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Mike Weber ran for 100-plus yards, Ohio State's defense allowed just six points while making Brian Lewerke look like ... well ... Brian Lewerke, and the Buckeyes handed Mark Dantonio and the Spartans a 26-6 loss in East Lansing.
But before Ohio State handled its business in Big Ten action, the program's future roster members took the field Friday night to handle some business of their own.
Leading the way in Ohio State's Dynasty '19 recruiting class was the group's newest member, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Marcus Crowley. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound downhill runner needed just four carries to score twice and pick up 125 yards. His Conquerors beat Suwannee in a FHSAA playoff contest by a 62-15 final.
On the second play from scrimmage, Marcus Crowley went through a gaping hole over right tackle and never had a hand laid on him in a 97-yard jaunt to the end zone, his longest scoring play of the season.
Crowley, who recently flipped his commitment from Miami to Ohio State, only carried the ball four times on the night but gained 125 yards. He finished the regular season with 1,550 yards and 20 touchdowns and was one of just two area players to average better than 10 yards a carry this season.
And while Crowley was busy scoring long touchdowns, Cardinal Ritter College Prep (St. Louis, Mo.) wide receiver Jameson Williams was doing the exact same thing.
Williams hooked up with quarterback Mekhi Hagens, as the two often do, in a 52-0 win.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Hagens completed 10 of 13 passes for 225 yards, capping off his four-touchdown-throws performance with scoring strikes of 76 and 57 yards to star receiver Jameson Williams in the second half, after the Lions had already built a 34-0 lead. In both cases, Williams caught short passes, spun out of tackles and outraced the Lancers’ defense to the end zone.
Williams' two touchdown catches helped Cardinal Ritter win its first district title since 2015.
Tight end commit Cormontae Hamilton also enjoyed a postseason win as Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.) scored with just 1:50 left in regulation to beat Houston, 31-27.
After the game, Hamilton talked to the Daily Memphian:
"I feel like we are underdogs," said two-way standout Cormontae Hamilton, who has committed to Ohio State. "We don't get talked about like we used to but we're going to prove ourselves. It's awesome to be practicing on Monday. Better than sitting at home."
Hamilton's Tigers have now advanced to the state's quarterfinal round for a fifth straight year.
Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, Ga.) running back Steele Chambers, Buford (Ga.) center Harry Miller and Spring Valley (Huntington, W. Va.) offensive guard Doug Nester all enjoyed wins while Noah Potter and Ryan Jacoby both helped Mentor (Ohio) to a postseason win.
Chambers rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 55-16 victory, Miller helped Buford to its sixth straight win — a span where the team has allowed a combined 22 points — and Nester's Timberwolves had zero problems with Spring Mills, winning by a 77-7 final.
Potter and Jacoby led the Cardinals to a 36-6 win over Canton McKinley in a second round playoff contest. In that win, Mentor put up 357 total yards while holding its opponent to single-digit scoring for the fourth straight week.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and safety Jordan Battle also won big, beating South Miami 77-20 ... that's after the Raiders scored five touchdowns in the first quarter.
Shaw's Bulldogs fell 21-5 to Georgetown Prep in the Interstate Athletic Conference title game while Stover's Minutemen came across a hot Sandusky team, falling 56-12.
Stover's last game in a Lexington uniform featured him running for 65 yards and a score.
From the Mansfield News-Journal:
While every senior left their mark, Stover stood out above the rest.
"He leaves a tremendous imprint and we are going to miss the heck out of him," Gerhardt said. "We will miss everything about him from his leadership to his character. He is going to be a very successful young man."
Wide receiver Garrett Wilson and Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) and safety Ronnie Hickman and DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) were also in action. However, neither Wilson or Hickman played due to injury. Wilson's Cavaliers beat Anderson 56-14 while Hickman's Spartans fell 28-23 in a postseason contest.
As for the 2020 class, only two commits were in action as three seasons have ended while Rockwall (Texas) wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba had a bye week.
