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 Nov. 16-17.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – The Barrett-less Raiders (9-2) defeated host Fort Worth Dunbar (5-6), 44-26, in the bi-district round of the University Interscholastic League Class 4A Division II playoffs. Chase London completed 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns to lead Rider, who will next face Fort Worth Southwest (9-2) in the second round.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Bosa and the Raiders began their postseason run in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 7A bracket with a 42-7 blowout of visiting Miami Beach.

St. Thomas Aquinas (9-2) trailed 7-0 before taking command by scoring the final 42 points of the game. The Raiders got a pair of touchdowns from both Fred Coppet and Deltron Sands and earned the 500th win in program history. Miami Beach (7-4) scored its lone touchdown when it reached the end zone after recovering a Raiders fumble off The Opening kickoff.

Next up for the Raiders is a regional semifinal matchup against Plantation (8-3).

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison – The defending state champion Rams added a regional title to their football résumé, besting top-seeded Cincinnati Turpin, 42-14, in a game played at Kings Mills Kings.

Burrows had six tackles as No. 6 Trotwood (11-2) won the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II, Region 8 crown. Turpin (12-1) led 7-0 after the first quarter before the Rams built a 14-7 halftime lead thanks to an 8-yard touchdown run by Breland Cospy and a 20-yard TD pass from Messiah deWeaver to Ryon Lucas.

DeWeaver and Lucas connected again for a 50-yard scoring pass in the third quarter before Turpin narrowed the lead to 21-14 early in the fourth quarter on a 54-yard TD pass from Connor Jansen to J.R. Stoll. Trotwood then iced the game with three more touchdowns. Isreal Green rushed for scores of 46 and 49 yards, while Ashton Jackson added a 22-yard rushing TD for the final score.

The Rams advance to the state semifinals, where Burrows and company will match up against fellow OSU verbal Darron Lee and New Albany (11-2).

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs – For the third straight season, Burroughs has advanced to the state championship game. The Bombers earned a 28-6 win at Monett in a Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 semifinal.

Burroughs (13-0) will look to improve on its back-to-back runner-up finishes next week against Maryville (14-0). Against Monett (11-4), Elliott paced the Bombers with a 233-yard rushing performance on 23 carries. He gave his team a 7-0 halftime lead with a 32-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and added two more scores on TD runs of 23 and 9 yards.

Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central – The Bears are one win away from a state championship thanks to a 28-15 win at Greenwood Center Grove in the semi-state round of the Indiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A bracket.

Top-ranked Lawrence Central never trailed, scoring the first three touchdowns of the game and holding on from there. Trailing 21-0, Center Grove (12-2) attempted to rally and scored nine unanswered points before Drake Christen extended the Bears' lead by rushing for a 53-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Lawrence Central iced the win when Mike Zinermon intercepted a Luke Calvert pass at the LC 4-yard line with 56 seconds remaining.

The Bears (14-0) will face Fort Wayne Snider (14-0) for the state championship. It is Lawrence Central's second-ever appearance in the title game. In 2010, future Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson led them to a runner-up finish.

Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland – The Vikings had their season come to an end with a 41-6 loss in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South region title game vs. Upper Marlboro Wise.

Suitland (10-2) was halted on offense through most of the game. Jacobs provided his team's only score of the game, catching a 25-yard scoring strike from Wesley Wolfolk on the last play of the game.

Wise (11-1) earned its fourth region title in five years and avenged a 2011 loss to Suitland in the postseason.

• Darron Lee, S/QB, New Albany, Ohio – Lee did a little bit of everything as No. 4 New Albany won the OHSAA Division II, Region 7 championship with a 32-30 win against third-seeded Columbus Marion-Franklin in a game played at Gahanna Lincoln.

Lee scored two touchdowns on offense, returned a punt 82 yards for another score and sealed the victory with an interception in the final minute.

Before the final Marion-Franklin pass, New Albany head coach Mark Mueller told This Week newspapers of Columbus he had only one thought.

"Darron, go catch it," he said. "Someone, go catch it. We had three guys there. That ball didn't get past us. But one guy jumped over everyone else."

Lee caught the pass at the New Albany 17 to end the Red Devils' late rally attempt.

"We knew they needed a big play," Lee said. "We had coverage by our corners and all our outside defenders. Luckily, I was able to make a play."

Marion-Franklin (11-2) led 16-6 in the first quarter before New Albany rallied to take a 26-16 halftime lead. Lee threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Carson Tunney in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Lee added a 36-yard scoring run.

The Eagles advance to face Burrows and Trotwood in a state semifinal.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – Unbeaten and top-seeded Tarboro had little trouble at home with No. 3 Elizabeth City Northeastern, earning a 52-24 victory in the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs.

The Vikings (13-0) led 22-3 after the first quarter and cruised from there. Tarboro piled up 511 yards of offense, including 455 on the ground. Quentin Roberson finished with 206 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns.

Tarboro advances to the state quarterfinals, where it will play Tabor City South Columbus (12-2). Northeastern concluded its season with an 11-3 record.

Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – Thompson returned an interception for a 24-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and the Fighting Irish earned a regional title with a 42-14 win against Avon in a game played at Clyde.

Second-seeded Central Catholic (12-1) took home the OHSAA Division II, Region 6 crown thanks in part to its strong finish to the first half. The Irish scored three touchdowns over the final 3:33 of the second quarter to break the game open. Central Catholic was led by running back Amir Edwards, who rushed for 134 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns.

Next up for the Irish will be Aurora (12-1) in the Division II semifinals. Fourth-seeded Avon ended its season 11-2.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – Woodard caught an 8-yard touchdown pass on offense as second-seeded Eastern earned a 41-38 win against No. 7 and visiting Toms River North in a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association South Jersey Group 5 first-round game.

Eastern quarterback Tom Flacco, brother of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, led the way, completing 18 of 31 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for another, a 5-yard score with 1:11 remaining that provided the final difference.

The Mariners (5-4) took a 38-28 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Carmen Sclafani before Flacco rallied his team with his TD pass to Woodard with 7:20 remaining and his game-winning touchdown run.

Next up for the Vikings (7-3) is a NJSIAA South Jersey Group 5 semifinal against No. 6 Manahawkin Southern (7-2).


The following players have ended their seasons: Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North; Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C.; Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio; Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio; Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch; Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio; Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone.

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