Kurt Sammons stood arm-in-arm with teammate Will Carter and coach Mike Carter last Saturday on the sideline at Ohio Stadium, posing for family and friends following the Ohio North-South Classic.

Kurt Sammons stood arm-in-arm with teammate Will Carter and coach Mike Carter last Saturday on the sideline at Ohio Stadium, posing for family and friends following the Ohio North-South Classic.

Sammons and his Johnstown-Monroe High School classmate played for the South team, which lost 49-7 in the 64th edition of the all-star game.

"No one remembers the score when they play in this game," said coach Carter, who was an assistant for the South team under Pickerington Central's Jay Sharrett. "They remember just playing here (at Ohio Stadium), the friends they met and all of the things that they learned. It was more than just football, it was an experience of a lifetime."

Sammons played at defensive end and had several tackles, including a sack midway through the third quarter.

"They were in slide protection, and they tried to get the ball out to the wide receiver," said Sammons, who is going to play at Capital. "I was just able to get in there and get to the quarterback."

Will Carter played both fullback and linebacker, rarely leaving the field.

"I was a fullback, but we only had two linebackers, so they recruited some more players and they also used me to fill in," said Will Carter, who will play at Ashland. "This is the best thing I've ever done football-wise. You get to play with and against some of the best players in the state, and you get to play in Ohio Stadium. That's something I'll never get to do again."

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 leads the series 38-23-3.

"It was so much more than a game," Will Carter said. "We got to meet our 'little buddies' from the Special Olympics and later in the week we went to Children's Hospital to see the kids there. It was incredible to be able to see how happy those kids were to see us. It's a week that I'll always remember."

Sammons looked at the week as a chance to prepare for his career at Capital.

"The competition was great, and we really had to step it up a lot," he said. "It was a learning experience and gave me an idea of how much faster things will be at the next level."

Will Carter was happy that his father was part of his all-star experience.

"My dad has always been there for me and this was just one more opportunity for him to coach me," he said. "He was there to coach me up and it's great to be around him."

But it won't be the last time coach Carter gets to work with his son and Sammons. The three will be on Licking County team in the Licking County-Muskingum Valley All-Star Game, which will be played July 24 at Zanesville High School.

"(The Licking County-Muskingum Valley contest) is always a good game," said coach Carter, who also will be joined on the Licking County squad by Johnstown's Josh McClellan and Jay Orders and as well as Sean Haines and Rob Harger of Northridge. "It will be just another great experience for these kids."