Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Sept. 2-5. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales – In his first game after making his verbal commitment to Ohio State official, Ball scored four touchdowns in a 41-0 rout of host Maumee.

Ball scored on runs of 5, 7, 1 and 19 yards and rushed for 213 yards on 22 carries – average of nearly 10 yards per carry. Two of those scores came in the first half as the Stallions raced out to a 14-0 halftime lead and a 21-0 lead two minutes into the second half.

"Everything with Ohio State was right," Ball told the Toledo Blade after the game. "I thank God for the commitment and tonight I was able to make my reads and play hard."

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – Bennett and the Elk defense helped Centerville move to 2-0 on the young season with a 30-7 victory vs. visiting Mason.

The Elks held Mason to 126 yards of total offense, 75 of which coming on the ground. Conversely, Centerville rushed for 265 yards. Jake Carman led the ground attack with two touchdowns and 101 yards on 10 carries.

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – In a Mid-Suburban League crossover game, Fremd fell to Mt. Prospect Prospect on the road, 28-14.

Peter Bonahoom led the Knights to victory with 195 rushing yards, a pair of scores and an interception on defense. The loss dropped Fremd to 0-2 for the first time since 1990.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – Brown recorded a safety and helped led Firestone to a 44-19 victory at Canal Fulton Northwest.

Running back Cody Grice followed the blocking of Brown and the rest of the Firestone offensive line en route to three touchdowns and 124 yards rushing. Northwest's cause was hurt by three turnovers and minus-57 net yards rushing. That offset the 351 passing yards by Northwest quarterback Nick Riley.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – A 24-7 halftime deficit was too much to overcome for Kennedy in an eventual 38-21 loss at Copley.

Copley quarterback led the way with 330 passing yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Shawn Taylor caught six passes for 115 yards and two scores.

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – A 25-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Thompson to Frantz Augustine with 8:55 left in the fourth quarter sent Plantation to a 22-13 loss to Oakland Park Northeast.

Plantation (0-1) committed five turnovers and the fifth sealed the win for Northeast (1-0). Bryant Dubose halted the Colonels' final scoring chance with an interception with less than two minutes left on the clock.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – Elyria evened their record to 1-1 with a 10-6 win at North Olmsted. All of Elyria's points came in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Grissom and a 27-yard field goal by Bryce Ziegman.

Only a 28-yard touchdown pass from Marc Remy to Michael Gessner prevented Farris and the Pioneer defense from pitching a shutout. The defense still held North Olmstead to 135 yards of total offense.

Farris had one of three Pioneer interceptions on the night.

"We worked on the screens all week," Farris said told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram of his interception. "Coach said if you feel the lineman blocking you a little bit and lets you go, get back 'cause it's a screen. The tackle let me go and I took two steps back and saw the ball."

• DerJuan Grambell, CB, Toledo Rogers – at Sylvania Southview.

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – The annual Copper Kettle game went to visiting Carmel in a showdown of two of the top teams in Class 5A.

As has become the norm in the rivalry, nothing was decided until the final moments. Carmel broke a 14-14 tie with a 15-yard touchdown run by Devin Brinson with 4:28 remaining. Then the Trojans attempted to rally, driving into Carmel territory in the finals minutes before literally running out of time with the ball on the Greyhounds' 44-yard line.

The Trojans will probably wonder what could have happened on the go-ahead drive by Carmel in which the Greyhounds converted a third-and-6 with a 12-yard run by quarterback Scott Stilson. Hale watched that play on the sidelines while dealing with an equipment issue.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer –The Little Giants of Fremont Ross stood tall in beating visiting Whitmer 22-16.

A 55-yard touchdown pass from Ross quarterback Tyler Wolf to Skylar Reffner with 6:45 remaining proved to be the difference. Wolf, a sophomore, was making only his second varsity start. He completed 9 of 18 passes for 220 yards and had a hand in all three of Ross's scores – throwing for two of them and running for another.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – A costly late fumble sent Barron Collier to a 13-7 loss at Immokalee.

The Cougars had driving 84 yards on 11 plays to get a yard away from a possible game-winning score. Unfortunately for Barron Collier, a fumble on the goal line ended up in the hands of Immokalee's Kervins Clement and allowed the Indians to hold on for the victory.

