Ohio aims to have fun in Stateline showcase

Morning Journal/Michael S. Burich Members of the 2021 Ohio squad for the 42nd Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic are (sitting, from left) Garrett Dozier (Toronto), Vinny Marcino (Edison), Clay Medvec (Springfield), Brad Sloan (Southern), Troy Carter (Wellsville), Vince Carapoletti (Steubenville Central Catholic), Keaton Baker (United), Andrew Coffee (West Branch), Matt Schaefer (Indian Creek), Howard Williams (East Liverpool), William Hardenbrook (Crestview); (second row) assistant coach Rich Sloan, head coach D.J. Ogilvie, Brutus Ogilvie (United), Nathan Cross (Columbiana), Brock Hillyer (West Branch), Austin Tindell (Springfield), Luke Crumbacher (South Range), Clayton Nezbeth (Springfield), Jax Booth (Salem), Tanner Johnston (Beaver Local), Alex Wilson (West Branch), Marco Ferry (Leetonia), Ryan McCullough (Lisbon), Hunter Morris (Southern), assistant coach Mark D’Eramo; (standing) assistant coach Jim Headley, assistant coach Paul Hulea, assistant coach Mark Brungard, Brady Brungard (Springfield), Christian McCom (United), Brandon Yanssens (Crestview), B.J. Pearson (Toronto), CJ Berlin-Bates (Western Reserve), Gannon Shepard (Leetonia), Colin Bryant (East Liverpool), Cooper Gottschling (Salem), Wyatt Babik (Crestview), Mason Mellinger (Leetonia), Cameron Bryant (East Liverpool), Anthony Bryarly (Crestview), assistant coach Dan Render and assistant coach Eric Potts. The game will be played on June 24 at Patterson Field in East Liverpool. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with introductions starting at 6:30 p.m. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Tickets can be bought from any player or at Radio Shack in Columbiana, Sitler the Printer in Columbiana or the Sport Connection in Salem.

With area all-stars getting ready for Thursday’s 42nd Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic, United’s D.J. Ogilvie will be a head coach in the event for the first time in his career.

Ogilvie, who first got a taste of the all-star contest back in 1999 as an assistant, said his staff has noticed a key element of the Ohio roster.

“One thing that the coaches have noticed is how smart these kids are with learning the schemes,” Ogilvie said.

But, like many all-star games, there’s a lot that coaches may not know about their squads because of the lack of time.

Ogilvie said he wasn’t sure what his team’s strengths and weaknesses are, but both sides of the ball have done a stellar job.

“In practice we will do inside running and the offense will look unstoppable. Then, we’ll do a team session and the defense is stifling,” Ogilvie explained.

With every Ohio player emerging as leaders, Ogilvie added that a certain Crestview linebacker has caught his attention since they’ve been on the gridiron.

“The player that has jumped out to me is (Crestview’s) Willie Hardenbrook. We have him playing the rush end and also playing him at tight end. He is the only one that we are playing both sides of the ball,” Ogilvie said.

Hardenbrook had 73 total tackles and three sacks for the Rebels this past season. He also caught 24 passes for over 450 yards and three scores. The senior also had 83 carries for over 900 yards and 10 trips to paydirt.

A huge reason why Ogilvie has enjoyed coaching the Penn-Ohio classic is being able to spend it with players he has coached and his family.

“For me the experience of coaching three kids from United. And what will make it more fun is that I get to coach my son one last time,” Ogilvie stated.

His son, Brutus, will be the starting quarterback for Ohio during tomorrow’s game. He was the starting signal-caller for United for one full season.

The multi-sport athlete threw for nearly 2,800 yards, 26 touchdowns, and he completed roughly 68 percent of his throws during his senior season. Brutus only had six interceptions in 10 games played for the Golden Eagles.

With Ogilvie being around football for a long time, he doesn’t believe much has changed with the Penn-Ohio game.

“I think our coaches association puts on a first-class game for these kids,” he said.

Ogilvie is in his second head-coaching stint with United after spending six seasons in Florida with Lemon Bay High. He coached United from 1998 through 2003 and again from 2018 to present day. Ogilvie also spent six seasons as the coach for Boardman.

Besides winning the Penn-Ohio classic, Ogilvie said there are a few other goals his team is keeping in mind.

“Our goal is to win, have fun, and represent Ohio in a first-class manner.”

Kickoff for the 42nd annual Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic will be 7 p.m. on Thursday at East Liverpool’s Patterson Field. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with player introductions at 6:30 p.m.

Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic

Ohio’s starting lineup


Quarterback: Brutus Ogilvie, United Local

Tailback: Marco Ferry, Leetonia

Split End: Keaton Baker, United Local; Andrew Coffee, West Branch

Slots: Brad Sloan, Southern; Jax Booth, Salem

Center: Brady Brungard, Springfield

Tackles: CJ Berlin-Bates, Western Reserve; Wyatt Babik, Crestview

Guards: Mason Mellinger, Toronto; Christian McCon, United Local


Nose Guard: Gannon Shepard, Leetonia

Defensive Tackles: Cameron Bryant, East Liverpool; Colin Bryant, East Liverpool

Inside Linebackers: Clayton Nezbeth, Springfield; Matt Schaefer, Indian Creek

Outside linebackers: Alek Wilson, West Branch; Willie Hardenbrook, Crestview

Cornerbacks: Xathon Cross, Columbiana; Tanner Johnston, Beaver Local

Safeties: Howard Williams, East Liverpool; Brandon Yanssens, Crestview


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