Near Miss / East duo fall by a field goal; Major wins award

INDIANAPOLIS – Josh Major and Jamon Hogan lost only five football games their four years at Columbus East.

But even though their South squad came up a little short in its 27-24 loss to the North in Friday night’s annual North-South All-Star Classic, the pair of Olympians couldn’t help but look back at their high school careers with fondness.

“It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but the week as a whole was really great,” Major said. “To experience it with some of the best players from around the state was a lot of fun.”

Major was one of two quarterbacks for the South. He completed 3 of 7 passes for 45 yards, and three of his four incompletions were drops.

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But after rotating with Avon’s Cameron Misner at quarterback in the first half, Major played only one series under center in the third quarter. He then moved to safety.

“It was great to play quarterback one last time because I’ll be playing receiver in college (at DePauw),” Major said. “But one of our guys went down, and the coaches came up to me and asked if I could play DB. So I had to go in there and try to help us win anywhere I could.”

Hogan started at running back. He finished with two carries for zero yards and two catches for nine yards.

Hogan mainly was used as a blocking back in the South’s pass-heavy offense.

“In a game like this, I always feel like I could have done something better to help our team win,” Hogan said. “But overall, I feel like I did the best I could.”

Hogan was one of 14 players between the North and South who is headed to Marian University. Eleven of those players were on the South.

“It’s been a good experience for me and Josh,” Hogan said. “We learned a lot, and it’s been nice to play with all these new players and make a bond.”

On Thursday night, Major was presented with the South’s Ralph Everman Award. The award is given to a player from each team for their effort in the practice leading up the game by their coaches.

“It was a tremendous honor,” Major said. “It was a tremendous way to end my high school career.”