Several area high school football players made the trip to Columbus and played a key role Friday night in the annual Ohio North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium.
Aurora receiver Anthony Melchiori earned the game's MVP award after catching three passes for 33 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown to help the North defeat the South 21-16.
Melchiori, a Kent State University recruit, caught the touchdown pass from Berlin Center Western Reserve quarterback Jeff Clegg (Youngstown State).
St. Vincent-St. Mary quarterback Kevin Besser (Walsh University) tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second half to Lakewood St. Edward receiver Quincy Jones (Eastern Michigan).
Archbishop Hoban standouts Greg McMullen (Nebraska) and LaTroy Lewis (Tennessee) aided the North's defensive effort by being disruptive along the line.
McMullen had a sack and was named the North's defensive player of the game. Ravenna running back D.J. Jones, a University of Akron recruit, was named the North's offensive player of the game after rushing for 77 yards on 18 carries.
Boardman's Devin Campbell (Buffalo) rushed for an 88-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give the North a 13-10 lead. Wadsworth's Jack Snowball (Miami of Ohio) provided a key block from his fullback position to give Campbell room to manuever after getting an initial hole from the offensive linemen.
Ohio State had three recruits in the game, including Cleveland Glenville defensive back De'Van Bogard, who had an interception.
Lima Central Catholic quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Michigan State) threw two touchdown passes for the South.
The South played without Kenton quarterback Maty Mauk, who received Ohio's Mr. Football honor and is a Missouri recruit. He missed the game with a hamstring injury.
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