year in a row, the state’s top two all-star football games will be
played on the same day.
It is all-star Saturday for Ohio high school football. For the third year in a row, the state’s top two all-star football games will be played on the same day.
The 63rd annual Ohio-North South Classic will be contested at 4 p.m. at Ohio Stadium, while the 51st annual Big 33 Football Classic will be contested at 7 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium. Neither game will be televised live in Ohio. Here are details on these two all-star games.
* The Ohio North-South Classic – This game moves to Ohio Stadium after being held at Columbus Crew Stadium in recent years. Tickets will be available at the gate.
Sherwood Fairview head coach Bob Olwin will coach the North team. Some of his key players include Youngstown East running back/defensive back Salvadore Battles (Kent State signee), Hunting Valley University School defensive tackle Jake Stoller (Yale signee) and Solon linebacker Steve Greer (Virginia signee).
“I coached as an assistant in this game in 2002,” Olwin said. “It is a great honor to get nominated to be a head coach in this game. This is something a lot of guys don’t get the chance to do. For our team to be able to play this game in Ohio Stadium, that also makes it very intriguing.”
According to the OHSFCA, alumni of the Ohio North-South Classic have participated in all but two of the NFL’s 42 Super Bowl games.
“That is enough said right there about the quality and tradition of this game,” Olwin said.
Groveport-Madison’s Tim Brown will coach the South squad. Notable players include Dublin Coffman quarterback Zach Stoudt (Louisville signee), Cincinnati St. Xavier defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (Louisville signee), Lewis Center Olentangy defensive end Kenny Anunike (Duke signee) and Hilliard Darby wide receiver/defensive back Jeremy Ebert (Northwestern).
Last year, the South squad blasted the North 50-7. But the North maintains a 36-23-3 lead in the all-time series.
* Big 33 Football Classic – The Big 33 game is set for 7 p.m., June 17, at Hersheypark Stadium. It is sponsored by PNC Bank.
Ohio State signees on the Ohio squad include Beavercreek defensive back Zach Domicone, Westerville Central kicker Ben Buchanan, Madison tight end Nic DiLillo, Cleveland Glenville lineman Shawntel Rowell and Washington C.H. Miami Trace linebacker Nathan Williams.
More notables on the team include Dublin Coffman linebacker Steve Gardiner (Michigan State signee), Wauseon lineman Elliot Mealer (Michigan), Trotwood-Madison wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Michigan), Clayton Northmont lineman Zebrie Sanders (Florida State) and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney linebacker Mike Zordich (Penn State). Mentor quarterback Bart Tanski, the Ohio Mr. Football award winner headed to Bowling Green, is also on the squad.
The initial Pennsylvania Big 33 roster listed Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of the nation’s top five prospects, according to ESPN.com, on that squad. But the updated roster does not include Pryor. It does, however, include 21 players headed to BCS schools, however.
Olmsted Falls’ Jim Ryan, the Ohio head coach, previously served as a Big 33 assistant.
“I knew before I was there that it was a prestigious all-star game,” Ryan said. “I wasn’t aware, though, of how much every day when you are there that you’re winning. It is like a bowl week with all of the charitable appearances. Your goal is to win the game, certainly. But your goal is also to win every single day while you are over there.
“The Big 33 is more than just a game.”
Ryan said he and his coaching staff accepted nominations for players from around the state. They pored over videotapes in making their selections.
“It was pretty drawn out,” he said. “We spent time over Christmas break and on into January. I know when we started making calls (to players), the excitement of the people we talked to on the phone was unmatched.
“I think we’ve got some pretty nice players. The majority of them are going to BCS schools. We thought it was nice to get the Mr. Football award winner, Bart Tanski from Mentor, because he has played in a lot of big games there.
“We have five guys from Ohio State. We have almost all of the guys from their recruiting class who weren’t injured or already enrolled in school.”
Ryan wants to see his Ohio team end its two-game losing skid in the series.
“Ohio has not won this game since 2005,” he said. “Our main goal is to go over and win the football game.”
From the players’ perspective, representing Ohio is a big honor.
“One thing about being an Ohio boy, everybody wants to play in the Big 33 or the North-South game,” DiLillo said. “I know the Big 33 has gotten a lot bigger and I know Pennsylvania beat us pretty good last year. If we can get after it, hopefully we can win this game.”
Williams said he is excited about the competition he will see in the Big 33 game.
“I am just looking forward to getting out there and competing with guys at my level, particularly against guys who are going on to big-time colleges like Ohio State and Michigan,” he said.
