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. 25-27. All are seniors unless noted.

CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont – Barnett's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown was the catalyst in Northmont's 17-7 victory over visiting Huber Heights Wayne.

Barnett's score erased the Warriors' 7-0 halftime lead, and the Thunderbolt defense silenced Wayne in the second half. Northmont (5-1, 1-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division) took the lead on a Joe Inkrott field goal and Kevin Ringer touchdown run.

"There was a lot of talk about we didn't have no respect," Barnett told the Dayton Daily News. "It was the Big 2 (in the GWOC with Wayne and Centerville), not the Big 3. They were downing us and dogging us. But we came out and showed that Northmont is here to stay. And we're pretty good."

Wayne missed two field goals and lost standout sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller to injury. He went down moments before Barnett's touchdown on a 7-yard run with 9:37 left in the third quarter. Miller was taken off the field on a golf cart and has an apparent right leg injury, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Thunderbolt quarter Chase Belton ran for 87 yards and threw for 62 to lead Northmont's offense.

WLB/RB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Bell scored on two long touchdown runs in Gateway's 49-7 victory over Norwin.

Norwin helped the Gators' cause by throwing two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. A bad snap on a punt led to another short Gateway touchdown drive.

Last season, Norwin put a scare into the favored Gators in a eventual 37-36 loss. Gateway (5-0) made sure that would not happen this year by jumping out to a 21-0 lead. Bell scored on a 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and added an 88-yard scamper in the third.

"Our tailbacks work in reverse," Gateway coach Terry Smith told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Last week, we started Dorian and he was average. Brian Williams came in and was phenomenal. This week, we start Williams and Dorian comes in and was phenomenal."

Brown also got in on the scoring, catching three touchdown passes. He now has 10 touchdown receptions in five games.

DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – The Greenmen (4-2, 3-0 CVC Chagrin) got five touchdown runs from Steven Yung in a 55-0 rout of Kenston.

Yung scored on runs 15, 14, 10, 5 and 3 yards in the road victory.

RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – Palmetto (2-1, 1-0 District 16-6A) defeated Miami Southridge, 12-3, in a defensive struggle, but Berry was not a part of the game.

Berry was out with a left wrist injury. According to Palmetto coach Larry Coffey, Berry had suffered the injury in the team's preseason classic vs. Miami Springs and had been playing all season with a broken bone. He recently had surgery on the wrist, and a pin was inserted.

However, he was cleared to play. Coffey told the Miami Herald that he did not know if Berry, who was wearing a cast on his left wrist halfway up his forearm, will play in Palmetto's next game.

LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Boren had a 1-yard touchdown run and the Tigers defense dominated in a 40-7 victory over visiting Gahanna Lincoln.

Tyler Hammond led Central (6-0, 2-0 Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division) with 137 yards rushing. The Tigers built a 27-0 halftime lead and held the Lions to 50 yards rushing on 33 attempts.

WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders showed little rust following two consecutive open weeks in a 38-10 road victory over previously undefeated South Plantation.

St. Thomas (3-0) built a 24-3 lead by halftime and built on the lead after halftime despite playing without quarterback Ryan Becker, who suffered an ankle injury in the first half. Sophomore Jacob Rudock replaced Becker and completed 2 of 5 passes.

Carter scored in the first half when he caught a 12-yard pass from Becker for a touchdown.

CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – The Titans cruised to a home 37-14 victory over North Carroll.

Tuscarora improved to 3-1 with the win.

DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio – Mayfield's defense was too much for Garfield Heights in a 31-0 whitewash.

Garfield Heights became the Wildcats third consecutive shutout victim in a Northeast Ohio Conference River Division game.

Garfield Heights (4-2, 0-1) was held to 50 total yards of in 38 offensive plays. Mayfield outgained the Bulldogs 166-3 in taking a 24-0 lead into halftime.

WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey – Fields caught a touchdown pass in Harvey's 34-14 victory over Jefferson in Northeast Conference play.

Fields also had a 68-yard punt return for a Red Raiders touchdown in the first quarter. Harvey built a 28-0 in the third quarter.

TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South – Fragel had seven tackles and a sack in South's 37-15 victory over Roseville.

Jim Bretz completed 5 of 12 passes for 168 and threw three touchdowns and Alex Koski added 187 yards of total offense. Will Reeves compiled 13 tackles for the Blue Devil defense.

CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Green sparked Male to a 56-21 victory over host Shepherdsville Bullitt Central in a Class 6-A, District 4 game.

Green scored the Bulldogs' first three touchdowns, and Male (3-1, 1-0) cruised to the win.

RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – The Jayhawks rolled to a 36-7 victory over Charleroi, but the Cougars did hold a lead in the second quarter and only trailed 14-7 at halftime.

Charleroi held the ball for 8:44 in the first quarter and held Jeannette to six offensive plays. That, however, was not enough. The Jayhawks scored on the first drive of the second half and tacked on two more touchdowns and a safety in the fourth quarter.

Hall led Jeannette with 80 rushing yards on five carries and added an interception.

LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – Homan and the Cavaliers had little trouble with visiting Rockford Parkway in a 51-6 rout.

