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. 4-5. All are seniors unless noted.

DE Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio – Baldwin and the Comet defense held host Massillon Jackson at bay, and Solon cruised to a 31-7 victory.

Junior tailback Kyle Hammonds began his 2009 season with a three-touchdown performance after missing Solon's season opener. Jake Voigt also added a touchdown pass to Ryan Rosenberg.

The Comets (2-0) built a 24-0 halftime lead. Massillon Jackson (0-2) scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.

K Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio – Basil nailed a 30-yard field goal, but the Cavaliers fell 33-10 to visiting Sunbury Big Walnut.

Basil's boot tied the game 3-3 in the first quarter, and Chillicothe (1-1) only trailed 10-3 at the break. However, Big Walnut (2-0) cruised after halftime, outscoring the Cavs 16-7 in the third quarter.

"I really think, and I might take some heat for saying this, but that's OK, that the score wasn't really indicative of how we played," Chillicothe coach Bill Davidson told the Chillicothe Gazette. "They're a very good football team - they've been to the Final Four the last three years, and two years ago they won a state championship. But if a couple things had gone differently for us, it would have been a different game. I'm not saying we win, but it would have been a lot closer."

Chillicothe's best drive came when it was down 26-3. Donta Thompson set up the Cavs with a kickoff return into Big Walnut territory, and Chillicothe quickly took advantage. Thompson hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Shay Netter on the second play of the drive.

LB David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian – The Knights improved to 3-0 with a 28-14 win and handed Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian its first home loss in six seasons.

Quarterback John Kincaid completed 15 of 30 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Ty Linton caught one of those scoring passes and ran for another score.

QB Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) North – A talented Lake Zurich defense kept Graham and the Falcons offense at bay in a 35-9 win by the Bears.

Wheaton North (1-1) was held to only three field goals and 122 passing yards. Lake Zurich kept Graham uncomfortable by successfully disguising its defense.

"Lake Zurich is very good in the stack defense that they run," said Wheaton North coach Joe Wardynski told the Daily Herald of suburban Chicago. "They did some things in coverage, but I thought we had some chances that we didn't take advantage of."

The Falcons did score the first points of the game on a field goal, but it was a missed opportunity for more. Wheaton North recovered a fumble at the Lake Zurich 37-yard line, but the offense was stalled at the LZ 9. Steve Jones booted a 27-yard field goal, but the Bears quickly responded with a touchdown and the Falcons never quite responded offensively.

Lake Zurich (1-1) led 14-3 at halftime and held the Falcons to only two sustained drives in the second half, neither reaching the red zone.

S/RB Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan – Hagan was forced to watch from the sidelines, but his Canon-McMillan teammates made it a good night with a 36-22 road win at Washington Trinity in both teams' season opener.

Running back Mike Hull scored four touchdowns to lead the Big Macs to victory. The Penn State-bound senior rushed for 362 yards and seven touchdowns in three wins over Trinity during his prep career. In his final game against the Hillers, Hull scored on runs of 1, 2, 4 and 2 yards. He finished with 82 yards on 24 carries.

"He played a very physical football game, and our supporting cast did an excellent job. That was really big for us," Canon-McMillan coach Guy Montecalvo told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Hagan was not cleared by doctors to play before the game. He is still recovering from surgery to correct a heart condition.

"To play as well as we did without Chad I thought was outstanding," Montecalvo said.

DE Kenny Hayes (junior), Toledo Whitmer – More than 7,000 people packed Memorial Stadium in Toledo to watch the newest Ohio State verbal commit help lead Toledo Whitmer past Fremont Ross, 29-25.

Whitmer quarterback Joe Missler scored the game-winning touchdown with 5:41 remaining, capping a second half in which the lead changed hands three times. The Whitmer defense made Missler's final score stand by forcing an interception and stalling Ross' final drive at midfield.

"All we had to do is bring the pressure to the quarterback, and that's what our defensive line did," Hayes told the Toledo Blade. "This is a great win."

Missler led Whitmer (2-0) with 92 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also completed 6 of 9 passes for 145 yards and returned three kickoffs for 88 yards. Teryl Mershon led Whitmer's rushing attck with 121 yards on 16 carries.

Ross (1-1) scored two touchdowns on drives started in Panthers territory after muffed punts.

WR James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic – Louis caught only one pass as Atlantic began its season with a 13-6 loss at Pahokee.

