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 Sept. 12-13. All are seniors unless noted.

CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont – Barnett and the Thunderbolt defense tightened up in the second half and pulled away with a 45-21 victory at Xenia.

The Bucs kept the game close, trailing only by seven (21-14) at halftime before Northmont (3-1) pulled away. The T-Bolts scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter. Quarterback Chase Belton scored twice in the third quarter on runs of 48 and 55 yards.

For the game Belton finished with 125 yards rushing, 128 yards throwing with four scores (two rushing, two passing).

WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – The Gators (3-0, 1-0 Foothills Conference) had little trouble with inclement weather or Latrobe in a 42-0 whitewash.

Both Bell and Brown got in on the action. Bell scored three touchdowns and ran for 126 yards on only four carries. One of those carries went 90 yards for a score on the first play of the fourth quarter. Bell also caught a touchdown pass and caught four passes overall for 81 yards.

DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – The Greenmen outscored Perry 21-14 in the fourth quarter to earn a 38-24 victory in a battle between two of the top teams in the Chagrin Valley Conference.

Perry had allowed only 13 points in its three previous games, but the Greenmen (2-2) kept their playoff hopes alive by posting a late charge to pull away. Two fourth-quarter scores by Perry tied the game at 24-24. However, Aurora responded with two more touchdowns during the final quarter to pull away. Dee Brizzolara caught an 80-yard go-ahead touchdown pass from Brendan Gallagher. Halfback Eric Schultz capped the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run, his second score of the night.

RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – Berry rushed for 144 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns as Palmetto cruised to a 24-6 victory over Miami High.

Berry got the scoring underway with a 33-yard touchdown run on the second play of a drive that started in Miami High territory. The Panthers were set up by a 70-yard kickoff return by Darryl Williams. Berry scored two plays later.

Palmetto struggled after taking the early lead, thanks in part to two interceptions thrown by quarterback Sean Cook. Kevin Karpiak replaced Cook in the second quarter and sparked the offense. Karpiak carried the ball six times for 59 yards, threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Williams and also kicked a 27-yard field goal.

"Kevin really opened it up for us," Berry told the Miami Herald. "He gave us more speed which created more room for the entire offense to operate."

LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers (4-0) opened Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division play with a 31-0 blanking of Lancaster.

Central forced four turnovers and allowed Lancaster less than 100 yards of total offense until midway through the fourth quarter when backups were playing. Boren got on the scoresheet with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He also set up a later touchdown by Central when he recovered a fumble in the third quarter.

Nick Raymond led the Tigers offense with two touchdown passes.

WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders (2-0) had an open week and will next play Sept. 26 vs. South Plantation.

CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – Last week, the stadium was silent at the end of Tuscarora's game because the stadium was emptied because of fighting.

This week it was because Middletown had shocked the Titans 20-0.

Three Tuscarora turnovers turned into touchdowns for Middletown and that's all the Knights (2-0) needed. Middletown rotated quarterbacks and running backs every possession and kept the Titans off balance.

Clarke returned a kick for a touchdown in Tuscarora's previous game, but Middletown negated that by squib-kicking throughout the game.

DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio – Fellows and the Bulldogs remained unbeaten with a 27-22 victory over Valley Forge in a Northeast Ohio Conference crossover.

Tight end John Luces sealed the victory in the fourth quarter when he caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nick Bowling. Bowling threw three touchdown scores, including two to tight end Jamall Ali of 35 and 15 yards.

WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey – Fields caught a 65-yard touchdown pass to keep his streak of catching a TD pass in each game.

Unfortunately for Harvey, that was not enough in a 35-28 loss to visiting Madison.

The Blue Streaks used their power running game to beat Harvey's speed. Running back Jordan Sandidge led the Blue Streaks with 271 yards rushing on 38 carries with there touchdowns – all coming in the second half.

Harvey tried to stay in the game with big plays. In addition to Fields' long touchdown reception, quarterback Richard Barnes also connected with Lionel Jordan on an 88-yard touchdown. Barnes also scored twice himself, running for 6- and 26-yard scores.

TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South – South struggled to stop Horace Lane in a 24-7 loss to Sterling Heights.

The sophomore running back totaled 175 yards on the ground, including scoring runs of 30 and 10 yards. Sterling Heights QB Justin Zaszurynski also ran for 101 yards, which included a 50-yard touchdown run.

CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Led by returning quarterback Chris King and wide receiver Stephen Robinson, Louisville Central upset Male, 23-10.

The duo connected for a 68-yard touchdown on the fifth play of the second half and put Central ahead for good. Robinson got past a Male defender to catch a King pass and ran the final 30 yards untouched for a score.

King and Robinson had been suspended and were no allowed to play in the Yellowjackets' season opener.

Central shut down the Bulldogs in the second half, allowing no first downs and only 1 yard rushing. Green was held to 32 yards on 12 carries.

RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – Hall returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and the Jayhawks rolled to a 45-0 victory over South Allegheny.

