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. 30-Dec. 1.

J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – The Barrett-less Raiders set a school playoff record with 64 points in a 64-35 victory against El Paco Burges in a University Interscholastic League Class 4A Division II regional semifinal at Midland.

Rider (11-2) set the tone early by scoring a 52-yard touchdown on a double reverse pass on the first play from scrimmage. The Raiders' offense cruised from there, allowing Rider to coast to victory despite allowing Burges running back Aaron Jones to rush for 334-yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Burges (10-3) finished with 520 yards on the ground, but it wasn't enough. Rider ended the night with 586 yards of total offense.

The Raiders will host Wolfforth Frenship (12-1) in the regional final/state quarterfinal round Saturday afternoon.

Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Despite playing without suspended Bosa, St. Thomas Aquinas earned a 38-24 win vs. Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 7A regional final.

Quarterback John O'Korn sparked the Raiders in the victory. He threw three touchdown passes on 13-of-19 passing for 180 yards. St. Thomas Aquinas (11-2) iced the game with O'Korn's final TD pass – a 22-yard connection with Mark Barr in the fourth quarter that set the final score.

Boyd Anderson ended its season 9-3.

Next up for the Raiders is a state semifinal showdown with Bradenton Manatee (13-0). The Hurricanes are the defending champions but will travel to Fort Lauderdale for the game, scheduled for Friday at Brian Piccolo Stadium.

Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison and Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – In a battle of future Buckeyes, Thompson took bragging rights – and a state title – with a 16-12 victory for Central Catholic against Burrows and Trotwood in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II championship game in Massillon.

The Irish never trailed, building a 14-0 halftime lead on touchdown runs of 3 and 8 yards, respectively, by Amir Edwards. Central Catholic (14-1) extended the lead with a third-quarter safety, which proved to be crucial as Trotwood (12-3) scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Ryon Lucas started the attempted rally with a 13-yard TD reception by Messiah deWeaver. Demarcus Wilson later added a 24-yard scoring strike from Austin Howell with 2:38 remaining. After both scores, the Rams attempted to convert a two-point conversion and failed both times.

Lucas led Trotwood's offense with 83 receiving yards on three receptions. Edwards led the Irish with 185 yards on 38 carries to go with his two scores.

Both Burrows and Thompson finished with 2½ tackles apiece in their final prep games.

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – The Vikings couldn't make it four in a row. Tarboro fell 24-20 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A championship game to East Lincoln in game played at Wake Forest's BB&T Field.

Tarboro (14-1) was looking for its fourth straight state title, but it wasn't to be. East Lincoln (16-0) won its first championship by limiting Tarboro's wing-T offense. The Mustangs led 17-6 at halftime before the Vikings rallied to take a 20-17 lead.

East Lincoln went ahead for good on an 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 13-yard pass from Garrett Young to Tyler Brock with 7:55 remaining.

Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – A 3-yard touchdown pass from Dan Higgins to Abe Gonzalez ended Eastern's season with a 30-27 home loss to Manahawkin Southern in a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association South Jersey Group 5 semifinal.

The score came with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter and was the final blow in a back-and-forth affair. Sixth-seeded Southern (8-2) raced out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter before No. 2 Eastern (7-4) tied the game in the third with a pair of scores, including a 31-yard TD reception by Woodard from quarterback Tom Flacco. Eastern eventually built a 27-21fourth-quarter lead before the Rams earned the victory by scoring the game's final nine points on a safety and Higgins' TD pass.

Flacco, younger brother of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, completed 17 of 30 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns.


The following players have ended their seasons – Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North; Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs; Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central; Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C.; Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland; 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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