For the few plays in which Reynoldsburg High School graduate Jay R. Taylor was on the field representing the OCC team at the Central Ohio All-Star football game last Saturday at Upper Arlington, he wanted to let others in central Ohio know that he still could play

For the few plays in which Reynoldsburg High School graduate Jay R. Taylor was on the field representing the OCC team at the Central Ohio All-Star football game last Saturday at Upper Arlington, he wanted to let others in central Ohio know that he still could play

The running back missed nearly all his senior season with an ankle injury after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a junior, but last Saturday he had three rushes for 20 yards and caught the OCC's lone touchdown pass as he was named the OCC's Offensive Player of the Game.

"I wanted to represent Reynoldsburg, but I wanted to represent myself most of all because my senior year I was hurt a lot," said Taylor, who is going to play football at Miami. "I wanted to represent myself and show people I still had it."

Reynoldsburg graduate D'Angelo Brundage, who will play at Ohio Dominican, also played in the game as a defensive back for the OCC team and assisted on three tackles. He played on the kick-return team, running back the opening kickoff 11 yards to the OCC's 18-yard line.

Hartley graduate Jon Zhang played for the Central team. The game most likely was the final time he'll wear shoulder pads and a helmet.

Since graduating from Hartley, Zhang has held down a full-time job. All he did to prepare for the game was a few pull-ups everyday on a pull-up bar at his house, but a soft body wasn't going to keep him from a chance to dull the feeling of Hartley's 24-7 loss to Ready in last year's finale.

"I was all for (playing)," Zhang said. "The last football game I played in was a loss. I don't have enough time to go to the gym anymore so I wasn't in the best shape, but it worked."

Zhang assisted on two tackles.

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 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.

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.

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.