In the Central Ohio All-Star Game last Saturday at Upper Arlington High School, the OCC All-Stars used gadget plays, halfback passes and misdirection to defeat the Central Stars 31-6.

In the Central Ohio All-Star Game last Saturday at Upper Arlington High School, the OCC All-Stars used gadget plays, halfback passes and misdirection to defeat the Central Stars 31-6.

However, Olentangy Liberty High School running back Allen Eggleston's 35 yards rushing on seven carries was refreshingly old school.

Eggleston, who will play for the Albany (N.Y.), gained a majority of his rushing yards on off-tackle runs, including a 1-yard touchdown run that put the OCC up 14-0 with 9 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter.

"(The second touchdown drive) established our dominance for the game," said Eggleston who picked up 25 yards in four carries on the drive.

"Our offensive line was really strong and we had a good game plan. Our run plays off tackle were working very well and just about everything else was working for us."

Also playing for Liberty were receiver Cameron Whitner and linebacker Victor Kaczkowski. Olentangy was represented by kicker Ryan DiSabato, who made a 37-yard field goal and two extra points. Whitner caught one pass for 5 yards and Kaczkowski had a tackle.

"We did a good job jelling in practice and everything came together really nicely," said DiSabato, who is going to walk-on at Pittsburgh in the fall. "We threw in a couple of trick plays. The hardest part of the trick plays was just getting the timing down and making sure everyone was doing what they were supposed to be doing."

Kaczkowski had to adjust to playing a different position. Kaczkowski, who is headed to Dayton, normally plays linebacker but was moved to defensive end for the game.

"Actually, playing defensive end was a lot easier than playing linebacker," he said. "We didn't have all the pass drops and things like that, but I had a lot of other responsibilities. I think I learned a lot of things, but I was just trying to have fun out there."


Darby's Bargar loses coin flip, wins MVP

Tails never fails.

That was the phrase that Hilliard Darby High School quarterback Brandon Bargar used to fuel his strategy when he guessed at a coin-flip in the days leading up to the Central Ohio All-Star game last Saturday at Upper Arlington.

Bargar, who led Darby last season with an effective blend of running and passing, was one of two potential starting quarterbacks for the OCC All-Star team, which downed the Central All-Stars 31-6. Either Pickerington Central quarterback Nick Raymond or Bargar could have been the starter for the team, which was comprised solely of players from the Ohio Capital Conference. OCC coach Scott Gordon agreed that a coin-flip should decide the starter.

Bargar called tails and it came up heads.

As the loser of the coin-flip, Bargar started at wide receiver against a Central team made up of players from the CCL, City and MSL leagues.

With the game scoreless in the first quarter, the OCC drew first blood when Raymond threw a lateral to Bargar at receiver. Bargar then launched the ball to Pickerington North tight end Alex Bayer, who was left alone by the defense, for an 80-yard touchdown. The play produced the game's first points with 1 minute, 59 seconds left in the quarter.

"It could have been Nick (throwing that pass)," said Bargar, who also considered returning kicks. "I knew that whoever didn't start was going to get the reverse pass."

Bargar factored heavily in the game plan and was offensive MVP for the OCC. He completed five of eight passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed twice for 12 yards and had a six-yard catch.

"We had two quarterbacks that were great players," Gordon said. "We said we were going to run that double-pass in the first two series. We had a chance to and (Bayer) was all alone out there."

Raymond also had a productive day. He was 5-for-9 passing for 54 yards and also rushed seven times for 16 yards and punted twice for a 40.5-yard average.

The Central Stars had one quarterback on the roster in Walnut Ridge's Alvin Busbee, although Eastmoor Academy's Alex Coleman also lined up under center. The Central had trouble mounting an aerial attack and finished the first half with 1 yard passing.

Central's main attack was Walnut Ridge running back Brandon Rice, who rushed 16 times for 72 yards to earn his team's offensive MVP.

Central's strategy was to use Rice in the power running game inside and Busbee on speed runs to the outside, but for most of the game the OCC defense was ready for it. Busbee finished with 52 yards rushing, including a 20-yard run in the first quarter, on seven attempts. He also completed six of 10 passes for 19 yards.

"We didn't spread them out much," Busbee said. "They did a good job of spreading us out. We kept it tight most of the time and it made it easier for them to stay at home. They weren't really going for any of the fakes."

Thomas Worthington's Michael Brankamp was the OCC defensive MVP with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. The announcement drew ire from the OCC team. Anthony Finissi, a defensive back from Upper Arlington, intercepted his third pass of the game in the final seconds.

Also having a strong game for the OCC was UA running back Isaac Wildermuth, who rushed nine times for 81 yards, including a 49-yard run in the third quarter in which he was tackled at the 1-yard line. He scored on the next play to help make it 21-0 with 5:30 left in the third quarter.

Olentangy Liberty's Allen Eggleston scored on 2-yard run with 9:40 left in the second quarter. Gahanna's Brandon Magbagbeola, who led the OCC in receiving with 48 yards on three catches, scored on a 23-yard touchdown reception with 2:40 left in the third quarter to make it 28-0. Olentangy's Ryan DiSabato kicked a 37-yard field goal with 8:19 remaining to go to end the scoring.

Central scored its lone points on a 10-yard touchdown run by Rice early in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 28-6. Jordan Ross, who played for Independence, also had 55 yards rushing on four attempts for the Central, which was coached by Allan Jones of Independence.

Central leads the series 5-4 since the new format was adopted in 2001.