Gilbert gives Classic performance

DAYTON – Crestview High School senior Collin Gilbert threw a game-tying 61-yard touchdown pass to Huron’s Cody Thompson with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the South edged out a 28-27 overtime win to take the Div. IV-VII North-South Classic on Saturday at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

Gilbert, who will attend the University of Mount Union in the fall, went 2 of 2 for 59 yards passing and had six carries for 42 yards along with an interception on defense for the North. For his efforts he was named the North’s offensive MVP.

Western Reserve head coach Andy Hake decided to go for two after the North’s overtime touchdown, but Kirtland’s Sam Kukura was stuffed on the try and the South came away with the narrow victory.

Kenton receiver Justin Sawmiller was awarded Most Outstanding Player honors, grabbing five catches for 112 yard for the North.

The North’s defensive MVP was Hillsdale’s Ryan Bee. For the South, Clinton-Massie’s Kelson Gauden won defensive MVP, while teammate Bayle Wolfe took home offensive MVP honors.

Also playing in the game from the area were Crestview’s Josh McDade, Columbiana’s Mike Buzzard, South Range’s Garrett Sorely, Western Reserve’s Nick Allison and Dan Zilke.

The North won the Div. I-III game 23-14 thanks to a 62-yard touchdown pass from Midview’s Cody Callaway to Akron-St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Parris Campbell.

North-South Classic

Division IV-VII

South 28, North 27 (OT)

SOUTH: 0-14-0-7-7-28

NORTH: 3-0-11-7-6-27

First quarter

N-Scottie Slauterbeck 32 kick, 1:36

Second quarter

S-Shane Roy 5 pass from Bayle Wolf (Colin Barringer kick), 9:34

S-Akili Taylor 6 run (Barringer kick), 1:41

Third quarter

N-Slauterbeck 32 kick, 5:54

N-Ishmael Hargrove 68 interception return (Sam Kukura run), 3:57

Fourth quarter

S-Justin Sawmiller 6 pass from Tyler Stoyle (Barringer kick), 4:29

N-Cody Thompson 61 pass from Collin Gilbert (Slauterbeck kick), 3:45


S-Wolf 1 run (Barringer kick)

N-Andrew Vaughn 10 run (run failed)