• J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – The Barrett-less Raiders earned a 49-0 rout of rival Wichita Falls in their regular season finale.
Rider (8-2, 6-1 District 5-4A) won the 50th meeting between the schools and finished in second place in its district. The Raiders will start the postseason Friday with a University Interscholastic League Class 4A Division II playoff game against Fort Worth Dunbar (5-5).
Against Wichita Falls (2-8), Rider built a 20-0 first-quarter lead and cruised from there. The Raiders have won five of six since Barrett went down with a season-ending injury.
• Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – Baugh’s prep career came to a close with a 14-7 California Interscholastic Federation Central Division first round loss at Fontana Kaiser.
The Huskies (6-5) struggled throughout the game on offense and failed to pull off an upset. North was led by running back Denzel Foster, who rushed 24 times for 195 yards. He also scored his team’s lone touchdown on a 17-yard scoring reception with 9:01 remaining. It cut the Huskies’ deficit to seven, but that’s as close as they got.
Kaiser improved to 10-1.
• Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Bosa and the St. Thomas Aquinas defense shone in a 45-0 victory against visiting Deerfield Beach.
The Raiders were opportunistic, scoring 31 points on four turnovers by the Bucks (5-4). The six-time state championships capped their regular season with the win, which was led offensively by quarterback John O’Korn. He ran for two touchdowns and passed for 138 yards.
Bosa and the Raiders held Deerfield Beach to 87 yards of total offense.
St. Thomas Aquinas (8-2) next takes the field in the first round of the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 7A playoffs. The Raiders will host Miami Beach (7-3) on Friday.
• Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – A dramatic rally helped to send sixth-seeded Trotwood to a 27-20 overtime victory against No. 2 Cincinnati Winton Woods in a game played at Trenton Edgewood.
The Rams (10-2) trailed 20-7 in the fourth quarter before mounting a comeback. A 5-yard touchdown pass from Messia DeWeaver to Demarcus Wilson with 7:30 remaining cut the deficit to 20-13. Then, only two plays later, Trotwood was back in the end zone. Winton Woods quarterback Shemar Hooks lost a fumble at the Warriors’ 5-yard line, and the loose ball was scooped up by Trotwood’s Austin Howell in the end zone for a game-tying score.
In overtime, the Rams took their first lead of the game on another DeWeaver-to-Wilson TD connection – this one from the 9 – before the Trotwood defense closed the game thanks to a Verontae Wilkinson interception.
Burrows finished with one tackle. Winton Woods ended its season 8-4. Trotwood advances to Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II, Region 8 championship game Friday against top-seeded Cincinnati Turpin (12-0).
• Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – Burroughs advances to the state semifinal round with a 24-0 Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 quarterfinal win against host Park Hills Central.
After being held to just 4 yards in the first half, Elliott ran for 171 yards after halftime and scored a trio of touchdowns. Burroughs (12-0) led 3-0 at the break before taking command. Elliott started the strong second half by carrying the ball on all 11 plays of the first drive of the third quarter. The Bombers went 51 yards, and Elliott capped the march with a 1-yard TD run.
Elliott then added a 59-yard scoring run on Burroughs’ next possession and closed the scoring with a 1-yard score late in the fourth quarter.
“They are good at controlling the ball,” Elliott told St. Louis Post-Dispatch about his team’s slow start. “I’m not used to not having the ball. We came out and our line did a great job.”
The win advances Burroughs to a Saturday game against Monett (11-3) in the state semifinals. Park Hills Central closed the season 10-3.
• Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – The Bears scored early and often in a 49-21 Indiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A regional victory against visiting Indianapolis Pike.
Lawrence Central (13-0) defeated the Red Devils (9-4) for the second time this season and started the scoring only 13 seconds into the contest. Isaiah Townsend scored on an 80-yard touchdown run and the Bears controlled the game from there. The explosive Bears made a believer out of Pike head coach Derek Moyers.
“There’s no doubt that’s the best team in the state,” he told the Indianapolis Star. “If anybody beats them, I’ll be shocked. It may happen, I don’t know, but if I have to bet the ranch, that’s who I’m betting on.”
Pike got to within 21-7 in the second quarter but never got any closer.
