Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Check out how OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Oct. 2-3.

· CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont - Barnett and the rest of the Northmont defense had little trouble in a 40-6 victory over visiting Springfield.

The T-Bolt defense, nicknamed Gang Green, held the Wildcats to 79 yards in total offense - all of it coming in the second half. Northmont (6-1, 2-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division) led 13-0 at halftime and pulled away after the break. Quarterback Chase Belton led the way with 19 carries for 134 yards and four touchdowns.

Springfield, coming off an upset win over GWOC power Centerville last week, was outgained 188-0 at halftime. The Wildcats defense allowed Northmont to compile 367 yards of total offense, 295 on the ground.

· WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway - Running back Brian Williams delivered in a 42-0 rout over visiting Greensburg Hempfield in a Quad South matchup.

Williams rushed for 309 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns. Over 200 of those yards came in the second half, thanks in part to runs of 67, 74 and 49 yards. He left the game with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Gateway (6-0, 4-0) was sloppy in the win. Many Gator receivers dropped passes, and the Spartans recovered two first-half fumbles.

· DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio - Steven Yung ran behind Bellamy and the offensive line and had a big game in a 27-7 win over visiting Chesterland West Geauga.

Aurora (5-2, 4-0 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division) won its fourth straight behind 102 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns by Yung. Quarterback Brendan Gallagher completed 10 of 13 yards for 150 yards and a score.

Dee Brizzolara caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.

· RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto - Berry ran for 71 yards on 12 carries and turned a screen pass into a 53-yard touchdown in a 24-0 home win against South Miami.

Palmetto (3-1, 2-0 District 16-6A) scored 17 points in a span of six minutes following a scoreless first half. South Miami lost two fumbles and both turned into Palmetto scores. The Panther defense forced five turnovers.

Quarterback Kevin Karpiak threw for 120 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Palmetto offense. Berry had a 36-yard touchdown run called back because of a holding penalty.

· LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central - Boren and Wood both scored touchdowns in a 49-21 rout of visiting Groveport.

Wood caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put the Tigers ahead for good after falling behind 7-0. Wood added an 8-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Boren added a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

Central (7-0, 4-0 Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division) led 27-7 at halftime.

· WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas - Even with starting quarterback Ryan Becker out with an ankle injury, the Raiders had little trouble in a 35-7 victory over District 16-5A foe Hollywood Hills.

Backup QB Jacob Rudock played with an injured finger and threw his first career touchdown pass on Aquinas' opening drive. Carter caught the 4-yard score, and the Raiders cruised to victory. Running back Giovanni Bernard scored three times on runs of 15, 28 and 70 yards and led the Raiders with 207 yards rushing on 10 carries.

· CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora - Clarke was the offensive star for the Titans in a 49-34 win at Frederick Governor Thomas Johnson.

Clarke scored on 27- and 1-yard touchdown runs and added another touchdown when he returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a score. He also provided the defensive play of the game on a thundering hit on D.J. Scott late in the first half.

Scott, a Division I prospect, caught a pass from quarterback Dwayne Jenkins, but was quickly drilled head-on by Clarke.

"As soon as I saw the ball coming, I knew he was mine," Clarke told the Frederick News Post.

The hit forced a fumble that Bryce Hether returned 55 yards for a Tuscarora touchdown with 1:17 left before halftime.

Junior running back Nick Forbes scored two touchdowns for Tuscarora (4-1, 2-0 Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Division), and a late rally by Thomas Jefferson was halted by penalties in the final minutes, including one that took away a game-tying touchdown with 5:07 remaining.

· DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio - Cuyahoga Falls kicker Christian Earnest made a 22-yard field goal to send the game into overtime and made a 26-yard kick to give the Black Tigers a win over Fellows and Garfield Heights.

Garfield Heights (4-3) led 10-7 at halftime but fell behind when Jordan Sweat recovered a blocked punt in the fourth quarter. Fred Swift gave the Bulldogs the lead again with a 94-yard kickoff return. However, Cuyahoga Falls drove for the tying field goal before the end of regulation.

· WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey - Fields scored three touchdowns in Harvey's 39-21 win at Conneaut.

Harvey (3-4, 2-0 Northeastern Conference) led 20-7 at halftime, and Fields scored two of those three touchdowns. He caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Richard Barnes and later added a 40-yard touchdown run. In the third quarter, Fields added a 42-yard touchdown reception.

Fields caught six passes for 109 yards in the win.

"My first objective is to catch the ball," Fields told the Ashtabula Star Beacon. "Then my goal is to score. I run anywhere there's room. My goal is to score. Even if I'm on the sideline and there's people everywhere. I run to safety and then I try to score."

· TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South - Both Grosse Pointe South and Port Huron Northern posted shutouts in the second half, but South fared better in the first half in a 21-13 victory.

Charles Getz caught a 32-yard touchdown pass with three minutes before halftime and that proved to be the winning score in a Macomb Area Conference Blue Division game. South's Alex Koski opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run following Mitch Makos' interception on Northern's first drive. Northern responded to tie the game, but Spencer Ray gave South the lead back with a 1-yard score. Tyler Thomas then scored a touchdown for Northern, but the extra point failed.

Getz then increased the lead to eight minutes later when he caught a touchdown pass from Pat Kennedy.

· CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male - Green was held to only 12 yards of offense in a 30-13 loss at Louisville Ballard.

Paul Perkins rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bruins past the Bulldogs. Male (3-2) rushed for only 85 yards as a team.

· RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. - The Jayhawks remained unbeaten with a 27-13 win at Claysville McGuffey.

McGuffey led 13-6 at halftime, but Jeannette (6-0, 6-0 Interstate Conference) scored 21 unanswered points in the second half. Hall led all rushers with 171 yards on 12 carries with a 51-yard touchdown run, and Jayhawk QB Cameron Baradziej scored three touchdowns.

· LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio - Cory Klenke threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-7 win over rival St. Henry.

Klenke completed 16 of his 26 passes and found Zach Kaup on a 12-yard touchdown pass to give the Cavaliers the lead for good after St. Henry and Coldwater traded touchdowns.

· FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. - Hyde scored three touchdowns, but Naples still needed two overtimes to defeat visiting Naples Gulf Coast, 23-20.

A forced fumble by Naples defensive back Austin Green set up Puma Nuredini's game-winning 36-yard kick in the second overtime. After Green blindsided Gulf Coast QB Jeff Schmidt, Richard McCoy recovered the fumbled football. Three plays later, Naples won on Nuredini's kick. The game-winning boot made up for two missed field goals earlier in the game.

"I had to do it," Nuredini told the Naples News. "I missed those other kicks, so I had to hit that. No pressure. Nothing. It was just a chip shot."

Hyde helped Naples force a second overtime with a crucial scoring run on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard line. Gulf Coast responded with a Sebastian Zuluaga touchdown run on another fourth-and-goal play from the 1.

Hyde finished with 170 yards on 15 carries.

· WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. - The Grand Ledge defense stopped a potential game-winning two-point conversion in a 36-35 overtime road victory at East Lansing.

Jackson only caught two passes for 23 yards, but the Comets still earned the win when the defense stopped East Lansing tailback Temwa Phiri inches from the goal line on the final two-point conversion.

Grand Ledge QB Nick Kissane found Joey Estrada for a 14-yard touchdown in overtime, and the extra point made the score 34-27. East Lansing responded with a 3-yard touchdown run by Phiri, but he was stopped on the two-point conversion.

"This was just another epic battle between our schools," Grand Ledge coach Matt Bird told the Lansing State Journal. "I give them a lot of credit. They went for the win. They have a fine football team."

Kissane gave the Comets a 28-22 lead with 3:48 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run. East Lansing then forced overtime with a Wes Dolen 44-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Dan Folino with 1:33 remaining in regulation.

· LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley - The Panthers continued their Mid-State League Ohio Division dominance with a 48-28 rout of Hanover Granville.

Licking Valley racked up 458 yards on the ground, led by 254 by Klein. He scored three times as Licking Valley (6-1) improved to 4-0 in the MSL.

"They're a good team, and I think the statement is we're a good team and we're going to try to play with anybody," Klein told the Newark Advocate. "We just executed the game plan tonight. We got them back on their toes a little bit, and we stuck to what we know."

Klein scored on runs of 4, 2, 8 and 3 yards. Licking Valley scored on its first four possessions to set the tone early.

· OG Corey Linsley and DE J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman - Two fourth-quarter touchdowns sent Boardman to its second straight loss.

Wyatt Lloyd caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Max Paulus in the final 4:44 to give visiting Massillon Jackson a 20-16 victory. Lloyd caught touchdown strikes of 18 and 35 yards, the final coming with 1:20 remaining.

After winning five straight to start the season, Boardman has dropped its last two and is 2-2 in the Federal League.

· OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio - Ten fourth-quarter points led visiting Eaton past the Golden Eagles.

Dalton Caudill scored on four touchdown runs of 3, 50, 8 and 17 yards. The final score helped ice the game for the Eagles, who never trailed after building a 10-0 first-quarter lead.

Bellbrook quarterback Jay Bucher threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cody Fife in the second quarter and a pair of scoring runs of 43 and 23 yards. Nick Wiget scored the other Golden Eagles score on a 10-yard run in the second quarter.

· DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto - McDougald ran for 112 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns and returned a punt 53 yards for another score as Scioto beat host Westerville Central, 43-7.

Charlie Suich completed 13 of 18 passes for 147 yards and two scores for the Irish (3-4, 2-2 OCC Cardinal Division).

McDougald had missed the previous three games for Scioto for undisclosed reasons.

· OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit - Mewhort and his teammates used two fourth-quarter touchdown runs from Hunter Lent to defeat City League foe Toledo Whitmer by a 28-17 victory.

Lent's 83-yard touchdown run with 6:54 left in the game answered a Whitmer touchdown and put the Titans ahead by a 21-10 margin. Mewhort delivered the sealing block that sprung Lent for the score.

He would add a 46-yard touchdown run on the Titans' (4-3, 3-1) next drive to set his team's final margin. Lent finished with a game-high 141 rushing yards on seven carries.

· DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville - The Tarblooders remained unbeaten with a 30-6 victory over Cleveland John Marshall.

After struggling in the first half in its previous game, Glenville rebounded by scoring all of its points in the first half vs. the Lawyers. Mordecai Cargill rushed for 99 yards and scored a touchdown, and quarterback Terrance Owens completed 6 of 12 passes for 74 yards and two scores. Sophomore Shane Wynn caught four of those passes for 72 yards and a score.

· DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney - Tailbacks Ray Vinopal and Braylon Heard rushed for more than 100 yards apiece in Mooney's 31-14 victory at Cleveland Benedictine.

Vinopal finished with 206 yards on 21 carries, and Heard added 149 yards on 15 carries. The Mooney defense held Benedictine's offense to fewer than 200 yards. Simon recorded two sacks.

Mooney (6-1) led 24-7 at halftime and outgained the Bengals 401-223.

· LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity - Whiting and the Trinity defense struggled against yellow-clad archrival Louisville St. Xavier in a 30-6 loss.

Four different players scored touchdowns in the surprisingly lopsided rivalry game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. A series-record crowd of 38,872 watched the Tigers rout the Shamrocks. Deuce Finch led the rushing attack for St. X, running for 152 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown. Jermiah added another rushing score, and quarterback Matt Brutscher threw for two additional scores.

Trinity (4-1), which defeated St. X 34-28 in overtime in the playoffs last season, pulled within four, 10-6, following a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Smyth to Rob Melillo midway though the third quarter. However, the Tigers answered with the game's final 20 points.

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