The Blue Devils pressured Atlantic quarterback Mark Leal throughout the game, and the Pahokee defensive backs blanketed Louis. Leal only completed 13 of 28 passes for 131 yards, and the Eagles managed 60 yards rushing as a team.

Pahokee receiver Chris Dunkley scored both of his team's touchdowns and caught five passes for 148 yards in his Blue Devils debut after transferring to the school this year.

Leal scored Atlantic's only touchdown on a 5-yard run on a draw play.

LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats struggled out of the gate before rallying for a 27-20 victory over Clayton Northmont.

St. Ignatius (2-0) spotted the Thunderbolts (1-1) a 20-0 lead before scoring the final 27 points of the game. Kevin Johnson capped the rally with a game-winning 6-yard touchdown run.

"We played horribly the first 20 minutes, but our defense was tremendous in the second half," Wildcats coach Chuck Kyle told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

McVey did not play in the victory, sitting out a week after suffering a shoulder injury against Cleveland Glenville.

Northmont was attempting to earn its second straight upset victory. The T-Bolts beat Jordan Hicks and West Chester Lakota West last week.

DE J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – Boardman rebounded from its opening-season loss to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney with a 35-0 whitewash of Cuyahoga Falls.

Chase Hammond got the scoring started with a 33-yard touchdown reception from Rob Boyd. The lead extended to 21-0 at halftime thanks to a pair of Nick Buonavolonta TD runs. Boyd added a 7-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter, as did Buonavolonta on a 5-yard run.

OT Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson – Norwell and the rest of the Redskins' starters had a quick night, as Anderson subbed heavily after halftime in an eventual 44-0 rout against visiting Cincinnati Woodward.

Anderson (2-0) led 37-0 at halftime behind the return to the lineup of all-state running back Kyle Slater. The senior rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He missed Anderson's season opener for undisclosed reasons.

He credited Norwell and his offensive line following the victory.

"Norwell was absolutely killing people," Slater told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "One time, he knocked a guy back 15 yards and tore off his chin strap. Unbelievable."

The domination by the offensive line was evident in the final statistics. Anderson outgained Woodward (0-2) 470-125, including 416 on the ground.

Redskins quarterback Brandon Bornhauser rushed for 85 yards and two scores.

RB/FS Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding – Paul Harding cruised to a 63-7 victory over Elmhurst, but the bigger story was Smith finally breaking the all-time SAC rushing list.

Smith broke the record, previously held by Ray Byers, with a 62-yard touchdown run with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter. The scoring run gave him 238 yards for the game and 5,359 for his career.

"Finally," Smith told the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. "I had the record on another run, but they caught me from behind. I went in there for one more series, and I finally got it. I was relieved. There has been a lot of pressure on me this season.

"Everybody can stop bothering me about it. I am happy to get it over with. People had been worrying about me setting goals for myself, but me and my teammates are more focused on the team. We don't think about the records."

Smith did injury his hip during the first offensive series, but he played through the pain. He finished with three touchdowns on 15 carries and spoke with Byers, who went on to play for Indiana State, on the sidelines following the game.

"I wanted to stick in there with my team," Smith said. "I know we have a lot of stuff to work on. I am also happy to finally break the record. It means I am up there as good as Ray Byers. (Byers) keeps telling me positive stuff, and I was happy for him to see me as one of the great backs coming out of Fort Wayne."

The Hawks (3-0) actually trailed 7-6 before scoring 57 unanswered points against the Trojans (1-2). Paul Harding finished with more than 600 yards of total offense, and the defense recorded six turnovers and scored twice on an interception and fumble return, respectively.

LB/TE Jamel Turner, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy – In his first game since leaving Youngstown Ursuline, Turner recorded seven tackles and nabbed an interception in a 40-0 victory for the Blue Devils against Norfolk Academy.

Turner returned his interception seven yards, and he and his teammates dominated the Bulldog offense.

Fork Union quarterback Richard Quittenton led the offense with 135 yards on 6-of-11 passing with two touchdowns. Antonio Markland rushed a team-high 64 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown run to start the scoring.

WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw – The Cardinals rebounded from a rare tie in their season opener a week ago with a 42-7 rout of visiting Shaker Heights.

Shaw (1-0-1) led 22-0 at halftime and added 20 more points in the third quarter. Shaker Heights, which lost to Solon a week earlier, scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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