Friday Night Lights

BuckeyeSports.com
Posted Oct 11, 2010


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 Oct. 8-9. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball (junior), RB, Columbus DeSales and Kyle Kalis, OT, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward – Visiting St. Edward remained unbeaten with a 62-0 whitewash of DeSales.

Kalis and the offensive line opened holes for Reggie Terrell, who ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns. St. Edward (7-0) rushed for 378 yards as a team.

DeSales (4-3) was held to 144 yards of total offense.

Michael Bennett, DT, Centerville, Ohio – A day after Bennett was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Centerville fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-21 loss to Clayton Northmont in double overtime.

A 24-yard field goal by Logan Murphy lifted the T-Bolts (5-2, 2-0 GWOC Central) to an upset victory. Centerville (5-1, 2-0) forced four turnovers, but could not hold a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter. The Elks even looked to be in good shape in the first overtime, starting on defense and forcing a third-and-23 from the 33-yard line. However, Northmont quarterback Cameron Belton completed a touchdown pass to Jamal Trammel between two defenders.

Centerville answered with a touchdown to tie the game, but struggled in the second overtime. Starting on offense, the Elks failed to move the ball and a 43-yard field goal by Chris Kuzma went low and wide. Northmont then earned the win with Murphy’s boot.

Brian Bobek, C, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd – Bobek and the Fremd offensive line kept freshman quarterback Sam Beutler upright and that helped Beutler lead the Vikings to a 17-16 win at rival Palatine.

Beutler threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Diegel and then added a two-point conversion to provide the winning points. The final score capped an impressive rally. Fremd (3-4, 2-1 Mid-Suburban West) trailed 14-3 before rallying with a pair of touchdowns to take a 17-14 lead with 11:25 left in the fourth quarter. Palatine (4-3, 2-1) did not score again, and Fremd set the final score by taking a safety with 27 seconds left.

Tommy Brown, OT, Akron Firestone – Firestone dominated both sides of the line scrimmage and cruised to a 45-6 win at Akron Ellet in a City Series contest.

Cody Grice led Firestone (4-3, 2-1) with 209 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Darren McGinnis added two more touchdowns and 114 yards on only six carries. Firestone outgained Ellet (2-5, 2-2) 548-106. The Falcons rushed for 467 yards.

Chris Carter, OG, Cleveland John F. Kennedy – Two touchdown passes by Tevin Griffin led host Cleveland John Adams past Kennedy in Senate League play.

Griffin threw touchdown passes of 47 and 50 yards, both coming in the third quarter. Quarterback Antonio Howard led Kennedy (4-3, 3-2) completed 17 of 24 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Griffin completed 11 of 20 passes for 181 yards in leading John Adams (2-5, 2-2).

Jeremy Cash, S, Plantation, Fla. – Plantation remained winless with a disheartening 21-20 loss at Davie Western.

The Colonels (0-5, 0-2 District 10-6A) lost because of a missed extra point. Immoni Carswell scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but the point after attempt failed, allowing the Wildcats (3-2, 1-0) to escape with the victory.

Bri’onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Dunn scored two touchdowns in a 34-13 loss at Uniontown Lake.

Dunn scored on a 1-yard and 6-yard touchdown run to give GlenOak (4-3, 2-2 Federal League) a 13-0 lead, but after those scores Lake (5-2, 3-2) took command. Zach Gazdacko rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Blue Streaks. He finished with 97 yards on 17 carries.

Dunn finished with 183 yards on 37 carries.

Chase Farris, DT, Elyria, Ohio – The Pioneers remained undefeated in conference play with a 27-17 win at Hudson in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division play.

Elyria (3-4, 2-0) was led by its defense, which held Hudson (1-6, 1-1) to 184 yards of total offense and only two first downs after halftime. Elyria started the scoring when it pooch kicked to start the game and recovered the loose ball. The Pioneers took advantage when Keon Nealy scored on a 10-yard run.

The game featured four onside kicks, three by Hudson.

DerJuan Gambrell, CB, Toledo Rogers – Gambrell sparked Rogers to a 36-6 rout of host Toledo Waite in a Toledo City League game.

Gambrell, who had been sidelined for four weeks with a knee injury, made an immediate impact upon his return to the field. The first time he touched the ball on offense he raced to an 80-yard touchdown, giving Rogers (3-3, 2-1) a 6-0 lead.

“It was hard not helping my team, seeing them taking losses and watching from the sideline,” Gambrell told the Toledo Blade. “We had been planning (that play) all week.”

“Coach (Rick) Rios told me he was going to get me back in action real quick, and the first play I took it 80 yards. I got good blocking on the perimeter, hit the sideline, and turned on the speed. I loved it. I couldn't wait to celebrate with my teammates.”

Gambrell added a second touchdown the second time he touched the ball. This time he took an 8-yard run up the middle to the end zone early in the second quarter. He did not play any defense and finished with four carries for 90 yards.

Waite (2-5, 2-2) was held to 121.

