

The Bulldogs were led by senior tailback Fred Swift, who ran for 223 yards on 28 carries and scored four touchdowns. Quarterback Nick Bowling completed 11 of his 12 pass attempts for 157 yards and a touchdown.

Thirteen unanswered fourth-quarter points helped Garfield Heights (2-0) pull away.

· WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey – Harvey won its first game of the season, beating Wickliffe 33-15.

Jamil Javey caught two touchdown passes from Richard Barnes - both for 80 yards. Barnes also added a 54-yard touchdown run, and Devonte Rouse added a 13-yard score.

· TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South – South opened its season with an 18-0 over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse.

Stanley Scott had eight tackles and a fumble recovery to go with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.

· CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Green had an impressive season debut in Male's 27-13 victory over Fairdale.

Green ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns and added another score with a 32-yard touchdown reception. Green also helped the Male defense shut down Fairdale. After Fairdale scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Bradley Vincent to Anthony Clayppol, Male clamped down defensively.

RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – Life without Terrelle Pryor began for the Jayhawks with a 43-0 blowout of North Versailles East Allegheny.

Hall had a big part in the victory, playing running back and taking some snaps at quarterback. He threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Roycroft and scored on runs of 84 and 36 yards in the second half.

"We wanted to prove that we are more than just Terrelle," Hall told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We just got some new playmakers who were (behind) guys last year that were good. And there are people behind the starters right now that are good. It just shows it's a team effort."

· LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – The Tigers had little trouble against a out-of-state opponent. Coldwater crushed visiting Kokomo (Ind.), 41-7.

Cory Klenke led Coldwater (2-0) by throwing two touchdown passes. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 166 yards.

· FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Hyde helped the Golden Eagles erase a 3-0 deficit and Naples went on to a 47-10 victory over Hialeah.

Hyde caught a 10-yard touchdown screen pass from Juno Prudhomm to give Naples a 7-3 lead. The Golden Eagles added 27 more unanswered first-half points. The Thoroughbreds added a third-quarter field goal, but it was far from enough.

Greg Pratt caught a 78-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 4-yard score. Cameron Schlagel added two interception returns for scores.

· WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. – Jackson caught seven passes for 106 yards with a 15-yard touchdown in Grand Ledge's 31-28 come-from-behind victory over Grandville.

Senior John Tomasek kicked a 24-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to cap a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback. After Nick Kissane threw a game-tying touchdown pass to Blake Simon with 2:02 remaining, Grand Ledge forced Grandville to punt. The Comets took over near midfield with 1:12 left. Jackson caught a 32-yard pass from Kissane to the Grandville 32-yard line, and a Tony Wieber reception set up Tomasek's game-winning kick.

· LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Host Zanesville held Klein in check, but Licking Valley still left with a 35-13 victory.

Klein was stifled by the Blue Devils. He ran for 70 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, but Licking Valley quarterback Drew Ryan picked up the slack. He ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan also completed 5 of his 9 passes for 113 yards and another score.

Klein's touchdown opened the scoring in the first quarter. Ryan connected with Kline on a 15-yard scoring strike.

· OG Corey Linsley, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – Boardman rushed out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 56-17 win at Toledo Start.

Damian Jarrett ran behind Linsley and the rest of the offensive line for 151 yards on 12 carries. Jarrett scored on 78- and 5-yard touchdown runs as the Spartans improved to 2-0.

OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio – Longo is out with a stress fracture, and the Golden Eagles missed him in a 49-14 loss to Kettering Alter.

Longo has been on the sidelines for both of Bellbrook's games. It is not know when he will return.

Bellbrook (1-1) was tied with Alter (2-0) after one quarter, but 21-unanswered points in the second quarter helped put the game out of reach.

· DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto – McDougald got in the boxscore with a touchdown pass but Toledo Catholic Central left Dublin with a 21-14 victory.

Scioto (1-1) overcame two seven-point deficits in the game but Catholic Central (2-0) scored the game winning touchdown with 4:15 left in the game on a 42-yard pass from David Walender to Matt Cochell.

McDougald threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Eric Stamets in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7, but Catholic Central took a 14-7 lead into halftime.

Marco St. John tied the game with a 25-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter, but Catholic Central's late score proved to be the difference maker.

· OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit – The Titans (1-1) lost to Columbus, but Mewhort was not on the field for most of the game.

Mewhort left the game just before halftime after suffering a right-leg injury. He did not return.

DeSales erased a 10-0 St. John's Jesuit and outgained the Titans 328-205.

· DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville – Newsome and the Tarblooders (1-0) did not play this weekend but will host face Clairton (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson, Monday at Wheeling Island Stadium in Wheeling, W.Va.

· DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney – Simon and the Cardinals silenced Covington (Ky.) Catholic, 57-0, in the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.

Six different Mooney running backs scored for the Cardinals. Ray Vinopal ran for two touchdowns and Dan McGlone compiled a team-high 71 rushing yards on five carries. Mooney racked up 440 yards of total offense 397 coming on the ground.

· LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks had an open week and will begin their season Sept. 5 at Bowling Green.

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