Friday Night Lights

BuckeyeSports.com
Posted Sep 8, 2008


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. 5-6. All are seniors unless noted.

CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont – The T-Bolts improved to 2-1 with a road non-conference victory over Westerville South.

Barnett and the Northmont defense stifled South’s attack, holding them to two touchdowns. Chase Belton led the T-Bolt offense with a 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to get the scoring underway. Quintin Cooper returned an interception 81-yards in the second half.

Belton also threw for two additional touchdowns.

WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Bell and Brown helped the Gators jump out to a 2-0 record with a 56-6 rout of visiting Baldwin.

Brown led all receivers with eight catches for 64 yards. He also caught touchdown passes of 14, 15 and 5 yards. Bell got in on the scoring as well, adding two touchdown runs of 36 and 48 yards.

Gateway had little trouble with the Highlanders (0-2), outgaining them 425-69 and holding a 22-5 advantage in first downs.

DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – The Greenmen struggled on offense in a 27-6 non-conference loss at Twinsburg.

Twinsburg’s Cory Eden ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and threw for 169 yards on 12-of-18 passing.

Aurora (1-2) trailed 14-0 at halftime but stayed close early in the third quarter when quarterback Brandon Gallagher ran for a 75-yard touchdown. After that, it was all Twinsburg.

RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – In his first game since committing to Ohio State, Berry was silenced by Miami Christopher Columbus Boys Catholic in a 49-0 whitewash.

Berry was held to 58 yards and the Palmetto offensive line struggled. Columbus defensive linemen Caesar Rodriguez, Anthony Rabasa and Antwan Lowery combined for three sacks and 15 tackles.

Junior running back Jakhari Gore led the Explorers with a game-high 167 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.

LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Tyler Hammond ran for two touchdowns as the host Tigers blanked Westerville North 41-0.

Hammond rushed five times for 90 yards. Quarterback Nick Raymond added two touchdown passes and Josh Kristoff threw for another.

The Tigers (3-0) held the Warriors to 33 yards of total offense.

WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – St. Thomas Aquinas improved to 2-0 with a 49-3 home rout of Catholic-rival Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.

The Raiders compiled 395 yards of total offense, 268 of which coming on the ground. Giovani Bernard led the rushing attack with 104 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Becker threw for 127 yards on 10-of-19 passing.

Carter caught four passes for 50 yards.

CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – Clarke had never returned kicks prior to Tuscarora’s game vs. Frederick. It is likely he’ll get more chances now.

Clarke returned the game’s opening kickoff 90 yards for a score and Tuscarora rolled to a 40-6 victory in its season opener.

"When I got the ball in my hands, I knew I had to make a big play," Clarke told the Frederick (Md.) News-Post. "I'd have to be blind not to see that hole. It was huge."

The Titans were forced to celebrate the victory alone at the end of the game. Spectators were ordered to evacuate the stadium during the third quarter after several fights erupted in the stands.

DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio – Garfield Heights improved to 3-0 with a win over Lakeside, but the Bulldogs had to earn it by rebounding after losing a three-touchdown lead.

The Bulldogs were ahead by 21 points in the third quarter before Lakeside (1-2) rallied for three scores to tie the game heading into the fourth quarter. Nick Bowling then connected with Luke Kupinewski on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 7:12 remaining to give Garfield Heights the victory.

WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey – Fields scored a 26-yard touchdown on a screen pass in the second quarter to give Harvey a 14-0 lead vs. rival Riverside, but the lead did not hold and Harvey lost 30-22.

Tailback Josh Denner led Riverside with 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Harvey had 264 yards passing, but penalties, four fumbles and a blocked punt conspired to spoil the effort. Fields even had a touchdown called back near the end of the first half because of a penalty.

The Red Raiders have not defeated Riverside in 16 years.

TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South – Fragel and South lost the battle of Grosse Pointe, 13-0, at Grosse Pointe North.

South struggled on offense, gaining only 113 yards, allowing three interceptions and losing one fumble.

The best chance South (1-1) had to score came after it intercepted a Aaron Cisco pass and returned it to the North 13. However, four plays later Patrick Kennedy fumbled on a handoff to Maurice Bunting.

CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Green scored two touchdowns as Male welcomed head coach Bob Redman his 300th career win, a 49-14 victory over Christian County.

Green fumbled on Male’s first possession but recovered to have a solid evening. He ran 16 times for 99 yards.

Redman, in his 17th season at Male, improved his all-time record to 300-107-1.

RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – Hall scored two touchdowns as the Jayhawks cruised to a road 41-0 victory over Brownsville.

