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 Sept. 21-22.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – Rider (2-1) had an open week. The Raiders next play Sept. 27 vs. Trophy Club Byron Nelson.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – The Huskies fell to 1-3 on the season with a 17-14 loss to visiting Rancho Cucamonga. Despite outgaining the Cougars (4-1) 278-197, North failed to earn the victory. Its last drive was halted after four plays on downs with less than five minutes remaining. Running back Denzel Foster led North's attack with 80 rushing yards and a touchdown and 68 receiving yards.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders (2-1) had an open week and next host Hollywood McArthur on Sept. 28.

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – In one of several southwest Ohio games to be finished Sept. 22 after lightning stopped games a day earlier, the Rams moved to 3-2 with a 20-0 win at West Carrollton.

Running back Ashton Jackson scored two touchdowns for Trotwood, both coming in the first quarter. He scored on runs of 37 and 2 yards. D'Arco Thompson added a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter to close the scoring. Isreal Green led all Rams rushers with 86 yards on 17 carries. The host Pirates fell to 2-3. West Carrollton was held to minus-17 yards rushing.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – Elliott dominated again, rushing 12 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-7 win at rival Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School.

If that weren't enough, Elliott also added another touchdown on a punt return – the first one MICDS allowed Elliott to touch. He returned it 65 yards for a score as Burroughs (5-0) cruised to victory.

"I think they were trying to kick it out of bounds," Elliott told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Despite the final score, Burroughs did have some hiccups. The Bombers had four touchdowns called back, including one caught by Elliott on the first play from scrimmage. MICDS fell to 1-4.

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – A pair of first-quarter touchdowns set the tone for Lawrence Central in a 42-7 road win at Bloomington South.

Isaiah Townsend rushed for a 12-yard score, and Tyja Thompson added a 9-yard trip to the end zone to give the Bears (5-0, 4-0 Conference Indiana) a 14-0 lead through the first quarter, and Lawrence Central cruised from there. The Bears led 20-7 at halftime but put the game out of reach with 22 third-quarter points.

Severe weather in the area prompted officials to end the game with one minute left in the third quarter. Bloomington South fell to 1-5 (0-4).

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – On his birthday, Pendleton kicker Alex Haynes made a game-winning field goal that gave the Bulldogs a 17-14 overtime win at Blacksburg.

Blacksburg (2-3) opened overtime by missing a field goal, and Haynes made them pay, making a 27-yard boot that gave Pendleton (3-2) its first win against the Wildcats since 1984. Pendleton had erased a 14-0 deficit to force OT. Christian Gossett scored on a 26-yard first-half TD run and later added a 1-yard score with 1:36 left in regulation.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Suitland remained unbeaten through four games with a 41-6 defeat of visiting Laurel (0-5). No other details were available.

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee threw four touchdown passes in a 66-14 rout of visiting Columbus Franklin Heights (2-3).

New Albany (3-2) led 34-14 at halftime and Lee made a big contribution. He threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Joe Siegenthaler in the first quarter and added two more TD connections in the second quarter – both to Carson Tunney on passes of 25 and 44 yards. After halftime, Lee added a final scoring strike, this one a 6-yard throw to Matt Smith.

The Eagles outgained Franklin Heights by a 440-196 margin. Lee completed 5 of 8 passes for 133 yards.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – The newest member of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class had an open week. Tarboro (5-0) travels to Snow Hill Greene Central on Sept. 28.

Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio – The Elks moved to 3-2 with a 64-7 blowout win against the visiting Green Wave of Greenville.

The game was halted because of lighting on Sept. 21 and finished the next day. No other details were available. Greenville fell to 1-4.

Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio – Liberty Township Lakota East earned a 34-20 win against visiting Middletown in a Greater Miami Conference battle.

Lakota East (4-1, 2-0) was led by junior quarterback Eric Eichler, who rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. His 5-yard and 8-yard scoring runs gave the Thunderhawks a 34-14 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

Marshall rushed for an 81-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage, but the Middies (2-3, 1-2) were limited after that. Marshall finished with 23 carries for 159 yards to go with 80 passing yards on 7-of-17 passing. He provided all of Middletown's touchdowns, rushing for two and throwing for another.

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – Fitch crushed rival Youngstown Boardman, 52-7, thanks in large part to the Price-led defense.

The Falcons (5-0) held Boardman to 188 yards of offense and avenged a 14-0 loss suffered to the Spartans (3-2) last season. Playing without top running backs Billy Aaron and Tyreese Anderson, Fitch was led by sophomore Darrin Hall, who rushed for 173 yards on 18 carries. He also scored on runs of 9, 43 and 8 yards.

Fitch built a 14-0 lead before Boardman scored its lone points on a 62-yard touchdown by running back Nathan Jones. After that, however, the Falcons took command.

"It was our goal to limit their big-play (ability) and I've got to give credit to defensive coordinator Wally Hurdley and our coaches," Price told The (Youngstown) Vindicator. "They run a great offense. We just kind of buckled down. We knew they were running backside and we knew we had to step it up, to make sure we kept up our reputation."

Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio – It was a rough night for Sprinkle and the Elyria defense as visiting North Royalton spoiled homecoming by winning a 62-55 slugfest.

North Royalton quarterback Travis Tarnowski led the way with 314 passing yards and five touchdown passes. The Bears (5-0, 1-0 Northeast Ohio Conference River Division) erased a 28-21 Elyria second-quarter lead and held on for the victory.

Elyria (3-2, 0-1) was led by Jumarr Lewis, who rushed for 124 yards and a trio of touchdowns.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – Thompson recovered a fumble as Central Catholic won a 56-27 battle of unbeatens vs. visiting Findlay.

The Irish (5-0, 2-0 Three Rivers Athletic Conference) rushed for 517 yards and scored seven of their eight touchdowns on the ground. Amir Edwards led the attack with 220 yards on 30 carries with four scores. Paul Moses (146) and Cedric Gray (113) also reached the century mark in rushing.

The Trojans (4-1, 1-1) compiled 306 yards of total offense but couldn't repeat their 31-7 victory against Central Catholic from a year earlier.

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Townsend had four punts of 45 yards or more – including a long of 65 – but Boone fell 30-7 to visiting Orlando Timber Creek.

Jacques Patrick rushed for 230 yards on 24 carries to lead Timber Creek (3-1). Boone (2-1) struggled from the start, trailing 10-0 before its offense took its first snap. A.J. Turman scored Boone's lone touchdown on a 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Eastern rallied from a 20-17 halftime deficit to earn a 31-20 victory at Cherry Hill East.

The Vikings (2-1, 2-0 West Jersey Football League American Division) extended their unbeaten streak against the Cougars (0-3, 0-2) to 20. Quarterback Tom Flacco, younger brother of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, threw a pair of touchdown passes for Eastern, which needed it because the Vikings were held to negative rushing yards.

A pair of blocked punts returned for touchdowns also aided Eastern's cause.

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