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. 9-11.

· CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont - Northmont survived a furious Centerville rally and defeated the host Elks in overtime, 28-21, in a Greater Western Ohio Conference showdown.

The Thunderbolts had seen their two-touchdown lead turn into a seven-point deficit. But a defensive stop on downs with 3:46 remaining turned into a game-tying 4-yard touchdown run by Mark Mays to send the game into overtime.

Northmont (7-1, 3-0 GWOC Central Division) scored two plays into overtime on a Chase Belton 20-yard middle screen to Josh McClain. The T-Bolt defense then sealed the win when Reuben Victoria recovered a Adam Replogle fumble on a third-and-5 play from the Northmont 15.

"It was just very emotional," McClain told the Dayton Daily News. "It's the biggest game I've ever played in my whole entire life."

The Thunderbolts saw their 14-0 lead disappear thanks to Replogle. The fullback scored on 3 and 7-yard touchdown runs to tie the score, and Centerville (5-3, 1-2) then took the lead when Logan Hanes later found Matt Daly for a 67-yard touchdown on fourth down.

The victory keeps the T-Bolts in a first-place tie with Kettering Fairmont (7-1, 3-0) in the GWOC Central. Both schools have a two-game lead over Huber Heights Wayne, Centerville and Springfield.

· WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway - Host Erie McDowell held the Gators 22½ points under their halftime scoring average, but Gateway still left with a 30-18 victory in a Quad South game.

Gateway needed two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. Josh Vermeulen returned a kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown to extend what was a 14-11 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Gators extended the lead with a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Lichtenstein, but Eric McDowell (4-3, 3-2) responded with a touchdown pass by A.J. Fenton that cut the deficit to 24-18.

Gateway running back Brian Williams sealed the win with a 77-yard touchdown with 2:01 remaining. Williams finished with 192 yards on 19 carries.

Brown caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Robby Kalksteing for Gateway's lone first-half trip to the end zone. The Gators took a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Bell added to the Gateway lead in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run.

· DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio - Chagrin Falls posted three shutouts during its five-game winning streak prior to the game, but Aurora rolled up 513 yards of total offense in a 49-25 Chagrin Valley Conference victory.

The Greenmen (6-2, 5-0 CVC Chagrin Division) had little trouble offensively. Quarterback Brendan Gallagher completed 10 of 13 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Gallagher added another rushing score.

"I can't say enough about our offense," Aurora coach Bob Mihalik told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "What I liked was we were able to run, to throw, spread them out, play in the tight formation.

"I thought our kids did a great job preparing all week, and then they came out and executed."

Aurora built a 7-0 lead after the first quarter before both teams combined for 34 second-quarter points. The Greenmen scored 21 of those, all coming on Gallagher touchdown passes.

· RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto - Palmetto's Kevin Karpiak had already missed three field goals, but the kicker/quarterback earned redemption by kicking a game-winning field goal with less than 10 seconds left in the game. That gave Palmetto a 16-14 victory over Homestead South Dade.

"Even though they blocked it a little bit, it was just a sigh of relief when I heard everybody screaming," Karpiak told the Miami Herald about his 29-yard boot.

Berry left the game early in the first quarter. He suffered an ankle injury after gaining 11 yards on his first carry.

Karpiak also turned the ball over three times, but Palmetto's defense and special teams scored touchdowns to keep the Panthers in the game. Darryl Williams gave his team a 7-0 lead when he returned a punt 75 yards for a score. Two South Dade scores made it 14-7, but Palmetto answered with a defensive score. Linebacker Adrian Blue intercepted a South Dade pass and ran down the sideline, eventually lateraling the ball Keenan Paicely at midfield. Paicely took it the rest of the way for a touchdown, making the score 14-13 and setting up Karpiak's eventual game-winning kick.

· LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central - Running back Tyler Hammond led the Tigers to a 21-0 victory at Newark with 228 yards and two scores.

Both of Hammond's scores came in the second half. Central (8-0, 5-0 Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division) led 7-0 at halftime and kept Newark (1-7) winless in the OCC Ohio.

· WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas - A week before playing unbeaten Deerfield Beach, the Raiders took care of business with a 55-0 whitewash of host Cooper City.

