West Virginia Crushes Ohio, 26-6
Four Wetzel County athletes pitched in to help the West Virginia All-Stars clobber Ohio, 26-6, in the 71st Annual Rudy Mumley All-Star Football game Saturday, July 23, at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Neither team could do much with their opening series of play, but after a nice punt return, the Ohio Buckeyes went to work. They had a first and goal, but a quarterback sack took care of that and Ohio settled for a 37-yard field goal by Cambridge’s Adam Fox at the 5:30 mark of the opening quarter.
The 50-year reunion of the 1966 Ohio and West Virginia was held with Magnolia’s Tom Haught and Tim Bostaph in attendance.
West Virginia returned the ensuing kickoff after a thrilling 38-yard run back by Weir’s Kameron Davis to the 40. After losing a dozen or so yards on a pass that went nowhere, Morgantown’s Zayne Hern spotted Magnolia’s Kyle Ritz flying down the field and reached out to make a diving catch for a 30-yard gain to give West Virginia a lift that would last the rest of the game.
The Mountaineers were facing a fourth and two from the 13, but the Ohio squad jumped off sides and the Mountaineers took advantage and scored on the next play when the Brooke Bruin’s Justin Loughrie took a pitch and rambled off tackle for the game’s first touchdown. The two point conversion run was stifled by the Ohio Buckeyes and West Virginia led 6-3 early in the second period.
John Marshall’s Austin Skrzyneki picked-off Ohio on the Buckeyes’ second play, following the West Virginia score with a dazzling interception and returned it to midfield.
The Valley Lumberjacks’ Trey Streets entered the game and quickly hooked up with Parkersburg South’s Cole Day for a 47-yard pitch and catch.
A few plays later Streets, who is the Lumberjacks school’s all-time top ground gainer, took it into the end-zone for a five-yard touchdown run. Wheeling Park’s Cole Adams slit the uprights on the PAT, and West Virginia bumped their advantage to 13-3 with nine minutes and change left in the first half.
After the ensuing kick, the Blue Eagles’ Zach Haught swatted away an Ohio pass, that fell into the waiting hands of Wheeling Parks’ defensive end Richard Blackwell.
After a nice gainer by John Marshall’s Chase Gump, the Ohio defense forced a fourth and eight at the 16-yard line. However, the Mountaineers went for it and Streets lofted a pass that Day stretched out in the back-end of the end-zone for the score for a 19-3 West Virginia advantage after the blocked PAT.
During the halftime ceremonies, the Blue Eagles’ Rachel Arbogast and the Silver Knights Kelsi Anderson were on hand as Queen Candidates for the 2016 Queen Of Queens that was won by the the Dragons’ Madison Ross.
Listed in the McDonalds All-Star Band were Coordinators Ben and Amanda McPherson; Magnolia’s Anne Miller, Emily McIlvain, Archie Petin, and Joanna Blake; Tyler Consolidated Hannah Ankron, Jenny Lynch, Ross Gorby and Justin Phillips; as well as Paden City’s Abigail Means on the flags put on an outstanding performance.
The Buckeyes picked up in the second half, while forcing two Ohio turnovers, but it would only account for a 40-yard field goal by Fox.
Streets hooked up with Loughrie once more early in the fourth quarter for a 66-pitch and catch, while Adams PAT split the uprights once more to give West Virginia a 26-6 lead.
The Mountaineers’ Trey Anderson played most of the second half on offense rambled for 16-yards on five carries, while tacking on 19-yards on one reception. He also played on Special Teams and made a few stops, while Haught played on the line both on offense and defense, while making several tackles and rejecting a pass that was intercepted. Ritz only played offense and grabbed six passes for 63-yards.
Street ended the night as the games’ MVP, passed for 152-yards on 7-8 passes and added 29-yards rushing on seven carries.
Ohio completed nine passes, with four being caught by West Virginia, only had five total yards from the air, while picking up 110-yards on the ground with Caldwell’s Tanner Clark leading the way with 70-yards on 13 rushes.
River Pilots’ Joey Flannery was injured during practice and was only 50 percent, didn’t quarterback, but played a few plays on defense. Also making the Ohio cheer-leading squad was Chelsea Pandzik.
West Virginia had 13 first downs, while Ohio added 10, but Ohio had eight penalties for minus 56 yards, and West Virginia lost 25-yards on four penalties.
Brooke High School won $1,000 for having the most fans in attendance that helped stack the stadium.