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. 6-7. All are seniors unless noted.

Kyle Berger, OLB, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats avoided an 0-2 start thanks to a 26-6 victory at Mentor (0-2) in a matchup of teams ranked by Scout among the top 50 in the country at the start of the campaign. Berger is out for the season because of a knee injury suffered Aug. 24 in a scrimmage at Canton McKinley.

Dante Booker, OLB, and Parris Campbell, RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary – Campbell scored three touchdowns as St. Vincent-St. Mary improved to 2-0 with a 35-20 win at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

Campbell's final touchdown was the most important. Walsh Jesuit (0-2) had narrowed its deficit to eight points early in the fourth quarter, but Campbell returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to set the final score with 8:15 remaining. In addition to his special teams score, Campbell also rushed for a pair of TDs on runs of 16 yards and 1 yard.

"I am trying to score at all times," Campbell told the Akron Beacon Journal. "I looked up at the scoreboard, (then) saw a couple of blocks, hit the hole and just got to the seam. I put that on my team. That is all my blockers. I got behind them and got to the end zone."

Campbell finished the game with 49 yards on 11 carries to go with 14 yards on three receptions. Booker tied for the team high with eight tackles, including one for loss.

Stephen Collier, QB, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County – Collier and the Trojans drubbed host Albany 42-12.

In a battle of future Division I college football players, Collier fared better than Albany linebacker/running back Juwon Young, a Miami (Fla.) commit. Collier had a hand in five of his team's touchdowns, running for three and throwing for two others. Collier completed 18 of 26 passes for 321 yards to go with 60 yards rushing.

Young recorded only 12 yards on five carries on offense. Defensively, he had two tackles and a pass breakup.

"(Collier) is a great player, and it was a great game between those two guys," Albany head coach Felton Williams told the Albany (Ga.) Herald. "You'll see both of them playing on Sundays one day, you can bet on that. But Stephen got the better of us again."

The Trojans improved to 2-0, while Albany fell to 1-1.

Eric Glover-Williams (junior), RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – McKinley recorded back-to-back shutouts to start a season for the first time since 1996, blanking London (Ontario) Sir Frederick Banting, 35-0, at Fawcett Stadium.

Glover-Williams got the scoring started in the first quarter on a 50-yard run. The Bulldogs scored 26 of their points in the first quarter. Glover-Williams added a second score during the first quarter on a 41-yard run.

McKinley (2-0) has outscored its first two opponents 70-0. Banting fell to 0-1. • Jalyn Holmes, DE, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor – The Titans lost their season opener 42-2 against visiting Chesapeake Oscar Smith and likely lost Holmes for even longer.

The Tigers (1-0) had little trouble against Lake Taylor (0-1) in a game televised on ESPNU. Holmes was not around to see the ending, though, as he was ejected in the second half for unsportsmanlike conduct. According to the Hampton Roads (Va.) Pilot, Holmes will likely be forced to sit out Lake Taylor's next two games because of Virginia High School League guidelines.

Malik Hooker, WR, New Castle, Pa. – Hooker rushed two times for 53 yards as New Castle earned a 47-12 victory vs. Ellwood City Riverside.

New Castle (1-1) scored all of its points in the first three quarters and held a 34-0 lead at halftime. Riverside (0-2) recorded its points in the fourth quarter. Jake McPhatter scored four times for New Castle on runs of 8, 32 and 69 yards and on a 65-yard TD pass from Julian Cox.

Sam Hubbard, OLB, Cincinnati Moeller – Hubbard and the Crusaders crossed the Ohio River and returned with a 45-7 victory at Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic.

Moeller (2-0) never punted and led 38-0 in the third quarter, forcing a running clock the rest of the way. Quarterback Gus Ragland led the attack with three touchdowns – two passing and one rushing. Covington Catholic (2-1) was outgained 531-196 and played without its starting quarterback and tailback.

