Friday Night Lights

BuckeyeSports.com
Posted Sep 12, 2011


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. 9. All are seniors unless noted.

Warren Ball, RB, Columbus DeSales – Ball finished with a game-high 91 yards on 22 carries, but the Stallions fell to 1-2 thanks to two late Jimmy Gammill field goals that gave host New Albany a 27-24 win.

Gammill capped a 12-play, 59-yard drive with a 41-yards field goal that tied the game at 24-24 with 1:05 left. New Albany (2-1) then got the ball back when Clayton Wooten intercepted an Alex Perrine pass at the DeSales 36-yard line with 27 seconds left on the clock. Two plays later, Gammill booted a 45-yard field goal to win the game with 7.4 seconds remaining.

“You’ve got to eat the ball in that situation,” DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins told This Week newspapers of Columbus about the interception. “It’s a young mistake. Obviously, it was the difference.”

Ball scored two touchdowns in the losing effort. His first came on a 3-yard run in the first quarter and he later added a 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

De'Van Bogard, S, Cleveland Glenville – Bogard and the Tarblooders opened Senate League play and earned their first victory of the season, a 40-0 blanking of Cleveland East Tech in a game played at Cleveland John F. Kennedy.

Glenville (1-2) had little trouble, gaining 247 yards on offense – including 207 on the ground. Aykee Henderson rushed for 66 yards to lead the attack.

The Golden Scarabs fell to 0-3.

Jacoby Boren, OG, and Roger Lewis, WR, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers (0-2) did not play. They return to the field Sept. 16 vs. Lancaster.

Bri'onte Dunn, RB, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak – Another game, another impressive performance by Dunn. The workhouse running back rushed for 238 yards on 34 carries with three touchdowns as GlenOak defeated visiting Euclid, 27-20.

Dunn ran for more than 230 yards for the second straight game. He scored three touchdowns, including two in the second half that gave the Golden Eagles (3-0) a 27-10 lead. Euclid (2-1) attempted to rally behind quarterback Benny Walker, who contributed 329 yards of total offense, but GlenOak held on.

Patrick Elflein, OG, Pickerington (Ohio) North – Pickerington North improved to 3-0 with an easy 33-0 victory against visiting Columbus Northland in a non-league game.

The Panthers improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2004 and blanked an opponent for the first time since 2009. The Pickerington North defense held the Vikings (0-3) to minus-5 yards in the first half and recovered three fumbles en route to taking a 13-0 halftime lead.

Elflein and his offensive line mates gave quarterback Zach Olszewski plenty of time to operate, and the signal caller took advantage. Olszewski completed 14 of 21 passes for 183 and three touchdowns. Stephon Goodwin added TD runs of 3 and 2 yards.

Frank Epitropoulos, WR, Upper Arlington, Ohio – Despite playing without Epitropoulos, the host Golden Bears handed Gahanna Lincoln its first loss of the season with a 28-17 victory against the Lions.

UA (2-1) scored 21 of its points in the second half, including a 3-yard touchdown run by Ryan McSheffery that capped a four-minute drive in the fourth quarter that closed the scoring. McSheffery finished with 80 yards rushing, while Gus Ackley led all runners with 180 yards.

Gahanna (2-1) was led by Tyler Grassman, who completed 17 of 33 passes for 213 yards and a TD. He also kicked a 45-yard field goal. The Lions led 10-7 at halftime and held UA to 76 yards of offense before the Bears rallied after the break.

Epitropoulos was sidelined after undergoing surgery on Sept. 6 to repair ligament damage in his left thumb. He suffered the injury Aug. 26 in UA’s season opener against Dresden Tri-Valley but played with the injury a week later against Springfield.

Najee Murray, DB, Steubenville, Ohio – The Big Red hosted a team from Canada and did not show good hospitality, blasting Hamilton (Ontario) Bishop Ryan 53-0 at Harding Stadium.

Murray rushed for a 44-yard score on offense and helped the defense silence the Celtics. Steubenville held Bishop Ryan to 31 rushing yards on 29 carries and 74 passing yards.

The Big Red led 21-0 at halftime and added 26 third-quarter points to further put the game out of reach. JoJo Pierro had two touchdown runs of 18 and 8 yards. Quarterback Marcus Prather threw a touchdown pass and ran for another.

Murray finished with 66 yards rushing and caught three passes for 28 yards.

Joshua Perry, OLB, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy – The Golden Eagles of Big Walnut were too much for the visiting Braves, who fell to 1-2 with a 41-13 loss.

Big Walnut (2-1) scored 27 unanswered points to cruise to the victory. Perry returned from a one-game suspension and did his best to keep Olentangy in the game, however. He provided both of his team’s scores. The first came on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He also returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score in the third quarter.

Perry also recorded two sacks on defense.

Tyvis Powell, S, Bedford, Ohio – Bedford fell to Cleveland Benedictine, 27-19, in the first game between the two schools since 1937.

The two teams share a home field – Bearcat Stadium – but had not met in decades. Bedford was the home team but could not claim the victory. The Bengals (3-0) never trailed. They took the opening kickoff and Marshall Howell returned it 87 yards to the Bedford 2-yard line. Bryan Lacey later added a 1-yard TD run to start the scoring less than a minute intot he game.

Bedford (1-2) rallied to take a 12-6 lead midway through the second quarter thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by Joe Beasley and a 23-yard pass from Devin Davis to Terrick McKenney. That lead did not last long, however, as Benedictine answered on the next play from scrimmage on an 85-yard touchdown run by an untouched Bryan Lacey. Lacey finished the game with 173 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Bedford retook the lead when Beasley returned the second-half kickoff back for a 76-yard touchdown. The Bearcats answered with a 13-yard touchdown run by Lacey that gave Benedictine the lead for good.

Benedictine’s defense held Bedford to three second-half first downs.

Luke Roberts, MLB, Lancaster, Ohio – Visiting Twinsburg scored 14 second-half points and beat Lancaster, 35-27.

Twinsburg (2-1) was led by John Barton, who rushed for 107 yards and four touchdowns. His last two made it 35-21. The final score came thanks to a special teams miscue by the Gales (2-1). Lancaster attempted a fake punk from its own 35 but Roberts, who attempted to run for the first down, was stopped short of the marker.

Roberts finished the game with two touchdown runs but struggled along with the rest of the defense in trying to stop Barton, who added a 90-yard touchdown on a kickoff return.

“He’s a talented athlete,” Lancaster coach Rob Carpenter told the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. “(Twinsburg) has good players. They play in a good league. They didn’t lie down.”

Blake Thomas, TE, Cleveland St. Ignatius – Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky piled up 553 yards of offense and led the Cardinals to a 38-24 victory against visiting Cleveland St. Ignatius.

Trubisky, utilizing Mentor’s five-wide, no-running back offense, completed 28 of 44 passes for 469 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 84 yards and two more scores.

The Mentor QB did throw four interceptions that led for 17 St. Ignatius points, but it was not enough for the Wildcats. St. Ignatius (2-1) posted 413 yards of offense and led 21-17 in the second quarter, but four turnovers helped Mentor (3-0) post the victory.


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