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. 19-20. All are seniors unless noted.

CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont – Barnett was seldom tested in his team's 48-7 victory against Fairborn, Ohio. He broke up the one pass thrown in his direction and had three tackles on defense.

Offensively, Barnett carried the ball twice for three yards and a touchdown. He also returned three punts for 29 yards and one kickoff for 27 more.

WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Brown caught two touchdown passes as the Gators (3-0) rolled to a 44-8 victory over Penn-Trafford.

Brown finished with four catches for 106 yards. He caught touchdown scores of 57 and 29 yards.

Gateway led the Warriors 41-0 at halftime and won the game that marked the return of the Victory Bell, an old steam-engine bell that Trafford and Pitcairn high schools played from 1924 to 1957. Trafford became Penn-Trafford in 1974. Pitcairn merged with Gateway in 1958.

Bell also got in on the scoring, running for a 3-yard touchdown.

DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – The Greenmen stormed out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead and a 39-0 lead at halftime in a 46-12 victory over visiting Beachwood.

Aurora (3-2, 2-0 Chagrin Conference) was led by Terrence Peagram and Steve Yung, who ran for 85 and 76 yards respectively. Both rushers also scored a touchdown, and quarterback Brendan Gallagher completed 11 of 16 passes for 147 yards and four touchdowns.

RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – Palmetto had an open week and will next play Sept. 25 vs. Miami Southridge.

LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – A reported crowd of nearly 10,000 at Columbus Crew Stadium saw Pickerington Central rout Pickerington North in the first-ever game between the city rivals.

The Tigers defense continued to stand out in the 38-7 victory. The unit held North to 112 yards (nine rushing, 103 passing) of total offense. The Panthers only score came in the final minute against Central's second string.

"They were trying to get the outside early on, but we adjusted to that and we were pretty certain that they would have trouble throwing the ball downfield on us," Boren told the Columbus Dispatch. "Teams know that it's hard to beat our guys in the secondary, and we don't usually give teams much time to throw, anyway."

Boren also scored on runs of 4 and 3 yards. Wood added a 8-yard touchdown run. Central improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division with the victory.

WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Carter and the Raiders were off and will next play Sept. 26 at South Plantation.

CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – Clarke rushed for 116 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns in Tuscarora's 39-14 win at Leesburg Dominion.

Clarke scored on runs of 1 and 39 yards, and quarterback Jakarie Jackson added 164 yards on nine carries. Jackson also completed 4 of 8 passes for 34 yards for the 2-1 Titans.

DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio – Fellows and the Bulldogs lost their first game of the season, 7-0, to visiting Lakewood.

Lakewood (1-4) upset Garfield Heights (4-1) thanks to an 11-yard second quarter touchdown run by Joe Young that held up as the game winner. The Rangers intercepted two Bulldog passes in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey – Akron Archbishop Hoban had its way with the Red Raiders, winning 63-0.

Hoban's Laymon Carter rushed for 157 yards and scored three touchdowns. Dominic Williams added two other scores for the Knights (3-2). Hoban compiled 478 rushing yards.

TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South – Jason Fracassa threw for 426 yards and four touchdowns as Sterling Heights Stevenson beat South 41-15.

D.J. Mershman caught seven passes for 237 yards and three scores. Fracassa completed 20 of 32 passes.

CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Male's scheduled game vs. Louisville St. Xavier was postponed.

The Bulldogs will next travel to Shepherdsville Bullitt Central Sept. 26.

RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – Hall scored four times as the Jayhawks cruised to a 49-0 victory over host Waynesburg.

Hall scored on runs of 20, 10 and 9 yards. He also returned a punt 50 yards for another touchdown.

"Jordan had an incredible game," Jeannette head coach Ray Reitz said. "He has a knack of returning punts."

Jeannette (3-0) led 14-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. The win was the 20th in a row for the Jayhawks, one shy of tying the school record. Jeannette has also gone 16 quarters without allowing a point.

LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – Tony Harlamert scored three touchdowns and that was enough for the visiting Cavaliers in a 23-0 win over host Anna.

Harlamert scored on touchdown runs on 1, 4 and 1 yards. Coldwater (5-0) led 14-0 at halftime.

FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – For the second time in two games at its new field, Naples had a game decided by a late two-point conversion.

This one went much better for the Golden Eagles. After losing a 24-23 heartbreaker to Miami Monsignor Pace in the season's first game, Naples earned a bit of revenge thanks to Hyde. The senior capped off an 80-yard touchdown drive with a two-point conversion run with no time left on the clock to give Naples a 36-35 victory over Cape Coral.

"It's the best feeling in the world," Hyde told the Naples News during the postgame celebration.

Naples blew a 14-0 halftime lead. The Seahawks scored three third-quarter touchdowns, and the Golden Eagles needed a late touchdown drive to set up the game's final dramatic moments.

The Golden Eagles converted a fourth-and-8 from the Cape 37 thanks to a pass interference call. Three plays later, Nelson Saintil caught a touchdown pass. That set up Hyde's game-winning run.

Hyde finished the game with 167 yards rushing on 22 carries.

WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. – Jackson and his Grand Ledge teammates earned revenge at Lansing Everett with a 21-19 victory.

