The last two seasons have been memorable ones for the Canal Winchester High School football team.

The last two seasons have been memorable ones for the Canal Winchester High School football team.

The Indians have been to the playoffs twice, won an MSL-Buckeye title and won their first playoff game. Playing a major role in the success for Canal Winchester, which lost to Chillicothe 13-7 in the first round of the Division III playoffs last fall, was the class of 2009.

Four players from that group competed in the 14th edition of the Mid-Ohio All-Star Football Classic last Saturday at Harvest Prep.

Grant Dosch (OL), Gerald Mathis (CB), Matt Romanowski (WR/P/K) and Harrison Rosch (LB) competed as members of the Buckeye-Cardinal team, which was comprised mostly of players from Fairfield County schools. Their opposition was the Ohio-Cardinal team, which included players from Franklin County and Licking County.

"First of all, it's good to see them play and have fun again. That's a reward," Canal Winchester coach Phil Mauro said.

"I've coached in all-star games before and it's a lot of fun. Guys you've played against, once you practice with them, it's a nice reward to get know them. You just want to go out there, play hard and represent the school well."

Considering how well Canal Winchester played the last two seasons, it was no surprise that the four Indians made some of the best plays last Saturday, although their team lost 19-17.

Near the end of the first quarter, the Ohio-Cardinal team was driving and threatening to put the first points on the scoreboard with a second-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Running back Derek Acosta of Licking Heights attempted to rush off the left side of the line when Mathis came up and stripped the ball, then recovered it at the 2-yard line. Mathis also finished the game with three passes defended.

Then late before halftime, Ohio-Cardinal was on the move again, but Rosch stepped in front of a pass from the Harvest Prep connection of Casey Hood to Archric Sims, intercepted it and returned it 33 yards as the team went into halftime trailing 3-0.

Dosch started at left tackle but also saw time at other positions on the offensive line. He was one of the more consistent and better blockers for the Buckeye-Cardinal, which had trouble protecting quarterbacks Ross Householder of Fairfield Union and Nick Adams of Berne Union.

Romanowski did not start. In the first quarter, he had his punt blocked and missed a 38-yard field goal.

During the halftime kicking competition in which both teams are allowed three field-goal attempts from the 35-yard line, Romanowski made one.

But Ohio-Cardinal led 9-3 entering the second half.

Romanowski made both extra-point attempts, including the go-ahead extra-point with 1:39 left in the game to make it 17-16. Romanowski had an average of 45 yards per punt on six punts with a long of 52, and he caught three passes for 42 yards.

The Ohio-Cardinal scored on a 36-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.

"When I stepped up for the (go-ahead) PAT, I knew I had to make it," Romanowski said.

"When I didn't make all three field goals at halftime, I was feeling some pressure and I wasn't feeling like I wanted to be at the game. But then I came out in the second half and stepped it up."

In the fall, Mathis will play on scholarship at Findlay, Romanowski is headed to play for Malone and Rosch will play at Otterbein.

Dosch will not continue his football career but has received an academic scholarship at Dayton.

Romanowski was happy to compete in the event.

"It was great. It was great to get out here, meet some new people and enjoy it all," Romanowski said.