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 Oct. 11-12. All are seniors unless noted.

Kyle Berger, OLB, Cleveland St. Ignatius – The Wildcats (4-3) fell 32-29 to visiting Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy (6-1). 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 – The future Buckeyes and their Fighting Irish teammates traveled to the Gem City and left with a 41-12 win over Dayton Thurgood Marshall.

SVSM (7-0) broke open a 7-6 halftime lead with 34 second-half points. Campbell rushed for 203 yards on seven carries and reached the end zone three times on the ground. His scores came on runs of 44, 50 and 98 yards, respectively. While Campbell sparked the offense, Booker led the defense with 17 tackles, including one for loss.

The Cougars fell to 3-3.

Noah Brown, WR, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII – A final-minute 8-yard touchdown reception by Nick Esposito capped a 31-27 come-from-behind victory over rival Sparta.

The Northwest Jersey Conference American Division foes both entered the game unbeaten. Brown helped Pope John XXIII (5-0, 4-0) remain that way with touchdown catches of 21 and 95 yards – the latter of which Brown raced approximately 90 yards after making a short catch. Despite Brown's efforts, Sparta (4-1, 3-1) held leads of 20-6 and 27-24 before the Lions twice rallied.

Stephen Collier, QB, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County – The Trojans (6-0, 1-0 5A Region 1) had an open week. They next play Oct. 18 at Thomasville Thomas County Central (6-1, 2-0).

Eric Glover-Williams (junior), RB, Canton (Ohio) McKinley – A fake field goal-turned-touchdown gave the Bulldogs a home victory over rival Canton GlenOak.

Trailing 10-7, holder Chris Prowell-White connected with Nick Faulkner for a 16-yard touchdown pass as time expired. That play kept McKinley (7-0, 4-0 Federal League) unbeaten and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Golden Eagles (3-4, 1-2). Glover-Williams, who according to the Canton Repository looked less than 100 percent because of an ankle injury, was limited to 12 carries for minus-2 yards.

GlenOak outgained McKinley 303-154.

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor – A sloppy field and bad traffic did not hurt Lake Taylor, a 55-6 winner at Portsmouth Churchland.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, the Titans (4-2, 3-0 Eastern District) arrived only 45 minutes before kickoff because of traffic around Churchland. Once there, Lake Taylor had to play on a rain-soaked field. Running backs Marquise Poole and Marcus Hawkins led the winning charge. Poole ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns, while Hawkins added a 176 yards and another score.

Holmes was held out of the game because of illness. Churchland fell to 5-1 (2-1).

Malik Hooker, WR, New Castle, Pa. – Despite holding a nine-point lead at halftime, New Castle fell 37-31 to visiting Imperial West Allegheny in a Parkway Conference showdown.

West Allegheny (7-0, 6-0) was led by quarterback Andrew Koester, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 142 yards. He threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score. Hooker caught six passes for 72 yards and rushed twice for eight more. He did not score and fumbled once.

The Red Hurricanes fell to 5-2 (4-2).

Sam Hubbard, OLB, Cincinnati Moeller – Moeller remained unbeaten thanks to a 35-14 win over crosstown rival Cincinnati Elder.

Hubbard intercepted a pass and made seven stops in the victory, one that moved the Crusaders to 7-0 (3-0 Greater Catholic League South Division). Moeller broke a 7-7 second-quarter tie with a Chase Pankey 44-yard touchdown reception from Gus Ragland, one of three passing TDs by the quarterback. Ragland also rushed for another.

Elder dropped to 5-2 (1-1).

Lonnie Johnson, WR, Gary (Ind.) West Side – In another crosstown battle, West Side routed Gary Lew Wallace 82-20.

Johnson was a major part of an air attack that had 388 yards and seven touchdowns by halftime. He caught three touchdown passes from Ramone Atkins and rushed for another. His receiving scores went for 41, 39 and 27 yards, respectively, and finished with five catches for 147 yards. Johnson also ran for a 1-yard score.

West Side (4-4, 1-0 Northwestern Conference) led 66-8 at halftime. Lew Wallace fell to 2-3 (1-1).

Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago De La Salle – Visiting Wilmette Loyola Academy raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead en route to a 48-0 blanking of the Meteors.

D.J. Melsheimer led Loyola (7-0) with two touchdown passes and another rushing score. De La Salle fell to 5-2. Meteors tailback Mikale Wilbon was limited to 22 yards.

Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders kept their Senate League record perfect with a 56-0 blanking of host Cleveland John Marshall.

Glenville (6-1, 4-0) scored a pair of touchdowns in the first and second quarters to take command. In all, seven different players scored touchdowns for the Tarblooders, who dropped John Marshall to 2-5 (2-2). Davon Anderson carried the ball five times for 109 yards. Marshon Lattimore returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown.

Demetrius Knox, OG, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints' Episcopal – The host Saints routed Tulsa Holland Hall 52-3.

All Saints (7-0, 5-0 Southwest Prep Conference North Division) was led by TCU commit Foster Sawyer, who completed 19 of 26 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns. The Saints outgained Holland Hall (3-4, 2-3) 422-179.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Indianapolis Cathedral – McLaurin moved to running back and led Cathedral to a 23-14 victory at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech.

With Arsenal Tech (4-4) putting two defenders on McLaurin as a wide receiver, the Irish elected to move McLaurin to the backfield. The switch worked, as McLaurin rushed 12 times for 132 yards. In all, McLaurin played three positions during the game – wide receiver, running back and a couple of snaps at quarterback.

"The line did a great job all night making holes for me," McLaurin told the Indianapolis Star. "I just wanted to make plays. It was the first time I took that many reps (at running back) during a game."

The win moved Cathedral to 4-4.

Sean Nuernberger, K, Buckner (Ky.) Oldham County – Nuernberger made a pair of field goals in a 35-13 loss to Louisville Fern Creek in both teams' Class 6A District 5 opener.

Nuernberger made field goals of 37 and 40 yards, respectively, and made an extra point. He tweeted that he also had punts of 73 and 55 yards downed at the 1- and 3-yard lines.

Oldham County fell to 2-5 (0-1). Fern Creek improved to 4-3 (1-0).

Curtis Samuel, WR, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall – Samuel rushed for an 89-yard touchdown, but the defense was the story again for Erasmus Hall in a 34-0 win at Brooklyn Canarsie.

The Dutchmen (6-0, 6-0 Public School Athletic League City Conference) posted their fifth-straight shutout. No team has scored on Erasmus Hall since the first quarter of its first game against Staten Island Tottenville.

Canarsie fell to 2-3 (2-3).

Dylan Thompson, DE, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – The Broncos, winners of 13 straight coming into the weekend, avenged their last loss with a 40-35 victory vs. Woodstock Marian Central Catholic.

Montini (7-0, 5-0 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division) last lost Oct. 5, 2012, to the Hurricanes. This year, Marian Central (5-2, 2-2) kept things close for much of the game before Montini emerged with another victory. Tyler Tumpane caught eight passes for 13 yards and three touchdowns and added another on the ground to lead the Broncos.

Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster, Ohio – Lancaster moved to 2-2 in the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division with a 22-19 comeback victory vs. Gahanna Lincoln.

The Golden Gales (4-3, 2-2) trailed 19-7 after three quarters before rallying for the victory – one that gave Lancaster consecutive wins for the first time since 2010. A 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Collin Young and a two-point pass to Jared Thompson gave Lancaster set the final margin with 8:17 remaining.

Gahanna Lincoln fell to 3-4 (3-1).

Damon Webb, CB, Detroit Cass Tech – The Technicians clinched the Detroit Public School League West Division crown with a 41-6 win over Detroit Mumford.

Webb set up a score with a second-quarter interception. He helped Cass Tech (7-0, 6-0) hold Mumford (6-1, 5-1) to 221 yards of offense. Running back Mike Weber led the offense with 216 total yards.

Both teams move on to the PSL semifinals next week. Cass Tech will play Detroit East English Village Prep, while Mumford plays undefeated Detroit Martin Luther King.

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