Running back James White scored three-first half touchdowns for Aquinas (5-0, 2-0 District 16-5A), and the Raiders built a 48-0 halftime lead. White rushed for 77 yards on eight carries and scored on runs of 1, 25 and 14 yards. Giovanni Bernard added 68 yards on four carries and scored two times.

Quarterback Ryan Becker played only three series in his return to the starting lineup following an ankle injury. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

· CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora - Clarke powered his way to a 2-yard touchdown in overtime to give Tuscarora a 13-10 victory at Walkersville.

After struggling to run the ball in regulation, the Titans switched to the I-formation in overtime. Clarke ran the ball three times, rushing for eight yards on his first two carries and clinching the win with a short-yardage score.

The Lions broke a 7-7 tie in overtime with a 28-yard field goal, but that opened the door for Clarke and the Titans.

"It came down to whether we were better than them on the line of scrimmage or we weren't. We bunched it in, ran the I and drove 10 yards," Tuscarora coach Shawn Carey told the Frederick (Md.) News-Post.

· DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio - Garfield Heights fell back to the .500 mark with a 7-0 home loss to Hudson.

Kevin Meyer scored the game's lone touchdown on a 23-yard passing strike from Garrett Piekarski in the second quarter for the Explorers (4-4).

The Bulldogs are 4-4.

· WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey - Fields provided 59 of Harvey's total offensive output, and he was the lone offensive bright spot in a 42-7 home loss to Geneva.

Geneva tailback James Murray outshined Fields, rushing for 213 yards and four touchdowns. The Eagles (4-4, 3-0 Northeastern Conference) clinched at least a share of their first conference title since 1999. The Red Raiders (3-5, 2-1) had won the past three NEC titles and had not lost a conference game since 2005.

Fields had a rough home finale. He caught two passes for 23 yards and gained 36 yards rushing. Fields also scored Harvey's lone touchdown on an 8-yard run in the third quarter.

The WR also drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the fourth quarter for arguing a non-call when his legs tangled with a Geneva defensive back.

"I didn't mean no disrespect," Fields told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I said something I shouldn't have. I was emotional. This is my last home game. This place is my field, where I grew up. This is my seed, my home."

· TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South - Running back Alex Koski carried the ball 23 times for 101 yards, and QB Pat Kennedy completed 6 of 12 passes for 94 yards and a score as South earned a 13-7 overtime victory against visiting Fraser.

Defensive back Ryan Miller scored South's lone touchdown in regulation on a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown. Linebacker Mitch Makos then set up the game-winning touchdown by blocking a Fraser field goal in overtime.

· CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male - Pookie Story rushed for 148 yards as Male defeated Louisville Southern, 43-18.

Story added three scores for the Bulldogs (5-2).

· RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. - After trailing in its last two games, Jeannette went back to its dominant ways in a 67-8 rout of Interstate Conference foe Washington.

Washington turned the ball over five times in the first half, and the Jayhawks (7-0, 7-0) took advantage of their good fortune in building a 33-point first-half lead. Jeannette scored on five first-half drives and averaged just 36.4 yards and three plays per drive thanks to Washington miscues.

Hall led the way for the Jayhawks with 70 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

The reigning PIAA champions extended its winning streak to 23 games.

· LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio - Coldwater built a 35-0 lead by halftime and cruised past visiting Delphos St. John's, 38-7.

Cavalier quarterback Cory Klenke completed only eight passes, but they went for 168 yards and two touchdowns. One of those scoring strikes went for 70 yards and was caught by Homan.

Coldwater (8-0, 6-0 Midwest Athletic Conference) improved its regular-season winning streak to 27 games.

· FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. - Naples scored a whopping 70 first-half points en route to posting a school-record 91-0 win against District 3A-14 game against visiting Estero.

The Golden Eagles set a school record for most points in a game. Jordan Bates' 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped Naples eclipse the previous mark, set in an 85-0 win in 2001.

"That's not something we were shooting for," Naples head coach Bill Kramer told the Naples News.

Estero fell to 0-6 and lost its 18th straight game. Head coach Rich Dombroski did not want to talk following the game.

