Friday Night Lights

BuckeyeSports.com
Posted Sep 3, 2007


Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com will be following the progress of Ohio State’s football commitments along with some of the top prospects being tracked across the country.


Here is how the OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared over the Aug. 31-Sept. 1 weekend. All are seniors unless noted.

OL Mike Adams, TE/WR Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman – The Shamrocks had little trouble dispatching host Lima Senior Friday night, 63-0.

Adams and the rest of the offensive line had a solid night, as Coffman led 14-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Of the Shamrocks’ seven first-half touchdowns, three were rushing scores – all by Jared Phillips. Phillips also caught two touchdown passes.

Coffman improved to 2-0 with the win. The Shamrocks will face Ben Buchanan and Westerville (Ohio) Central Friday in Dublin.

OL Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater – The Eagles began their season Friday night with a 21-14 victory over Orlando Dr. Phillips.

Brewster and the offensive line struggled in the first half, trailing 7-0 and having just 71 yards of offense. The second half was a different story, as Edgewater scored three times

K/P Ben Buchanan, Westerville (Ohio) Central – Buchanan kicked three field goals, but Central lost to crosstown rival Westerville South, 51-30, at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

Buchanan made fields goals of 42, 31 and 47 yards. He also connected on all three extra-point attempts and averaged 41.3 yards on three punts.

South’s Cortez Fleming ran for 222 yards, threw for 158 yards and scored six touchdowns in the win.

Central led 23-14 at halftime.

TE Nic DiLillo, Madison, Ohio – DiLillo and the rest of the Blue Streaks crushed host Geneva, 36-0, Friday.

For most of the first half, neither team could score, but the Eagles allowed a safety and a touchdown late in the first half. Madison took it from there.

The Blue Streaks finished with 357 yards of total offense, compared to just 31 for Geneva.

DT Garrett Goebel, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – Goebel and his Broncos kept host Lisle (Ill.) Benet scoreless on the season by blanking the Redwings 33-0.

Montini (2-0) held the Redwings to 161 yards of offense, compared to 360 yards for the Broncos.

Montini led 19-0 through three quarters and added two late touchdowns to make the score more lopsided. Goebel and the defense did not need to do much, as the Bronco offense held the ball for more than 28 minutes.

WR DeVier Posey, Cincinnati LaSalle – Posey caught five passes for 112 yards in the Lancers’ 7-6 loss to Indianapolis Cathedral Saturday at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati as part of the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge event.

Posey set up LaSalle’s first field goal by hauling in a 32-yard pass from Brendan Jones in the final minutes of the first half. LaSalle led 6-0 late, but Cathedral (2-1) scored with 2:59 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game. The extra point by kicker Scottie Miller gave the Fighting Irish the win over 1-1 LaSalle.

Posey also had a solid defensive performance as a cornerback, breaking up three passes.

“Wherever Coach (Tom) Grippa and our team needs me, I’ll line up,” Posey told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I played some tight end today. At the end of the game, we were kind of worn down, but that’s no excuse really.”

OL J.B. Shugarts, Klein, Texas – The Bearkats opened the season with a 45-0 loss at Katy.

Things went bad for Klein from the start, as Trent Hunter returned the opening kick 100 yards for a score just 15 seconds into the game. Katy led 16-0 at halftime, and 29 second-half points sealed the blowout win.

Shugarts and the rest of the Klein offense struggled, amassing only 65 total yards – only 49 on the ground on 24 carries.

MLB Andrew Sweat, Washington (Pa.) Trinity – Sweat had a solid night offensively as a fullback, but the Hillers lost 34-13 to Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan.

Sweat did have a touchdown, a 2-yard score to give the Hillers a 7-0 lead. However, the Big Macs controlled most of the game.

A turning point in the game came when Trinity was trailing 14-7 in the third quarter and decided to go for it on a fourth-and-inches at its own 30. Sweat was stopped for no gain, and the Big Macs went on to win.

Sweat and the rest of the Hiller defense struggled to stop Canon-McMillan’s rushing attack. Conversely, the Hillers had only 3 yards of total offense in the second half until their final possession. That’s when Penn State recruit Mike Yancich rushed 47 yards for a late touchdown.

RB/LB Devoe Torrence, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Torrence struggled as the Tigers were upset by visiting Solon, 10-3. The running back fumbled once and bobbled a pass in the fourth quarter that was intercepted.

The Tigers gained 107 yards rushing and had three turnovers. Late in the game, Torrence was open for a pass near the Solon 30, but the senior bobbled it and it was intercepted by Solon’s Tyler Rodman.

Torrence, who fumbled inside the Solon 25 on the first drive of the game, finished with only 25 yards on 16 carries.

“He’s a winner,” Tigers coach Tom Stacy told the Canton Repository. “He’ll bounce back from it. We’ve got to do that as a football team, and I’m confident our kids will do that.”

DE/LB/FB/HB Nathan Williams, Washington Court House (Ohio) Miami Trace –Williams blocked a field-goal attempt in the Panthers’ 19-0 victory over visiting Wilmington. The Panthers held Wilmington to only 76 yards on the ground.

Williams’ block led to a Panther touchdown late in the first half. After the block, Trevor Milstead returned the ball 90 yards for a touchdown.

