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 Aug. 26-28. All are seniors unless noted.

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – Bennett recorded a sack as the visiting Elks opened their 2010 season with a 42-6 victory at West Chester Lakota West.

Centerville had little trouble with the Thunderhawks, building a 28-0 lead by halftime and cruising the rest of the way. Senior quarterback Jon Overstreet rushed for two first-half touchdowns, and Bennett and the Elk defense forced three turnovers.

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – Bobek's season opener was overshadowed by a furious rally in a 20-10 victory by host Lake Zurch.

With a roster featuring plenty of size, Fremd was expected to wear down the Bears, but Lake Zurich scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes to stun the Vikings.

Bobek and the rest of the offensive line battled all night to try to win the war in the trenches. The line found enough push to allow running back Justin Wallace to rush for 107 yards on 31 carries.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – The season did not get off to a good start for Brown and Firestone, 31-7 losers at Twinsburg.

Twinsburg opened the game with a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and that led to a disappointing night for Falcons head coach Tom Flossie.

"We stunk," he told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "They are really good, and we played (really awful). We didn't block anybody, and they did. We just have to regroup. We have no excuse."

The Falcons' lone points came in the fourth quarter when Kevin Gladney caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Stefan Willis.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – Kennedy opened the season with a narrow 21-20 victory at Bedford St. Peter Chanel.

The Eagles led 8-6 after the first quarter and 15-14 at halftime. Both teams scored six points in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. Individual stats were not available.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – Plantation attempted a furious fourth-quarter rally, but it fell just short in a 22-15 loss to Boyd Anderson in the BCAA Preseason Classic.

The Colonels scored a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes and had one final chance late, reaching the Boyd Anderson 14 before Cobras cornerback Justin McDonald broke up a fourth-down pass as time expired.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – Amherst Steele quarterback Brendan Hosier spoiled Farris' season opener by throwing three touchdown passes in a 27-20 win.

Hosier threw TD passes of 56, 5 and 9 yards to lead the visiting Comets to victory. Elyria attempted to rally from a 20-0 halftime deficit with 20 fourth-quarter points, but Hosier's last touchdown pass – a 9-yard strike in the final minutes – preserved the victory for Amherst Steele.

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers – The Rams opened their 2010 campaign with a 25-14 at Whitehouse Anthony Wayne.

Senior wide receiver Damond Powell led Rogers to victory, scoring three touchdowns and recording 273 yards of total offense. Gambrell and the Ram defense did its job by stopping Anthony Wayne twice on fourth down in the fourth quarter.

Gambrell also alternated at quarterback for Rogers. He completed all four passes he threw for 98 yards and a pair of scores, both caught by Powell.

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – In a showdown between ranked Class 5A teams, Center Grove beat host Indianapolis Pike 16-8.

The Trojans (2-0) overcame an early safety and held the Red Devils (1-1) to 249 yards of offense, more impressive if you take out an 80-yard scoring drive by Pike to start the second half.

"If we pretty much all do our jobs out there, we're a tough defense," Center Grove cornerback Nick Stoner told the Indianapolis Star. "We just want to go out there and get the momentum back."

Center Grove dominated the line of scrimmage, outgaining Pike 348-156 on the ground.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – Tiffin Columbian provided little resistance for Whitmer and Hayes' defense, as the Panthers drilled visiting Tiffin Columbian 35-6.

Hayes helped disrupt the Columbian offense throughout the night while battling a double team. Jody Webb and Tre Sterritt scored a pair of touchdowns each for Whitmer.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – Heuerman and his offense was held in check in a 23-2 loss vs. South Fort Myers.

While Heuerman was silenced on offense, he excelled in other ways. He recorded a sack, forced a fumble and also returned a kickoff 20 yards. The only Barron Collier points came on a Jake Berman sack in the end zone for a safety.

The game was played on Saturday after being postponed because of heavy rain and lightning Friday night. It was originally scheduled to be played at South Fort Myers but was moved to Barron Collier because of the weather.

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Miller excelled in front of a national television audience, but it was still not enough in a season-opening 35-28 loss to Cincinnati Moeller in a game played at Cincinnati St. Xavier as part of the Crosstown Showdown.

Miller rushed for 212 yards and three first-half touchdowns, but Moeller running back Tucker Skove stole the show. He scored five touchdowns, including a final 1-yard score that broke a 28-28 tie with only 5 seconds remaining.

Miller rushed for scores of 75, 31 and 27 yards. He led the Warriors to leads of 21-7 and 28-14 before Moeller rallied.

Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – Miller and the Bulldogs were not very hospitable when Gallatin, Tenn., visited Fawcett Stadium. McKinley crushed the Green Wave 32-14.

The Bulldogs outgained Gallatin 478-157 and held the Green Wave to only 45 rushing yards. Miller even lined up at tight end on occasion on offense.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – In a crosstown rivalry game to open the season, Olentangy earned a 27-7 victory.

The Braves defense helped lead the way. The unit sacked Orange quarterbacks Jared Leet and Daniel Bull a combined six times and forced two fumbles that led to touchdowns.

Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Smith impressed, catching seven passes for 144 yards, but that was not enough to save the Tigers from a disappointing season-opening 29-13 loss to visiting Akron Buchtel at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

Smith provided more than half of Massillon's 211 yards of passing offense, but the Griffins held the Tigers to only 84 rushing yards. Conversely, Buchtel rushed for 212 yards. The Griffins defense also recorded seven turnovers (six coming on interceptions), four sacks and fumble.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Spencer reached the end zone twice in a 45-0 drubbing of visiting Skokie Niles West.

Spencer caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Chris Argianas and rushed for another 25-yard score. The Cougars had their way with the Wolves, scoring on their first seven possessions and holding Niles West to only 27 first-half yards.

Ron Tanner, S, Columbus Eastmoor – Tanner threw three touchdown passes on offense, but the Warriors' defense failed to stifle Columbus Northland in a 25-19 overtime loss.

Tanner threw TD passes of 45, 9 and 4 yards, but it wasn't enough. After Tanner sent the game into overtime with two touchdown passes, Jerrell Jones scored the eventual gamewinner on a 20-yard run on the first play of overtime.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Underwood's senior season did not begin as he hoped, as host Solon blanked Shaker Heights 35-0.

Kyle Hammonds led the way for Darryl Baldwin's old team, rushing for touchdowns of 9 and 1 yard. Solon scored all of its points in the first half.

Nick Vannett, TE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Vannett caught a touchdown pass as the Warhawks built a 20-0 lead, but host Sunbury Big Walnut rallied for a 28-26 win.

Vannett's 10-yard score gave Westerville Central a 13-0 lead that grew by six more by halftime. Unfortunately for the Warhawks, the Golden Eagles scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and two more in the fourth to pull off the big rally.

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