West Virginia Backfield Ready for All-Star Game
MCMECHEN – John Durdines and his coaching staff were looking for a common trait when they started choosing their skill position players for the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game.
“In a game like this, flexibility is big,” Durdines said. “We looked for kids who could play multiple positions.”
As he begins to narrow his roster into position groups, Durdines, who will guide West Virginia in the July 22 game at Martins Ferry’s Dave Bruney Football Complex, thinks he found just that at both quarterback and running back.
“We have four quarterbacks on the roster, but they’re all versatile enough to play other positions as we need them,” Durdines said. “We probably have a dozen or so kids who played running back. We have a good mix of power guys and home-run hitting types. We really like the mixture. We’re excited to get them into camp.”
Camp opens at Bethany College on Saturday, July 15.
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
J.C. CUSTER, Bishop Donahue – This former Bishops running back had a brilliant career for Durdines’ squad.
The 5-foot-7, 145 pounder rushed for 553 yards and six touchdowns on 87 carries. He also caught 30 passes for 453 yards and seven touchdowns.
His efforts were recognized as first-team all-OVAC and honorable mention all-state.
J.C., who plans to attend West Virginia Northern, is the son of Nikki Blankenship of Moundsville.
CODY ENRIETTI, Weir – This Red Riders product had an impressive final season for Coach Tony Filberto’s Red Riders.
The 6-3, 250-pounder ran 191 times for 1,398 yards and 14 touchdowns. He finished his career with 2,015 yards and 23 touchdowns on 245 carries.
Enrietti was recognized twice as first-team all-OVAC and All-Valley. He was also an all-state selection as a senior.
Cody, who plans to attend West Liberty, is the son of Michael and Marilyn Enrietti of Weirton.
HAYDEN HIZER, Paden City – This former Wildcat did a little bit of everything for Coach Brent Croasman’s squad.
The 5-8, 170-pounder rushed for 884 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 195 yards and had three touchdowns via kick returns. Defensively, he logged 26 solos and 32 assists.
Hizer was a second-team all-state pick as a senior. He also was honored as all-OVAC, All-Valley for the second consecutive season.
Hayden, who plans to attend Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, is the son of Bob and Kim Hizer.
JAMES HULL, Bishop Donahue – This former Bishop shifted to quarterback and shined for Durdines’ team last season.
The 5-11, 140-pounder passed for 1,302 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was intercepted just three times. He also ran for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
Hull was a special mention all-state pick and was also first team All-Valley and All-OVAC.
James, who plans to attend West Virginia University, is the son of Jim and Lori Hull.
JACE REED, Tyler Consolidated – This former Silver Knight shined on both sides of the ball for Coach Ryan Walton’s team.
The 5-11, 190-pounder ran for more than 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and senior, while scoring 42 touchdowns. He missed the bulk of his junior season with an injury.
Reed was a second-team all-state pick as a senior. He was also first-team all-OVAC.
Jace, who is the son of Sabrina Buchanan and Mike Reed, plans to attend West Virginia University.
ISAAC RINE, Wheeling Central – This former Maroon Knights standout was a model of consistency during his career under Mike Young.
The 5-9, 180-pounder threw for more than 4,000 career yards, while rushing for better than 1,000 yards.
He accounted for 69 career touchdowns.
Rine’s production was recognized by virtue of being named first-team all-state, All-Valley and All-OVAC. He was a three-time selection to the All-OVAC squad.
Isaac, who plans to attend Marietta College to play baseball, is the son of Jason and Heather Rine of Wheeling.