Adkins, Plum picked for OVAC
By SETH STASKEY
Special to the Journal
MARTINS FERRY — High school football always seems to boil down to line play.
Regardless if it’s regular season or an all-star game, being able to win the game in the trenches is paramount.
Ohio head coach Karl Justus is certainly aware of that and believes his squad will be more than ready up front for the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, which is slated for Martins Ferry’s Dave Bruney Football Complex two weeks from tonight.
“Our offensive and defensive lines should be good,” Justus said. “We have some big kids who can seem to all move well. We have guys who are good at pass and run blocking. Plus, they’re all fairly versatile and can play a lot of different positions up front.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
TERRY ADKINS, Beaver Local — This former Beaver shined at defensive end for then head coach Jeremy McElroy’s team.
The 6-2, 248 pounder recorded 88 pancake blocks during his senior season en route to third-team all-Ohio honors. He was a first-team all-Eastern District pick and also named a Columbiana County All-Star.
Terry, who plans on attending Thiel College, is the son of Kim and Dave Gauley.
BEN DAVIS, Toronto — This former Red Knight was a two-way standout for Coach Eric Meek’s team, shining at tackle.
On the defensive side, the 6-2, 220 pounder recorded 41 tackles, 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble.
Davis was named to the Quad County All-Star Team.
Ben, who is the son of Doug Davis and Lisa Feist, plans to attend Pittsburgh Technical College.
JACK DAVIS, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider caused opposing offenses all sorts of problems from his defensive end position.
The 6-2, 205 pounder posted 45 tackles, 6.5 sacks and broke up six passes. He also saw time at tight end, making eight catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Davis was a third-team all-Ohioan, all-OVAC, all-Eastern District and all Times Leader selection. He was also one of the Five Blocks of Granite.
Jack, who plans to attend West Liberty, is the son of Amanda Baker.
TREY ELERICK, St. Clairsville — This former Red Devil anchored the offensive line for Coach Brett McLean’s team.
A three-year starter at center, the 5-11, 185 pounder averaged a 90 percent grade. He also served as the long snapper.
Elerick was named all-OVAC, all-Valley, all-Eastern District and was twice named Hog of the Year Award winner.
Along with football, Elerick shined in track and field, was a member of the National Honor Society and was Vice President of the French Club.
Trey, who plans to attend Ohio State University, is the son of Diane Elerick and the late Sean Elerick.
MASON LADYGA, River — This former Pilot was a mainstay along the offensive and defensive lines for Coach Mike Flannery’s team.
The 6-2, 235 pounder was a four-year starter on both lines. He finished with 44 tackles, 10 solo tackles and 34 assists. Five of those went for a loss.
Ladyga’s fine season was a first-team all-OVAC, all-Eastern District and special mention all-Ohio selection.
Along with football, Ladyga was a member of the National Honor Society, he volunteered at the Belmont County Election Board and a member of the Art and Spanish Club.
Mason, who plans to attend Belmont College, is the son of Doug and Lea Ladyga.
LUKE MATUSIK, River — This two-way standout put forth a brilliant final campaign — and career — for Flannery’s Pilots.
The 6-2, 205 pounder recorded 67 tackles, including 29 solos. He had 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He graded out at 91 percent from his left tackle spot.
Matusik was recognized as all-OVAC, all-Eastern District, all-Ohio honorable mention and won the individual top honor at the Big Cat Lineman Challenge.
Matusik was also a delegate to Buckeye Boys State.
Luke, who plans to attend Belmont College to study welding, is the son of Mike and Shawna Matusik.
DONNIE MEADOWS, Shadyside — This former Tiger was a mainstay on both sides of the line for Coach Mark Holenka’s Tigers.
The 6-3, 280 pounder posted 143 career tackles and graded out at 93 percent as a senior along the offensive line.
Twice, Meadows was named all-OVAC. He was a second-team all-Ohio pick as a senior and was also first-team all-Eastern District and all-Times Leader.
Donnie, who is the son of Don and Amanda Meadows, is undecided about his future plans.
FREDDIE PLUM, East Liverpool — This former Potter was a standout along the defensive line for Coach Josh Ludwig’s squad.
The 6-6, 265 pounder posted 192 tackles, including 45 for loss. He also had 14 sacks, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles during his career.
Plum was named to the Quad County All-Star Team and was a Blocks of Granite nominee.
Freddie, who plans to attend West Virginia State, is the son of Molly Moffett and Nate Moffett.
SAM ROBINSON, Indian Creek — This former Redskin was a two-way force for Coach Andrew Connor’s squad last season.
The 6-0, 240 pounder was named first-team all-Eastern District and special mention all-Ohio.
Robinson is also a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and 4H.
Sam, who plans to attend West Virginia University, is the son of David and Julie Robinson.
BRENTON STULL, Harrison Central — This former Huskie played a bevy of positions along the line for Coach Justin Kropka’s team.
The 5-11, 245 pounder lettered four times and was named all-Eastern District three times. He was second-team all-Ohio and served as a team captain.
Along with football, Stull was a standout in wrestling, too.
Brenton, who plans to attend Thiel College, is the son of Brian and Suzanne Stull.
DOM WALLACE, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider played both ways exceptionally well for Coach Dave Bruney’s team.
The 6-0, 290 pounder was a two-way tackle for the Riders and earned several post-season honors.
Wallace was also an all-Ohioan in wrestling, placing third in the OHSAA’s state wrestling tournament at 285 pounds.
Dom, who plans to attend Kent State Tuscarawas to wrestle, is the son of Shawna Watts.
KYLE WILSON, Buckeye Trail — This former Warrior shined on both sides of the ball for Coach Donnie Kerns’ team.
The 5-11, 260 pounder was a leader on the offensive line from his guard spot and defensively he logged 24 tackles, including nine for loss from his defensive tackle spot.
Wilson was named second-team Eastern District and first-team PVC. He was a honorable mention all-OVAC Class 3A pick.
Kyle is the son of Brian and Vicki Wilson.