Before descending upon Columbus, the members of Ohio State's Dynasty '19 recruiting class have one final shot at glory under the Friday night lights.
EASY TO SEE WHY RUNNING BACK IS HIS PREFERENCE
Ohio State four-star running back commit Steele Chambers and defending state champion Roswell Blessed Trinity Catholic hit the road for their season opener on Friday night to take on Atlanta St. Pius X.
The Titans took an early 7-0 lead on a quarterback keeper, but Chambers’ 17-yard scoring run gave them a bit of breathing room in the second quarter. However, the Golden Knights quickly responded with a 80-yard return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff to close to gap and make it a one-score game.
Chambers then extended Blessed Trinity Catholic’s lead right before the half on a 22-yard touchdown reception on a wheel route out of the backfield. He then added a pair of second-half scores to give the Titans a 35-13 win on open night.
Ohio State four-star running back commit Sampson James and Avon, Indiana, meanwhile fell just short of a berth in the state championship last season. The Orioles are one of the favorites to reach the title game this fall, however, and got their 2018 campaign started off right with a 44-13 victory over Plainfield on Friday night.
James set the tone early, giving Avon early lead with a 5-yard plunge for the score. After a pair of second-quarter passing touchdowns put the game out of reach, he then broke a 59-yard touchdown run to put the Orioles ahead of the Quakers, 28-0.
James finished the game with 148 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries and had the entire fourth quarter off.
A COLLEGIATE OFFENSIVE LINE
Buford, Georgia, has an offensive line that features four players committed to FBS schools, including five-star center Harry Miller (Ohio State), three-star guard Riley Simons (Florida), three-star guard Carter Colquitt and three-star tackle Reece McIntyre (both Ole Miss). The fifth lineman, junior Seth McLaughlin, holds offers from more than a dozen ACC and SEC schools.
Together, they average 6-foot-4 and 295-pounds, so it’s easy to see why the Wolves were able to rush for more than 200 yards in Friday night’s 40-14 win over Tucker in the Corky Well Classic at Georgia State in Atlanta.
Four-star running back Derrian Brown, who recently included the Buckeyes in his Top 10, led Buford with 139 yards and three scores on 22 carries. He also added a 32-yard touchdown reception.
|STEELE CHAMBERS||RB||ROSWELL (GA) BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC||@ ATLANTA (GA) ST. PIUS X||W, 35-13||67 yards and 3 TDs on 12 carries, 1 reception for 22 yards and 1 TD|
|SAMPSON JAMES||RB||AVON (IN)||@ PLAINFIELD (IN)||W, 44-13||148 yards and 2 TDs on 15 carries|
|CORMONTAE HAMILTON||TE||MEMPHIS (TN) WHITEHAVEN||MEMPHIS (TN) FAIRLEY||W, 35-0||2 receptions, 1 TD|
|HARRY MILLER||C||BUFORD (GA)||TUCKER (GA) - CORKY KELL CLASSIC||W, 40-14||Paved way for more than 200 yards rushing and 3 TDs on the ground|
|KANE PATTERSON||LB||NASHVILLE (TN) CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN ACADEMY||NASHVILLE (TN) STRATFORD||W, 34-12||4 carries for 47 yards, 1 tackle|
|CRAIG YOUNG||ATH||FORT WAYNE (IN) WAYNE||FORT WAYNE (IN) BISHOP DWENGER||L, 22-0||3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL|
|JACK MILLER III||QB||SCOTTSDALE (AZ) CHAPARRAL||CHANDLER (AZ) HAMILTON||W, 36-33 (OT)||23-of-46 for 402 yards and 3 TDs|
|DARVON HUBBARD||RB||SCOTTSDALE (AZ) CHAPARRAL||CHANDLER (AZ) HAMILTON||W, 36-33 (OT)||57-yard TD, 6-yard TD|
|JAKE WRAY||OT||MARIETTA (GA)||@ ROME (GA) - CORKY KELL CLASSIC||L, 51-41||Blocking allowed QB to throw for school-record 443 yards and 6 TD|