Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Sept. 11-12. All are seniors unless noted.

DE Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio – Baldwin and the Comets improved to 3-0 with a 21-17 win over visiting Mentor.

Solon jumped out to a 14-3 lead, but Mentor (2-1) rallied to take a second-half lead. It took a fourth-quarter rally, capped by a Kyle Hammonds touchdown with 5:18 remaining, to pull off the victory. Hammonds led the Comets with 97 yards rushing on 32 carries. He scored twice in the game, adding a 6-yard touchdown that opened the scoring.

The lead increased to 14-3 before halftime when Jake Voigt threw a 10-yard scoring pass to David Gibson. The Cardinals scored two second-half touchdowns to take a 17-14 lead. The latter score came on a 1-yard Mike Korecz run with 6:50 left.

Solon answered 1:32 later.

K Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio – Basil made a 30-yard field goal to give Chillicothe a 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the first quarter, but it was all downhill from there for the Cavaliers in a 42-20 loss to host Wilmington.

The Hurricanes (2-1) quickly answered with an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage after the ensuing kickoff. Quarterback Brandon Arehart connected with Quentin Rollins for the score, and the Hurricanes never trailed again.

Basil also made a 47-yard field goal for the Cavs (1-2), but Wilmington's lead was never threatened.

LB David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian – Durham and his defensive mates dominated an overmatched Charlotte Victory Christian team in a 43-0 home victory.

Charlotte Christian (4-0) scored all of its points in the first half. Ty Linton scored two touchdowns and added a safety. The Knights reached the end zone four times in the second quarter against Victory Christian (0-4).

QB Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) North – The Falcons rebounded from last week's loss to Lake Zurich with a 31-6 rout of host West Chicago in their DuPage Valley Conference opener.

Graham completed 10 of 19 passes for 114 yards in the victory. Justin Swider helped lead Wheaton North (2-1, 1-0 DuPage Valley) in the victory, running for 75 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns. He also played safety and helped hold West Chicago (0-2, 0-1) scoreless until the second half.

Swider took over for Graham when the starting quarterback went down with a season-ending injury in the fifth week of the 2008 season. He was supposed to play receiver this fall, but another injury has moved Swider into the backfield.

"I just do whatever the team needs," Swider told the Chicago Daily Herald. "Wherever the coaches need somebody, I'm willing to play there."

S/RB Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan – The Big Macs allowed three fourth-quarter touchdowns and that spelled doom in a 21-7 loss to Pennsylvania Class AAAA power Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Damion Jones-Moore rushed for 258 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings (2-0). Jones-Moore and the rest of the Central Catholic offense was held scoreless through three quarters, but the Big Mac defense wore down in the final minutes. The 5-foot-6, 165-pound sophomore scored on runs of 39 and 46 yards.

The Big Macs (1-1) led 7-0 for most of the game thanks to a halfback pass from Mike Hull to Alec Schram for a 42-yard touchdown. Hull, a Penn State commit, finished with 53 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Canon-McMillan again played without Hagan, who is still sidelined with a heart condition.

DE Kenny Hayes (junior), Toledo Whitmer – The Whitmer defense held host Fostoria to 21 yards on 22 carries, and Micah Merritt rushed for four Whitmer touchdowns in a 48-12 win against host Fostoria.

Joe Missler completed 16 of 25 passes for 160 yards for the Panthers (3-0), who scored 28 unanswered points after the Redmen (1-2) narrowed the lead to 7-6 following a 29-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Bulkowski to Antoine Williams.

Whitmer rushed for 249 yards as a team, including 103 from Teryl Mershon and 67 from Merritt.

WR James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic – Louis caught four passes and scored a pair of 8-yard touchdowns as Atlantic bounced back from an opening-week loss with a 34-14 win over visiting Jupiter.

Atlantic quarterback Mark Leal, a Virginia Tech commit, completed 15 of 21 passes for 265 and five touchdowns as the Eagles put their loss to Pahokee in the past.

"This was exactly the game I was trying to have," Leal told the Palm Beach Post. "I felt real good tonight and my receivers were excellent. We were coming off a tough loss and came out and proved ourselves tonight."

The Warriors (0-2) actually scored first on a 2-yard touchdown run by Willie Scott that capped a 15-play, 76-yard drive. Louis caught the first of his two touchdown passes to answer that score, and his second TD came on the next Atlantic drive. The Eagles (1-1) were aided on that drive by a Jupiter fumble.

LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats went out of state to face Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius and left with a 50-8 victory.

St. Ignatius (3-0) scored 21 points in the first quarter and built the lead to 37-0 at halftime.

Canisius (0-2) scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats also added their last 13 points in the final quarter.

DE J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – Boardman improved to 2-1 with a 52-6 rout of crosstown Youngstown Chaney.

Boardman's defense did its job, holding Chaney to 14 yards of total offense – all on the ground. The lone score for the Cowboys (0-3) came on a 29-yard fumble return.

Nick Buonavalonta led Boardman with 86 yards rushing n 12 carries with two touchdowns. Rob Boyd completed 8 of 15 passes for 126 yards.

OT Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson – Norwell and the rest of the Anderson offensive line helped the Redskins rush for 438 yards in a 63-14 rout of visiting Florence (Ky.) Boone County.

The game was quickly out of reach for the Rebels (1-2). Anderson (3-0) led 35-7 after the first quarter and 49-7 at halftime.

"They did a really good job," Boone County coach Rick Thompson told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I said all week that their offensive line is one of the best I've seen. They're well-coached, they looked like they take a lot of pride in what they do."

Anderson senior running back Kyle Slater scored two first-half touchdowns and carried for 114 yards on six first-half carries. Quarterback Brandon Bornhauser ran for four touchdowns in the rout and carried nine times for 202 yards.

"We just did our job and worked hard this week in practice," Norwell told the Enquirer. "I think they were lacking a little size up front. The size up front helped us a lot and we just did well against them."

RB/FS Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding – Smith rushed for 169 yards and scored a 1-yard touchdown, but Fort Wayne Bishop Luers handed the host Hawks their first loss of the season.

Kenny Mullen rushed for 97 yards for the Knights (2-2, 2-2 Summit Conference) and scored both of their touchdowns. Smith's TD helped give Harding (3-1, 3-1) an 8-0 lead, but it did not last.

All of the game's scoring game in the second quarter.

LB/TE Jamel Turner, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy – Turner and the Fork Union defense did a great job of holding St. Anne's-Belfield at bay in a 29-0 rout.

The Blue Devils (2-0) got two first-quarter touchdown runs by Andre Parker, and that was more than enough against the Saints (0-1). Fork Union added a touchdown in the second quarter, a safety in the third quarter and another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw – Shaw improved to 2-0-1 Saturday with a 40-33 victory over visiting Cleveland Heights.

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