The scoreboard told a grim story for the South All-Stars last Saturday in the Ohio North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium, but it did not tell the whole story.

The scoreboard told a grim story for the South All-Stars last Saturday in the Ohio North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium, but it did not tell the whole story.

Despite a 49-7 win by the North, South players and coaches said that hardly diminished their experience in the country's longest-running high school all-star game.

"Of course everybody would like to win, but the one good thing is we came out injury-free and they came out injury-free," said Pickerington Central coach Jay Sharrett, who coached the South. "All these guys will switch gears and go start their careers, and that's what it's about."

Olentangy Liberty defensive end Mike Hilty, who played for South and will play at Cincinnati, said the final score really had little effect on the players.

"We were all so tight from just having one week (to prepare), it didn't really bother us," said Hilty, who was named Defensive MVP for the South.

Sharrett said he knew coming into the game that there might be a disparity in talent between the two squads, which might have been due in part to the Big 33 game taking place last Saturday as well. 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. North leads the series 38-23-3.

In all, 11 players from Central Ohio were represented on the South, including Blaine Burgess (Pickerington Central), Will Carter (Johnstown), Adam Castin (Pickerington Central), Greg Christo-Baker (Licking Valley), Hilty, Max Holbrook (Pickerington Central), Zac Kerin (Olentangy), Tyrell Massey (Marion-Franklin), Kurt Sammons (Johnstown), Josh Suchecki (Hilliard Davidson) and Taylor Wood (Delaware). In addition to Sharrett, Johnstown coach Mike Carter was an assistant for the South.

The North offense scored on its first three possessions and did not face a third-down situation until late in the second quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, the North led 28-0. South finally got on the board on a kickoff return as Massey raced 95 yards untouched up the right sideline for South's lone touchdown.

"When I was running, I just saw the opening and I had to hit my cut," said Massey, who had five kickoff returns and four punt returns for touchdowns at Marion-Franklin and will play at Ashland. He also played slot receiver and running back for South and was selected as the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Castin, who will play at Walsh, made the extra point to make the score 28-7.

The South's deepest offensive march came early in the fourth quarter as Wood, who will play at Eastern Kentucky, directed the team on a 49-yard drive that reached the North 11 before stalling. South eventually turned the ball over on downs.