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. 23-25.

CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont – The Thunderbolts clinched the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division title with a 41-7 rout of visiting Beavercreek.

The Beavers kept the game close for quarter, but Northmont scored on five straight possessions to pull away. Mark Mays capped the five straight rushing scores with a 68-yard run on a pitch play. Mays finished with 172 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

Northmont's offense cruised all night, piling up 404 yards compared to 194 for Beavercreek. The Beavers got on the scoreboard with 3:04 left in the game on a 3-yard touchdown by Joe Joyce.

The win over the 5-5 Beavers clinched a home OHSAA Division I playoff game for Northmont (9-1, 5-0) on Nov. 1. The second-seeded Thunderbolts will host GWOC rival Kettering Fairmont (7-3).

WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Gateway scored 28 unanswered points and held off a late rally by McKeesport in what could be a preview of a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League final. The Gators (9-0, 7-0 Quad South) defeated the Tigers 31-27.

Gateway scored the game's first four touchdowns and got two touchdowns receptions from Brown of 12 and 36 yards. McKeesport rallied and was driving for a potential go-ahead score when Gateway defenders Christopher Lammie and Jeff Parrish combined to sack quarterback Ty-Meer Brown on fourth down at the Gateway 40 with 2:16 remaining.

"It was a tale of two halves," Gateway coach Terry Smith told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "In the first half, we dominated the game, but in the second half, they came out with a lot of momentum. But when we needed a play, we came up with that sack at the end.

"We knew how good they (McKeesport) were. In my opinion, this is a preview of what's coming to Heinz Field, unless they put us in the same bracket. This is the first step."

The Gators will begin their WPIAL Class AAAA playoff run Nov. 1 vs. an opponent to be announced Monday night.

DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – The Greenmen capped an unbeaten conference season with a 47-19 victory over host Wickliffe.

Aurora (8-2, 7-0 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division) led 41-13 at halftime and finished with 413 yards of total offense. Steven Yung rushed for 157 of those yards and added 77 receiving yards. Senior QB Brendan Gallagher completed all five of his pass attempts for 162 yards and three scores.

The Greenmen will start the OHSAA Division III playoffs next week. Aurora earned a No. 2 seed in its region and will host Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedrial Latin Nov. 1.

RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – Palmetto, still without injured Berry, dropped a 14-13 decision to district rival Homestead.

The Broncos rallied past Palmetto with a five-minute touchdown drive in the final quarter. The drive started at the Palmetto 46 and ended when receiver Adolphus Melvin caught a tipped pass in the end zone with 57 seconds remaining.

The Panthers (5-2, 2-1 District 16-6A) lost to Homestead (2-5, 1-2) for the third year in a row and had its five-game winning streak snapped.

LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Boren scored on touchdown runs of 3 and 6 yards in the fourth quarter as the Tigers blew out Reynoldsburg 28-0.

Nick Raymond threw for two scores to lead visiting Pickerington Central (10-0, 7-0 Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division).

The Tigers held the Raiders to 81 yards of total offense.

Pickerington Central earned a No. 3 seed in its OHSAA Division I bracket and will host Delaware Hayes in the first round Nov. 1.

WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Carter caught three passes for 100 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Becker in a 49-8 victory over Hollywood South Broward.

The Raiders scored three touchdowns in both the first and second quarters in the rout. St. Thomas Aquinas outgained South Broward 568-119. Giovanni Bernard led the rushing attack with 157 yards on 11 carries. Becker competed 8 of 12 passes for 184 yards.

CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – Tuscarora defeated Urbana, 23-20, for its first victory over the Hawks in the program's five-year history.

The Titans (6-2, 3-1 Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Division) kept their playoff hopes alive by riding the rushing efforts of Jakarie Jackson, who ran for 155 yards and scored three touchdowns on 22 carries. One of Jackson's scores went for 57 yards in the fourth quarter. That run, along with a 26-yard field goal by Zack Kirk in the final minutes, proved to be the difference.

Urbana scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, including 14 in the final two minutes to make the final margin closer.

DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio – Fellows' Senior Night was spoiled by Macedonia Nordonia in a 32-12 loss.

Garfield Heights (4-6, 0-5 Northeast Ohio Conference River Division) got two touchdown runs by senior Fred Swift, but the Knights ended the Bulldogs' season with a loss.

WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey – Fields scored on an 85-yard punt return and finished with five catches for 96 yards and two other scores in Harvey's season-ending 47-7 win over host Ashtabula Edgewood.

The Red Raiders (4-6, 3-1 Northeastern Conference) trailed early thanks to a Gary Dodge fumble return for a touchdown for the Warriors (0-10, 0-4). However, Harvey cruised from there by scoring seven unanswered touchdowns.

Quarterback Richard Barnes led the way for Harvey, completing 8 of 12 passes for 162 yards.

TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South – The Blue Devils finished the season 5-4 thanks to a 20-6 victory over St. Clair.

Fragel recorded nine tackles, one sack and caught one interception in the win. Offensively, Maurice Bunting led the way with 89 yards on the ground. Alex Koski added 64 yards and two touchdowns.

Will Reeeves had 15 tackles, three for a loss, and a sack. Ryan Miller added five sacks and two interceptions.

CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Despite the continued absence of Green, Male clinched a district championship with a 31-14 victory over Louisville Fern Creek.

Green missed his third straight game with a knee injury, but the Bulldogs continued to not miss a beat. Male (6-2, 3-0 Class 6-A, District Four) clinched a district crown for the third straight year.

The Bulldogs built a 17-0 halftime lead thanks to a 17-yard touchdown pass from Dexter Britt to Antonio Booker, a 37-yard field goal by Kolin Cheatham and a 12-yard touchdown run by Stewart Brown. The defense took care of the rest, holding the Tigers to just two first downs and 14 yards of offense in the first half.

RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – On the same night Jeannette grad Terrelle Pryor lost for the first time as a collegiate starter, his former team had its 24-game winning streak snapped.

Greensburg Central Catholic (9-0, 9-0 Interstate Conference) used ball control to halt the Jayhawks 28-14.

Hall caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Baradziej in the first quarter to give Jeannette (8-1, 8-1) a 7-0 lead, but it was just one of three possessions the Jayhawks had in the first half. The Centurions, led by running back David Miller, controlled the ball and kept Jeannette's offense off the field. That proved to be the winning formula for Greensburg Central Catholic.

"The line just kind of wore them down and they're probably the best line in the WPIAL right now," Miller told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "When we watched them on film, we realized that they weren't really that physical and we could wear them down as the game went on and that's what we did."

Miller finished with 159 yards on 31 carries with two scores. He also intercepted a Jeannette pass late in the game and added a win-sealing touchdown following the turnover.

"I just think they were the better team and they outplayed us," Jeannette coach Ray Reitz told the Tribune-Review. "What the case was is they had two fourth down conversions and they had a big third-and-12 conversion. That happens in big games and that just happened. Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you."

Jeannette has qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs and will find out its opponent Monday night.

LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – Coldwater prepared for the playoffs with a 38-0 rout of visiting New Bremen.

The Cavaliers finished the regular season 10-0 and 8-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Coldwater is the No. 1 seed in its OHSAA Division IV bracket and will host No. 8 Cincinnati North College Hill Oct. 31.

FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Hyde and the Golden Eagles had an open week and will return to action Oct. 31 at Naples Golden Gate.

WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. – Jackson caught one pass for 24 yards, but he didn't need to carry the Comets in a 42-19 route of Charlotte.

Quarterback Nick Kissane completed 10 of 17 passes for 241 yards with five touchdowns in the Senior Night victory. The Comets (9-0) finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1992.

Charlotte (6-3) actually had an early lead on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Tyler Writer, but the Orioles missed the extra point. Kissane struck quickly following the score on a 61-yard touchdown pass to Joey Estrada. Senior John Tomasek added the extra point and gave the Comets the lead for good.

Grand Ledge will host Battle Creek Central in the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division I playoffs next weekend.

LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein led the Panthers with 115 yards on 15 carries in Licking Valley's 41-0 victory over Columbus Academy.

Klein got the scoring started with a 3-yard touchdown run with 46 seconds left in the first quarter, and the Panthers never let Academy get its offense going. Licking Valley finished the Mid-State League Ohio Division season with a perfect 7-0 record (9-1 overall).

"Give the credit to the seniors," LV coach Randy Baughman told the Newark Advocate. "They came in, and they kind of had a target on their back. They knew they were a marked team, but they met every challenge within the league."

The Panthers will host Rayland Buckeye Local (7-3) Nov. 1 in an OHSAA Division III playoff game Nov. 1. Licking Valley is a two seed.