The Big 33 game will be televised live by CN8 in Pennsylvania. It will be shown on tape delay on NFL Network on June 28. It will also be webcast. Check out the Big 33 web site later in the day for those details:
The Ohio-Pennsylvania series resumed in 1993. Last year’s win gave Pennsylvania an 8-7 lead in that series.
Ohio North-South Classic Rosters
Head coach: Tim Brown (Groveport-Madison). Assistant coaches: Doug Shilot (South Point), Luke Beal (Fredericktown), John Enoch (Washington C.H.), John Cooke (Cincinnati Colerain), Justin Kropka (Cadiz Harrison Central).
Players: David Rolf, LB-WR, Piqua; Justin Hemm, S-WR, Piqua; Keith Morgam, S-WR, Bellefontaine; Zach Stoudt, QB, Dublin Coffman; Andre Dawson, CB-WR, Lewis Center Olentangy; Zach Brown, DL-C, Canal Winchester; Kenny Anunike, DE-TE, Lewis Center Olentangy; Jeremy Ebert, WR-DB, Hilliard Darby; B.J. Camden, LB-TE, Groveport-Madison; Tim German, OL-DL, Newark Licking Valley; Joe Pachuta, OL-DL, New Concord John Glenn; Bryan Gaiters, RB, Zanesville; Mark Nichols, Newark Catholic, RB-DB; Taylor Hitzfield, TE-DE, Fredericktown; Andrew Radakovich, OL-DL, Steubenville; Robbie Davia, QB, Cadiz Harrison Central; Nick Stevens, K, Gallipolis Gallia Academy.
Alex Wallace, DT-OT, Logan; Dustin Harmon, DT-OL, Coal Grove Dawson Bryant; Zach Hutchins, DE-LB, Sugar Grove Berne Union; Anthony Washington, DB, Fairborn; Zach Free, DB, Washington C.H.; Aston Jackson, RB-CB, Xenia; Jon Ingerman, OL-DL, Springfield Northeastern; Phillip Manley, OL, Hamilton; Zach Kauth, WR, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne; Mike Kindel, CB-WR, Springboro; Johnathan Kendrick, CB-WR, Kettering Fairmont; J.K. Schaffer, LB-DE, Cincinnati LaSalle; Nick Schneider, LB, Cincinnati St. Xavier; Evan Davis, OL, Cincinnati Colerain; Greg Scruggs, DE, Cincinnati St. Xavier; Larry Black, NG-OL, Cincinnati Wyoming; Dom Sheerer, RB, Cincinnati Colerain.
Head coach: Bob Olwin (Versailles). Assistant coaches: Mark Gibson (Clyde), B.J. Payne (Lexington), Nick Ciulli (North Royalton), Tom Pavlansky (Cortland Fairview), Jason Hall (Macedonia Nordonia).
Players: Ryan Radcliff, QB, Sherwood Fairview; Aaron Pankratz, QB, Macedonia Nordonia; Jordan Gribble, WR-CB, Brunswick; Isaiah Ballard, RB-DB, Toledo Rogers; Richie Baker, WR-DB, Elyria Catholic; Salvadore Battles, RB-DB, Youngstown East; Brian Vollmer, WR-DB, Macedonia Nordonia; Matt Wakulchik, WR-DB, North Canton Hoover; Chase Munoz, WR-DB, Fostoria; Joe Gaglione, OL-DL, Mentor Lake Catholic; Eric Herman, OL-DL, Toledo Central Catholic; Sean Whited, OL-DL, Canton McKinley; Marc Stevens, OL, Lexington; Kevin Harper, P-K, Mentor; Jake Stoller, DL-OL, Hunting Valley University School; Kurt Hanenkrath, DL-OL, Ayersville; Andrew Schaetzke, DL, Toledo St. John’s.
Kevin Koger, DL-WR, Toledo Whitmer; Jacob Andrews, LB-RB, Clyde; Derrick Vicars, LB-RB, Genoa; Steve Greer, LB, Solon; Steve Yoak, LB-RB, Akron Hoban; Mike Haddad, LB-RB, Avon Lake; Nick Tuminello, LB-DL, Youngstown Boardman; Andrew Illig, OL, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Patrick Pakan, DB-WR, Tallmadge; Tony Stover, DB-WR, Canal Fulton Northwest; Kyle Smedi, LB-RB, Lakeview Cortland; Karson Bodnovich, OL-DL, Mayfield; Devon Jennings, DB, Euclid; Harold Coates, OL-DL, Youngstown Ursuline; Teddy Robb, WR-DB, Canal Fulton Northwest; Jon Biehl, WR-DB, Lakeview Cortland.
