Sunday, June 25, 2000

Miami-bound QB leads stars' win

        MASSILLON, Ohio — Miami University-bound Ben Roethlisberger of Findlay threw two touchdown passes and had a hand in a first-quarter trick play that helped the North defeat the South 21-20 Saturday night in the Ohio All-Star Football Classic at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

        The North led 14-13 after one quarter.

        Kickoff returns of 65 yards by Michael Larkin of St. Xavier and 41 yards by Jorrell Johnson of Bellefontaine led to the South's first two touchdowns. A 52-yard pass play from Roethlisberger to James Taylor of Garfield Heights set up the second North score.

        Roethlisberger was a receiver and a passer on the North's first offensive play, which went for 72 yards. Starting quarterback Rick McFadden of Struthers tossed a backward pass to Roethlisberger, who quickly fired across the field to running back B.J. Barre of Toledo Whitmer on the right sideline. Ryan Hawk of Centerville completed passes of 22, 10 and 32 yards to get the South to the 1 during its late drive in the first half.


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