INSURANCE OHIO ALL-STAR CLASSIC
OHIO ALL-STAR CLASSIC SIGNS TITLE SPONSORSHIP
WITH GRANGE INSURANCE
The Ohio All-Star Classic is now the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic.
Grange Insurance, a Columbus-based insurance company, has signed a three-year
agreement to be the title sponsor of the Ohio All-Star Classic. The Grange
Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic will be played in Columbus Crew Stadium through
2004. The Ohio All-Star Classic was played in Columbus Crew Stadium for the
first time in 2001 after being held in Massillon or Canton from 1977-2000. The
Ohio All-Star Classic was also held in Columbus in 1975 and 1976 when the game
was contested in Ohio Stadium.
PREVAILS 20-7 IN 2001
Ohio State recruit Maurice Hall of Columbus Brookhaven scored on a 3-yard
run, Akron recruit Chase Blackburn of Marysville caught an 18-yard
touchdown pass from Matt Materkoski of Bellaire and OSU recruit Mike
Nugent kicked two field goals to lead the South to a 30-7 victory over the
North in the first Ohio All-Star Classic played in Columbus Crew Stadium.
Washington State recruit Josh Swogger of Youngstown Ursuline and Pete
Lepley of Bellevue hooked up on a 92-yard scoring play for the North's
LEADS ALL-TIME SERIES
Despite the loss last year, the North still holds a 31-22-3 advantage in the
Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic.
Four alumni of the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic have gone on to win a
combined five Heisman trophies: Vic Janowicz of Elyria (Ohio State,
1950), Roger Staubach of Cincinnati Purcell-Marian (Navy, 1963), Archie
Griffin of Columbus Eastmoor (Ohio State, 1974 and 1975) and Desmond
Howard of Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Michigan, 1991).
ALUMNI COMPETE IN SUPER BOWL XXXVI
A record seven Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic alumni competed in Super
Bowl XXXVI between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. John Baker,
London Fletcher, Kim Herring and Orlando Pace played for
the Rams, while Marc Edwards, Ben Kelly and Mike Vrabel
played for the Patriots. In addition, OAC alumni Andy Katzenmoyer and Terry
Glenn were each members of the Patriots organization in 2002 but did not
compete in the Super Bowl. Another OAC alumnus, Roger Staubach, was an
honorary captain for the game.
SUPER BOWL NOTES
An Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic alumnus has played in every Super Bowl
except Super Bowl II and Super Bowl XXXII. All told, OAC alumni have made a
combined 115 appearances in the Super Bowl, including four appearances by Roger
Staubach (71-72-76-79) and four appearances by Jack Lambert
A Mr. Football in Ohio has been awarded each year since 1987 to the best high
school football player in the state. Seven winners of he award have played in
the Ohio All-Star Classic: Buster Howe of Zanesville (1987), Bobby
Hoying of St. Henry (1990), Derek Kidwell of Fostoria (1991), Marc
Edwards of Norwood (1992), Andy Katzenmoyer of Westerville South
(1995), Derek Combs of Grove City (1996) and Tony Fisher of Euclid
(1997). 2001 winner Jeff Backes of Upper Arlington was selected for the
Ohio All-Star Classic but did not play due to injury. 2002 winner Maurice
Clarett of Warren Harding was not eligible for this year's Ohio All-Star
Classic because he enrolled at Ohio State in January in order to participate in
TO NAME A FEW MORE
Other notable Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic alumni include Len
Dawson (Alliance), Paul Warfield (Warren Harding), Alan Page
(Canton Central Catholic), Bernie Kosar (Youngstown Boardman), Cris
Carter (Middletown), Joey Galloway (Bellaire), Orlando Pace
(Sandusky), Ken Kuhn (Louisville), Jim Marshall (Columbus East), Chris
Spielman (Massillon Washington), Elvis Grbac (Cleveland St.
