INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Plenty of talent was on the field on Friday night in Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central’s 21-14 victory over host Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central in the second round of the state tournament.
Ohio State commit Timothy Gardner says he's solid to the Buckeyes despite Indiana still pursuing him.
Some news and notes from the game.
-Led by Ohio State offensive line commit Timothy Gardner and junior center Kevin Willis, Lawrence Central was able to move the football on the ground against the Warriors stout defensive front. Bears quarterback Drake Christen was able to rumble for 150 yards on 27 carries including a game-clinching 27-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-2 play in the fourth quarter.
A Buckeyes pledge since late-July, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Gardner looks better every time we see him. He’s down 30 pounds from his junior season and he’s quick off the snap. A physical blocker, Gardner was matched up with Ball State defensive end commit Anthony Winbush a lot of the evening. Athletic for his size, Gardner plays tackle in high school but will move to guard in Columbus.
After the game, Gardner said he was very solid to Ohio State despite recent advances from the Indiana program.
Speaking of the Hoosiers, they already have an offer out to the 6-foot-3, 274-pound Willis, who was playing guard earlier in the season but did a nice job in the middle for Lawrence Central.
-Lawrence Central’s front-seven dominated the football game the first three quarters making it tough for the Warriors to get anything going offensively. Top247 junior linebacker Brandon Lee was strong both in coverage and against the run coming off the edge. He holds early offers from Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Purdue and Ball State and will visit the Boilermakers campus on Saturday. The Bears rotated their defensive linemen all evening, with Western Michigan commits Deshai Powell and Derrick Dunlap both making plays.
-Nobody plays the game harder than Georgia commit Tim Kimbrough of Warren Central. The Top247 linebacker is the epitome of a player that is better when the pads are on and the lights are shining. The future Bulldog is a hard hitter that made a few stops in the Lawrence Central backfield. He looked all of 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, up 12 pounds from the winter. Kimbrough also has the skill set to drop in coverage and cover running backs and tight ends against the pass.
-Warren Central safety Jamaal Bridges is a Big Ten caliber player. At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Bridges is physical and he can run. He had an interception in this game and made several other plays on the ball. Indiana is showing the most interest.
Ohio State commit Timothy Gardner drives back Ball State commit Anthony Winbush.
-Keep an eye on 2014 receiver Darius Lee. The 5-foot-8, 177-pound Lee was one of Warren Central’s most reliable players on offense, and his 15-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter made it a 14-7 game. Lee also has ability in the return game and projects as a Division-I recruit.
-Warren Central 2015 safety Mykelti Williams has a chance to be a national recruit. Still learning to play the position after lining up at running back most of his life, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Williams is another hard hitter that plays fast.
-Lawrence Central has a deep-play threat in receiver Kenny Jones, who was able to get behind the Warren Central defense twice but wasn’t able to haul in the football. Indiana has already offered the 6-foot-2, 180-pound rising junior.
-While Gardner played a nice game, Winbush was also able to do some damage against Lawrence Central. He registered a sack in the first quarter and is an athletic guy that comes quick off the edge.
-Warren Central had to play without defensive end Evan Faunce, a Western Michigan commit, because of a concussion he sustained the Friday before.
-Seniors Darien Taylor and Trey White each had touchdown receptions for Lawrence Central. Warren Central backup quarterback Jeff George Jr. entered in the fourth quarter and threw a touchdown pass with 2:20 remaining.
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