Friday Night Lights

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 Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – A late touchdown by Kerry Sims gave host Abilene Cooper a 43-36 victory against Rider in a back-and-forth affair.

Barrett led Rider (0-1) with 178 yards of offense and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough. He gave the Raiders a 36-35 lead with a successful two-point conversion run with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The senior completed 9 of 20 passes for 271 yards and threw both of his TD passes to Brandon Williams on connections of 76 and 67 yards, respectively. Still, missed opportunities haunted the Raiders. They missed a field goal and were forced to punt five times.

"Players win, coaches lose, that's all I can think of right now," Rider coach Jim Garfield told the Wichita Falls (Texas) Times Record News. "Like J.T. told those guys, ‘We are winners.' "

Cooper (1-0) was outgained by Rider 488-399 but earned the win thanks to a 2-yard Sims TD run and subsequent two-point pass by Lorenzo Joe to Todd Duquette with 32 seconds remaining.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – Baugh caught five passes for 75 yards in a season-opening 41-0 whitewash of host Colton.

Baugh caught five passes for 75 yards in a season-opening 41-0 whitewash of host Colton. Baugh had a good game, but not as good as teammate Denzel Foster, who rushed for 186 yards on 19 carries. Foster also added four touchdowns. Quarterback Joseph Garcia threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-17 passing.

Running back Jordan Ah'Honi led Colton (0-1) with 104 rushing yards.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Twenty-one unanswered points led St. Thomas Aquinas to a 38-28 win over Miami Columbus at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

In the season opener – and the first meeting between the Catholic school powers since 1963 – the Raiders (1-0) followed quarterback John O'Korn to victory. He completed 15 of 22 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in addition to rushing for 112 yards and three more scores. The St. Thomas Aquinas defense did its share by forcing five Columbus turnovers. Chris Washington recorded two of those by picking off a pair of passes.

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – A week after losing a nationally-televised game to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School of Nova Southeastern, Trotwood got back on track with a 63-0 crunching of visiting Dayton Dunbar.

Dunbar (1-1) was coming off a victory against Germantown Valley View, but the Rams had their way with their visitors on the night the 2011 Division II championship Trotwood team was honored with a banner unveiling.

Trotwood (1-1) cruised to victory, leading 50-0 at halftime. The Rams rushed for six touchdowns, including two apiece by Israel Green and Mark Raye-Redmond. Defensively, Trotwood held Dunbar to 13 yards of total offense.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis (Mo.) Burroughs – Elliott led the Bombers to a 35-0 blowout victory against visiting St. Louis Lutheran South to open both schools' Metro League schedule.

Elliott scored four of his team's five touchdowns. He reached the end zone on runs of 64, 63 and 19 yards and added an 89-yard touchdown reception from Nicholas Duncan.

Tre Moore produced the other touchdown for Burroughs (2-0, 1-0), tossing a 43-yard TD pass to Peter Schnuck.

The Lancers fell to 1-1 (0-1).

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – The Bears improved to 3-0 with a 42-6 win against visiting Indianapolis Meridian.

Lawrence Central had little trouble with Meridian (1-2), leading 16-0 after the first quarter and 29-0 at halftime. Four of the Bears' touchdowns were on the ground, with Alex Rodriguez (30 yards), Drake Christen (46) and Isaiah Townsend (73 and 54) scoring the points. All three rushers finished with more than 100 yards running behind Gardner and the Lawrence Central line.

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – The Bulldogs blew past host Westminster West-Oak to the tune of a 60-0 victory. Pendleton (2-0) did not take long in taking command, scoring four first-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Colin Brady completed 7 of 9 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The Warriors (0-3) had no answer on either side of the ball, getting outgained 343 to minus-21 in the first half. Hill recorded a sack in the victory.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Jacobs scored three touchdowns as Suitland opened its season with a 40-0 thumping of visiting McKinley Tech of Washington, D.C.

Jacobs first made his mark on defense, intercepting a pass and returning it 76 yards for a first-quarter score. He added two more touchdowns on offense in the second quarter on a 12-yard scoring run and 15-yard TD pass from Wesley Wilfolk.

Jacobs caught two passes for 45 yards. Suitland led 33-0 at halftime.

