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 Oct. 9-11. All are seniors unless noted.

DE Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio – The Comets used a crucial 21-yard touchdown reception by rarely used tight end Ryan Rosenberg to remain unbeaten with a 17-7 victory against over Brunswick.

Rosenberg hauled in his TD late in the third quarter and Baldwin helped make it happen. Holding onto a 10-7, Solon quarterback Jake Voigt called for "Deuce-29 Stretch Boise," a play in which Baldwin and Rosenberg were the intended targets. Baldwin drew a crowd of defenders, allowing Rosenberg to get open.

"Darryl took three guys with him," Rosenberg told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "Nobody was on me. I was shocked to be that open. I wanted to make sure I didn't drop it."

He didn't. Rosenberg was not touched until he reached the end zone, giving Solon (7-0, 1-0 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division) a 10-point advantage.

The Brunswick players were visibly upset with the officials following the game. The Blue Devils (5-2, 1-1 NOC Valley) were flagged for 10 penalties for 86 yards, but Brunswick coach Rich Nowak did not blame the refs for the loss.

"Officials are officials," Nowak told the Plain Dealer. "I'm not going to complain about the officials. The bottom line is, we just didn't do enough right. They made more plays than we did. But our guys played hard from start to finish, and I'm very proud of them for that."

K Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio – Basil booted a 28-yard field goal late in the first quarter, but the visiting Cavaliers fell 27-10 at Gallipolis Gallia Academy.

Austin Wilson led Gallia Academy (1-6, 1-3 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League South Division) with 248 total yards and two touchdowns. His yardage total was 10 better than the total offense posted by the Cavaliers. The junior started the scoring by returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. His other TD came on a 71-yard run. He finished with 130 yards rushing and 118 return yards.

Chillicothe (1-6, 0-3 SEOAL) never got any offensive traction and turned the ball over three times. The lone Cavalier touchdown came on their final drive.

It was Gallia Academy's first home victory since Oct. 10, 2008.

WR Corey Brown, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara – Brown became the latest OSU verbal to suffer an injury this season, but his Lions still cruised to a 13-0 victory over Philadelphia Roman Catholic.

Brown left the game with a right-knee injury in the fourth quarter, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Fortunately for O'Hara, Brown seemed to be alright. He was helped off the field by two teammates, but later returned to the sidelines with only a slight limp. The on-site doctor told the Daily News the injury "could be termed a strain for now."

Before the injury, Brown got O'Hara (6-0, 1-0 Philadelphia Catholic AAAA) on the board with 4-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Dan O'Hara later added a 2-yard score to set the final score.

Roman Catholic (2-4) fell to 2-4 and 1-1 in conference play.

LB David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian – Sixteen fourth-quarter points helped the Knights send Jupiter (Fla.) Christian south with a 37-25 loss.

Quarterback John Kincaid threw four touchdown passes in the victory, including two in the decisive fourth quarter. The Knights (6-1) built a 14-0 lead through the first quarter, but Jupiter Christian (5-1) responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter and trailed 14-13 at halftime.

Both teams traded third-quarter trips to the end zone before Charlotte Christian pulled away. Kincaid threw TD passes of 20, 51, 13 and 39 yards.

QB Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) NorthNick Linne made a rough homecoming week even more difficult for Wheaton North when his quarterback sneak from inside the 1-yard line gave Naperville Central a 26-23 overtime victory over the Falcons.

The loss came just days after head coach Joe Wardynski announced that Graham would not play again this season. He reaggravated a torn PCL in his knee last week against Wheaton Warrenville South, an injury he first suffered in the second week of the season against Lake Zurich. Graham played the following week against West Chicago before the injury was diagnosed but did not play again until last week. This is the second straight year in which Graham has seen his season end early. A broken ankle ended his junior campaign after just five weeks.

Graham completed 43 of 89 passes for 457 yards with no interceptions and three touchdown passes in four games this season.

"I feel terrible for him," Wardynski told the Daily Herald of suburban Chicago. "Hopefully, he can rehab and get healthy for his future."

Junior quarterback Reece Butler started for the Falcons against Naperville Central and nearly led his team to victory. Butler threw a pair of touchdown passes to Richard Finley, the latter of which gave the Falcons (3-4, 2-3 DuPage Valley) a 20-13 lead in the third quarter.

Linne led Naperville Central (6-1, 4-1) down the field for a game-tying touchdown drive, capped by his third TD throw of the night. He answered a Falcon field goal with a touchdown in overtime.

S/RB Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan – Hagan scored on a pair of short touchdown runs to help lead the Big Macs to a 41-26 victory against visiting Pittsburgh Baldwin.

After Baldwin (1-5, 1-1 Great Southern) jumped ahead with a 29-yard touchdown reception to Jordan Joyce from Nathan Reed, Hagan answered with a 1-yard touchdown plunge to tie the game. Baldwin answered, but Hagan then added a 6-yard touchdown. Both teams added touchdowns to make it 20-20 at halftime before the Big Macs (3-3, 1-1) broke through with 21 unanswered points in the second half. Included in those three touchdowns was a 40-yard interception return by Alex Schram, his second defensive score of the game.

DE Kenny Hayes (junior), Toledo Whitmer – Hayes the Whitmer defense had no trouble in a 38-0 whitewash of host Toledo Clay.

The Panthers (6-1, 3-1 Toledo City League) held Clay (4-3, 2-2) to just 12 yards passing and 40 yards rushing. Meanwhile, Whitmer got three touchdowns from Randall Kennedy, who ran for a 40-yard touchdown and threw two more. He connected with Tevin Boykin for a 74-yard strike and with Mike Pfaff for a 44-yard score.

WR James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic – Louis asked for an opportunity to make a play, and that's exactly what he did in the waning moments of Atlantic's 47-36 victory over previously unbeaten Park Vista.

The Eagles (3-2) had just taken the lead with a quick touchdown drive. Louis plays defense sparingly, but he asked Atlantic head coach Andre Thaddies to let him on the field when the Cobras took the ball.

"I told coach to put me in on defense and I'll make a play," Louis told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We knew it was going to be a game that came down to the last few minutes."

Thaddies let Louis on the field and the talented senior took care of the rest. Louis returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown with just 1:13 remaining to seal the victory.

It was a dramatic capper to a thrilling fourth quarter. Atlantic began the quarter with a 27-21 lead, which extended to 33-21 when Mark Leal found J'Rod Beard for an 18-yard touchdown pass on a crossing pattern with 7:06 remaining. Park Vista (4-1) answered with a pair of touchdowns to take the lead, the latter coming on a wild 96-yard score. Justin Davis had his pass tipped just beyond the line of scrimmage at the Park Vista 4, but Demaris Freeman caught the tipped ball in stride and raced past the Atlantic defense for a touchdown. The Cobras converted a two-point pass to make it 36-33 with 2:04 remaining.

It only took Leal two plays to answer. He found Ezekiel Turner for a 61-yard gain on the first play of the ensuing drive. The duo then hooked up again for a 4-yard touchdown with 1:26 remaining to make it 40-36 Atlantic.

That set up Louis' interception. Park Vista started the drive at the Atlantic 46 after a muffed kickoff, but Louis ended the threat.

LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The defending OHSAA Division I state championships won its 21st straight game by holding off host Warren Harding 10-7.

McVey and the Wildcat defense stopped Warren's final drive at the St. Ignatius 30 with just 11 seconds left. The Wildcats allowed only an Edward Killingworth caught a 19-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter. St. Ignatius (7-0) answered with Bobby Grebenc 3-yard TD run that capped a nine-play, 70-yard drive. Jesse Franklin booted a 38-yard field goal on St. Ignatius' next possession for the winning points.

Both teams combined for 500 yards of total offense, but neither had much to show for it.

Harding fell to 4-2-1 with the loss.

DE J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman, Ohio –Moore recorded eight tackles including three tackles for loss and two sacks as the Spartans earned a decisive 44-7 road victory.

The Polar Bears (0-7) got things going with a 25-play, 91-yard drive that took 10:48 and included 13 rushes for minus-2 yards, but it was all Boardman (5-2) from there.

"That was more than half their yards for the whole game," Moore told after the game. "That 25-play drive, it was incredible. We were tired and there were penalties and it was crazy. We got the job done after that."

OT Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson – Anderson trailed 14-13 shortly before halftime, but the Redskins responded with a late touchdown before the break the sparked an eventual 55-14 victory over host Loveland.

Anderson (7-0, 2-0 Fort Ancient Valley Buckeye Division) drove 76 yards in just four plays to take a 20-14 lead at halftime. Brandon Bornhauser capped the drive with a 33-yard touchdown run in which he zigged and zagged through the Loveland defense.

"The kids made plays that we had to make at that point," Anderson coach Jeff Giesting told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We were able to grab the momentum heading into halftime and it carried over into the second half."

The touchdown provided the first of 42 unanswered points for the Redskins. Even without Norwell, who is out for the season, Anderson's powerful offensive line eventually wore down the Tigers (4-3, 1-1).

Kyle Slater led the rushing attack with 198 yards on 21 carries. Bornhauser added 103 yards on just 10 carries.

RB/FS Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding – Smith scored two touchdowns, and the Hawks needed both in an 18-15 victory at Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.

Smith led the way in the victory with 213 yards rushing on 41 carries. His third-quarter touchdown helped the Hawks (5-3, 5-3 Summit Conference) take command with an 18-7 lead. Smith also scored on a 66-yard run in the first quarter.

Concordia Lutheran (3-5, 3-5) led 7-6 before Zac Haydock put Harding ahead for good with an 18-yard touchdown run.

LB/TE Jamel Turner, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy – Turner and the Fork Union defense held Richmond St. Christopher's to a pair of second-half touchdowns in a 37-13 rout.

Fork Union (5-1, 1-1 Prep League) was led by Andre Parker, who scored four touchdowns. He ran for 184 yards and scored on runs of 65, 5, 4 and 60 yards.

The Saints (3-3, 1-1) allowed 24 Fork Union points in the second quarter alone.

Turner finished with four solo tackles.

WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw – Ronald McCloud scored two touchdowns as the Cardinals defeated host Bedford 30-7.

McCloud caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and later added a 4-yard TD run to cap the scoring for Shaw (4-1-1, 2-0 Lake Erie Conference Erie Division).

Bedford (1-6, 1-1) scored its lone touchdown in the second quarter.

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