If there was any question about the quality of the football in Pickerington, one would just have to look at what happened last Saturday as multiple Central and North graduates represented their schools in one of the three respective all-star games around the state.

If there was any question about the quality of the football in Pickerington, one would just have to look at what happened last Saturday as multiple Central and North graduates represented their schools in one of the three respective all-star games around the state.

But the biggest presence was in the 14th edition of the Mid-Ohio All-Star Football Classic, which was last Saturday at Harvest Prep.

Central and North had 13 players compete for the Ohio-Cardinal team, which was comprised mostly of players from Franklin County and Licking County schools. They won 19-17 over the Buckeye-Cardinal, which consisted mostly of players from Fairfield County.

Representing Central were Ron Burgess (RB), Cory Crosby (DL), Adam Foltz (OL), Lacey Jackson (OL), Dustin Kramer (LB) and Troy Thompson (OL).

North was represented by B.J. DeCarlo (OL/DL), Ryan Hunt (DB), Chris Johann (DB), Amir Khezrdanamehr (LB), Alfred Roberts (DB), Tim Smart (DB) and Justin Young (WR/TE).

Though there wasn't one big play that stood out on a highlight film, it was the little things the players did that helped the Ohio-Cardinal win.

The biggest play of the game from a Pickerington player came from Crosby. Playing at defensive end, Crosby sacked quarterback Nick Adams on the final play to preserve the win.

Crosby beat his man off the line immediately and got to the blind side of Adams before he had a chance to attempt a Hail Mary pass.

"That was a great adrenaline rush. I didn't even feel tired after the game," Crosby said. "It feels amazing to play in this game. It's so different playing with guys where everybody has the same ability as you do and to have this much talent on a team."

It was the little things that helped push the Ohio-Cardinal team to victory. Roberts and Smart started at defensive back and the secondary limited the Buckeye-Cardinal to just five complete passes, including only one in the first half.

DeCarlo, Foltz, Jackson and Thompson played along the offensive line, which helped paved the way for Derek Acosta's rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

"It was little hard to get into the game at first but when it got close, it was fun," Jackson said. "It kind of reminded me of our season where we had a lot of close games, so it was worth it to play in this game."

Johann recovered a fumbled snap by the Buckeye-Cardinal team and the ensuing drive went for a touchdown. Young, who was thrown to twice, caught one pass for three yards.

"It felt good to play here and I'm glad I got invited," Young said.

Every Central and North player got in the game.

The Ohio-Cardinal roster was more than 30 percent filled with players from Pickerington. The players said that was a reflection of the quality of football at Central and North.

"It says we've got two excellent programs," Young said.

"It means we're respected and that everybody knows about us now," Crosby said.