Friday Night Lights


Posted Sep 2, 2013


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. 30-31.

Kyle Berger, OLB, Cleveland St. Ignatius – Berger is out for the season because of a knee injury suffered Aug. 24 in a scrimmage at Canton McKinley. St. Ignatius lost its season opened at Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice, 29-20.

Dante Booker, OLB, and Parris Campbell, RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary – Campbell rushed for 98 and a touchdown and returned a punt for another score in a 63-0 victory against Akron Garfield.

Campbell scored both of his TDs in the first quarter. He opened the scoring by returning a Garfield punt 52 yards for a touchdown and later added a 50-yard touchdown run. Not to be outdone, Booker led the St. Vincent-St. Mary defense with 12 tackles (nine solo, three assists) with 3½ going for a loss.

The Fighting Irish (1-0) outgained Garfield (0-1), 430-97.

Stephen Collier, QB, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County – Collier had an impressive stat line, but he was not happy after a 55-6 season-opening blowout of visiting Albany Dougherty.

“I’m not happy. None of us are happy,” Collier told the Albany (Ga.) Herald. “We have to do better. We left some points on the board and definitely need to do better.”

Despite that comment, the Trojans (1-0) had little trouble with Dougherty (0-1). Collier led the way by throwing four touchdown passes and rushing for two others. He threw for 189 yards and ran for 40 more.

“I’m only happy with perfection,” said Collier, who had one pass intercepted. “I probably should have thrown for three more touchdowns. Until I get to that level, I won’t be happy.”

Eric Glover-Williams (junior), RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – Glover-Williams starred on offense as McKinley kicked off the season with a 28-0 blanking of Akron Buchtel.

Glover-Williams did a little bit of everything in the win. He rushed for 155 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns. He also completed 4 of 9 passes for 66 yards and another score. Many of the junior’s best plays came on broken ones.

“You see what effect (Glover-Williams) has,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz told the Canton Repository. “When things look like they’re slowing down, he pops a big play. He’s a dynamic player.”

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor – Holmes and Lake Taylor open the season Sept. 6 vs. Chesapeake Oscar Smith.

Malik Hooker, WR, New Castle, Pa. – Hooker caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, but that score was the only one New Castle could produce in a 29-6 loss at Monaca Central Valley.

Hooker’s TD was the lone highlight for the Hurricanes (0-1), who trailed 16-0 before the score. Hooker finished with six receptions for 36 yards and 9 yards on six carries.

Jordan Whitehead and JaQuan Pennington both scored a pair of touchdowns for Central Valley (1-0).

Sam Hubbard, OLB, Cincinnati Moeller – Moeller opened its season by welcoming Indianapolis Pike to the Queen City and emerged with a narrow 37-33 victory at Nippert Stadium.

The Crusaders scored the winning points with 11 seconds remaining. Gus Ragland threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Chase Pankey in the final seconds to allow Moeller to pull off the victory.

Hubbard was credited with 6½ tackles, including two for loss.

Lonnie Johnson, WR, Gary (Ind.) West Side – West Side (0-2) forfeited its home opener vs. Chicago Lindblom (1-0).

Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago De La Salle – Jones did not play as he continues his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery. De La Salle opened the season with a 51-49 win at Chicago Phillips.

Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland Glenville – Despite 24 third-quarter points, Glenville lost its season opener, 40-24, at Lakewood St. Edward in the return of Ted Ginn Sr. to the sidelines.

St. Edward (1-0) led 23-0 at halftime before Jones and the offense got going. The Tarblooders (0-1) outgained the Eagles 208-166 in the second half, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. Glenville also hurt itself by committing 14 penalties for 104 yards and four turnovers.

Demetrius Knox, OG, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints’ Episcopal – Knox and the Saints crushed host Brownwood, 70-27, in their season opener.

The Saints (1-0) cruised to an easy victory, putting up 494 yards of total offense. Quarterback Foster Sawyer, a TCU commit, threw for 327 of that figure and added four touchdowns. Daniel Gresham, a Louisville verbal, rushed for three others and added a receiving score.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Indianapolis Cathedral – McLaurin caught a trio of touchdown passes, but host Indianapolis Warren Central rallied for a 42-28 victory.

McLaurin caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to opening the scoring in the first quarter, and after Warren Central (1-1) answered to tie the game, McLaurin added another on an 80-yard connection from Collin Barthel. After that, however, Warren Central took control.

McLaurin’s third score came on a 74-yard TD, one his team’s deficit to 28-21. That was as close as the Irish (0-2) would get.

Despite the loss, McLaurin finished with 238 yards on eight receptions to go with 10 yards on a pair of carries.

Sean Nuernberger, K, Buckner (Ky.) Oldham County – Nuernberger made all four of his point-after attempts, booted five touchbacks and had two punts downed inside the opponent’s 5-yard line during a 31-28 loss to visiting Goshen North Oldham.

Arien Beasley scored three touchdowns for North Oldham (1-1). His second, coming on a 72-yard punt return in the third quarter, gave the Mustangs the lead for good at 24-21. Oldham County (1-1) cut the deficit to three with 20 seconds remaining but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds to end any comeback hopes.

The Colonels fell to 1-1.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall – Erasmus Hall opens its season Sept. 7 vs. Staten Island Tottenville.

Dylan Thompson, DE, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – Thompson recorded a pair of sacks and four tackles for loss in a hard-fought 21-19 victory for Montini over visiting Park Ridge Maine South. Both teams scored three touchdowns, but point-after attempts proved to be the difference. The Broncos (1-0) made all three of theirs, helping them earn the victory. The Hawks narrowed their deficit to two points with a touchdown with 2:48 remaining, but the ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed. A Montini fumble allowed the Hawks (0-1) one last chance, but the final drive fell short.

Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster, Ohio – The Gales opened their season with a 57-7 rout of visiting Logan.

Trout and the Gales’ offensive line led the wing-T attack, after a slow start. Logan (0-1) turned a fumble into a touchdown, one Lancaster (1-0) answered with an 81-yard TD run by Jerry King and a two-point conversion run by Isaiah Dexter.

Lancaster cruised from there. The Gales rushed for 494 yards, 313 in the first half, on 47 carriers. King finished with 101 yards, all coming in the first half.

Damon Webb, CB, Detroit Cass Tech – Webb caught a 26-yard touchdown pass to put Cass Tech ahead for good during an 18-14 victory vs. Southfield during the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.

Webb’s third-quarter TD was the final score of the game, a back-and-forth affair that Cass Tech (1-0) won despite committing 13 penalties. Webb and the Cass Tech defense held Southfield (0-1) to 186 yards of offense.


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