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. 16-18. All are seniors unless noted.

DE Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio – Baldwin and the Comets defense held host Nordonia scoreless for three quarters in a 42-7 victory in a Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division battle.

Solon (8-0, 3-0) got four touchdown runs by Kyle Hammonds to help build a 35-0 lead through the first three periods. Hammonds scored on runs of 16, 2, 10 and 4 yards. Quarterback Chris Humphrey added a 55-yard TD scamper and Jesse Circelli scored on a 5-yard run.

Nordonia fell to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in conference with the loss.

K Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio – Basil had a quiet night as Chillicothe was blanked by visiting Jackson.

The Cavaliers booted a successful onsides kick to start the game but could do nothing with the possession. Chillicothe quarterback Shay Netter threw an interception to end what would be the best scoring chance the Cavs would have.

Basil had a field goal blocked in the first quarter, and that miscue led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Jackson quarterback Kruize Wandling.

The Ironmen (7-1, 3-1 Southeast Ohio Athletic League South Division) built on the lead on another turnover when Wandling threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Haller following a Chillicothe fumble. The final touchdown came on a 36-yard run by Drew Ervin in the fourth quarter.

The Cavaliers are now 1-7 and 0-4 in conference.

WR Corey Brown, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara – In its second consecutive game played on a Sunday, O'Hara crushed winless Philadelphia Archbishop Ryan 56-0.

The Lions gashed Archbishop Ryan (0-7, 0-4 Philadelphia Catholic AAAA) via the rushing attack. Adam Dempsey scored on touchdown runs of 69, 12, 4 and 45 yards. O'Hara (7-0, 3-0) led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime.

Brown did not play after suffering a knee injury a week earlier.

LB David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian – Early defensive domination turned into a 20-3 loss for Charlotte Christian against visiting and unbeaten Charlotte Country Day.

The Knights' defense was in control for most of the first half, notching four sacks and holding the Bucs at bay. Country Day (8-0, 1-0 Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association) then used a 99-yard touchdown drive late in the first half to take a 10-3 lead into halftime. The drive was capped by a 15-yard touchdown reception by Miles Boardman from Morgan Roberts. A pair of Ben Rhyne field goals and another Roberts TD pass to Tate Bloomer proved to be too much for the Knights (6-2, 1-1 CISAA) to handle.

QB Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) North – With Graham on the sidelines for the rest of the season, backup Reece Butler kept Wheaton North's playoff hopes alive by throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds remaining to give the Falcons a 10-3 victory.

Butler found a leaping Ben Murrow in the back of the end zone to move Wheaton North back to the .500 mark at 4-4. The Falcons (3-3 DuPage Valley) now need a victory in their regular season finale to qualify for the Illinois High School Athletic Association playoffs.

"With 20 seconds left we needed to make a play," Murrow told the Daily Herald of suburban Chicago. "We went for it all, got it over the top and I went up and made a play."

Wheaton North built an early 3-0 lead when Steve Jones made a 37-yard field goal following a Naperville North interception. The Huskies (4-4, 2-4) answered with a 20-yard Ryan Corp field goal on the final play of the first half.

S/RB Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan – Illness ravaged the Big Macs before their game at Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon. Then the Blue Devils beat an undermanned Canon-McMillan squad 41-20.

Eighteen players were left at home because of illness, and two more stayed in the locker room as the game began. Included in those missing players was top rusher Mike Hull. That left Hagan to carry the rushing load. He finished with 77 yards on 16 carries.

Hagan scored the game's first touchdown, but the Blue Devils took control from there. Hagan was not around for the finish, sitting out the second half.

"The kids we had that were healthy practiced hard, but I've never, in 30 years, had a week quite like this," Canon-McMillan coach Gut Montecalvo told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Chad, he had a great effort in the first half, and he couldn't even get his breath because he was dealing with a bronchial infection. So, we kept him out (in the second half)."

Hagan capped a 74-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Big Macs (4-3, 2-1 Great Southern) a 7-0 lead. Mt. Lebanon (4-3, 2-1) responded by scoring 21 unanswered points to take the lead for good.

DE Kenny Hayes (junior), Toledo Whitmer – Hayes and the rest of Whitmer's smothering defense stood tall in a 14-7 victory over visiting Toledo Central Catholic in a key Toledo City League showdown.

Two big offensive plays by the Panthers (7-1, 4-1 TCL) was just enough for the victory, which gives Whitmer control of its own destiny in trying to win its first conference title since joining the City League in 2003.