"Talk to Bill. He scored 91 points," Dombroski told the Naples News.

Hyde had a brief night, rushing only four times for 74 yards. He rushed for one score, caught another and also delivered the hardest hit of the game when he drilled Estero punter Blaine Moriarty on Mark Pearson's 55-yard punt return touchdown during the second quarter.

· WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. - Jackson caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in Grand Ledge's 28-12 victory over visiting Lansing Eastern.

Jackson got the scoring started with a 27-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Nick Kissane in the first quarter. Grand Ledge (7-0) led 21-0 at halftime and 28-0 after three quarters before Eastern (2-5) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the final score a little more respectable.

· LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley - Like in 2007, Hebron Lakewood took an early lead against the Panthers. Also like in '07, Licking Valley used the early deficit as a wake-up call and routed the Lancers.

Winless Lakewood took a 7-6 first-quarter lead, but the visiting Panthers (7-1, 5-0 Mid-State League Ohio Division) scored the next 35 points to coast to a 41-14 victory.

Klein missed the game with a toe injury, but his replacement did well. Nathan Hopkins piled up 142 total yards, including 90 rushing yards on 13 carries.

· OG Corey Linsley and DE J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman - Host Canton GlenOak handed Boardman its third-straight loss, 21-14.

The Spartans started the season 5-0, but after three setbacks, Boardman is now in danger of not make the playoffs. Since a 63-21 win over Perry on Sept. 19, Boardman has struggle on offense. That has worn down the defense late in Federal League games.

GlenOak broke a 7-7 tie late in the second quarter when backup quarterback Alex Meredith found Zach Hatchett on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left before halftime.

Boardman allowed another touchdown late in the fourth quarter before adding a meaningless touchdown in the final seconds.

· OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio - The Golden Eagles lost their fourth straight with a 14-0 loss to visiting Brookville.

Ryan Ekberg ran for a 3-yard touchdown and added a touchdown reception from quarterback Braden Kindell for the Blue Devils (8-0, 4-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division).

Bellbrook (4-4, 0-4) has not won since a 24-14 victory Sept. 12 vs. Monroe.

· DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto - Quarterback Charlie Suich completed 10 of 15 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Irish to a 35-21 victory over visiting Powell Olentangy Liberty.

Clay Strawser caught both of Suich's touchdown passes for Scioto (4-4, 3-2 OCC Cardinal Division). McDougald added a 14-yard touchdown run.

· OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit - The Titans (5-3, 4-1 City League) jumped out to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 49-14 win at Toledo Waite.

Walt Anderson rushed for 57 yards to lead St. John's. The quarterback also completed 2 of 3 passes for 23 yards and a 16 yard score to Zach Crosser.

· DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville - Newsome and the rest of the Tarblooders had little trouble in a 56-0 win over Cleveland Collinwood.

Glenville (8-0) built a 22-0 lead through the first quarter and cruised to victory. Quarterback Terrance Owens threw two touchdown passes, and Ethan Cargill ran for a score and caught another.

Jayrone Elliott recovered a fumble in the end zone for Glenville's first score and later added a safety.

· DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney - Even without running back Braylon Heard, Mooney had little trouble with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in a 33-7 victory at Youngstown State's Stambaugh Stadium.

The Cardinals (7-1) used an early fumble return for a touchdown by George Lyras to set the tone. Karrington Griffin filled in for Heard and rushed for 124 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown. Starting RB Ray Vinopal added 94 yards and a score to go with a 23-yard touchdown reception that put Mooney ahead 20-0 in the first quarter.

St. Vincent-St. Mary quarterback Vince Pelini completed 6 of 11 passes for 47 yards and two interceptions before leaving the game in the third quarter due to injury. He is the nephew of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini and was facing his cousin in the game, Mooney linebacker Mark Pelini.

· LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity - The Shamrocks (5-1, 2-0 Class 6-A, District Five) rebounded from last week's loss to archrival Louisville St. Xavier with a 38-7 home rout of Louisville Ballard.

Trinity led 24-0 at halftime and rolled from there. No other statistics were made available.

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