Title Chase Continues For Buckeye Verbals

Several OSU verbal commitments are in the midst of their postseasons. Three future Buckeyes in Kentucky and Maryland will begin their playoffs, while eight others continue their runs in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – The Gators will take on Pittsburgh Penn Hills in a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAAA semifinal at West Mifflin on Friday.

The game will be a rematch of both teams' Aug. 29 season opener, won by Gateway 45-17. In that game, Brown caught a 29-yard touchdown reception and also nabbed an interception. The Gators scored on five of their first seven possessions.

Bell scored three touchdowns in Gateway's 24-0 quarterfinal victory over Glenshaw Shaler. Bell finished with 86 yards rushing on 16 carries to lead the Gators (11-0).

Penn Hills (8-3) set up the rematch by taking a 27-0 decision vs. Pittsburgh North Hills in the quarterfinals. Senior running back Teddy Blakeman led the Big Red by rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

"It's a chance for us to recover from that loss," Penn Hills coach Ron Graham told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "They have a lot of talent."

DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – Second-seeded Aurora will face No. 1 Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III Region 9 final at Solon on Saturday.

The Greenmen (10-2) earned a trip to the regional finals by posting a 14-7 victory over third-seeded Hubbard. Aurora QB Brendan Gallagher connected with Dee Brizzolara for the game-winning, 9-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and Bellamy and the Aurora defense held the Hubbard offense at bay.

Walsh Jesuit (9-2) defeated Chagrin Falls, 21-17, in the regional semifinals. The Warriors are led by Ball State recruit Armand Dehaney, who gave his team a 7-3 lead in the first quarter with an 89-yard touchdown return on a kickoff. Dehaney also added a 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and an interception in the end zone in the final seconds to preserve the victory.

LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – After a come-from-behind victory in the regional semifinals, the third-seeded Tigers will take on 11-1 Hilliard Davidson in the OHSAA Division I Region 3 final Saturday at Upper Arlington.

Boren and Wood were part of a three-back rushing attack, along with Michigan State verbal Patrick White, that led Central (12-0) to a 24-16 victory over Upper Arlington. The Golden Bears led 9-7 at halftime before the Tigers used their bruising rushing attack in scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to take command.

Wood ran for 116 yards on eight carries in the win, while Boren added 11 carries for 95 yards.

Top-seeded Davidson defeated Worthington Kilbourne, 21-7, in the regional finals for what was the Wildcats' biggest victory since winning the Division I title in 2006. Turnovers told the story, as Davidson turned two Kilbourne turnovers into 10 points in taking a 10-0 lead by halftime. Senior Adam Frazier intercepted a pass and capped the ensuing drive on offense with a 3-yard touchdown for Davidson's first-half trip to the end zone.

J.D. Detmer added a 27-yard field goal for the Wildcats, and Spencer Delande added a 32-yard touchdown with 3:35 remaining.

CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – Clarke and the Titans will begin their postseason with a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 3A West semifinal game at Urbana Saturday.

It will be a rematch of an Oct. 24 game won by Tuscarora (8-2). The Titans won that meeting 23-20 and earned their first victory over Urbana (7-3) in the five-year history of Tuscarora's football program. Clarke made five tackles and nabbed an interception. Jakarie Jackson led the offense with 155 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 22 carries.

CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – The Bulldogs (6-4) will begin their postseason Friday night at home vs. Shelbyville Shelby County (1-9) in a Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6A first-round game.

Male, the 10th-ranked team in the latest Louisville Courier-Journal Litkenhous ratings, enters the postseason as the District 4 champions. Shelby County went 0-3 in District 8.

This is Male's 28th playoff appearance and will be its second playoff game against the Rockets. The Bulldogs defeated Shelby County 29-7 in 1993.

RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – The Jayhawks continue their quest to repeat as WPIAL Class AA champions Friday night with a semifinal game against unbeaten Beaver Falls at Gibsonia Pine Richland.

Jeannette (10-1) won an offensive shootout in the quarterfinals, 57-28, against Beaver. Hall rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries in the win. He also required stitches following the game due to a cut on his forehead. Moziah Harris added two touchdowns for the Jayhawks, and Cameron Baradziej scored three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).

The Tigers (11-0) earned a shot at the defending champions with a 42-21 victory over a Ford City in the quarterfinals. Big plays were key for Beaver Falls. Four of its touchdowns were of 30 yards or longer. The Tigers are led by Pitt recruit Todd Thomas. He and fellow rusher Cody Cook combined for 170 yards in the win over the Sabres.

Jeannette and Beaver Falls met in the WPIAL championship game in 2007. The Jayhawks won that game, 61-12, at Heinz Field in Pittsbugh.

LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – One of the most intriguing playoff games in the Buckeye state this weekend will take place in Troy when Coldwater faces Kettering Alter in the OHSAA Division IV Region 16 final Friday night.

The top-seeded Cavaliers and sixth-seeded Knights will face off a year after their three-overtime affair in the regional semifinals. Coldwater won the game 59-52 en route to a state title. The Cavaliers (12-0) have won 25 straight games, and Alter (10-2) is undefeated on the field this season with their two losses came via forfeit. On the field, the Knights have won 23 of their last 24. The lone loss came against Coldwater.

"Obviously there is going to be a lot of tension from last year," Homan told the Dayton Daily News. "It was a very hard-fought game, and I'm sure that's going to be in their memories."

In the regional semifinals, Coldwater defeated Oakwood 35-7. The Cavaliers used passing touchdowns of 32, 64 and 90 yards in the victory. Alter defeated Hamilton Badin, 42-7. The Knights have outscored their two playoff foes 77-14. Quarterback Austin Boucher and running back Cody Taulbee both scored two touchdowns in the win over the Rams.

LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – The Panthers hope to take another step toward a return trip to state with a victory over top-seeded Dover in the OHSAA Division III Region 11 final at Zanesville Saturday night.

The Panthers (11-1) routed Poland Seminary, 41-7, in the regional semifinals. Klein finished with 188 yards rushing with three touchdowns on 20 carries. The senior scored on runs of 15, 7 and 3 yards. As a team, second-seeded Licking Valley piled up 327 yards on the ground, 241 coming in the first half.

Dover (11-1) cruised to a 35-14 victory over Canton South in the regional semifinals. The Tornadoes scored the last 28 points of the game. Quarterback Corey Lisowski completed 21 of 27 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dover offense. He also added 136 yards rushing and two additional scors.

Licking Valley and Dover last met in the 2005 playoffs. The Panthers won that game 31-28 on a 27-yard field goal by Damon Fulk. Klein, only a 14-year-old freshman at the time, carried the ball 43 times for 169 yard and two touchdowns in the win.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks (9-1) will open their KHSAA Class 6A playoff run with a home game vs. Mayfield Graves County.

Trinity, making its 39th playoff appearance, won the District 5 title, while the Eagles (5-5) went 2-3 in District 1.

Three OSU verbal commits are still in their regular seasons: RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto; WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas and FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla.

Twelve OSU verbal commits have finished their seasons: CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont; DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio; WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey; TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South; WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich.; OG Corey Linsley and J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman; OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio; OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit; DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville; DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney.

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