St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) offensive guard Luke Wypler helped the Green Knights improve to 8-2 with a first round playoff win, and Marietta (Ga.) offensive tackle Jake Wray saw his Blue Devils fall to East Coweta, 28-26, effectively ending their season.
|GARRETT WILSON||WR||LAKE TRAVIS (AUSTIN, TX)||ANDERSON (AUSTIN, TX)||Won 56-14.||DNP (back injury)|
|STEELE CHAMBERS||RB||BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC (ROSWELL, GA)||NORTHWEST WHITFIELD (TUNNEL HILL, GA)||Won 55-16.||16 carries, 83 yards, TD|
|HARRY MILLER||OL||BUFORD (BUFORD, GA)||MILLER GROVE (LITHONIA, GA)||Won 35-13.||The Wolves have won six straight and have allowed just 22 points in that span.|
|DOUG NESTER||OL||SPRING VALLEY (HUNTINGTON, WV)||SPRING MILLS (MARTINSBURG, WV)||Won 77-7.||Led 56-7 at halftime and forced four first-half turnovers.|
|JORDAN BATTLE||S||ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL)||SOUTH MIAMI (MIAMI, FL)||Won 77-20.||The Raiders scored five touchdowns in the first quarter.|
|RONNIE HICKMAN||ATH||DEPAUL CATHOLIC (WAYNE, NJ)||MATER DEI (NEW MONMOUTH, NJ)||Lost 28-23.||DNP (season-ending ACL injury)|
|CADE STOVER||OLB||LEXINGTON (MANSFIELD, OH)||SANDUSKY (SANDUSKY, OH)||Lost 56-12.||20 carries, 65 yards, TD|
|DWAN MATHIS||QB||OAK PARK (OAK PARK, MI)||SEASON HAS ENDED.||N/A||N/A|
|RYAN JACOBY||OT||MENTOR (MENTOR, OH)||MCKINLEY (CANTON, OH)||Won 36-6.||Aided Cardinals' offense to 357 total yards.|
|NOAH POTTER||DE||MENTOR (MENTOR, OH)||MCKINLEY (CANTON, OH)||Won 36-6.||Mentor's defense holds opponent to single-digit scoring for fourth straight game.|
|CRAIG YOUNG||ATH||WAYNE (FORT WAYNE, IN)||SEASON HAS ENDED.||N/A||N/A|
|CORMONTAE HAMILTON||TE||WHITEHAVEN (MEMPHIS, TN)||HOUSTON (GERMANTOWN, TN)||Won 31-27.||Tigers score game-winning touchdown with 1:50 left and advance to quarterfinals for fifth straight season.|
|BRYSON SHAW||S||THE BULLIS SCHOOL (POTOMAC, MD)||GEORGETOWN PREP (NORTH BETHESDA, MD)||Lost 21-5.||The Bullis School surrenders Interstate Athletic Conference title while falling to 7-3.|
|JAMESON WILLIAMS||WR||CARDINAL RITTER PREP (ST. LOUIS, MO)||LUTHERAN SOUTH (ST. LOUIS, MO)||Won 52-0.||Williams catches touchdown passes of 57 and 76 yards as Lions win first district title since '15.|
|MARCUS CROWLEY||RB||TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (JACKSONVILLE, FL)||SUWANNEE (LIVE OAK, FL)||Won 62-15.||4 carries, 125 yards, 2 TD|
|JACK MILLER||QB||CHAPARRAL (SCOTTSDALE, AZ||SEASON HAS ENDED.||N/A||N/A|
|DARVON HUBBARD||RB||CHAPARRAL (SCOTTSDALE, AZ)||SEASON HAS ENDED.||N/A||N/A|
|PARIS JOHNSON JR.||OL||ST. XAVIER (CINCINNATI, OH)||SEASON HAS ENDED.||N/A||N/A|
|LUKE WYPLER||OL||ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL (MONTVALE, NJ)||ST. AUGUSTINE PREP (RICHLAND, NJ)||Won 16-8.||Green Knights improve to 8-2 with first-round playoff win.|
|JAKE WRAY||OL||MARIETTA (MARIETTA, GA)||EAST COWETA (SHARSPBURG, GA)||Lost 28-26.||Blue Devils end season at 5-6 overall.|
|LEJOND CAVAZOS||S||IMG ACADEMY (BRADENTON, FL)||SEASON HAS ENDED.||N/A||DNP (season-ending hip injury)|
|JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA||WR||ROCKWALL (ROCKWALL, TX)||BYE||N/A||N/A|