“Nathan Williams had a big ballgame tonight,” Miami Trace head coach Jeff Conroy told the Washington Court House Record-Herald. “He’d be the first to tell you, he did not play well last week (in an opening-game loss). But he came back and just played great football tonight.

“He’s been our defensive leader. I think our kids fed off his play tonight.”

Williams also recorded four carries for 12 yards.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks rallied to beat Bowling Green, 39-28, Aug. 31.

Whiting, the newest OSU verbal commitment and the first of the class of 2009, knocked down a third-and-17 pass with Trinity holding onto a 32-28 lead late. After the Bowling Green punt, the Shamrocks put the game away with a 5-yard touchdown run by Tim Phillips with 1:45 left.

Here is a look at several other prospects from around the country that Ohio State is tracking. All are seniors unless otherwise noted.

LB Brendan Beal, Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty – Beal batted down two passes and had several solo stops as Liberty held off Allentown (Pa.) Central Catholic, 20-13.

Beal and the defense sealed the win by breaking up a desperation pass inside the Liberty 20 on fourth-and-10 in the final minute.

DE Quinton Coples, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy – Coples and his team open the season Sept. 7 at Fishburne (Va.) Military School.

WR/DB Michael Floyd, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall – Floyd caught three passes for 77 yards in the Raiders’ 56-7 win over Forest Lake Aug. 31.

Floyd not only beat the Rangers with his hands, he beat them with his arm. The receiver started the night by throwing an option pass to Shady Salamon for a 24-yard touchdown on Cretin-Derham Hall’s first play from scrimmage.

WR Jeff Fuller, McKinney (Texas) Boyd –The Broncos open their season Sept. 7 at Prosper.

LB Shayne Hale, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney knocked off the Gators Sept. 1 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, 27-6, as part of the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge.

Hale and his defense struggled to stop Mooney despite the loss of running back Brandon Beachum, who suffered a knee injury in the first quarter.

Mooney finished with 274 yards rushing and had a 20-6 halftime lead.

CB Brendan Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington – Harris and the Tornadoes had a 27-0 lead against Sarasota Aug. 31 and had to hold on for a 30-28 win.

Sarasota quarterback Casey Kelly threw for 231 of his 303 yards passing during the final 18 minutes of the game. The Sailors got to within two after a touchdown with 51.7 seconds left, but Washington recovered the onside kick to preserve the win.

The Tornadoes host Florida Class 5A-Region 3 champion Bradenton Manatee Sept. 7.

S/QB Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Preparatory – Prep does not start the season until Sept. 8 vs. Delbarton at Giants Stadium.

WR Josh Jarboe, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove – Jarboe had his senior season open on a losing note with a 17-6 loss at Decatur Southwest DeKalb.

Cedar Grove hosts Mays Sept. 7.

OL Josh Jenkins, Parkersburg, W.Va. – Parkersburg downed Beckley Woodrow Wilson, 35-7, Aug. 31.

Jenkins and his offensive linemates led the way as Parkersburg scored all five of its touchdowns on the ground. After Woodrow Wilson tied the game with a 26-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, Parkersburg controlled the rest of the game, scoring 21 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 28-7 lead at halftime.

DE Willie Mobley, Eden Prairie Minn. – Eden Prairie defeated Bloomington Jefferson, 49-10, to open its season.

Mobley and the Eagles did a solid job against Jefferson quarterback Moses Alipate, a junior who already has an offer from the University of Minnesota. Alipate was pressured by Mobley and the defense all night, and the quarterback completed 8 of 15 passes for 37 yards.

QB Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa. – It did not take long for Pryor to make his presence felt against Brownsville.

He ran for a 53-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage – his only carry of the night – in a 60-0 win by the Jayhawks. Pryor completed 3 of 4 passes for 97 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown to Jerry Harris.

LB Etienne Sabino, Miami Dr. Michael M. Krop – The Lightning opened their season with a 14-6 win over Hialeah Aug. 30.

The Krop defense stood tall late, stopping a 10-play, 90-yard Hialeah drive near the goal line. Krop stopped rusher Paris Cotton for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal at the Krop 2.

WR Cordale Scott, Cleveland Glenville – Also part of the Ohio vs. USA Challenge, Scott and the Tarblooders dropped a 21-13 final to Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.

The Jackrabbits, ranked 11th nationally by USA Today, stopped a Glenville challenge in the final minutes. The Tarblooders drove to the Poly 8 but were stopped.

Poly scored the first 14 points of the game thanks in part to great field position. The first Jackrabbit touchdown drive was 42 yards, and a muffed Glenville punt allowed Poly to need to go only 25 yards for the second.

The Jackrabbits did a good job of containing Scott, who finished with 25 yards on six catches. With just over two minutes remaining, Scott was open for a potential touchdown, but he dropped the pass with some help by the Poly defense.

RB Lamaar Thomas, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly – Friendly opens the season Sept. 7 at Baltimore Edmondson-Westside.

DT Justin Thompson, El Camino (Calif.) Junior College – Thompson registered a sack in El Camino’s season-opening 56-13 victory Sept. 1 over El Cajon Grossmont.

QB/CB Charles Whitlock, Chester, S.C. – Whitlock’s Cyclones improved to 2-0 on the season with a 52-0 whitewash of host Fort Mill Indian Land Aug. 31.



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