Sunday, July 01, 2001
South football stars win
The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio Maurice Hall ran for one score and Matt Materkoski passed to Chase Blackburn for another as the South scored twice in the final three minutes of the first half to beat the North 20-7 Saturday night in the Ohio All-Star Classic at Crew Stadium.
It was the 55th edition of the midsummer high school football game, which features many of the best seniors from last season.
The game was making its first appearance in Columbus since 1977. Massillon had hosted 19 of the last 21 games, but the game was switched to the state capital by the sponsoring Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.
The South roster included defensive back Doug Monaghan, linebacker James Battle and offensive lineman Mike Crum of Colerain; defensive back Mike Reick of Glen Este; offensive lineman Zach Strief of Loveland, and defensive lineman Chris Weinheimer of Loveland.
Trailing 7-3, the South scored twice late in the first half to take control.
Offsides and facemask calls gave the South the ball at the North 45. Then Logan quarterback Joe Conrad lobbed a pass into the left flat to Chaminade-Julienne's Angelo Chattams for a 42-yard gain.
Columbus Brookhaven's Hall took a pitch on the next play and sliced inside Michigan recruit Pat Massey of Cleveland St. Ignatius to score on the 3-yard run. Findlay's Pat Nugent added the extra point.
After a North punt, the South took over again at the North 45 and needed eight plays to build a 17-7 halftime lead.
On a third-and-12 play, Bellaire's Materkoski tossed a pass to Upper Arlington tight end Chris Miller for 17 yards. After Hall lost 8 yards on a hard hit by Akron Buchtel linebacker Charlton Keith, Materkoski avoided a rush and lofted a pass into the right corner of the end zone that Marysville's Blackburn pulled in while surrounded by two defenders.
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