Lawrence Central advances to the semi-state round and will hit the road for a Friday game at Greenwood Center Grove (12-1).
• Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – Pendleton ended its season at 8-4 with a 17-14 loss in the second round of the South Carolina High School League Class AA Region I playoffs against host Cheraw.
A 25-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. Pendleton (8-4) failed to advance past the second round for the first time since 2006. Cam Blackburn did his best to help his team avoid that fate by scoring both of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns.
Cheraw improved to 7-4.
• Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – Jacobs intercepted a pass and Suitland opened Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South region play with a 21-14 victory at DuVal.
On offense, Jacobs rushed one time for 7 yards and did not catch either of the two completions by Suitland QB Wesley Wolfork. The Rams (10-1) didn’t need Jacobs, though, as running back Anthony Squire rushed for 205 yards on 28 carries. He added a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The win avenged Suitland’s lone loss of the season. DuVal beat Suitland in October.
Next up for Suitland is the South region title game against Upper Marlboro Henry A. Wise. DuVal ended its season 9-2.
• Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee and the Eagles avenged previous New Albany teams with a 42-35 win against top-seeded and previously-unbeaten Dresden Tri-Valley in an OHSAA Division II, Region 7 second-round game at Zanesville.
No. 4 New Albany (10-2) had its previous two seasons ended in the postseason at the hands of the Scotties. It didn’t happen a third time. Lee rushed for 152 yards on 10 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 85 and 61 yards, respectively. The leading offensive star, however, was running back Alan Watson, who scored four touchdowns. Lee, Watson and Leslie Anokye combined for 35 carries for 430 yards out of New Albany’s wing-T offense.
“We have a great trifecta back there and when the blocking is as good as it was tonight, things just open up,” Lee told This Week Newspapers.
Up next for the Eagles, who have won 10 in a row, is a regional title game Friday against third-seeded Columbus Marion-Franklin (11-1). Tri-Valley ended its season 11-1.
• Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – Tarboro remained unbeaten thanks to a 48-14 rout of visiting Kinston in the second of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs.
Tarboro (12-0) never trailed, leading 12-7 at halftime before opening up the game in the second half. Kinston (7-5) could have had better results in the first two quarters if it were not for two drives that stalled in the red zone. One ended in an interception and another ended on downs.
“It gave us a lot of momentum and got the crowd into it,” Lewis told the Rocky Mount Telegram of the stops. “Just, defensively, offensively, we started clicking after that. We just had to put them away coming out of the locker room after halftime.”
Lewis had one big play during Tarboro’s big second half. Kinston attempted a fake punt late in the third quarter but Lewis stopped the play to give his team the ball back.
Top-seeded Tarboro advances to face No. 3 Elizabeth City Northeastern (11-1) in the third round.
• Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – Central Catholic’s second postseason game went much like the first, with the Fighting Irish earning a lopsided 45-7 victory against Mansfield Madison in OHSAA Division II, Region 6 second-round action.
Thompson recovered a fumble as second-seeded Central Catholic improved to 11-1. The Irish scored touchdowns on their first four offensive possessions and led 28-7 at halftime. Central Catholic finished the game with 317 yards and the defense did the rest in limiting the Rams (10-2) to a lone score. No. 6 Madison rushed for 120 yards as a team and completed no passes.
Next up for the Irish is a regional championship matchup Friday vs. fourth-seeded Avon (11-1).
• Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – Townsend and the Braves ended the season on a positive, earning a 13-12 win at rival Orlando Edgewater in the annual Battle for the Barrel.
The Barrel went home with Boone thanks to a 34-yard field goal by Austin Jones in the waning seconds. The victory allowed 23-year Boone head coach Phil Ziglar to depart on a good note. Boone finished the season 6-4. Edgewater fell to 3-7 but made the postseason as the second place school in FHSAA Class 7A, District 3.
• Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Eastern did not play. Because of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association pushed back the start of the postseason a week and allowed schools affected by the storm an extra week to complete their regular season slates.
The second-seeded Vikings (6-3) will host No. 7 Toms River North (6-3) in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 5 bracket.
The following players have ended their seasons: Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio; Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio; Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch; Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio.