Friday Night Fix: Round 2 of OHSAA Playoffs, Out-of-Staters Continue Regular Season

Jake Hromada

The first round of Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) playoffs got started last week, although most in-state commits and their teams earned a bye. That changes this weekend with 2021 commits Jayden Ballard (Massillon Washington), Reid Carrico (Ironton), Ben Christman (Revere), Mike Hall (Streetsboro) and Jaylen Johnson (La Salle), along with 2022 commit C.J. Hicks (Archbishop Alter), beginning postseason play.

Additionally, multiple 2021 out-of-state commits recently launched (or rejoined) their senior seasons; quarterback Kyle McCord, wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., defensive back Jakailin Johnson, defensive back Jordan Hancock, defensive back Denzel Burke and tight end Sam Hart.

Hancock is now back with North Gwinnett after initially opting out, due to both of his parents having an underlying health condition.

McCord and Harrison notably helped St. Joseph's Prep, from Philadelphia, dominate Chester Life Christian Academy (Va.), 41-24, last week during a game played in Leonardtown, Md. Harrison Jr. caught eight passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns while McCord hit 23 of 34 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns. See more for this weekend here:

Player (Class)
Last Week

WR Jayden Ballard (2021)

#2 Massillon Washington (5-1)

#15 Walnut Ridge (2-2)


ATH Denzel Burke (2021)

Saguaro (Ariz.) (1-0)

at Maricopa (1-1)

W 27-0 vs. Brophy Prep

LB Reid Carrico (2021)

#1 Ironton (6-0)

#16 New Lexington (4-3) (Saturday) *


OL Ben Christman (2021)

#8 Revere (3-2)

#9 Medina Buckeye (4-1)


S Jantzen Dunn (2021)

South Warren (Ky.) (3-0)

Greenwood (5-0)


DL Mike Hall (2021)

#2 Streetsboro (6-0)

#15 Niles McKinley (5-2)


DB Jordan Hancock (2021)

North Gwinnett (Ga.) (4-2)

Mill Creek (2-2)

W 16-0 vs. North Cobb

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (2021)

St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.) (1-0)

La Salle College (3-0) (Saturday) *

W 42-24 vs. Life Christian Academy

TE Sam Hart (2021)

Cherokee Trail (Co.) (0-1)

Cherry Creek (1-0)

L 62-50 at Eaglecrest

OL Donovan Jackson (2021)

Episcopal (Texas) (1-3)

Next Game: 10/23 at St. John's

L 56-10 at Beaumont Westbrook

DB Jakailin Johnson (2021)

De Smet (Mo.) (1-0)

St. Louis University High

W 41-21 vs. Christian Brothers

DB Jaylen Johnson (2021)

#2 Cincinnati La Salle (4-2)

#15 Little Miami (2-5)


QB Kyle McCord (2021)

St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.) (1-0)

La Salle College (3-0) (Saturday) *

W 42-24 vs. Life Christian Academy

OL Zen Michalski (2021)

Floyd Central (Ind.) (6-2)

Seymour (3-5)

W 42-14 at Bedford North Lawrence

S Andre Turrentine (2021)

Ensworth (Tenn.) (1-4)

at Centennial (1-2) (Thursday) *

W 45-25 vs. Westview

DB Jyaire Brown (2022)

#1 Lakota West (6-0)

#8 Lakota East (4-3)

W 44-0 vs. #16 West Clermont

TE Bennett Christian (2022)

Allatoona (Ga.) (5-0)

Wheeler (3-3)

W 37-0 at Osborne

ATH CJ Hicks (2022)

#6 Archbishop Alter (4-2)

#11 Dayton Dunbar (4-0)


ATH Dasan McCullough (2022)

Blue Valley North (Kan.) (2-1)

at Blue Valley West (0-3)

W 34-27 vs. Blue Valley Northwest

LB Gabe Powers (2022)

#7 Marysville (6-1)

at #2 Northmont (7-0)

W 35-14 vs. #10 Dublin Jerome

OL Tegra Tshabola (2022)

#1 Lakota West (6-0)

#8 Lakota East (4-3)

W 44-0 vs. #16 West Clermont

Turrentine's Ensworth team played last night, pulling away comfortably for a 40-17 non-conference win over Centennial. Ohio State's class of 2021 safety, however, did not appear while dealing with a slight ankle injury.

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