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. 28-29.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – Barrett compiled 292 yards of total offense as Rider earned a 50-14 win vs. Trophy Club Byron Nelson.

Barrett completed 8 of 12 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown and added 130 rushing yards on 22 carries with two additional trips to the end zone. Rider (3-1, 1-0 District 5-4A) scored on four of its first five offensive possessions. Running back Domanic Thrasher added three touchdowns – all coming in the first half. He finished with 141 yards on 15 carries.

The Bobcats (3-1, 0-1) got as close as 14-7 with a second-quarter touchdown pass from Blake Clifton to Austin Flickinger, but Thrasher scored two of his touchdowns after that point to give Rider a commanding 28-7 halftime lead.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – Baugh caught a pair of touchdown passes in a 51-6 shellacking of visiting Moreno Valley Vista del Lago.

Following a scoreless first quarter, running back Denzel Foster reached the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run that sparked the rout. Baugh later extended the lead to 14-0 with a 49-yard TD catch from Joseph Garcia. Vista del Lago cut the deficit to 14-6 on a 41-yard TD run by Godfrey Freeman, but that was as close as the Ravens (2-4, 0-2 Inland Valley) would get.

North (2-4, 1-0) was led by Foster, who rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries with four touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 40 yards.

"Foster and Baugh had good games for us," North head coach Mark Paredes told The (Riverside) Press-Enterprise. "Our quarterback was solid, our offensive line blocked up front, and the defense did a good job of shutting them down after that first score, and that's big pluses for us."

Baugh finished with four catches for 78 yards.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders returned after an open week and earned a lopsided 65-20 victory vs. Hollywood McArthur.

St. Thomas Aquinas (3-1, 1-0 District 15-7A) scored a pair of touchdowns in the first six minutes. Quarterback John O'Korn, a Houston verbal commit, threw a 73-yard TD pass to Mark Barr, and the Raiders later extended the lead when Chandler Dorrell returned a punt 64 yards for another score. Dorrell added two more first-half touchdowns, and St. Thomas Aquinas led 45-6 at halftime.

According to the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun Sentinel, McArthur (1-3, 0-1) was missing nine starters because of injury. The Mustangs fell to 1-4 (0-1).

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – The Rams opened Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play with a 42-0 victory at Piqua.

Burrows recorded one tackle, but he didn't need a huge night as Trotwood (4-2, 1-0) cruised past the Indians thanks to 444 yards of total offense. The Rams outrushed Piqua (2-4, 0-1) 253-76, and quarterback Kendric Malloy added 191 passing yards on 9-of-14 passing with a touchdown and an interception.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – Burroughs allowed host St. Louis Westminster Christian to score first, but that only provided a brief scare in a 33-7 Metro League victory.

Kyle Kinner returned The Opening kickoff for a 91-yard touchdown for the Wildcats (4-2, 3-2), but Elliott and Burroughs wasted little time answering. Elliott tied the game on his first touch on the first play from scrimmage for the Bombers (6-0, 5-0) and turned it into a 65-yard TD run. He finished the game with 238 yards on 20 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

That gives him 25 for the season, and he would have had a No. 26 if not for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that negated a third touchdown scamper.

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – Gardner opened holes for Isaiah Townsend, who rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-6 win for the host Bears against Indianapolis Southport.

Alex Rodriguez added 86 yards for Lawrence Central (7-0, 5-0 Conference Indiana) and Drake Christen added 67 more. Southport fell to 4-3 (3-2).

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – The host Bulldogs fell 20-10 against Iva Crescent.

A 44-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dalston Davis late in the fourth quarter gave the Tigers (5-1, 2-1 2A-Region 1) the lead. Crescent head coach Jeff Murdock neutralized Hill and the Pendleton defensive line on the go-ahead touchdown. According to the Anderson Independent Mail, the Tigers lined up with "a lone center at the line of scrimmage who was an eligible receiver, several linemen and a few receivers set to one side, and a lone receiver set to another. Davis lined up in the shotgun with two running backs, giving Davis the option of throwing or running for big gains."

Davis chose to run, taking advantage of the unusual setup to score the crucial touchdown. He could not find an open receiver, so he dashed down the right sideline for a score that gave Crescent a 13-10 lead. The Tigers added another score with 1:07 remaining when Davis burst through for a 1-yard TD run following a Crescent interception of a Colin Brady pass.

Pendleton (3-3, 1-2) led 10-6 at halftime but could not hold on to that momentum.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Jacobs led unbeaten Suitland to a 26-14 win at Springdale Flowers, a win Jacobs had long desired after Suitland was upset by the Jaguars last season.

"I was thinking about it the whole ride over, about how we lost to them, and it just made me that much more ready to play," Jacobs told The Washington Post.

Jacobs used that motivation and turned it into a two-touchdown effort. He finished with 142 receiving yards to go with his pair of trips to the end zone. In addition to his scores, Jacobs set up the game's first touchdown with a 42-yard punt return. He later added a 44-yard TD catch to make it 14-0. After Flowers (3-2, 2-2 Prince George's 4A) answered with a touchdown of its own, Jacobs added his second score by catching a 70-yard bomb from Wesley Wolfork.

Flowers answered again with a score, but the Rams (5-0, 4-0) closed the scoring with a 57-yard TD run by Anthony Squire.

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee threw a touchdown pass as the Eagles earned a 26-13 win at Delaware Hayes in Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division play.

