West Virginia gained a monumental confidence boost on Sunday night when it defeated Ohio 28-19 in the annual OVAC All-Star Football Game from Wheeling Island Stadium. West Virginia has now won three of the last four meetings between the rival states.
The unofficial start to the high school football season is here.
University High's Jon Lewis is one of several local players playing in the 68th Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic at Wheeling Island Stadium Sunday.
The annual game that pits Ohio versus West Virginia kicks off at 7:15 Sunday.
Players have spent all week with their new teammates practicing at Bethany College. West Virginia has won two of the past three years, but last year it was the buckeyes of Ohio that won the title.
"We're hoping we can play kids on offense and defense both, but at the same time we want to be able to spell kids," said West Virginia coach Mike Young. "We defiantly will play our best kids to win the ball game, but at the same time ,we want to give every kid an opportunity to play."
"You come here and want to make it enjoyable like you would in any all star game," said Mark Holenka, Ohio's head coach. "You want to build comradery, build relationships. A lot of time, talking to different people in the past, the people they roomed with that week have become friends for life, they still keep in contact with these people."
University High School's Jon Lewis, Deion Cunningham, Tim Kocher, and Trevor Layton are rostered.
Morgantown will be represented by Blaine Stewart, Jalen Thomas, and Alex Weidman.
Clay-Battelle's Tyler Menas was selected to play, but will be sidelined due to a shoulder injury.