"This is a really special win, not just for me, but for our players and our whole community," Whitmer coach – and Central Catholic grad – Joe Palka told the Toledo Blade. "We played lights-out on defense. We knew they'd be good on defense, and I didn't think 14 points would be enough, but obviously it was tonight."

Whitmer's first touchdown came on a 53-yard touchdown run by Teryl Mershon, w ho took a counter handoff to the right and rumbled to the end zone with 31.7 seconds left in the first quarter. With 2:27 left before halftime the Panthers struck again. Randall Kennedy tossed a 47-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tevin Boykin.

Those two players were all the Panthers needed because of its defense. When Boykin scored his touchdown, Central Catholic (6-1, 4-1) had only one first down and 10 yards of total offense. The Irish scored their lone touchdown late in the second quarter when Nate Hobbs caught a tipped pass while falling backwards in the end zone with 22.5 seconds left before halftime.

"Coach Palka told us to be physical and play hard throughout the whole game, and that's what we did," Hayes told the Toledo Blade. "This is a big win. It feels good to beat Central, but we still have to get better each week."

WR James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic – A 27-point third quarter outburst helped Atlantic pull away for a 55-13 road victory at Royal Palm Beach.

Louis scored two touchdowns and finished with five receptions for 83 yards. The Eagles (4-2) held a 21-6 lead at halftime before outscoring Royal Palm Beach (3-3) 27-7 in the third quarter.

Atlantic's aerial attack led the way to victory, outgaining Royal Palm Beach 332-115 through the air. Quarterback Mark Leal completed 14 of 18 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns.

LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius – In a battle that featured an Ohio State recruit taking on a Michigan counterpart, St. Ignatius remained unbeaten with a 49-20 victory over Inkster, Mich.

The Wildcats (8-0) quickly built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised from there.

McVey and the St. Ignatius defense held the Inkster offense at bay. U-M quarterback verbal Devin Gardner threw two touchdown passes for 71 and 21 yards, respectively, in a losing effort.

Inkster fell to 4-3 with the loss.

DE J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – The Spartans moved into a first place tie in the Federal League by routing visiting Canton GlenOak 26-0.

While Moore and the Boardman defense did its job in silencing the GlenOak offense, the Spartans' kickers helped the offense. Kicker Trevor Ragan scored more than half of Boardman's points, and punter Alex Meredith punted 12 times for 325 yards to help his team control the field-position battle.

"Anytime you shut someone out in the Federal League, it's a great accomplishment," Boardman coach D.J. Ogilvie told the Youngstown Vindicator.

Ragan contributed 14 points to Boardman's cause, making four field goals and two extra points. His field goals were from 25, 32, 43 and 25 yards, respectively.

The Spartans (6-2, 4-1) held a 16-2 advantage in first downs. GlenOak (6-2, 4-1) advanced beyond midfield just twice.

OT Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson – The Redskins continued to roll on even without Norwell, blasting Cincinnati Glen Este 44-11 in a Fort Ancient Valley Buckeye Division contest.

Anderson (8-0, 3-0) was led by quarterback Brandon Bornhauser, who completed 6 of 9 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed 12 times for 55 yards and another score and added two two-point conversion runs.

Glen Este fell to 4-4 and 1-2 in conference.

RB/FS Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding – Smith rushed for 152 yards with two touchdowns, but Harding lost its regular-season finale, 47-20, at Fort Wayne South Side.

South Side (8-1, 8-1 Summit Conference) rushed for 400 yards on the ground and finished with more than 500 yards of total offense. The Hawks (5-4, 5-4) trailed 33-6 at halftime and scored their final two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Harding will host Ossian Norwell (8-1) to begin the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs next week.

LB/TE Jamel Turner, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy – The Blue Devils fell to 6-2 with 28-0 loss at Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian.

Desmond Rice ran for three touchdowns for Liberty Christian (7-1). Quarterback Mike Rocco threw for another. The Bulldogs piled up 369 yards of total offense compared to just 118 for Fort Union.

Turner finished with four tackles.

WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw – Williams hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass in a 54-0 shellacking of visiting Lorain Southview.

Williams'score came in the third quarter to give Shaw (5-1-1, 3-0 Lake Erie Conference Erie Division) a 40-0 lead. The Saints (2-6, 0-3) fell behind 20-0 after the first quarter and never responded.

Ronald McCloud contributed two touchdowns, one coming on each side of the ball. He started the scoring onslaught with a 13-yard touchdown reception and later added a 30-yard interception return for a second-quarter score.

Southview did receive some good news before the game, earning their second victory when Cleveland Heights was forced to forfeit their win over the Saints.

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