Lee started the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Alan Watson in the second quarter. That gave New Albany (4-2, 3-0) a 7-0 lead it took into halftime. A pair of TD runs – a 37-yard burst by Leslie Anoyke and a 31-yard scamper by Watson – extended the lead to 20-0. Delaware (1-5, 0-3) scored a pair of fourth-quarter TDs, but in between Watson added another score on a 1-yard run to keep the Pacers at bay.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – Tarboro led 21-0 seven seconds into the second quarter and cruised from there in a 47-16 win at Snow Hill Greene Central.

Lewis and Tarboro did allow Greene Central quarterback Austin Batchelor to throw for 203 yards, but the Vikings (6-0, 2-0 Eastern Plains 2A) stopped three GC drives inside the Tarboro 30. Offensively, Tarboro finished with 495 yards. Quentin Roberson and Radia Bobbit combined for 348 yards rushing on 21 carries with five touchdowns – four by Roberson. Greene Central fell to 1-6 (0-3).

Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio – The Elks rallied from a halftime deficit to earn a 17-13 league win at Kettering Fairmont.

Fairmont (1-5, 0-1 GWOC Central) led 13-0 at halftime before Centerville's ground attack took control. Running behind Lisle and the rest of the offensive line, the Elks rushed for a pair of touchdowns after the break. Jimmy Brooks reached the end zone on a 3-yard score late in the third quarter, and after Jason Kaczala made it 13-10 with a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Brooks added another 3-yard score with 5:39 remaining to give Centerville the lead and eventually the win.

Centerville (4-2, 1-0) outgained the Firehawks 268-207 with all but 36 of those yards coming via the ground attack. Brooks led the Elks with 111 yards on 26 carries.

Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio – Cincinnati Oak Hills spoiled homecoming at Middletown by rallying to beat the Middies, 26-20.

Oak Hills scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run by Demarco Ruffin with only 12 seconds remaining. Middletown (2-4, 1-2 Greater Miami Conference) had never trailed to that point and had a last-ditch effort after Williams Peters returned the ensuing kickoff to the Oak Hills 49 with three ticks left on the clock.

Marshall rolled right and threw back to the middle of the end zone. Middletown's Drey Lewis jumped and got his hands on the football before Oak Hills DB Cody Herbig jarred the ball loose.

Ruffin finished with 163 yards on 35 carries to lead the Highlanders (4-2, 2-1). Middletown hurt its cause by committing 14 penalties for 111 yards and losing two fumbles.

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – The Falcons remained unbeaten with a 56-7 rout of visiting Youngstown East.

Fitch (6-0) dominated from the opening kickoff, leading 14-0 after the first quarter and 35-7 at halftime. Running back Darrin Hall led the attack with 151 yards on 15 carries. He rushed for touchdowns of 5, 32 and 20 yards in the first half.

The Falcons also got a boost from Price and the rest of the defense, which nabbed three East fumbles and picked off two passes. East fell to 2-4.

Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio – The first two times visiting Elyria touched the football resulted in touchdowns as the Pioneers routed Parma Heights Valley Forge, 49-20.

Just 2:37 in the game, Elyria (4-2) held a 14-0 lead thanks to an 80-yard touchdown run by Jumarr Lewis and a Dan Ratliff 79-yard punt return for another score. Sprinkle and the Elyria defense did its job, as the Pioneers built a 42-0 first-half lead to take command. Sprinkle tweeted after the game that he finished with eight tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, three quarterback hurries and a pass deflection.

Ratliff scored twice in the win, adding a 56-yard connection from QB Zach Minney in the second quarter. Jordan Connell also reached the end zone twice on runs of 1 and 78 yards, respectively. Valley Forge fell to 1-5 with the loss.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – The Fighting Irish remained unbeaten by doubling up host Fremont Ross, 42-21.

Central Catholic (6-0, 3-0 Three Rivers Athletic Conference) got three touchdowns by Amir Williams, who rushed 20 times for 128 yards. His scores came on runs of 15, 25 and 4 yards. Paul Moses added a pair of his own and finished with 12 carries for 71 yards.

Thompson and the Irish DBs allowed Ross quarterback Tyler Wolf to complete only 3 of 6 passes for 90 yards. Wolf added 12 carries for 112 yards.

Ross fell to 3-3 (1-2).

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Visiting Apopka Wekiva got a touchdown and two-point conversion with less than five minutes remaining to post a 29-28 upset victory at Boone.

Sam Jallah rushed for a 19-yard score, and the Braves (1-4) took the lead when Reggie Brown rushed into the end zone on the conversion attempt. Wekiva rallied from a 21-7 third-quarter deficit. Boone (2-2) led 14-7 at halftime and was led by running back A.J. Turman. He finished with 112 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns, both coming in the third quarter. Turman passed the 4,000-yard career rushing mark during the game and now has 4,104.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – A 39-yard reception by Woodard on offense set up a game-tying score, and the Vikings eventually emerged with a 28-21 two-overtime victory vs. upset-minded Mount Holly Rancocas Valley.

Woodard's reception of a Tom Flacco pass was part of a 10-play, 78-yard touchdown drive that sent the game into OT. In the second overtime, Eastern (3-1) earned the victory thanks to a Flacco-to-Devon Nikolis TD connection for 25 yards. The Red Devils (1-2) had a chance to answer but were held on downs.

In addition to Woodard's key fourth-quarter catch, he also caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Flacco in the third quarter. According to a game report on PhillyBurbs.com, the play was controversial because Rancocas Valley coaches felt Woodard pushed off on the play.

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