Big 33 Football Classic Rosters
Head coach: Jim Ryan (Olmsted Falls). Assistant coaches: Ed Miley (Alliance Marlington), Jay Minton (Huber Heights Wayne), Dan Reardon (Youngstown Ursuline), Mike Fell (Ada), Matt Rosati (Perry).
Players (colleges in parentheses): Phillip Barnett, WR, Middletown (Toledo); Matt Betz, DT, Alliance Marlington; D.J. Brown, DB, West Chester Lakota West (Miami, Ohio); Justin Brown, OL, Youngstown Ursuline; Ben Buchanan, K-P, Westerville Central (Ohio State); Andy Cruse, WR, Cincinnati Turpin (Miami, Ohio); Nic DiLillo, TE, Madison (Ohio State); Zach Domicone, DB, Beavercreek (Ohio State); Zac Dysert, QB, Ada (Miami, Ohio); Steve Gardiner, LB, Dublin Coffman (Michigan State); Taylor Hill, DE, Youngstown Mooney (Michigan); William Lowe Jr., DB, Cleveland Glenville (Iowa); B.J. Machen, LB, Hilliard Darby (Georgia Tech); Elliot Mealer, OL, Wauseon (Michigan); Matt Mihalik, OL, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (Virginia); Dan Milligan, DB, Cincinnati St. Xavier (Cincinnati); Brandon Mills, DT, Cincinnati Colerain (Cincinnati).
Briggs Orsbon, WR, Convoy Crestview (Ball State); Isaiah Pead, RB, Columbus Eastmoor (Cincinnati); Andrew Phelan, OL, West Chester Lakota West (Miami, Ohio); Dave Plungas, OL, Mentor Lake Catholic (Albany); Taylor Rice, WR-DB, Dublin Scioto; Roy Roundtree, WR, Trotwood-Madison (Michigan); Shawntel Rowell, OL-DT, Cleveland Glenville (Ohio State); Zebrie Sanders, OL, Clayton Northmont (Florida State); Michael Shaw II, RB, Trotwood-Madison (Michigan); Bart Tanski, QB, Mentor (Bowling Green); Nick Truesdell, WR-DE, Cincinnati Anderson (Cincinnati); Kenny Veal, DB, Hamilton (Toledo); Dawawn Whitner, DT-OL, Cleveland Glenville; Nathan Williams, DE, Washington C.H. Miami Trace (Ohio State); D.J. Woods, WR-DB, Strongsville (Cincinnati); Jerel Worthy, DT, Huber Heights Wayne (Michigan State); Michael Zordich, LB, Youngstown Mooney (Penn State).
Head coach: Jim Morgans (Parkland). Assistant coaches: Mike Milano (Downington West), Rick Pennypacker (Pottsgrove), Art Walker Jr. (North Allegheny), Sam Leedy (Gettysburg), Phil Riccio (Altoona).
Players (colleges in parentheses): A.J. Alexander, ATH, Altoona Area (Florida State); Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Aliquippa (Pittsburgh); Vaughn Carraway, WR, Muhlenberg (Temple); R.J. Dill, OL-DL, Trinity (Maryland); Nate Eachus, LB, Hazleton (Colgate); Austin Fedell, OL-DL, North Allegheny (Slippery Rock); Robbie Gumbita, OL-DL, Mt. Pleasant (William & Mary); Jared Holley, DB, Easton (Pittsburgh); John Jackson, TE, Central Bucks South (Villanova); Chris Johnson, DB, Roman Catholic (Villanova); Mike Jones, RB, Bishop McDevitt (Syracuse); John Laub, QB, Parkland (Richmond); Phillip Long, DT, Souderton (Indiana U., Pa.); Pete Massaro, DE, Marple Newtown (Penn State); Lucas Nix, OL-DL, Thomas Jefferson (Pittsburgh); Joshua Potts, DB, Harrisburg (Temple); Cameron Saddler, ATH, Monroeville Gateway (Pittsburgh).
ike Shanahan, WR, Norwin (Pittsburgh); David Soldner, K, Manheim Twp. (Penn State); Matt Stankiewitch, OL-DL, Blue Mountain (Penn State); Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pittsburgh); Andrew Taglianetti, DB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pittsburgh); Wayne Luis Tribue, OL-DL, Central York (Temple); Dan Vaughan, FB-DE, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Syracuse); Brandon Ware, OL-DL, Harrisburg (Penn State); Corey Watts, LB, North Allegheny (Lafayette); Brandon Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh Trinity (Ohio U.); Mark Wedderburn, DE, Cardinal O’Hara (Penn State); Quentin Williams, TE, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Northwestern); Christian Wilson, RB, Montour (North Carolina); Mike Yancich, LB, Trinity (Penn State).