Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Three Ohio State commits walked away from their high school careers with consecutive state championships last weekend.

Dante Booker, OLB, and Parris Campbell, RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary – A day after being named Ohio's Mr. Football for the 2013 season, Booker helped lead the Fighting Irish to a second straight Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III title.

Booker recorded 4½ tackles – 1½ of which went for loss – and caught one pass for 44 yards in what was ultimately a 24-0 win over Trotwood-Madison.

"We've got a real special defense," Booker said after the game. "We came in all week just trying to get that goose egg."

Campbell added 61 yards on the ground, while Akron commit Newman Williams rushed for 42 yards and two touchdowns.

"It means the world to me," Campbell said of his second straight state title. "It means even more because of the guys I did it with. Going out, my senior season, undefeated with a second state championship, it can't get any better than that."

Noah Brown, WR, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII – Brown scored a pair of touchdowns, but that was all Pope John could muster in a 62-14 loss to Montvale St. Joseph in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Non Public Group 3 final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Brown rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but St. Joseph (10-1) built a 42-7 lead at halftime. He later added a 75-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter from quarterback Sonny Abramson, but it was too little too late.

Brown finished with five receptions for 121 yards and picked off a pair of passes defensively.

The Lions ended the season 10-2.

Sam Hubbard, OLB, Cincinnati Moeller – Hubbard capped his prep career with a second consecutive state championship thanks to a 55-52 victory over Mentor in the OHSAA Division I title game in Canton.

Hubbard led the defense with 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and an intercepted pass. He even blocked a Mentor extra point. On offense, quarterback Gus Ragland rushed for five touchdowns, tying a Division I final record for rushing scores. Ragland rushed for 189 yards and threw for 273 more.

Moeller (14-1) led 34-23 at halftime and 48-26 after three quarters before the Cardinals (13-2) mounted a rally attempt in the fourth quarter. Mentor scored 26 fourth-quarter points, but the rally fell short. The Cardinals were led by Eddie Daugherty, who caught 18 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. QB Conner Krizancic rushed for 102 yards and threw for 419.

Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland Glenville – A 27-point outburst in the second quarter allowed Loveland to defeat Glenville in the OHSAA Division II championship game at snowy Canton.

The Tarblooders' quest for their first state title fell short as the Tigers (15-0) dominated the first half. Loveland led 34-0 at halftime after a big second quarter. Their 27 points were a Division II state championship record for most points in a quarter. Loveland was led by Luke Waddell, who rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown.

Glenville (13-2) committed seven turnovers in the loss, including five in the first half. Despite that, the Tarblooders outgained Loveland 412-406. Quarterback Quan Robinson Jr. rushed for a touchdown and threw a TD pass to Marshon Lattimore. Running back Davon Anderson also added a rushing score. OSU target Erick Smith made 12 solo tackles and caught four passes for 71 yards.

Jones made two tackles on defense.


The following players had previously ended their seasons – Kyle Berger, OLB, Cleveland St. Ignatius; Stephen Collier, QB, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County; Eric Glover-Williams (junior), RB, Canton McKinley; Jalyn Holmes, DE, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor; Malik Hooker, WR, New Castle, Pa.; Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago De La Salle; Demetrius Knox, OG, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints' Episcopal; Terry McLaurin, WR, Indianapolis Cathedral; Sean Nuernberger, K, Buckner (Ky.) Oldham County; Curtis Samuel, WR, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall; Dylan Thompson, DE, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic; Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster, Ohio and Damon Webb, CB, Detroit Cass Tech.

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