Joseph's), Jim Lachey (St. Henry) and Ki-Jana Carter
More than one-third of the players in the 2002 Ohio All-Star Classic will go on
to play their college careers at Big Ten schools, including South participants Trumaine
Banks (Minnesota), Mark Bihl (Washington Court House), Bobby
Carpenter (Ohio State), Tim Crouch (Michigan State), Bryan Cupito
(Minnesota), Kenny Harper (Minnesota), A.J. Hawk (Ohio State), Quinn
Pitcock (Ohio State), Jay Richardson (Ohio State), Tim Schafer
(Ohio State), E.J. Underwood (Ohio State), Ashton Watson (Michigan
State) and Quentin White (Minnesota). Big Ten recruits on the North squad
include Mike D'Andrea (Ohio State), T.J. Downing (Ohio State), Tyler
Everett (Ohio State), Vince Gliatta (Penn State), Roy Hall Jr.
(Ohio State), Ryan Keenan (Northwestern), Mike Kudla (Ohio State),
Joel Penton (Van Wert), Gregg Pruitt (Minnesota), Rob Sims Jr.
(Ohio State) and Justin Zwick (Ohio State).
South defensive end Quinn Pitcock (Piqua/Ohio State) will miss
the 2002 Ohio All-Star Classic and the 2002 Big 33 all-star football games
because of gall bladder surgery he underwent in early June. Pitcock is expected
to be healthy when OSU begins camp in late July.
The 2002 Ohio All-Star Classic will be the 57th contest, making the
Ohio All-Star Classic the longest running state all-star game in the nation. The
first Ohio All-Star Classic was played on Aug. 17, 1946 at Waite High School in
Toledo. The South, coached by Frank Leahy of Notre Dame, defeated the
North 26-21. The North was led by Ohio State coach Paul Bixler, who went
on to post a 4-3-2 record at Ohio State that fall in his only season as OSU's
BRUCE COACH IN OAC
Paul Bixler is not the only Ohio State coach to coach in the Ohio All-Star
Classic. Wes Fesler, who replaced Bixler at Ohio State in 1947, coached
the South squad in a 6-6 tie in the 1947 game that was played in Canton. Earle
Bruce coached the North squad in 1965 when he was head coach at Massillon
Washington. Long-time Ohio State athletic director Hugh Hindman also
coached in the Ohio All-Star Classic, guiding the North to a 26-0 victory in
1957. Hindman was the head coach at Columbus North at the time.
24 IN BIG 33
Twenty-four participants in the Ohio All-Star Classic will also represent Ohio
in the Big 33 game against the Pennsylvania All-Stars on July 20 in Hershey, Pa.
The Big 33 representatives on display in the Ohio All-Star Classic include:
David Abdul (Massillon Washington), Bryan Andrews (Wake Forest), Trumaine
Banks (Columbus Eastmoor), Mark Bihl (Washington Courth House), T.J.
Downing (Canton GlenOak), Tyler Everett (Canton McKinley), Roy
Hall Jr. (Brush), A.J. Hawk (Centerville), Mike Kudla
(Medina Highland), Matt Leininger (Liberty Center), James "Bo"
Martin (Fremont Ross), Joel Penton (Van Wert), Quinn Pitcock
(Piqua), Kyle Ralph (Cincinnati St. Xavier), Jay Richardson
(Dublin Scioto), Jay Rohr (Masillon Jackson), Tim Schafer (Upper
Arlington), John Scott (Zanesville), Rob Sims (Macedonia Nordonia),
Nathan Szep (Cleveland St. Ignatius), E.J. Underwood (Hamilton),
Steve Vallos (Youngstown Boardman), DeShaun Wynn (Cincinnati
Reading), and Justin Zwick (Massillon Washington).
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION
The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association sponsors the Ohio All-Star
Classic. OHSFCA officers for 2002 include: Steve Gilbert of Tiffin
Columbian, president; Gerald Cooke of Watkins Memorial, 1st
vice president; Jack Rose of Canton GlenOak, 2nd vice
president; Mike Mauk of Kenton, treasurer; Bob Brigati of West
Carrollton, past president; and Dick Kerschbaum of Elyria, secretary and
Ohio All-Star Classic coordinator.
OF FAME INDUCTEES
The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association inducted six new members into
its Hall of Fame in February: Larry Cook (Sandusky/Circleville), Paul
Green (Lima Central Catholic/Huron), David Hansbarger
(Swanton/Parkway), Dick Larkin (Upper Arlington), Tony Mason (Niles
McKinley/Brookfield) and Thomas Montgomery (Dayton Dunbar).