Running back Jordan Richeson and wide receiver Robbie Anzuini provided the Hilliard Darby High School football team with a dangerous combination on offense last fall.

Running back Jordan Richeson and wide receiver Robbie Anzuini provided the Hilliard Darby High School football team with a dangerous combination on offense last fall.

They got a chance to display their talents at the local level a final time as each competed in the MAX Sports Center Central Ohio High School All-Star Football Game last Saturday at Upper Arlington. It didn't go too well, however, as the Central team cruised to a 21-7 win. The OCC team committed four turnovers.

"I thought we were going to be a lot better than we were," Richeson said. "They just came out and played better than we did."

"The quarterbacks and receivers just couldn't get on the same page," Anzuini said. "Sometimes that happens when you don't have team chemistry."

Richeson, who will continue his career at Findlay, rushed for 18 yards on four carries. Anzuini will continue his career at Charleston (W.Va.).

"It was nice to come out and work out a little bit with the pads on," Anzuini said. "That will help, but it's a lot more laid-back than college is going to be. It's going to be a whole new deal."

Darby also was represented on defense as Chase Walton (DB) and Miles Hansen (DL) saw ample playing time.

The OCC defense played well for most of the game, with Walton and Daniels playing key roles. Walton opened the game with a hit on Northland's David Turner to break up a pass on Central's first possession.

"That was definitely my highlight of the game," Walton said.

Walton, who will play for Dayton, had two solo tackles and one assisted tackle, with Hansen adding two assisted tackles.

"I did OK," said Hansen, who plans on playing outside linebacker at Ashland. "The ball didn't come my way most of the time.

"A game like this helps because you learn from your mistakes and get better and better. The game was pretty frustrating because things didn't go our way."

Ready High School graduate Ian Graham knew all about the reputation of his opponents heading into the Max Sports Center Central Ohio All-Star Football Game last Saturday at Upper Arlington.

As a member of the Central all-stars -- a team comprised of players from the Central Catholic, City and Mid-State leagues -- Graham and his teammates aimed to build an equally big name for the talent on their roster as their opponents from the OCC all-stars already possessed.

They did so early and often throughout a 21-7 victory.

Since the format of OCC vs. Central was adopted in 2001, the teams have split their eight meetings. The OCC won the last two games.

"We came in with a little bit of a chip on our shoulders," said Graham, who had five solo tackles, five assisted tackles and one fumble recovery and was Defensive MVP for the Central. "The OCC is always decorated, and it's a good league with a lot of good players. It was great the way our defense played. We had a lot of three-and-outs, and when you get a lot of three-and-outs you get rested."

The Central caused four turnovers and held the OCC to one first down over the first three quarters. West's J.R. Brihm had an interception and Ready's Shea Brintlinger and Adam Rood also had fumble recoveries.

Offensively, the Central found efficiency behind multi-faceted quarterback Austin Schlosser from Jonathan Alder. Schlosser rushed 10 times for 78 yards and completed seven of 11 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns. He was the Offensive MVP for the Central.

"I thought we spread it out a lot and spread things up the middle, and we had a good defense to work with," said Schlosser, who will play for Otterbein.

Harvest Prep's Dane Givner, Independence's Luther Nicholas and Walnut Ridge's Anthony Gamble were other standouts offensively. Givner had five receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Nicholas rushed for 24 yards and one score and Gamble had four catches for 37 yards.

Also defensively for the Central, Walnut Ridge's Chris Harvey had three solo tackles and two assisted tackles and Eastmoor's Marcus Ervin had two solo tackles and one sack.

The Central took a 7-0 lead with 6 minutes, 45 seconds to go in the first quarter when Schlosser hit Givner for an 18-yard touchdown.

Schlosser connected with Givner for a 15-yard score with 10:57 remaining to make it 14-0. A fumble by the OCC that was picked up by Brintlinger at the OCC 13-yard-line on the next play set up another score, a 13-yard run by Nicholas with 10:50 left that made it 21-0.

"Offensively we just wanted to come out and have some fun, get a lot of different guys involved," said Walnut Ridge coach Byron Mattox, whose staff headed the Central all-stars. "Our first (scoring) drive was huge. In the third quarter, we had the ball a lot except for a few plays, and defensively we were just able to get after it. They were a bunch of ball-hawks."

The OCC's only first down of the first half came when Reynoldsburg's Jay R. Taylor had an 11-yard run with 4:29 to go in the second period.

Taylor, the OCC's Offensive MVP, had three carries for 20 yards and scored on a 9-yard pass from Upper Arlington's Brayden Layer with 6:53 remaining. That score finished the OCC's most successful possession -- an 11-play, 76-yard drive that took 3:46.

Gahanna's Ryan Miller, who had one fumble recovery, two solo tackles and six assisted tackles, was named the OCC's Defensive MVP.

"You can't fumble the ball and drop passes like we did and expect to win," said Groveport coach Tim Brown, who headed the OCC all-stars.

"I think it was part of being away from football for a few months. They probably forced a few of the turnovers, but it was mostly because of our execution."