A year after losing to Everett for the first time in 20 seasons, the Comets rebounded and remained unbeaten in four games. The Grand Ledge players kept a reminder of the '07 result nearby.

"We had taped (41-6) on our helmets Monday to remind us of what happened last year, and that Grand Ledge is built on history," Jackson told the Lansing State Journal. "Last year was unacceptable, so we had to redeem ourselves this year."

Jackson was held to four carries and no yards against Everett in 2007, but he, too, earned some revenge. He caught four passes for 52 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception. Jackson later added a 95-yard kickoff return to start the second half and give Grand Ledge the lead for good.

LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein had a career night in Licking Valley's 45-17 victory over Heath.

Klein stole the show in a battle between undefeated Mid-State League Ohio Division teams. He carried the ball on 35 of Licking Valley's 55 offensive plays and compiled a career-high 341 yards and five touchdowns. Klein scored on runs of 2, 9, 4, 36 and 34 to lead the Panthers (4-1, 2-0) to the victory.

"We count on our run, and this week we just wanted to control the tempo of the game and set the stage early, which we did," Klein told the Newark Advocate.

Klein averaged 9.7 yards per carry.

"We didn't make them punt the whole game, and there wasn't any secrets - Klein ran off tackle every play, and we never stopped them," Heath coach Mark Collier told the Advocate.

Quarterback Cole Benner and receiver Charles Gresham led Heath. The duo connected 11 times for 120 yards - more than half of Heath's offensive putout.

OG Corey Linsley and J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – Damien Jarrett followed Linsley and the Boardman offensive line en route to a big game and a 63-21 victory over visiting Massillon Perry.

Jarrett scored five touchdowns and ran for 203 yards in the victory. He also caught two passes for 57 yards. The win improved the Spartans to 5-0, their best start since 1999.

"It's a good feeling," Linsley told the Youngstown Vindicator. "It shows we've got one hell of an offense."

Perry had only allowed an average of 12 points in its first four games. Boardman had 14 in the first seven minutes. The Spartans led 35-21 at halftime and cruised in the second half. Boardman finished with 423 yards rushing, 189 passing with 28 first downs.

Moore and the Boardman defense struggled in the first half, but halted Perry's Wing-T attack after halftime.

OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio – The Golden Eagles fell 27-8 to Franklin. Franklin quarterback Quinton Jones rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries and had two touchdown runs in the victory. He also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Wulff.

DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto – The Irish lost their fourth consecutive game, this time in a disheartening fashion.

Ryan Clark's 15-yard touchdown run with 93 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter capped an 82-yard drive and rallied Westerville South past Scioto, 24-20.

The Irish (2-3, 1-1 OCC Cardinal Division) got touchdown receptions by Marco St. John and Tyler Harrell from Charlie Suich, and Scioto had a 17-0 lead before South rallied.

McDougald was not in the lineup for undisclosed reasons.

OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit – The Titans piled up 310 yards of total offense in a 41-6 rout of Toledo Rogers.

Hunter Lent rushed for two touchdowns and added a 72-yard punt return for another score. Cheatham Norrils threw for 141 yards on 6 of 11 passing. He also carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards.

DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders remained unbeaten with a 40-0 rout of winless Lincoln West.

Glenville (5-0, 2-0 Senate Athletic League) was led by quarterback Terrance Owens, who completed 5 of his 8 pass attempts for 72 yards and a touchdown. The Tarblooders led 19-0 after one quarter and rested many starters.

DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal MooneyBraylon Heard broke a halftime tie with a 95-yard touchdown run and the Cardinals won their fourth straight game with a 35-14 victory over Mentor Lake Catholic.

Heard's run broke a 14-14 tie. He also scored on a 70-yard touchdown run in the first half and finished with 235 yards on 14 carries.

Simon set up Mooney's first score less than a minute into the game. He intercepted a pass at the Lake Catholic 23. Ray Vinopal, who scored two touchdowns, began the ensuing drive with a 22-yard run to the 1-yard line. Fullback Mark Brandenstein then punched through the line for a 1-yard score to put Mooney ahead.

Mooney outgained Lake Catholic, 421-78, on the ground.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – Many people in Louisville were without power for most of the week, but Whiting and Trinity's defense shined bright in a 17-6 victory at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium over national power Cincinnati St. Xavier.

An estimated 12,500 fans watched the Shamrocks defense stifle the Bombers. Trinity intercepted two passes, forced a fumble and recorded seven sacks.

"Our defense was phenomenal," Whiting told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Whiting spurred the Shamrocks on their first scoring drive by running 34 yards on a fake punt that led to a 37-yard field goal by Cooper Bohn. Trinity led 3-0 at halftime before Tim Phillips led the Shamrocks on a 54-yard, eight-play drive. He touched the ball five times for 46 yards, capped with a 22-yard touchdown reception form quarterback Cameron Smyth.

The Shamrocks increased the lead thanks to a 52-yard punt return by Scott Radcliff, who was aided by a huge block by Whiting that allowed him to run down sideline. Two plays later, William Leach caught a 34-yard touchdown pass to make the score 17-0.

St. X (3-2) ended the scoring with just more than three minutes left on an 8-yard touchdown reception by Drew Grombala.

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