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. 30-31.

DE Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio – The Comets erased an early deficit and pulled away from visiting Strongsville for a 35-17 victory.

Solon finished the regular season unbeaten thanks in part to a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Tres Barksdale caught a 3-yard pass from Jake Voigt, and Kyle Hammonds added a 17-yard TD run. That helped the Comets (10-0, 5-0 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division) pull away after leading 21-17 after three quarters.

Strongsville (3-7, 2-3) actually led after the first quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Travis Bosanac. Despite a pair of touchdowns by Solon, the Mustangs stayed close throughout and only trailed 14-10 at halftime.

Solon earned a No. 2 seed in its Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I regional and will face seventh-seeded Euclid (6-4) in the first round on Saturday.

K Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio – Basil's high school football career came to an end with a 51-14 loss at undefeated Logan.

Basil made both of his extra-point attempts in a game that was overshadowed by the retirement of longtime Chillicothe head coach Bill Davidson following the loss. Davidson coached 337 games.

Chillicothe finished the season 1-8 with all eight losses coming after a 17-9 victory over Columbus Hamilton Township in the season opener.

WR Corey Brown, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara – Brown made sure the Lions put last week's last-season loss to St. Joseph's Prep in the past by scoring four touchdowns and piling up 305 yards of total offense in a 49-10 rout of host Philadelphia Father Judge.

Brown rushed for 157 yards and added 148 receiving with a touchdown run and three other trips to the end zone on receptions. His heroics ended a four-game losing streak against the Crusaders.

"We wanted to get one win against them," Brown told the Delaware County Times. "We were flat in the first half, but in the second half we executed, made our adjustments and played good."

Brown started the offensive onslaught with a 39-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter. He later added a 31-yard TD haul to start the second quarter scoring following an O'Hara interception.

"When we go (shotgun) double flex, (Judge) does a good job covering the receivers – jamming the receivers," Brown told the Times. "We adjusted and played really well."

O'Hara (8-1, 4-1 Philadelphia Catholic AAAA) led 21-10 at halftime, and Brown quickly extended that lead with a 72-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage after halftime.

"We ran an iso (formation) and (offensive tackle) Matt  Williams and the line created the hole and all I had to do was run," Brown told the Times of the TD run.

Brown later added a 56-yard touchdown reception to end his big night.

Father Judge fell to 4-5 (1-5 Philadelphia Catholic AAAA) with the loss. O'Hara finishes the regular season next week at Wyndmoor LaSalle.

LB David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian – Durham reached the end zone on a 9-yard run on offense in a 27-7 victory over visiting Charlotte Providence Day on Senior Night.

Durham's score came in the third quarter and extended the Knights' lead to 21-7. Charlotte Christian (8-2, 2-1 Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association) scored a touchdown in every quarter. The lone score for Providence Day (3-7) came in the third quarter.

Ty Linton ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback John Kincaid completed 15 of 26 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown.

The victory gave the Knights a share of the CISAA title.

QB Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) North – The Falcons advanced in the Illinois High School Association Class 7A playoffs with an upset victory, 17-13, against host Rockford Boylan.

Wheaton North (6-4), which barely made the playoffs without an injured Graham, won its first playoff game in seven seasons. Junior Reece Butler, who took over at quarterback when Graham saw his season end with a knee injury, completed 13 of 19 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons. Both of his TD passes were 25-yard strikes.

Boylan had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but a desperation pass from the Wheaton North 17 at the buzzer fell incomplete. The NIC-10 champions finished the season 9-1.

Wheaton North will face 8-2 Mt. Prospect in the second round.

S/RB Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan – The Big Macs had their postseason hopes dashed by McMurray Peters Township in a 41-21 road loss.

Peters Township quarterback Austin Hancock had a hand in five touchdowns to lead his team to victory. Hancock threw for two touchdowns, ran for two others and intercepted a Big Mac pass for yet another. Canon-McMillan (3-6, 2-3 Great Southern) needed a victory in order to finish fourth in its conference and earn a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.

Hagan was forced to leave the game early in the third quarter with an injured elbow. Before leaving, Hagan did contribute a 12-yard touchdown run to the Big Macs' cause.

Canon-McMillan was also without running back Michael Hull, who was forced to watch the game on crutches after suffering a leg contusion in practice leading up to the game. Hull is a Penn State verbal commit.

Peters Township (5-4, 1-4) moved above the .500 mark with the victory.

DE Ken Hayes (junior), Toledo Whitmer – The Panthers won their first City League championship with a 21-7 victory at Toledo Start.

Randall Kennedy led Whitmer (9-1, 6-1 Toledo City League) with a 130-yard rushing performance on 17 carries. Kennedy also scored two of the Panthers' touchdowns.

The Spartans (2-8, 2-5) led 7-0 on a 28-yard touchdown reception by Devon Price from Rob Giles in the first quarter. That led stood until the second half when Whitmer took command.

Whitmer qualified for the Division I playoffs as a No. 1 seed and will play Saturday against Canton McKinley and recent OSU verbal Steve Miller.

