The scoreboard told a grim story for the South All-Stars last Saturday in the Ohio North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium, but it did not tell the whole story.

The scoreboard told a grim story for the South All-Stars last Saturday in the Ohio North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium, but it did not tell the whole story.

Despite a 49-7 win by the North, South players and coaches said that hardly diminished their experience in the country's longest-running high school all-star game.

"Of course everybody would like to win, but the one good thing is we came out injury-free and they came out injury-free," said Pickerington Central coach Jay Sharrett, who coached the South. "All these guys will switch gears and go start their careers, and that's what it's about."

Olentangy Liberty defensive end Mike Hilty, who played for South and will play at Cincinnati, said the final score really had little effect on the players, most of whom hadn't put on pads since November.

"We were all so tight from just having one week (to prepare), it didn't really bother us," Hilty said.

Sharrett said he knew coming into the game that there might be a disparity in talent between the two squads, which might have been due in part to the Big 33 game taking place last Saturday as well. The North roster featured 17 players committed to Division I colleges, compared to 10 for the South. The 42-point margin last Saturday was the largest in the game's history, breaking the mark set in 2007 when the South won 50-14.

North now leads the series 38-23-3.

In all, 11 players from Central Ohio were represented on the South, including Blaine Burgess (Pickerington Central), Will Carter (Johnstown), Adam Castin (Pickerington Central), Greg Christo-Baker (Licking Valley), Hilty, Max Holbrook (Pickerington Central), Zac Kerin (Olentangy), Tyrell Massey (Marion-Franklin), Kurt Sammons (Johnstown), Josh Suchecki (Hilliard Davidson) and Taylor Wood (Delaware). In addition to Sharrett, Johnstown coach Mike Carter was an assistant for the South.

The North offense, led by quarterbacks Alex Pidock (Sylvania Southview) and Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) and receiver Dale Peterman (Youngstown Ursuline), scored on its first three possessions and did not face a third-down situation until late in the second quarter.

After running back Anthony King of Defiance Ayersville scored on a 1-yard run midway through the second quarter, the extra point by Bryan Visingardi of Springfield made the score 28-0.

South finally got on the board on the ensuing kickoff, as Massey raced 95 yards untouched up the right sideline for South's lone touchdown.

"When I was running, I just saw the opening and I had to hit my cut," Massey said.

Massey, who had five kickoff returns and four punt returns for touchdowns at Marion-Franklin, will play at Ashland. He also played slot receiver and running back for South and was selected as the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Castin, who will play at Walsh, made the extra point to make the score 28-7.

The South's deepest offensive march came early in the fourth quarter as Wood, who will play at Eastern Kentucky, directed the team on a 49-yard drive that reached the North 11 before stalling.

South eventually turned the ball over on downs.

Castin also attempted a 55-yard field goal in the third quarter, but came up short.

The South defense eventually tightened, allowing just 14 points in the second half, and Hilty was named Defensive MVP for the South.

"It was a complete surprise (to get MVP)," Hilty said. "I was happy with what happened, but at the same time, I wish I could have done a little bit better. I kind of came out in the first half a little timid, but that's because it's been since last season since I played."

Sharrett said he enjoyed the experience of spending a week with the team, especially since three were former players at Central.

"You get one more week with them and you get to enjoy the time," Sharrett said. "Plus, we're all living together in dorms, so you really get to know them. You really get to know the kids from other schools and the other coaches. The coaching staff I was with did great, and it was just a great group of guys."