South Rises (Again) In Soggy Classic

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Quarterback/running back Tyler Williams (Cincinnati Colerain) was the game MVP as he rushed nine times for 61 yards and two TDs.

The weather was the big winner at Friday’s 66th annual Ohio
North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium. The game was played
under a steady rain. But that didn’t stop the South team and its
ground-based offensive attack from taking a 25-7 win over the North.


The weather was the big winner at Friday’s 66th annual Ohio
North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium.

The game was played
under a steady rain. But that didn’t stop the South team and its
ground-based offensive attack from taking a 25-7 win over the North. The
rainy conditions helped keep the crowd total down to just a few
thousand.

Quarterback/running back Tyler Williams (Cincinnati Colerain) was
the game MVP as he rushed nine times for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Jayshon Jackson (Westerville South) was the South offensive
MVP with 115 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. He also had a
17-yard catch.

Five future Buckeyes played in the game. Tight end Nick Vannett
(Westerville Central) was the only one on the victorious South team. He
had one catch for 16 yards and also caught a two-point conversion.
(Click here
for a video interview with Vannett following the game.)

“It can’t be any better than to get a win tonight,” Vannett said.
“Throughout the whole week, we were talking some smack. It was a lot of
fun. It was a good battle between us. It was a lot of fun. Everybody
said we were coming in as the underdogs. We worked together, grinded it
out and got the W.”

Wide receiver Devin Smith (Massillon Washington) had three
catches for 68 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown for the North team’s
only touchdown. He was named as the North team’s offensive MVP.

“I wanted to win the game, but the main thing was to come in and
compete,” Smith said. “I enjoyed being around the guys. It was a great
experience. We wanted to run and get our tailbacks involved. But the
guys on the (South) defense got in on us. I think it was hard on us to
get the ball off sometimes.”

Cornerback Doran Grant (Akron SVSM) had a 43-yard kick return and
did a fine job in coverage. Defensive linemen Chase Farris (Elyria) and
Steve Miller (Canton McKinley) were also on the North team. Farris and
Miller, projected as ends, lined up as tackles in a 50 defensive front.

“All in all, it was a great experience and I was glad to
participate in it,” said Farris, who had at least three tackles. “I
expected it to be this competitive. But the defenses were designed for
the offenses to score. It was frustrating because we weren’t in the
position we would normally play and we weren’t getting the kind of looks
we’d usually get.

“Steve and I tried to switch it up. Every time we would line up
inside, they’d go outside. We’d line up outside and they’d go inside.
I’m pretty sure if we had been in a 4-3 or something, we would have done
a better job.”

The South parlayed an interception from Nick Van Hoose (St. Paris
Graham) into the game’s first touchdown. Williams converted the
touchdown with an 8-yard keeper out of the Wildcat formation and the
South led 7-0 with 2:24 left in the first quarter.

The North answered by driving 53 yards in five plays to even the
score. Demond Hynes (Warren Harding) had a 12-yard run and Richie
Saunders (Mentor Lake Catholic) had a 6-yard carry in this possession.
Finally on second-and-7 from the 26, Connor Cook (Cuyahoga Falls Walsh
Jesuit) executed a fake and hit Smith down the middle for the touchdown
and a 7-7 tie with nine seconds left in the first quarter.

“Knowing that I am playing here the next four or five years, it
feels great to score a touchdown,” Smith said. “That’s what I wanted to
do and I will remember that forever.”

The South moved ahead 14-7 after a nine-play, 46-yard march. This
was set up as South’s Gerald Davis (Hamilton) forced a fumble that
William Pruitt (Steubenville) recovered. Williams again did the honors
with a great cutback on a 6-yard TD run to make it 14-7 with 2:20 left
in the first half.

The South tacked on another touchdown late in the third quarter
after moving 65 yards in 12 plays. Jackson took an inside give on
third-and-10 from the 25 and scooted through a big hole for the
touchdown. Then, the South faked the extra point as Jackson rolled to
his left and threw to Vannett for the two-point conversion and a 22-7
lead with 1:14 left.

“We designed that where Jayshon got the ball and he rolled out,”
Vannett said. “I came across the middle on the drag route. He found me
and I just made the play. It felt great. He had the option to throw it
or run it and he threaded the needle.