"We worked very hard this week and ran the guys through some extra conditioning, and it showed at the end," Immokalee coach Jerrod Ackley told the Naples News. "They could have won the game there at the end, but our guys got the stop we needed."

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne and Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – One Miller shone while the other sat when the Warriors and Bulldogs met at Ohio Stadium.

Steve Miller and the McKinley defense dominated in a 26-0 win as part of the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic. Braxton Miller did not play because of a high ankle sprained suffered last week. It might have been for the best, as Wayne's offensive line struggled throughout. The Warriors managed only four first downs and 88 yards of offense against the stout Bulldogs' defense.

"We wanted to play him a lot," Steve Miller told the Canton Repository. "But as long as we got the win, that was good."

For more from the game, keep checking BuckeyeSports.com.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – Perry scored a first-quarter touchdown in host Olentangy's 42-13 win against the Pacers of Delaware Hayes.

Perry reached the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown on a blocked punt. The Braves led 28-13at halftime and cruised to victory behind a 115-yard, four-touchdown rushing performance by William Greathouse.

Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Smith's 45-yard touchdown pass from Brody Tonn in the fourth quarter capped a late rally and gave the Tigers a 28-27 victory against Canton GlenOak.

Smith caught eight passes for 117 yards scored twice. His second trip to the end zone helped Massillon avoid an 0-2 start and allowed the Tigers to battle back from what was a 27-14 deficit in the third quarter.

Smith was a part of a passing attack that outgained GlenOak's aerial attack 330-103. A big part of that was because of a nice bounce back by Tonn, who threw six interceptions a week earlier against Akron Buchtel.

"For him coming off not so good of a game last week, as seniors, me and (fellow receiver Justin Olack) needed to make plays for him," Smith told the Canton Repository.

GlenOak was led by Bri'onte Dunn, a junior who rushed for 320 yards on 39 carries and scored touchdowns of 78, 57 and 32 yards.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Spencer did a little of everything in the short amount of time he was on the field in a 56-0 blowout of Chicago Raby.

Spencer started the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown only 40 seconds into the first quarter. He then added a 19-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Steve Nelson to make the score 12-0 and later made it 24-0 on a 30-yard touchdown on an interception return.

He capped his night with a 48-yard punt return for a touchdown with 4:42 left in the first quarter.

"We executed like we had in practice and we knew if we executed we could put up a score like this," Spencer told the Chiacgo Daily Herald. "It was like however we could get them, we took them."

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – Tanner was held in check throughout the night in a 20-6 loss to Columbus St. Charles.

Tanner completed only 10 of 32 passes and was stopped for a loss five times on a night in which the Cardinals put pressure on the leader of the Warriors all night.

"Our defensive coordinator, Mike Malloy, did a great job of putting together a plan," St. Charles coach Jeff Pharion told the Columbus Dispatch. "We call it the money package. We had our ends contain (Tanner) on the rush, and the linebackers covered underneath."

Despite all the pressure brought on Tanner, the Warriors (0-2) still had chances to make it a game. Eastmoor was stopped on downs inside the Cardinals' 35-yard line three times.

Tanner scored Eastmoor's lone touchdown on a 1-yard QB keeper.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Shaker Heights managed only one offensive touchdown in a 48-14 loss to visiting Avon Lake.

After falling behind 28-0 in the second quarter, the Raiders (0-2) attempted to make it a game by scoring two touchdowns before halftime. The first came on an interception return and the second came on a 25-yard touchdown pass by Damon Haley to Derrick Burgess.

Avon Lake then sealed the win by scoring the final 20 points of the game in the second half.

Nick Vannett, TE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Host New Albany avenged a loss to the Warhawks last season with a 33-6 whipping.

Vannett had a quiet night, catching only a 5-yard pass on the first drive of the game. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Vannett had a special guest in the stands in the form of Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.

New Albany was led by running back Jordan Gallegos and fullback Alex Hake. Gallegos piled up 221 yards of offense and two touchdowns, while Hale added 148 yards and two trips to the end zone.


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