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 Nov. 20-21.

DE Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio – Solon's season ended in a heartbreaking fashion. The Comets roared back from a 28-7 halftime deficit against Cleveland Glenville, only to fall 28-27 in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I, Region 1 final at Byers Field in Parma.

Solon (12-1) scored first on a 17-yard touchdown run by Christian Jackson, but Glenville answered with 28 unanswered by the break.

"We told our kids at halftime we were here to play 13 games, not 121/2 games," Solon head coach

Jim McQuaide told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "I congratulate Glenville but I give our guys a ton of credit, too."

The Comets held Glenville to 48 total yards in the second half and cut into the deficit with touchdown runs by Jackson and Chris Humphrey on runs of 2 and 3 yards, respectively. Solon looked set to tie the game later in the fourth quarter when Humphrey reached the end zone again on a 4-yard burst, but Glenville senior Jayrone Elliott then made the play of the game by blocking Kevin Hicks' extra-point attempt.

"It was a low kick and I saw it coming," Elliott told the Plain Dealer. "I put my hands up and [the ball] hit my helmet."

Glenville was led by quarterback Cardale Jones, who completed 8 of 15 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. The Tarblooders largely had Shane Wynn to thank for the early lead. The speedster who holds a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes hauled in three touchdown passes of 4, 48 and 33 yards. The latter came on a play in which it appeared Hicks had come up with the ball.

"I jumped up and basically stole it right out of his hands," Wynn told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "We went into the locker room with a 28-7 lead, but we made way too many mistakes and missed assignments in the second half. You can't have those and expect to win."

Solon was without star running back Kyle Hammonds, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle.

The Tarblooders (12-1) will face Massillon Washington next week in the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium next week in the state semifinals.

LB David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian – Durham's prep career came to a disappointing end in a 31-10 blowout loss to Charlotte Latin in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 3A championship. The third time was the charm for the Hawks, who avenged their 2008 state title loss to the Knights as well as a 38-35 defeat this season.

"This is always sweet," Latin coach Larry McNulty told Charlotte Observer. "These kids are fantastic to work with, and the only bad thing is that there are no more games, and we don't have practice tomorrow.

"We don't talk about revenge. That is not what we are about here. But it is nice to get the team that beat you in the regular season. These kids have really worked hard this week, and it showed out there tonight."

The Hawks put the first points on the board with a 21-yard field goal by Sam Myers, but Wes Medeiros booted a 22-yard kick to send the game into halftime tied 3-3. After the break, Latin took command. Latin scored touchdowns on each of their three possessions in the period. Fullback Chase Carbone started the onslaught with a 2-yard run. Running back Jalen Ross then added a pair of scores on TD runs of 48 and 17 yards.

"The first thing that I have got to do is thank my fullback, Chase Carbone," Ross told the Observer. "We worked on that play in the first half, but in the second half, he really opened up some holes for me. It wasn't working in the first half, but in that second half we popped it for some big runs."

The Knights attempted to rally in the fourth quarter. John Kincaid threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Matthias Farley that cut the lead to 24-10. Unfortunately for Christian, Latin ended any hopes of a comeback with a 2-yard touchdown run by Thomas Armstrong that was set up by a blocked punt.

DE Steve Miller (junior), Canton (Ohio) McKinley – McKinley's postseason run ended at the hands of its archrival Massillon Washington in the OHSAA Division I, Region 2 final at InfoCision Stadium in Akron. The Tigers outlasted the Bulldogs 10-7.

Miller and the Bulldog defense played well, but the Tigers found just enough offense to advance to the state semifinals. The game was a back-and-forth affair that was not decided until Massillon's Tyler Miller intercepted a pass with 33 seconds left on the clock.

"It was a thriller," Massillon quarterback Robert Partridge told the Canton Repository.

The Massillon defense stood tall in the second half. While Miller and the Bulldogs held the Tigers off the scoreboard after halftime, Massillon stopped three McKinley drives deep in Tiger territory. Massillon's Miller intercepted two passes, and Ryan Skelly blocked a field goal.

"It is very disappointing,"McKinley coach Ron Johnson told the Repository. "We put ourselves in position, making plays to get into the scoring zone, and we just didn't finish."

The Bulldogs (8-5), winners of their previous four games, were facing a 10-0 deficit near halftime before quarterback Kyle Ohrazansky connected with Angelo Powell for an 8-yard scoring strike with only eight seconds left in the second quarter. Massillon (10-3) will face Glenville next week.

OT Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson – Anderson's best season in Division I ended with a 28-21 loss to state power Cincinnati Elder in the OHSAA Division I, Region 4 final at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.

The Panthers built a 21-0 lead and led 21-7 at halftime, but the Redskins (12-1) did not quit. Anderson reached the end zone twice in the second half but fell short. Elder iced the victory when defensive back Alex Taylor intercepted a Brandon Bornhauser pass with just over a minute left at the Redskins' 35-yard line.

Anderson's powerful running attack, while did not suffer this season despite losing Norwell to injury in September, piled up 358 yards in the first half. However, four turnovers kept the Redskins from finishing with more than seven points at the break.

The Redskins also lost standout running back Kyle Slater in the first half with a separated shoulder. He finished with 20 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Mark Miller led Elder's attacking, throwing four touchdown passes. Tim O'Connor caught two of the scores, while Alex Welch and Selby Chidemo each nabbed one apiece. Miller completed 18 of 25 passes for 203 yards.

Elder (10-2) will face Hilliard Davidson (11-1) in the state semifinals next week.

The following OSU verbal commits have finished their seasons: K Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio; RB/WR/CB Corey Brown, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara; QB Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) North; S/RB Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan; DE Ken Hayes (junior), Toledo Whitmer; WR James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic; LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius; DE J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman; RB/FS Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding; LB/TE Jamel Turner, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy; WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw.

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