Friday Night Lights

Throughout the high school football season, BuckeyeSports.com will be following the progress of Ohio State's football commitments. Check out how OSU verbal commitments and their teams fared Nov. 28-29.

DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – Bellamy ended his high school football career with a 21-10 victory over Columbus Eastmoor Academy in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III championship game at Canton Fawcett Stadium.

Aurora (13-2) earned its first state title thanks in part of a 21-point second quarter. After spotting Eastmoor (13-2) a 3-0 first-quarter lead on a 35-yard field goal by Kwesi Sample, the Greenmen took advantage of a pair of Warrior turnovers. A fumble near midfield turned into a Steven Yung 49-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brendan Gallagher. Eric Shultz gave Aurora a 14-3 lead with a 3-yard scoring run, and then Dee Brizzolara capped the big quarter with a pair of big plays. He first nabbed an interception on defense and took it to the Eastmoor 26. On the first play of Aurora's ensuing drive, Brizzolara caught a 26-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone.

"That touchdown broke their back," Aurora coach Bob Mihalik told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "We're up 14-3, Dee gets the big pick and then, we go right back up top the next play and he makes the great catch."

The Warriors cut into the 21-3 halftime deficit with a 30-yard touchdown reception from Alex Coleman from quarterback Malon Johnson. Yet that was as close as Aurora allowed Eastmoor to get.

Gallagher threw for 120 yards and rushed for 49 more in the victory. Yung had 60 receiving yards, and Brizzolara added 57 more.

Bellamy had five solo tackles on defense.

RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – Miami (Fla.) commit Lamar Miller and Miami Killian outdueled Berry and Palmetto in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 6A regional quarterfinal at Florida International University.

Miller led the Cougars (10-2) to a 27-6 victory with 202 yards rushing on 24 carries and three first-half touchdowns. Killian quarterback Ricky Rowe added 130 passing yards and ran for another score.

Berry, who missed Palmetto's 29-0 regular-season loss to Killian because of injury, rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries.

"I wasn't thinking about me against Jaamal, I was thinking about getting the victory," Miller told the Miami Herald.

The lone score for Palmetto (7-5) came on a 23-yard touchdown reception by Wilfred Butler from quarterback Kevin Karpiak.

WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Carter caught a pair of touchdown passes in a 49-8 victory for the Raiders over visiting Fort Lauderdale Dillard in a FHSAA Class 5A regional semifinal.

Carter caught scores of 10 and 11 yards in another rout by St. Thomas Aquinas. Quarterback Ryan Becker threw for 103 yards and four touchdowns. The Raiders rushing attack piled up 294 yards, with Giovanni Bernard leading the way with 122 yards and two scores.

The Panthers (9-3) took an 8-7 lead before the Raiders took command. St. Thomas Aquinas scored on its first three possessions.

The Raiders (12-0) have won 21 straight games and will face Stuart South Fork on Friday in a regional final.

CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Green scored five touchdowns and led Male to a 56-35 victory over visiting Georgetown Scott County in a Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 3A state quarterfinal.

Green rushed for 254 yards and four scores and added a 76-yard touchdown reception in the victory. Male (9-4) trailed 7-0 after a Jose Smith touchdown, but two long Green touchdowns put the Bulldogs ahead for good.

Smith led the Cardinals (10-3) with 266 rushing yards on 39 carries with three touchdowns.

Male will host Independence Simon Kenton in the state semifinals on Friday.

FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Hyde rushed for 203 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns as the Golden Eagles held off visiting Fort Myers Dunbar, 17-14, in a FHSAA Class 3A regional semifinal.

Naples will play for a regional championship next week, but the Golden Eagles did not get there without some controversy. With Dunbar (10-2) driving deep in Naples territory late in the game, quarterback Miguel Rodriguez threw a pass to Javian Battle in the back of the end zone. Battle and Naples defensive back Mark Pearson both came down with the ball and fell out of bounds.

After a discussion between the officials, the pass was ruled incomplete. Instead of attempting a game-tying field goal, Dunbar opted to go for a game-winning touchdown. However, Rodriguez was stopped 10 yards short of the end zone following a quarterback scramble.

"Dual-possession out of bounds," Naples coach Bill Kramer told the Naples News of the controversial call. "That's a pretty easy call. They both came down in, but wound up out."

"I thought we had it in there on that last play," Dunbar coach Phil Vogt said. "I still think we scored, but I can't swear to that until I see the (replay)."

Naples (11-1) will face Miami Monsignor Pace on Friday in the regional final.

LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – Whiting and the Trinity defense held visiting Louisville Eastern to 15 points, but 5-foot-5 running back Tim Phillips stole the spotlight in Trinity's 63-15 win in the KHSAA Class 6A state quarterfinals.

Phillips, a Central Michigan commit, rushed for a season-high 216 yards and scored four touchdowns in the rout. His efforts helped the Shamrocks (12-1) earn a rematch against Louisville St. Xavier in the state semifinals Friday at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. St. X defeated Trinity 30-6 in the regular season.

The Eagles (11-2) were unable to avenge its 49-0 loss to Trinity in the regular season.

The following OSU verbal commits have finished their seasons: CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont; WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway; LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central; CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora; DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio; WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey; TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South; RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa.; LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio; WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich.; LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley; OG Corey Linsley and J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman; OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio; OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit; DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville; DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney.

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