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee scored on a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown, but host Westerville Central earned a win by besting New Albany, 23-20, in overtime.

Lee completed 7 of 14 passes for 140 yards and threw for a score to go with his special teams TD. New Albany (0-2) scored 17 points in the third quarter to take a 17-10 lead into the fourth quarter. Westerville Central sent the game to overtime thanks to a 17-yard TD pass from Jared Drake to Charlie Moushey.

In overtime, New Albany started with the ball and opened the scoring with a 37-yard Trey Quillin field goal. The Warhawks (2-0) answered with a 20-yard score on a pass from Drake to Moushey on the first play of their possession.

Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio – Pass-happy Springboro spoiled Centerville's home opener, dropping the Elks to 0-2 with a 42-32 victory.

The Panthers were sparked by quarterback Jack Schaff, who completed 17 of 30 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Johnson caught both scores and finished with 10 receptions for 141 yards. Schaff also hurt the Elks on the ground, rushing for 127 yards and scoring two more times. The Elks outrushed Springboro by a 306-226 margin but were outgained through the air, 268-121.

Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio – After turning heads with a good performance a week earlier against Cincinnati St. Xavier, Marshall led Middletown to its first win of the season, 31-0 at Springfield.

Marshall tossed three touchdown passes in the first half, the first coming on a fourth-and-13 play from the Springfield 25-yard line. The senior QB connected with Antonio Oatis for the score.

Marshall threw his other two TDs in the second quarter, both to William Peters on receptions of 19 and 10 yards, respectively.

"He didn't break off a run and didn't score a (rushing) touchdown," Springfield coach Eric Gillespie told the Middletown Journal. "You would think if he doesn't break off a long run or score a touchdown rushing, you're probably going to have a good night, but he beat us throwing the football. Some of that was him – he's a great player and is going to have a great college career – but to a certain degree, some of that was our mistakes."

Marshall dedicated the win to injured wide receiver Lance Johnson, who suffered a season-ending injury against St. Xavier.

"We wanted it really bad," Marshall told the Middletown Journal. "We played the game for him."

Springfield fell 0-2.

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – The Falcons' defense dominated host Akron Hoban, helping Fitch to a 49-9 victory.

Quarterback Matt Futkos led the Fitch offense, completing touchdown passes to three different receivers and running for another trip to the end zone. Futkos threw for 185 yards on 13-of-16 passing, and running back Tyreese Anderson added 120 yards on nine carries for Fitch (2-0). Hoban (0-2) was outrushed by a margin of 247-75 and trailed 21-2 at halftime.

Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio – Sprinkle notched six of his team's nine sacks in a 43-7 blitzing of visiting Elyria Catholic.

In only the third meeting between the schools, Elyria (2-0) dominated. Sprinkle aided the defense, lining up over center, at defensive tackle and on the ends during the game according to the Elyria Chronicle Telegram.

The Pioneers' defense did yeoman's work against Elyria Catholic quarterback, Jeremy Holley, who completed 21 of 42 passes for 195 yards and a score. A week earlier, Holley threw for 367 yards and four TDs against Huron.

"We knew they had some great offensive linemen (and) we knew that Jeremy Holley was a great player, too," Sprinkle told the Chronicle. "But we all came out and played hard tonight. I knew every down that I had to get in there and keep pressure on him."

The Panthers (1-1) were held to minus-33 yards rushing, thanks in large part to Sprinkle and the Pioneers' sacks.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic – The host Fighting Irish got a challenge from Temperance (Mich.) Bedford before pulling away for a 49-28 victory to remain undefeated.

The Kicking Mules (1-1) had been whitewashed 35-0 a year earlier but fared much better in this matchup. Still, Catholic Central (2-0) outgained Bedford, 440-407, thanks in large part to the Irish's 362 yards on the ground. Running back Amir Edwards led the Catholic Central attack with 156 yards and a touchdown.

Thompson aided the cause by returning an interception 32 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Boone opened its season with a 37-34 two-overtime victory at Winter Garden West Orange.

A 10-yard touchdown run by A.J. Turman proved to be the difference. He finished with 33 carries for 212 yards. West Orange was led by quarterback Hayden Griffitts, who threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.

• Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Woodard and the Vikings open their season Sept. 7 at Sewell Washington Township.

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