The Central District All-Star football game allowed players from the area to display their talents to friends, family and fans for one final time at the prep level.
Approximately 80 players representing 29 schools participated in the game June 17 at Reynoldsburg High School, with the White all-star team defeating the Red all-stars 35-8.
The rosters were comprised solely of 2017 graduates, and more than 60 of the players are expected to play collegiately.
“We have a bunch of schools here,” said Sean Edmondson, assistant director of the event. “We want to give the community and the city of Columbus a last opportunity to see some of these kids before a lot of them are college-bound and get to play at Division I, II and III schools. There are a few kids that are still pursuing some opportunities, so there’s quite a few colleges here trying to fill their rosters. We try to fill the voids with the players and the colleges.”
The Red team was coached by the Whitehall staff and the White team was coached by the Columbus East staff.
The White team erased an 8-7 halftime deficit on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Beechcroft’s Kyle Barrett to Dublin Jerome’s Ty Henderson with 11 minutes, 28 seconds left in the third quarter. A fumble recovery by Beechcroft’s Aarin Smoot-Baker set up the go-ahead score.
Barrett, who was named the White team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player, added a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter and a pair of touchdown passes to Central Crossing’s Troy Speakman in the fourth quarter.
Smoot-Baker was the White team’s Defensive MVP.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first half, with Gahanna’s Terone Gordon scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Barrett for the White all-stars and Hamilton Township’s Patrick Robinson scoring on an 11-yard run for the Red team.
“This means a lot,” East coach Wes Edwards said. “It’s an all-star game and everybody loves to win. These kids come out and they work hard Monday through Friday, and they come out here and it’s great to get rewarded and win. It’s always good to get the win at the end of the week.”