The Jayhawks (2-0) were in command early and had a 35-0 lead at halftime. Brownsville helped the cause with two fumbles, an intercepted pass and a muffed kickoff. Both of Hall’s touchdowns came in the first half. The first was on a 21-yard scoring run and the second came when Hall caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Baradziej.

LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – A battle between two traditional football powers in Ohio ended up being a laugher with Coldwater earning a lopsided 49-0 victory at Versailles.

Keith Wenning threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another. The Tigers (3-0) scored 42 of their points in the second and third quarters.

Tony Harlamert caught two of Wenning’s TD passes and added a 20-yard interception return for another score.

FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Hyde and the Golden Eagles suffered heartbreak in a 24-23 loss to Miami Monsignor Pace.

The defending Florida Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A champion lost its first regular season game in almost two years despite rallying from a 18-7 halftime deficit. The Eagles were held to only 62 yards of offense in the first half, but they were still only three yards away form pulling out the win. Naples got within a point when Greg Pratt scored on a 42-yard run with two minutes remaining in regulation. The Eagles opted to go for the win instead of kicking the extra point. It proved to be the wrong decision as Pace’s defense halted Naples’ option run.

Hyde carried the ball 16 times for 69 yards.

WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. – Jackson caught one of quarterback Nick Kissane’s three touchdown passes in Grand Ledge’s 27-7 victory over host Okemos.

Kissane completed 22 of his 32 passes for 239 yards and added a rushing touchdown for the Comets. Jackson six passes for 76 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein made three tackles, one for loss, as his Newark Licking Valley team raced to a 49-7 victory over visiting Cambridge. The Panthers led 41-0 at halftime, and Klein played just one series in the second half.

"We want to come out hard every game," Klein told BSB's Jeff Svoboda. "We were just clicking on all cylinders in this game. It was big for us to get the big lead."

Klein started off the rout with a 31-yard touchdown run that gave Licking Valley a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter. He finished the day with 115 yards rushing. He also caught a 54-yard touchdown pass out of the backfield..

OG Corey Linsley, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – The Spartans had little trouble with crosstown rival Youngstown Chaney, winning 55-7.

Damien Jarrett scored three touchdowns on runs of 5, 13 and 12 yards.

OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio – With Longo still out of the lineup with a stress fracture in his foot, quarterback Jay Bucher took command of the offense in a 24-17 double-overtime victory at Xenia.

Bucher completed 12 of his 24 pass attempts for 177 yards for a touchdown and added 74 yards rushing on 22 carries. Nick Wiget gave the Golden Eagles (2-1) the victory with a game-winning 2-year touchdown run.

Xenia opened the first overtime with a touchdown, but Bellbrook survived a 4th-and-goal situation from the 16-yard thanks to a pass interference call. Bucher then hit Evan Baker on an 8-yard touchdown pass to send the game to a second OT. Bellbrook started the second frame on offense and scored on Wiget’s run. That proved to be enough, as Xenia was unable to answer.

DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto – McDougald and the Irish struggled in a non-conference 30-0 loss to visiting Worthington Kilbourne.

Aaron Kingcade ran for a touchdown and threw for another for Kilbourne (3-0). Scioto (1-2) was held to 84 yards of total offense.

OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit – The Titans fell to 1-2 with a 34-6 loss to Strongsville.

Strongsville kicker Nate Freese was the star of the game, breaking a school record with a 52-yard field goal. A week earlier he had set the school mark with a 48-yard boot.

DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders traveled to the Columbus area and left with a 31-0 shutout victory over Gahanna Lincoln.

Two key Lincoln mistakes helped Glenville open up a 14-0 halftime lead. Jason Pingston scored on an 11-yard return of a blocked punt, and Michael Edwards added a 54-yard interception return for another score. In the second half, Shane Wynn caught an 80-yard Terrence Owens touchdown pass to help blow the game open.

DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney – Simon caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in Mooney’s 59-14 victory over Elyria Catholic.

Karrington Griffin ran for 127 yards and a touchdown, and Ray Vinopali added another 109 yards rushing with a score.

Mooney led 42-0 at halftime.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks outgained host Bowling Green 292-71 in a 17-0 victory.

Trinity (1-0) held the Purples (1-1) to just three first downs the entire game. Bowling Green crossed into Shamrock territory only once on a rainy evening that included a 30-minute lightning delay.

“In this type of condition, it’s very hard to keep your balance and keep your stability,” Whiting told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “But I felt like we just played more as a team.”

Trinity quarterback Cameron Smyth was 16 of 23 for 192 yards.


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