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 last week.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – The Barrett-less Raiders earned a 40-7 win against visiting Denton. Rider (7-2, 5-1 District 5-4A) led 26-0 at halftime and eased to victory. Denton fell to 3-6 (1-5).

Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North – Baugh made his mark on defense with an interception as North beat Riverside Arlington, 28-6. Baugh's pick was one of three recorded by the Huskies (6-4, 5-1 Inland Valley).

"We were very defensive-oriented this week at practice," Baugh told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. "We knew we had to stop the run, and we came out and did the best we could."

Arlington (6-4, 4-2) committed five turnovers. Baugh added three catches from his tight end spot for 63 yards. Denzel Foster led the North attack with 149 yards on 23 carries and a pair of touchdowns.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – With a 53-0 rout of host Cooper City, St. Thomas Aquinas clinched another district crown.

The Raiders (7-2, 5-0 District 15-7A) entered the game with plenty of motivation. The players wore wristbands with "21-16" printed on them – the final score a year earlier when Cooper City knocked off St. Thomas Aquinas. There was no repeat performance this time. The Raiders outgained the Cowboys (3-5, 2-2), 336 to minus-31.

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – Burrows recovered a fumble and the visiting Rams routed Mount Healthy, 48-0, in a first-round Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II, Region 8 matchup.

Burrows and the Trotwood defense did not allow Mount Healthy (9-2) to cross midfield until the fourth quarter and held the Owls to 97 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, Trotwood finished with 495 total yards and cruised to victory after taking a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.

Sixth-seeded Trotwood (9-2) will next face No. 2 Cincinnati Winton Woods (8-3) on Nov. 9. Winton Woods defeated Trenton Edgewood, 50-7, in its playoff opener.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – The Bombers opened Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 playoff action following a first-round forfeit with a 56-13 win vs. Manchester Kennedy.

As usual, Burroughs (10-0) followed Elliott to victory. He played in only the first half of the rout but finished with 119 yards on 13 carries. Elliott rushed for four touchdowns on runs of 3, 31, 1 and 2 yards, respectively, and added another when he returned an onside kick attempt 54 yards for a score.

The Celts finished the season 6-4. Burroughs was scheduled to face St. Louis Soldan (8-3) in the District 2 championship game on Nov. 5.

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – The Bears remained perfect through 12 games with an Indiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A Sectional 5 championship victory, 21-7, against visiting Indianapolis North Central.

Alex Rodriguez followed holes made by Gardner and the rest of his offensive line and scored a pair of touchdowns. He reached the end zone on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and later added a 23-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Rodriguez finished with 157 yards on 22 carries.

North Central ended its season at 4-8. Next up for the Bears (12-0) is Indianapolis Pike in regional play. The Red Devils (9-3) won a sectional title with a 55-24 win against host Avon.

Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C. – The Hill-less Bulldogs earned a South Carolina High School League Class AA Region I opening 9-6 victory vs. Prosperity Mid-Carolina.

Banged-up running back Cam Blackburn rushed for 154 yards and Alex Haynes kicked a trio of field goals to give Pendleton (8-3) the victory. Haynes booted his last field goal with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter.

The Rebels finished the season 2-9. Pendleton will next face Cheraw (6-4) in the second round.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – The Rams capped the regular season with a 49-7 win at Greenbelt Eleanor Roosevelt.

Suitland (9-1) scored 35 second-quarter points in the rout and got a 106-yard rushing performance from Anthony Squire. The Rams earned a three seed in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South region and will begin postseason play with a game at DuVal (9-1). The second-seeded Tigers (9-1) defeated Suitland, 26-6, in the regular season. Roosevelt ended the regular season 7-3.

Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee set up a pair of short touchdown runs as the fourth-seeded Eagles beat No. 5 Columbus Beechcroft, 25-6, in playoff action.

Lee gave his team the momentum early, converting a fourth-and-7 play with an 11-yard run on his team's first offensive possession. Alan Watson, who rushed for 139 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns, finished that drive with a 9-yard score.

Lee later completed a 32-yard pass to Matt Smith under pressure to set up another score – a 37-yard TD run by Watson that extended the lead to 18-0 for New Albany (9-2).

"Darron is Darron," New Albany coach Mark Mueller told The Columbus Dispatch. "We count on him to make those kinds of plays, especially on third down. He does everything within the offense, though."

Beechcroft ended its season 8-2. The Eagles (9-2) drew top-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley (11-0) in the second round in a game scheduled to be played Nov. 9. The Scotties defeated Tecumseh, 54-29, in its playoff opener and have eliminated New Albany in each of the last two seasons.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – The Vikings opened North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A postseason play with a 53-13 win vs. Beddingfield (4-7). No other details were available. Tarboro (11-0) will next face Kinston, a 48-21 winner against Kill Devil Hills First Flight in its postseason opener.

Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch – Price's prep career came to an end with an OHSAA Division I Region 1 loss by No. 7 Fitch, 35-26, at No. 2 Cleveland St. Ignatius.

St. Ignatius (10-1) committed five turnovers, but Fitch (9-2) could not take full advantage. The Falcons attempted to mount a large comeback, scoring 19 fourth-quarter points, but the Wildcats were able to hold on and give longtime head coach Chuck Kyle his 300th victory.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – The Fighting Irish bounced back from a regular-season finale loss to Toledo Whitmer by opening OHSAA Division II Region 6 playoff action with a 50-7 throttling of Grafton Midview.

Central Catholic, the No. 2 seed in the region, improved to 10-1 with the victory. The Irish led 43-0 at halftime thanks to the play of quarterback DeShone Kizer, who accounted for six touchdowns – four passing and two rushing.

Midview (9-2) scored its lone points after Central Catholic had piled up its points and put its reserves in the game. The Irish were scheduled to face No. 6 Mansfield Madison in the second round.

Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone – The host Braves moved above .500 with a 35-7 8A-District 5 win against Orlando Cypress Creek.

Boone (5-4, 2-1) earned a playoff berth with one week left in the regular season with the win as the runner-up in its division. A.J. Turman had a big game in the win over Cypress Creek (0-9, 0-3), rushing for 149 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns.

Townsend had a punt of 58 yards that was muffed by the return man and recovered by Boone inside the opposing 10. He also accounted for five tackles and a sack on defense.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Despite holding a 12-0 halftime lead, Eastern was upset, 19-18, at Medford Lenape in a West Jersey Football League American Division matchup.

Lenape (2-6, 1-4) scored 13 unanswered third-quarter points to take the lead before Tom Flacco, brother of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Devon Nikolis with 59 seconds left in the fourth quarter. That gave Eastern (6-3, 3-2) an 18-13 lead.

The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, however, and Lenape made the Vikings rekick. Arkemus Baskerville returned the kick 27 yards to the Eastern 48 and later played the hero by scoring the game-tying touchdown on a run out of the Wildcat formation. Baskerville finished with 152 yards on 16 carries. Jarry Jones gave Lenape the victory by booting the extra point.


The following players have ended their seasons: Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio; Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio; Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio.

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