Lonnie Johnson, WR, Gary (Ind.) West Side – Johnson caught a two-point conversion pass and intercepted a pass on defense, but West Side fell to 0-3 with a 65-28 loss at Merrillville Andrean.

Johnson caught six passes for 77 yards and rushed one time for 2 yards, but it was not enough. Andrean (3-0) fell behind 14-0 to the Cougars before taking command by scoring 36 unanswered points. Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago De La Salle – The Meteors improved to 2-0 with a 28-7 victory at Chicago Hales Franciscan.

Vanderbilt verbal Mikale Wilbon led the De La Salle attack by rushing 17 times for 244 yards with touchdown runs of 58, 50 and 19 yards. Collin Farley scored the other touchdown for the Meteors on a 57-yard interception return. Jones remained out while rehabbing a shoulder injury.

Hale Franciscan fell to 0-2.

Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland Glenville – Jones saved the day for Glenville, joining Lattimore in blocking a Solon field-goal attempt with three seconds remaining, preserving a 15-14 victory.

The Comets lined up a 33-yard FG attempt that would have sent the Tarblooders (1-1) to a second straight defeat. Fortunately for Glenville, Lattimore and Jones broke through the center of the Solon line and blocked the kick. Solon (1-1) led 14-7 into the fourth quarter before Glenville quarterback Quan Robinson Jr. threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Story and then completed a two-point pass to Lattimore to give the Tarblooders the lead.

Demetrius Knox, OG, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints' Episcopal – The Saints (2-0) outgained Fort Worth Carter-Riverside, 424-90, and cruised to a 64-7 home victory.

Blaze Moorehead opened the scoring with two first-quarter TD receptions from Foster Sawyer to help give the Saints (2-0) a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and a 57-0 halftime advantage. Sawyer, a TCU commit, completed 15 of 22 passes for 233 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Carter-Riverside fell to 0-1.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Indianapolis Cathedral – In a game that featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense, Cathedral earned its first win of the season thanks to a 50-40 win over visiting South Bend St. Joseph.

McLaurin recorded points in the fourth quarter when he scored on a two-point conversion run. He rushed four times for 33 yards and caught six passes for 79 more. With 294 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Caleb Cross led the Irish (1-2) attack.

St. Joseph fell to 2-1.

Sean Nuernberger, K, Buckner (Ky.) Oldham County – The Colonels fell to 1-2 with a 56-17 loss to host Frankfort Franklin County.

Nuernberger made one field goal and had another blocked in the loss. The Flyers (3-0) were led by Barrett Sanderson, who threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns.

The prospect later tweeted that he made three of four field-goal tries from 65 yards while taking part in pregame warmups.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall – Samuel rushed the ball seven times for 34 yards and caught a 28-yard pass as Erasmus Hall opened its season with a 21-7 victory vs. Staten Island Tottenville.

Kahlil Lewis took advantage of the attention Tottenville defenders paid Samuel on a crucial fourth-and-2 play at Erasmus Hall's 36-yard line in the third quarter. Lewis went right on a sweep and rushed down the right sideline for a 64-yard touchdown. Lewis finished with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

Dylan Thompson, DE, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – Thompson recorded three sacks as the Broncos improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2008 thanks to a 34-6 win at East St. Louis.

Quarterback Alex Wills led the Montini attack by throwing four touchdowns to four different receivers – all in the first half. East St. Louis fell to 1-1.

Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster, Ohio – Lancaster suffered its first shutout loss since Sept. 23, 2011, falling 41-0 to visiting Liberty Township Lakota East.

The Gales (1-1) were outrushed 359-126 in the loss. Lakota East (2-0) was led by quarterback Eric Eichler, who rushed for 112 yards, while fullback David Chenault added 99. Lancaster was led by Jared Thompson, who gained 71 yards on eight carries.

Damon Webb, CB, Detroit Cass Tech – Cass Tech upped its record to 2-0 with a 60-0 drubbing of Detroit Northwestern (0-1). No box score was available.

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