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.
Ohio State four-star quarterback commit Dwan Mathis and five-star offensive guard target Justin Rogers led Oak Park, Michigan, to a 31-13 victory over Utica Eisenhower during the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State on Thursday evening.
Mathis’ four-yard scamper put the Knights on the scoreboard first. His 26-yard pass to wide receiver Jesse Brown extended the lead to 13-0 right before the half.
Mathis, who finished 9-of-14 for 70 yards and three total touchdowns, added another score on a quarterback sneak late in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring for Oak Park.
Rogers, meanwhile, was a factor in all facets of the game — lining up at offensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker for the Knights. He finished the game with a sack, multiple tackles and a pass deflection.
BEST OFFENSIVE LINE IN OHIO
Ohio State four-star offensive tackle commit Ryan Jacoby and four-star defensive end pledge Noah Potter led Mentor to 42-39 shootout win over Lakewood St. Edward in their senior season opener on Friday night.
The Cardinals — whose offensive line also features Michigan State three-star offensive guard Nick Samac — rushed for 365 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. The difference in the game was ultimately a missed extra point in the fourth quarter and subsequent failed two-point conversions as the Eagles attempted to make up the gap.
Potter — who also lined up at tight end in a special goal-line package — finished the game with four tackles and two tackles for a loss despite being double- and triple-teamed all evening.
Though Lexington dropped its season opener to Ontario on Friday night, 14-7, Ohio State four-star linebacker commit Cade Stover made plays all over the field.
Stover caught five passes and had multiple carries on offense and recorded a whopping 29 tackles on defense, but the Minutemen, — who shut out the Warriors for three and a half quarters — gave up 14 points in the final 4:10.
Lexington took an early lead on an 80-yard pass on just the second play of the game, and that appeared to be enough as time ticked away in the fourth quarter.
A 1-yard touchdown tied the game at 7, however, and Stover’s fumble near midfield on the ensuing drive set Ontario up in excellent field position with just minutes remaining. The Warriors steadily moved down the field and took the lead for good on a three-yard plunge with just 39 seconds left in the clock.
|DWAN MATHIS||QB||OAK PARK (MI)||UTICA (MI) EISENHOWER @ WAYNE STATE||W, 31-13||9-of-14 for 70 yards and 3 total TDs (1 passing)|
|STEELE CHAMBERS||RB||ROSWELL (GA) BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC||SOUTH FORSYTH (GA)||W, 35-6||4 carries for 26 yards and 1 TD, 2-for-2 passing for 45 yards and 2 TDs, 1 tackle|
|SAMPSON JAMES||RB||AVON (IN)||INDIANAPOLIS (IN) BEN DAVIS||W, 41-36||25 carries for 178 yards and 2 TDs|
|CORMONTAE HAMILTON||TE||MEMPHIS (TN) WHITEHAVEN||MEMPHIS (TN) RIDGEWAY*||W, 21-14||Stats not available|
|HARRY MILLER||C||BUFORD (GA)||JONESBORO (GA)||W, 58-7||Paved way for nearly 300 yards and 5 TDs on the ground|
|DOUG NESTER||OG||HUNTINGTON (WV) SPRING VALLEY||WAYNE (WV)||W, 49-8||Timberwolves rushed for 265 yards and 4 TDs|
|RYAN JACOBY||OT||MENTOR (OH)||LAKEWOOD (OH) ST. EDWARD||W, 42-39||Anchored an offensive line that opened holes for 365 yards and six TDs rushing|
|NOAH POTTER||OT||MENTOR (OH)||LAKEWOOD (OH) ST. EDWARD||W, 42-39||4 tackles, 2 TFL|
|CADE STOVER||LB||LEXINGTON (OH)||@ ONTARIO (OH)||L, 14-7||29 tackles|
|JORDAN BATTLE||CB||FORT LAUDERDALE (FL) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS||HYATTSVILLE (MD) DEMATHA CATHOLIC*||W, 38-0||7-yard TD reception, 2 TFL|
|CRAIG YOUNG||ATH||FORT WAYNE (IN) WAYNE||FORT WAYNE (IN) BISHOP LUERS||W, 35-24||2 receptions for 40 yards, 4 tackles, 1 TFL|
|JACK MILLER||QB||SCOTTSDALE (AZ) CHAPARRAL||SCOTTSDALE (AZ) DESERT MOUNTAIN||W, 35-16||13-of-28 for 189 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs|
|DARVON HUBBARD||RB||SCOTTSDALE (AZ) CHAPARRAL||SCOTTSDALE (AZ) DESERT MOUNTAIN||W, 35-16||18 carries for 154 yards and 2 TDs|
|PARIS JOHNSON JR.||OT||CINCINNATI (OH) ST. XAVIER||WEST CHESTER (OH) LAKOTA WEST @ PAUL BROWN STADIUM, CINCINNATI||W, 34-0||Bombers rushed for 114 yards on 30 carries|
|JAKE WRAY||OT||MARIETTA (GA)||OLNEY (MD) OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL||L, 40-28||Blue Devils managed more than 400 yards of total offense|
|LEJOND CAVAZOS||CB||BRADENTON (FL) IMG ACADEMY||@ GIBSONIA (PA) PINE-RICHLAND||W, 42-0||Stats not available|