WR James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic – Louis opened the scoring against host Boca Raton with a 23-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, but the Eagles fell 34-27 in a key Division 8-6A showdown.

Louis caught six passes for 107 yards, but a big fourth quarter ruined Atlantic's chances of winning. Boca Raton (6-2, 3-0) outscored the Eagles (4-4, 1-2) 15-3 in the fourth quarter to erase a 24-19 deficit. Quarterback Eddie Sullivan rallied his team with two touchdown passes in the final 2:08.

The loss severely hampers the playoff aspirations of the Eagles, who were the preseason district favorite.

In addition to Louis, the game featured another Ohio State tie in Boca Raton head coach Keith Byars.

LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius –The Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated with a 28-0 victory at rival Lakewood St. Edward.

The St. Ignatius offense was balanced in the win. Bobby Grebenc rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns and caught another thrown by quarterback Mark Myers, who threw two TD strikes on 13-of-17 passes for 223 yards.

The Wildcats (10-0) led 14-0 at halftime and that was all they needed as McVey and the defense stymied St. Edward and its three quarterbacks. The Eagles needed the multiple signalcallers after losing starting quarterback Kevin Burke to injury earlier in the season.

St. Edward finished the season 4-6. St. Ignatius will face Youngstown Boardman (7-3) - and OSU commit J.T. Moore - in the first round of the Division I playoffs.

DE Steve Miller (junior), Canton (Ohio) McKinley – The Bulldogs punched their ticket to the OHSAA playoffs with a 35-21 win at Massillon Washington.

McKinley (6-4) slid into the final playoff spot in Division I, Region 2 by knocking off the Tigers in front of 15,555 at Fawcett Stadium. The hosts drove into McKinley territory on each of their nine offensive possessions but only managed three trips to the end zone.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs overcame an embarrassing loss to East Canton (Ohio) Hoover in which they blew a 32-point halftime lead. After that loss, McKinley defeated a pair of playoff teams in Youngstown Boardman and Washington.

Miller finished with a sack on defense.

McKinley will face Hayes and Toledo Whitmer in the first round of the playoffs next week.

DE J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – The Spartans rallied from a 21-7 deficit after three quarters to beat host Youngstown Austintown-Fitch 24-21 in overtime.

Boardman (7-3, 5-2 Federal League) punched its ticket to the playoffs after Trevor Ragan's 33-yard field goal in overtime was followed by a Tyler Blangero game-ending interception on Fitch's first offensive play in overtime.

The Spartans' rally began with a 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rob Boyd to Dayne Hammond. Following a Fitch punt, Boardman tied the game with a 69-yard strike from Boyd to Chase Hammond on the first play of the series with 1:55 left.

Boardman qualified for the Division I playoffs and will face McVey and Cleveland St. Ignatius on Saturday.

OT Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson – Despite losing Norwell in the middle of the campaign, Anderson still completed a perfect regular season. The Redskins cruised past host Harrison 53-37.

Quarterback Brandon Bornhauser led the Anderson attack with 215 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Kyle Slater added five carries for 108 yards and two more scores. Another rusher, Jake Nelson, also topped the century mark. Nelson finished with 114 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.

Anderson finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 mark. The Redskins also won the Fort Ancient Valley Buckeye Division title outright with a 5-0 record.

Harrison ended its season 5-5 with a 2-3 record in the FAV.

Anderson will host West Chester Lakota West (8-1) in the first round of the Division I playoffs on Saturday. Lakota West is led by OSU recruiting target Jordan Hicks.

RB/FS Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding – Smith's stellar high school career ended with a soggy 21-14 loss at Marion Eastbrook in a Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A sectional semifinal.

Smith was held to 78 yards on 25 carries and did not have a rush longer than 11 yards. Even so, Harding (6-5) still led 14-0 after an impressive first quarter. Eastbrook (11-0) rallied for three touchdowns in the second quarter, however, and neither team found enough footing to add any points in the second half.

"They had everybody in the box," Smith told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. "Field was messed up, so we really couldn't use our speed. Basically all they did was play good on this type of field."

LB/TE Jamel Turner, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy – The Blue Devils moved to 6-3 on the season with a 22-15 nonconference victory over Richmond Benedictine.

Andre Paker led the Fort Union attack with 174 yards rushing with a touchdown. The Blue Devils built a 14-3 lead before Benedictine (5-4) rallied with two second-half touchdowns. Even so, Fork Union held on for the victory.

WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw – Shaw's postseason hopes were dashed in a 16-0 loss at Euclid.

Shaw (6-2-1) entered the game ranked 11th in the computer poll and could not help its goal of reaching the playoff-bound top 10 by losing to the Panthers. After a scoreless first quarter, Euclid (6-4) took advantage of a failed fourth-down run on a fake punt deep in Shaw territory by reaching the end zone on a 25-yard flanker option pass from DeVante Jones to Seth Morgan.

The Cardinals threatened to tie the game later in the third quarter, driving to the Euclid 2-yard line before the Panthers stopped Shaw on downs.

Williams was held to no catches in his last game for Shaw.

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