“There aren’t many people who can say they scored at Ohio
Stadium. Hopefully, it’s the first of many.”

The North drove into scoring position midway through the fourth
quarter but a fourth down pass from Cook to Smith in the end zone was
incomplete with 6:46 left.

The South tacked on a 42-yard field goal by J.D. Detmer (Hilliard
Davidson) to make it 25-7 with 1:59 left in the game.

The second half was played with a running clock after
incompletions and out-of-bounds plays because of the threat of an
approaching storm to central Ohio.

The South won the game for the second consecutive year. The North
still owns a 38-25-3 lead in the all-time series. The South now leads
the series 6-5 since it returned to Columbus in 2001.

The Ohio North-South Classic is the longest running high school
all-star game in the country.

Eric Frantz’s Take: I got the outcome and the score wrong, but I did get the gameplan right. After saying that the North would win on JJHuddle.com and saying that the score would be 28-10 on WRSCradio.com prior to kickoff, I mentioned that for the South to have a chance they had to have a big day from Jayshon Jackson and Tyler Williams. They got huge games from both.

Jackson (Westerville South) ran for a game-high 115 yards and a TD on 13 carries and was named the South’s Offensive MVP. Williams was named the Game’s MVP after rushing for 61 yards and two TDs on nine carries. Williams and Jackson also combined to catch three passes for 27 yards and Jackson completed a two-point conversion pass to Nick Vanett (Westerville Central).

66th Ohio North-South Classic

Friday, April 22, 2010

Ohio Stadium

North 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 — 7

South 7 / 7 / 8 / 3 — 25

First quarter

South: Tyler Williams (Cincinnati Colerain) 8 run; J.D. Detmer
(Hilliard Davidson) kick, 2:24.

North: Devin Smith (Massillon Washington) 26 pass from Connor Cook
(Walsh Jesuit); Chris McClearn kick, :09

Second quarter

South: Tyler Williams 6 run (Detmer kick), 2:20

Third quarter

South: Jayshon Jackson (Westerville South) 25 run; Nick Vannett
(Westerville Central) pass from Jackson, 1:14.

Fourth quarter

South: FG Detmer 42, 1:59.

Rushing:

North: Demond Hymes (Warren Harding) 2-19; Richie Sanders (Mentor
Lake Catholic) 6-13; Drew Pendergast (Minerva) 1-5, Doran Grant (Akron
St. Vincent-St. Mary) 1-3; Jesse Hernandez (Tiffin Columbian) 1-2;
Connor Cook (Walsh Jesuit) 2-0; Trent Toothman (Salem) 1-0; Garrett
Morton (Archbold) 1-(minus-7).

South: Jayshon Jackson (Westerville South) 13-115; Tyler Williams
(Cincinnati Colerain) 9-61; Klay Arthur (Jackson) 3-34; Kyle Pohl
(Valley View) 4-16; Trayion Durham (Cincinnati Colerain) 2-9; Luke
Smurthwaite (Grove City) 6-5.

Passing:

North: Connor Cook (Walsh Jesuit) 7-13-151, 1 TD, 1 INT; Garrett
Morton (Archbold) 5-10-74.

South: Kyle Pohl (Valley View) 5-11-68; Luke Smurthwaite (Grove
City) 0-3-0.

Receiving:

North: Devin Smith (Massillon Jackson) 3-68; Darius Patton (Poland
Seminary) 3-57; Jesse Hernandez (Findlay) 2-34; Justin Olack (Massillon
Washington) 2-32; Richie Sanders (Mentor Lake Catholic) 1-26; Devyn
Woods (Willoughby South) 1-8

South: Max Morrison (Kenton) 1-25; Jayson Jackson (Westerville
Central) 1-17; Nick Vannett (Westerville Central) 1-16; Tyler Williams
(Cincinnati Colerain) 2-10.

GAME MVP: Tyler Williams (Cincinnati Colerain)

SOUTH OFFENSIVE MVP: Jayshon Jackson (Westerville South)

SOUTH DEFENSIVE MVP: Hunter Maynard (Columbus Watterson)

NORTH OFFENSIVE MVP: Devin Smith (Massillon Washington)

NORTH DEFENSIVE MVP: Trent Toothman (Salem)

North leads all time series 38-25-3.

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