Quarterback Cory Klenke connected with Adam Rammel for two first-quarter touchdown passes in the first quarter. Klenke completed 4 of 7 passes for 48 yards. Eight Cavaliers recorded double digits in rushing.

FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Hyde and the Eagles built a 17-0 lead and grinded out a 43-6 victory over host Immokalee.

Hyde finished with a game-high 107 yards on 10 carries, including 77 yards in the first quarter. All but five of his rushing yards came in the first half.

"The running backs were just coming out powerful," Hyde told the Naples News. "Coach (Bill Kramer) was telling us, ‘pound 'em, pound 'em, pound 'em.' One of the runs is going to bust if you keep coming and coming. That's what we did."

The Eagles did just that, finishing with 315 yards rushing. It was the third straight game Naples ran for more than 300 yards - all wins.

WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. – Joe Estrada's 4-yard touchdown reception from Nick Kissane gave Grand Ledge a 33-27 overtime victory over visiting Jackson.

Kissane led the Comets (5-0) with 179 yards passing with three touchdowns. He completed 17 of 24 passes and carried 18 times for 65 yards and another score. James Jackson caught one of Kissane's touchdown passes, a 13-yarder in the third quarter.

Jackson caught six passes for 80 yards. He also added 91 yards on eight carries.

JHS forced overtime thanks to a fourth-quarter Thomas Fleming 5-yard touchdown run and successful two-point conversion pass from Fleming to John Gray.

LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein had a quiet night with 23 yards on three carries and a touchdown, but Licking Valley still had little trouble with host Whitehall in a 69-0 Mid-State League Ohio Division rout.

LV quarterback Drew Ryan had a big game against the rams, completing all seven of his passes for 197 yards and four touchdowns. The Panthers (5-1, 3-0) scored 36 points in the first quarter.

Tregg Hall led the Panthers with 58 yards rushing, including a 33-yard touchdown run.

OG Corey Linsley and DE J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – North Canton Hoover's defense starred in a 20-9 victory over visiting Boardman.

The Spartans (5-1, 2-1 Federal League) had their high-powered offense silenced by Hoover. Boardman had averaged 48.2 points and 469.6 yards per contest coming into the game, but were held to 202 yards of total offense vs. the Vikings.

Boardman had a chance to take the lead after falling behind 13-9 late in the game. The Spartans reached midfield and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Vikings moved Boardman to the Hoover 35. However, the Spartans' drive stalled thanks to an interception by senior linebacker Tim Hartzell. The senior returned the pick to the Boardman 18, and Hoover added a late touchdown off the turnover to ice the game.

OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio – Despite having Longo back to full strength, according to Bellbrook head coach Kevin Basinger, the Golden Eagles still could not keep up with Germantown Valley View in a 35-6 loss.

Johnny Day led Valley View with 298 yards passing and four touchdowns. Kyle Pohl caught two of those scores and had 110 yards receiving. Travis Dalton caught the others.

Bellbrook (4-2, 0-2 Southwest Buckeye League Southwestern Division) was held scoreless until the final quarter and was held to only 144 yards of total offense.

DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto – A missed extra point saved Scioto in a 17-16 road OCC Cardinal Division victory at Westerville North.

Chris McCluney threw for and ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but the point-after attempt failed after the second score. That helped the Irish (2-4, 1-2) escape with the win.

Charlie Suich scored on touchdown runs of 15 and 58 yards for Scioto. Rainer Duzan added a 42-yard field goal.

OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit – Kalib Smith scored on a 6-yard pass play from quarterback Walt Anderson and that held as the game winner in St. John's 7-0 win over Oregon Clay.

The Titans intercepted three Clay passes but had trouble turning those turnovers into points. St. John's (3-3, 2-1 City League) recorded 233 yards of total offense, led by Anderson. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 101 yards and added 62 on the ground.

DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville – Glenville got a challege from Cleveland John Adams for two quarters before rolling to a 37-6 victory at Bump Taylor Field.

The Rebels (4-2, 2-1 Senate Athletic League) tied the game, 6-6, early in the second quarter on a Terrell Clements touchdown run. However, Glenville built a 12-6 lead at halftime and cruised to a blowout victory.

Glenville (6-0, 3-0) rushed for 195 yards, led by a 78-yard effort by Robert Walton Jr.

DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney – Even without top running back Braylon Heard the Cardinals had little trouble in a 13-0 victory over Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Francis.

Simon and the Mooney defense held the Red Raiders to 180 yards in the defensive struggle.

"We wanted to be more physical," Simon told the Youngstown Vindicator. "We came out in some different formations and we executed our game plan well."

Ray Vinopal led all rushers with 18 carries for 79 yards. One of those carries went for a 40-yard touchdown that put Cardinal Mooney ahead 10-0 early in the third quarter. Heard was out because of a concussion suffered Sept. 19 against Mentor Lake Catholic.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – Trinity had little trouble with Louisville Eastern in a 49-0 romp.

Tim Phillips ran for 159 yards – 97 in the first quarter – on seven carries with two touchdowns for the Shamrocks (4-0, 1-0 Class 6-A District 5). Cameron Smyth completed 12 of 14 passes for 203 yards and three scores.

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