Beaver coach to lead Ohio
The calendar has flipped to July, which means the Ohio Valley’s summer’s sporting event of the year is just a few weeks away.
Actually, to be exact, the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game will be staged in three weeks.
Ohio and West Virginia will clash once again at Wheeling Island Stadium on July 23 with kickoff scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Both head coaches – Mike McKenzie (Ohio) and John Kelley (West Virginia) – know who will be joining them at training camp, which opens at Wheeling University on July 17th.
“Choosing the rosters is always the toughest part because there are a lot of really good players in the Ohio Valley,” McKenzie, who serves as Beaver Local’s head coach, said. “Putting the roster together has been interesting and we’ve had some changes from the initial roster we turned in, but we’re excited about this group.”
Kelley, who is the head coach at University High School in Morgantown, is “looking forward” to the opportunity to coach the Mountain State gridders “in a big way.”
“This is like a bucket-list item for me,” Kelley, who is an Oak Glen graduate, said. “I’ve coached in multiple playoff games, championship games and coached the West Virginia North-South Game, but I’ve always wanted to be a part of this game. I’ve always been a fan of it and it’s an honor to be chosen.”
The Ohio squad represents 19 schools from all ends of the conference. Seven schools will be sending multiple players to participate. St. Clairsville leads all schools – on both sides of the river – with five representatives.
Shadyside and Steubenvile each have three of their recent graduates slated to take part in the game. Other Ohio schools with multiple selections are Beaver Local, Bellaire, Fort Frye and River.
“We really like our skill kids,” McKenzie said. “We have some kids who we really feel like are going to fit into what we like to do offensively very well.”
Similar to McKenzie, Kelley and his coaching staff had a few issues arriving at the 32 players listed below.
“We lost four or five kids to colleges not wanting them to play and we’ve had a few drop out for various reasons,” Kelley said. “We really spent a lot of time on this by talking to the coaches and looking at video. We went out looking for players who we think can help us win.”
Kelley and the West Virginia coaching staff represented 14 different schools and of those just three had one selection.
University, which won the OVAC 5A title last fall, and Wheeling Park lead the way with four selections each. Morgantown, Wheeling Central, Brooke and Weir all had a trio of players chosen.
The complete Ohio roster includes:
Dakota Hess, Union Local; Dorian Jackson, Beaver Local; Austin Creamer, River; Trevor Carman, Harrison Central; Greg Mamula, Steubenville; Brandon Louden, Beallsville; Lucas Otto, St. Clairsville; Jaiden Kesterson, Bellaire; Drew Sefsick, St. Clairsville; Nick Suriano, Steubenville; Tanner Bills, Frontier; Malachi Rose-Burton, Monroe Central; Jacob Jordan, St. Clairsville; Spencer Bliss, Barnesville; Brandon Kinney, Steubenville; Justin Driscoll, Buckeye Local; Caden Kenworthy, Cambridge; Ryan Florence, Shadyside; Joey Balgo, St. Clairsville; Nathan Sprouse, Beaver Local; Casey Brooker, Fort Frye; Hunter Kesserling, Fort Frye; Aiden Snodgrass, Buckeye Trail; Gavin Carpenter, Barnesville; Peyton Hores, Martins Ferry; Mason VanNest, Shadyside; Tyler Stanley, Wellsville; Colin Oberdick, St. Clairsville; Timmy O’Grady, Bellaire; James Orlando, Indian Creek; Brody Longwell, River; Wyatt Reiman, Shadyside.
The complete West Virginia roster includes:
Adam Dolata, Linsly; Corbin Cross, University; Evan Quering, Madonna; Trent Parsons, Parkersburg South; Brodie Selmon, Linsly; Ayden Baker, Wheeling Central; Carson Yobbagy, Weir; Elija Jackson, University; Nate Shelek, Wheeling Park; Santino Arlia, Madonna; Jacob Morgan, Weir; Luke Secrist, Brooke; Alec Duley, Morgantown; Caleb Ratcliffe, Wheeling Central; Daminn Cunningham, University; Marcus Barnes, Magnolia; Isaac Ball, Cameron; Cody Martos, Wheeling Central; Hunter Nixon, Wheeling Park; Benjamin McCardle, John Marshall; Dylan Conley, Oak Glen; Preston Harman, Morgantown; Colt Thomas, Wheeling Park; Daniel Henderson, University; Grant Neiswonger, John Marshall; De-Shawn Gray, Oak Glen; Jacob Donley, Brooke; C.J. Brown, Morgantown; Braden Hupp, Wheeling Park, Myles Rice, Weir; Daniel Rawson, Brooke; Clayton Bryan, Cameron; Jonathan Arnett, Clay-Battelle.