OG Corey Linsley and J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – Boardman‘s season came to an end with its fifth straight loss, this one coming to rival Austintown Fitch, 33-14.

Sylvestry Gibbs accounted for four touchdowns for the Falcons, including a 100-yard fumble return and a 35-yard interception return for scores. The tailback and defensive back ran for 138 yards on 18 carries and two scores. His long fumble return stunted Boardman's hopes of making it a tight game. Trailing 21-7, the Spartans were close to cutting the deficit in half with the ball on the Falcon 1-yard line. Damian Jarrett fumbled the ball, and Gibbs picked it up deep in the end zone and raced the length of the field for a back-breaking score.

"I don't know if that play was the difference in the game but it certainly was a big play to turn the game around," Boardman coach D.J. Ogilvie told the Youngstown Vindicator. "Fitch played a great football game. They played better than us. They executed better than us and they deserved to win the football game."

Boardman led early on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jarrett, who finished with 147 yards on 28 carries.

OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio – The Golden Eagles snapped their five-game losing streak and ended their season with a 16-6 victory over Milton-Union.

Bellbrook (5-5) got touchdowns from Tyler Smith and Kyle McKinnis.

DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto – Visiting Marysville ended Scioto's season with a 13-10 loss.

Nathan Weeks rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown to lead Marysville (7-3, 4-3 OCC Cardinal). The Monarchs dropped Scioto to .500 for season at 5-5 (4-3 OCC Cardinal).

OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit – The Titans extended their winning streak over City League Rival Toledo St. Francis de Sales to three games with a 36-17 win over the host Knights.

A four-minute stretch in the fourth quarter helped the Titans (7-3, 6-1 City League) pull away. With the scored tied at 17, St. Francis (5-5, 4-3) forced a punt, but Mike Noward‘s boot went 62-yard to pin the Knights back at their own 14 with 11:43 remaining. On the first play of the ensuing drive, St. Francis tailback Nick Garza lost a fumble that Titan senior Hunter Lent scooped up and returned for a 10-yard, go-ahead touchdown.

Things got worse for the Knights when Scott Loy fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the St. Francis 31. Three plays later, Lent bolted 20 yards up the middle for another score, his second in a span of 52 seconds. That gave St. John's a 29-17 lead with 9:43 remaining.

The lead was extended thanks to another St. Francis miscue. Knight QB D.J. McPartland fumbled a handoff, and Titan Kalib Smith returned it to the Knight 48. Eleven plays later, St. John's added another score on a 1-yard run by quarterback Walt Anderson with 1:56 remaining.

"I really don't think we played all that well, but we were opportunistic, and Hunter Lent's a heck of a football player," Titans coach Doug Pearson told the Toledo Blade. "We had some good surges at the end there, and I think we wore them out up front."

The win was not enough to earn the Titans an OHSAA Division I playoff berth. However, St. John's will play another game – Thursday vs. Whitmer in the City League Hall of Fame charity game.

DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders finished the regular season unbeaten with a 41-0 rout of winless Cleveland East.

Shane Wynn scored twice for Glenville (10-0, 7-0). Quarterback Terrance Owens threw only one pass, but it went 16 yards for a touchdown. Cardale Jones, Owens' backup, completed 3 of 7 passes for 115 yards and a score.

Newsome led the defensive effort with two sacks and two solo tackles.

The Tarblooders will begin their postseason run as a No. 4 seed in their OHSAA Division I region. Glenville will host Brecksville Broadview Heights (7-3) Nov. 1.

DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney – The Cardinals earned a berth in the OHSAA Division IV playoffs with a 28-0 win over Columbus Bishop Watterson.

Rusher Karrington Griffin led the way with 122 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns for Cardinal Mooney (8-2). Alex Zordich passed for 72 yards, and Ray Vinopal rushed for 59. Braylon Heard added 39 yards and a touchdown.

Simon blocked a punt and was part of a Mooney defense that held Watterson (5-5) without a first down in the first half.

Mooney will host Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (9-1) in the first round of its OHSAA Division IV regional Oct. 31. The Cardinals are a four seed.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks (7-1, 3-0 Class 6-A, District Five) cruised to a 65-17 victory over host Seneca.

Tim Phillips led the offensive effort with five touchdowns. Quarterback Cameron Smyth threw for 223 yards and three scores.

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