Jeannette won its 19th straight game and had little trouble against the Gladiators. Hall carried the ball six times for 31 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The Jayhawks (3-0) pulled their starters after taking a 45-0 lead at halftime.

"When we came out they were yapping a little bit, and we don't like it when people talk at home," Hall told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The coaches just said to set the tone and I just pulled it out."

Cameron Baradziej completed 7 of his 8 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown and also carried four times for 70 yards and a 28-yard touchdown. Jeannette outgained South Allegheny 312-46 in the first half.

"We're very proud of our defense and the kids are doing a nice job," Jeannette coach Ray Reitz said. "They're doing a really good job and hopefully we can keep it up."

LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – Coldwater spotted Marion Local a 14-0 lead before recovering for a 33-14 victory in a battle between defending state champions.

Marion Local (3-1), which had its 30-game winning streak snapped, built its lead by returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Coldwater (4-0) rebounded immediately when Tony Harlamert returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Coldwater's defense took care of the rest as the offense took the lead.

"The Coldwater defense, that was the story of the game," Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin told the Lima News. "Their defense controlled us. We went a long time without positive yards, their defense stuffed our offense."

Homan finished the game with nine tackles and added six carries for 30 yards and one catch for one yard.

FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Naples improved to 1-1 with a 49-19 non-district victory at Palmetto Ridge.

Hyde rushed for 113 yards to lead the Golden Eagles' attack. Greg Pratt added 97 yards receiving and scored on a pass, run and kickoff return. Hyde also scored on a 7-yard run.

WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. – Senior linebacker Dennis Kingsley capped a key goal line stand with a sack that preserved a 14-10 victory for Grand Ledge over visiting Mason.

Kingsley sacked quarterback Cody Morrison on the 6-yard line to prevent the Bulldogs from leaving with a victory. Kingsley also had a field goal block and nine tackles.

The Comets (3-0) took the lead for good when quarterback Nick Kissane connected with Tony Wieber for a 48-yard touchdown on a third-and-15 play with 10:11 remaining in regulation.

LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein led Licking Valley to a 34-0 victory over Bexley.

The senior scored on an 8-yard run to put the Panthers ahead 7-0 in the second quarter and Licking Valley (3-1, 1-0 Mid-State League Ohio Division) cruised the rest of the way. Klein led LV with 114 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

Bexley was playing without its standout quarterback, Seth White, who was suspended for the game.

OG Corey Linsley and DE J.T. Moore (Junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – Boardman scored 14-second half points in a 24-10 victory over Lake.

The game was tied 10-10 at halftime before Boardman pulled away. It was a revenge game for the Spartans, who lost a 39-38 double-overtime game to Lake in 2007.

Damien Jarrett led Boardman with 128 yards rushing on 28 carries with three touchdowns (one receiving). His final score came on a 22-yard run that gave Boardman the lead for good with 3:49 remaining in the game.

OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio – Big plays helped the Golden Eagles defeat visiting Monroe, 24-14.

Senior Evan Baker blocked a Monroe punt in the third quarter with Bellbrook trailing 14-10. The Golden Eagles (3-1) took the lead four plays later, capping a 28-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jay Bucher.

The Hornets (0-4) had a chance to get the lead back when an interception halted Bellbrook's next drive deep in Monroe territory. However, a fumble recovered by Bellbrook's Brian Baird at the Monroe 30 set up another Golden Eagles touchdown.

Bucher sealed the victory with a 3-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 10 points with under nine minutes remaining.

Bucher finished with 138 yards passing and 66 rushing.

DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto – The Irish lost their OCC Cardinal Divison opener in overtime, 31-24, at unbeaten Olentangy.

Joseph Eschenbach gave the Braves the victory with a 1-yard run in overtime. Scioto held a 24-21 lead late in the fourth quarter thanks to fourth-quarter scores by Charlie Suich on a 6-yard run and an 85-yard fumble recovery by Spencer Grummel. However, Olentangy forced overtime when Ryan DiSabato kicked a 35-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining.

OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit – A late second-quarter touchdown gave Toledo Central Catholic the momentum heading in to the second half, and St. John's Jesuit (1-3) could not stop the Irish in a 31-14 loss.

Central Catholic took the lead for good with just 1.7 seconds remaining in the first half when Dave Walender threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Eric Bates. That put the Irish ahead 10-7, and the Titans could not rally.

DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders began their Senate Athletic League season with a 19-0 victory over Cleveland East. Newsome blocked a punt and returned it for a 3-yard score in the win. Running back Robert Walton Jr. rushed 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown to lead the Glenville offensive attack. The Tarblooders are 3-0.

DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney – Cardinal Mooney improved to 3-1 with a 17-0 blanking of Warren Harding. The win also knocked host Harding (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks (2-0) were led by Cameron Smyth's four touchdowns in a 65-12 rout of host Butler.

Smyth threw for three touchdown passes of 21, 12 and 5 yards. He also added a 6-yard rushing score. Xavier Thomas added two additional scores.

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