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. 23-24. All are seniors unless noted.

DE Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio – The Solon defense helped the Comets remain unbeaten with a 38-7 thumping of Medina in a Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division battle.

Five different players scored touchdowns Solon (9-0, 4-0). Kyle Hammond got the scoring started with a 3-yard TD plunge. Juan Lemus caught a 5-yard scoring strike from Jake Voigt, who later added a 7-yard run for another score. Austin Hood and Christian Jackson also had runs to the end zone from 2 and 50 yards, respectively. Kevin Hicks added a 27-yard field goal.

The Battling Bees (4-5, 1-3) scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.

K Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio – Vincent Warren continued Chillicothe's struggles by handing the Cavaliers their eighth-straight loss, a 22-6 decision.

Basil did not find his way on the scoresheet. The Cavaliers (1-8, 0-5 Southeast Ohio Athletic League) scored only one touchdown, and Chillicothe did not convert the extra point.

It was a close game for a half, with Warren holding a 7-0 lead after a 65-yard punt return with less than three minutes before the break. Warren added another touchdown to make it 14-0 in the third quarter, but the Cavs answered. Casey Oates scored on a 12-yard run.

The Warriors (7-2, 2-1) then capped the scoring with their second special teams touchdown. Oates, who also punts for the Cavaliers, fumbled the ball and Warren recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. The Warriors added a two-point conversion to set the final score.

WR Corey Brown, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara – Brown caught a go-ahead 20-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, but the Lions could not hold on in an eventual 21-14 loss to fellow Philadelphia Catholic League power Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep.

A botched punt attempted helped O'Hara (7-1, 3-1 Philadelphia Catholic AAAA) take the lead. The Lions took the ball at Prep's 27-yard line and quickly made the Hawks (6-1, 4-0) pay. Brown caught a fade pass from Ryan Laughlin in the right corner of the end zone, and Mike Granata's extra-point conversion put O'Hara ahead 14-13.

Prep began its game-winning drive with 1:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg, a sophomore and verbal commit to Stanford, completed four passes for 79 yards during the march and capped the drive with a 35-yard TD pass to Pete Hurley with 30 seconds left on the clock.

The Lions did attempt to rally, driving to the Prep 17 in the final seconds before Laughlin was hit as he throw on the last play of the game. The ball fell harmlessly to the turf.

Brown, who was coming off a strained knee injury, rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries.

LB David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian – Durham's 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Knights a 21-14 victory at Raleigh Ravenscroft.

Charlotte Christian (7-2) jumped out to a 14-0 first-half lead behind a pair of Jake Watson touchdown passes. The first went to Matthias Farley on a 64-yard strike. The second was a 12-yard pass to Josh Orsino. Watson got the start in place of John Kincaid, who missed the game with the flu.

Ravenscroft (6-4) answered with the next two scores to tie the game, but Durham led the Knights to victory with his short touchdown run.

QB Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) North – The Falcons are playoff bound thanks to a dramatic 20-19 victory over visiting Lombard Glenbard East.

The two teams both needed a win in the regular season finale to qualify for the Illinois High School Association playoffs. Wheaton North (5-4, 4-3 DuPage Valley) earned the victory when its defense stopped Glenbard East on a two-point conversion pass. The Falcons opened the second overtime with a 3-yard Mekael Wesley touchdown run, but the Rams (4-5, 2-5) answered with a 3-yard scoring run by quarterback Jack Merrithey. Glenbard East head coach Dennis Lueck chose to go for the win, but Merrithey's pass was stopped short of the goal line by Falcon defender Ryan Coleman.

The Rams, who have not been to the playoffs since 1999, led 13-3 before the Falcons rallied late. Wheaton North quarterback Reece Butler threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Richard Finley to make it 13-10 with 3:43 left, and Steve Jones booted a 27-yard field goal in the final seconds of regulation to tie the game.

Both teams missed field goals in the first overtime to set up the dramatic finish.

S/RB Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan – A pair of Nick Kwiatkoski touchdowns broke a 17-17 tie and sent the Big Macs to a 38-24 loss to Bethel Park on Senior Night.

Kwiatkoski scored on a 3-yard pass from Matt Bliss and added a 2-yard TD run to push the Black Hawks (7-1, 4-0 Great Southern) to victory. Kwiatkowski also added a 90-yard kickoff return for a first-quarter touchdown.

Hagan ran for a 74-yard touchdown in the losing effort for Canon-McMillan (3-5, 2-2 Great Southern). His touchdown made the score 14-10 in the second quarter.

DE Kenny Hayes (junior), Toledo Whitmer – Hayes and the Whitmer defense held Toledo Bowsher in check in a 64-13 Toledo City League rout on the Panthers' Senior Night.

Quarterback Joe Missler completed eight of 12 passes for 151 yards. The Panthers (8-1, 5-1) also got a 50-yard touchdown reception from Teryl Mershon, who also scored on an 8-yard run that helped Whitmer take a 43-0 halftime lead.

Leonard Brown and Alonzo Lucas scored touchdowns for Bowsher (3-6, 3-3).

WR James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic – Louis caught four passes for 33 yards, but Atlantic fell in overtime, 34-27, at Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge.

