BACF Football Classic Is June 12
Tyler Consolidated and Paden City high schools will once again have a strong presence in the Parkersburg area, as both athletes and coaches prepare for the annual BACF Football Classic.
This year, the West Virginia Mid-Ohio Valley all-stars will include five area football players who will be coached by Paden City High School’s Brent Croasmun and his staff.
“This is a great way to start the football season,” said Croasmun, coaching in the game for his first time. “We’re loaded with good athletes at every position. We’ve had a lot of good hitting. It’s exciting to be coaching football right now.”
“Anytime you’re raising money for a charity, it’s a great thing to be involved with,” Croasmun said about the real reason why the game is played. “When you can throw a football game into the mix, that makes everything that much more fun for the football players and hopefully for the fans. Hopefully we can provide a good night of entertainment, but the main thing is raising money for cystic fibrosis.”
Participating for the Silver Knights will be Cullen Grover, Nate Zills ,and Aaron Matthews. Representing the Wildcats will be Wes Cosper, Keith Kline, and Ronnie Blatt.
“I’ve been very excited after coming home from the first few practices, and we haven’t even had the whole team there yet,” stated Croasmun. “In this game, you have a good player at every position and expect them to make plays. As a coach, it’s just a great feeling to know those kids can do that.”
This year’s game should have a different look as Croasmun will attempt to implement a spread offense. But, he knows a lot of what will happen depends on the short practice week.
“I’ve got about 12 pass patterns out of different formations I would like to try and put in,” Croasmun said. “It will depend on how much the kids can digest in the amount of time we have.”
He should benefit from having a quarterback that played in a similar offense. Ripley’s Seth Parsons will line up behind center at quarterback. He was a special honorable mention for Class AAA in 2008.
It shouldn’t be too difficult for him to adjust, as three of his Ripley teammates will play in the game as well. Jeff Tomlin is listed as a running back while two lineman, Linnie Kiser and Josh Williams, will battle in the trenches.
The only other school that has more representatives in the BACF event is St. Marys with five. Derek Spitzer, Nick Whystell, Zac Anderson, Bryan Casto, and Robert Hall will all suit up for the Blue Devils.
The Parkersburg area will have six players. Chanz Jarrell, Jeremy Hardman, and Jordan Holliday will represent the South Patriots while Brad Wilson, Tommy Brunoni, and Jacob Reifsteck will don the powder blue helmets of the Catholic Crusaders.
The Little Kanawha Conference tends to be represented well in BACF each year, and it’s no different for this game. Calhoun County’s Jeremy Conley and Cody Cunningham will join Ritchie County’s Ryan Richards, Ravenswood’s Zack Shriver, and Doddridge County’s Justin Dillion to round out the West Virginia squad.
Assisting Croasmun will be Ron Casto, Joe Anderson, Bob Postlethwait, former player Bryan Casto, and Parkersburg South Head Coach Joe Bolen.
Names on the roster for Ohio that may sound familiar include Taylor Potts, Dan Star, Jordan Clegg, and Travis Wells from River; Luke Lucas, Eric Lucas, Justin Fisher, and George Ruckman from Beallsville; Mikey Russell, Mikey Mabig, Schuyler Bondy and Kyle Jorris from Monroe Central; and Justin Ross and Ryan Neader from Frontier.
The game is set to kick off Friday at 7 p.m. from the legendary Stadium Field at Parkersburg High School.