Joel Hale, DT, Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove – Center Grove (7-1, 5-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) crushed Indianapolis North Central, 47-14, in a game played at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

North Central fell to 1-7 and 1-5 in conference. No individual stats were available.

Ken Hayes, DE, Toledo Whitmer – Hayes and the Panthers defense pitched a shutout, as Whitmer blanked Oregon Clay 35-0.

The Panthers (6-1, 3-1 Toledo City League) rushed for 302 yards and were led by Tre Sterritt, who finished with 103 yards and two scores. Clay fell to 3-4 (1-3 TCL).

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier – A key fourth-down conversion helped Barron Collier remain unbeaten in District 12-3A. The Cougars beat visiting Fort Myers Cypress Lake 28-19.

The Cougars had already failed on three fourth-down attempts, but the fourth was the charm. Leading by two, Barron Collier (5-1, 3-0) went for it on a fourth-and-1 at the Cypress Lake 11-yard line. Quarterback Julio Gomez was hit in the backfield but found his way upfield and got the first down by inches. Two plays later, Travis Weber scored a touchdown to seal the victory.

Heuerman caught only one pass, but it went for a 40-yard touchdown. Barron Collier built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, but Cypress Lake (1-4, 0-2) made it a game by scoring 19 unanswered.

Braxton Miller, QB, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Wayne bounced back from its loss to Springfield and Trey DePriest a week earlier with a 46-16 rout of visiting Beavercreek in GWOC Central play.

No statistics were available. Wayne (4-3, 1-1) next plays Bennett and Centerville in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.

Steve Miller, DE, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – The Bulldogs outgained visiting Massillon Perry 510-269 and beat the Panthers 35-21 in Federal League action.

McKinley (5-2, 3-2) was led by quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky, who threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Tarone Montgomery was Ohradzanky’s top target, hauling in five receptions for 127 yards with two touchdowns.

Jon Miller led Perry (5-2, 2-2) with 124 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Josh Perry (junior), OLB/RB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy –Visiting Dublin Jerome broke a 14-14 tie with a pair of Donovan Wilson 1-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter and cruised to a 49-21 victory.

Two short touchdown runs by William Greathouse in the first half gave Olentangy (4-3, 2-2 OCC Cardinal) a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but Wilson sparked the Celtics (4-3, 2-2) by scoring three straight touchdowns. Wilson finished with five touchdown runs of 65, 1, 1, 42 and 29 yards and ran for 205 yards on 19 carries.

Devin Smith, WR, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Smith caught a 76-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and the host Tigers went on to defeat previously unbeaten Steubenville, 28-7.

Smith caught four passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Smith’s second score came on a 36-yard pass from Kyle Kempt. Kempt completed 10 of 18 passes for 130 yards. Kentrell Taylor led the rushing attack with 99 yards on 20 carries.

Massillon (6-1) forced six turnovers. Steubenville fell to 6-1 with the loss.

Evan Spencer, WR, Vernon Hills, Ill. – Spencer did not play, but the Cougars kept their scoreless streak alive with a sloppy 20-0 victory at Fox Lake Grant.

Vernon Hills (7-0, 5-0 North Suburban Prairie) was held to 5 yards of total offense. Spencer’s absence had something to do with that. He missed the game because of a lower muscle strain. The Cougars’ other top recruit, Notre Dame verbal DaVaros Daniels, returned a punt 85-yards for a touchdown.

Fox Lake Grant (3-4, 2-2) was held to 128 yards and committed seven turnovers.

Ron Tanner, S/QB, Columbus Eastmoor – Tanner completed five of 18 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in a 21-20 win at Walnut Ridge.

Tanner’s touchdown pass, a 12-yard strike to Jalen Crosby, came in the second quarter and sent the game into halftime 14-14. Eastmoor (4-2, 4-0 City South) earned the win thanks to a controversial two-point conversion call in the final minutes. After Walnut Ridge (5-2, 2-2) scored on a 4-yard touchdown run by Josh Woods, the Scots went for a two-point conversion that would win the game. Quarterback Fred Hardgrove completed the conversion attempt, thrilling the homecoming crowd, but as the celebration began the referees started to confer. They ruled the Hardgrove went past the line of scrimmage, negative the conversion and causing a loss of down.

Eastmoor then recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the final 26.2 seconds on the clock to retain the Victory Bell trophy for the sixth time in a row.

Antonio Underwood, OG, Shaker Heights, Ohio – Chuck Bradford’s 2-yard touchdown run in overtime sent Euclid to a 20-14 win against Shaker Heights.

Euclid (2-5) was led by Bradford, who rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries. The Raiders (1-6) were unable to answer Bradford’s OT touchdown and had a potential tying touchdown negated by a offensive pass interference call.

Nick Vannett, TE, Westerville (Ohio) Central – The Warhawks fell to 2-5 on the season with a loss to Dublin Scioto.

Westerville Central (2-2 OCC Central) scored first with a safety in the first quarter, but Scioto (4-3, 2-2) earned the win behind a pair of touchdown runs by Jerry Miles of 16 and 25 yards.


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