Seminole Ridge cornerback Jarryd Klaffka intercepted a Mark Leal pass to secure the victory, which gives the Hawks (5-2, 2-1 District 8-6A) control of their playoff destiny. Atlantic (4-3, 1-1) is tied with Park Vista for second place in the district, and the playoff berth that goes to the runner-up.

After Seminole Ridge began overtime with an Aaron Arndt touchdown, Leal's pass – intended for Louis – was tipped into Klaffka's hands. It was Leal's first interception in 150 attempts.

Atlantic led only once when Leal found Ezekiel Turner for a 61-yard touchdown pass 13 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Leal completed 18 of 25 passes for 259 yards. Turner caught three touchdown passes for 15, 19 and 61 yards.

Louis also added one rush for four yards.

LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius – Turnovers were the key in St. Ignatius' 30-21 victory over Cincinnati St. Xavier in front of more than 5,200 fans at John Carroll University's Don Shula Stadium.

The Wildcats (9-0) forced four turnovers in the victory and scored 12 points off those miscues. Nonetheless, St. X (7-2) responded after falling behind 16-7 midway through the third quarter when Luke Massa connected with Jeff Kraemer for a 17-yard touchdown pass to help make it 16-14. St. Ignatius responded with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mark Myers to David Joseph, and despite a late St. X touchdown, the Bombers never seriously threatened again.

Rushing yards were hard to come by. The Wildcats were outgained 95-47 on the ground, but only 31 of the Bombers' total came in the second half. McVey had a lot to do with that, as the Wildcats made a halftime adjustment to allow McVey to better affect the Bombers.

"Scott was coming from more like a safety position in the second half but the other guys also responded well when we called a blitz," St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

DE J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – Boardman's playoff hopes took a hit in a 28-10 loss at Canton McKinley.

Elijah Farrakhan and Angelo Powell both scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to victory. Farrakhan had TD runs of 6 and 13 yards and finished with 11 carries for 82 yards. Powell caught three Kyle Ohradzansky passes for 104 yards.

Boardman's lone touchdown came on a 90-yard interception return by Dayne Hammond. Trevor Ragan also added a 25-yard field goal. Hammond caught 10 passes for 121 yards.

The Spartans had been averaging more than 31 poitns per game but were held to a season low 10 points despite gaining 341 yards of total offense.

OT Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson – Senior Night was a success for the Redskins, who clinched at least a share of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division title with a 63-21 win against Milford.

Even without injured Norwell, the Anderson offense has continued to dominate opponents. Quarterback Brandon Bornhauser had a career-best 248 rushing yards on 15 carries with a whopping six touchdowns. Anderson (9-0, 4-0 FAV Buckeye) rushed for 526 yards as a team.

The Redskins can clinch the divison title outright next week with a win at Harrison.

Milford fell to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in conference.

RB/FS Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding – Smith rushed for 274 yards and four touchdowns to lead Harding to a 28-21 victory over Ossian Norwell in the opening round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs.

Smith and Norwell rusher Klay Fiechter put on a show, combining for 574 rushing yards and seven trips to the end zone. Smith ran out of the Wildcat formation for much of the game. The Hawks (6-4) used it in a game for the first time this season.

"We call that the Gator formation because I don't want to call it the wildcat, and I am a Florida Gator fan," Harding coach Sherwood Haydock told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. "We saved that as much as we could all year. When we knew the weather was going to be a little bit bad, we said definitely we aren't going to throw the ball, so let's do that."

"We did it last year, but it didn't work real well," Smith said of the formation. "We have been saving it for the playoffs, and I couldn't wait to get out here and do it. It could have been my last game. I just wanted to come out here and give my team all I got."

Smith scored on runs of 54, 2, 51 and 37 yards. He moved into the top 10 on Indiana's all-time rushing list. He ranks ninth with 6,542 yards.

Norwell led 13-12 at halftime, but Smith gave the Hawks a 28-13 lead with a pair of second-half scores.

The No. 13 Hawks will face No. 4 Eastbrook (10-0) next week in the second round of the sectional tournament.

Norwell finished 8-2.

LB/TE Jamel Turner, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy – Fork Union could not hold onto its 20-3 first-quarter lead in a 38-34 loss to Richmond Collegiate.

Collegiate (6-1, 1-1 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Prep League) scored four unanswered touchdowns to storm back. Even so, Fork Union (5-3, 2-2) rallied for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to take a 34-31 lead before Alex Newsome caught a 29-yard game-winning touchdown pass from Jake McGee.

WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw – Williams caught three touchdown passes in Shaw's 48-6 Senior Night victory over Warrensville Heights.

Williams scored on passes of 86, 77 and 15 yards in the rout. Those TD receptions were his only catches on the night. Shaw quarterback Robert Small completed eight of 12 passes for 290 yards and five scores.

Williams started the scoring in the first quarter with the 86-yard trek to the end zone and Shaw (6-1-1, 4-0 Lake Erie Conference Erie Division) built a 30-0 lead by halftime. Warrensville Heights (4-5, 2-1) scored its lone touchdown when Shaw lost a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

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