Locals Shine on the Field In West Virginia Win Over Ohio
Magnolia’s Chase Street ran around, over, and through the Ohio defense on Saturday in the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star game – enroute to two touchdowns and the Most Valuable Player award.
After Ohio scored the initial touchdown on a 22-yard run by Ohio’s Carter Streiff of Buckeye Trail, and the extra point try was blocked by West Virginia, Street and company went to work.
The start of the second quarter was a turning point in the game as Ohio had stopped the West Virginia offense in the first quarter, but on the first play of the second, Street found paydirt on a nifty nine-yard run that saw him cut through the left side of the Ohio line, bounce off a tackle, and bull his way into the end zone standing up. The extra point kick failed and the score stood at 6-6, but it was short lived.
Moments later Street again showed why he was the MVP when he gave the Mountaineers the lead as he took the handoff from Wheeling Central’s Isaac Rine and ran through two Ohio players, got hit hard at the five, bounced up and dove past the right pylon to take a 13-6 lead, that held up until late in the game.
The third quarter became a defensive struggle as both teams battled back and forth for field position with no real threats of scoring. However, with around seven minutes left in the fourth, Ohio got its running attack rolling and Steubenville’s Jalen McGhee burst up the middle, untouched from 10 yards out. East Liverpool’s Dylan Kidder hit the extra point and the score stood at 13-13 with six plus left to play.
West Virginia went three and out on the next series and Ohio got another opportunity, but on second down, the Mountaineer’s Jacob Kerekes of John Marshall recovered a loose ball, and from there, WV mounted a scoring drive cultimated by an eight-yard TD pass and catch from Rine to Wheeling Central product John Burkhalter with three seconds remaining on the game clock. Michael Mils of Weir made the extra point kick and the rest is history – “20-13 West Virginia.”
Magnolia’s Street used the words of former Magnolia player and ex-WVU coach Bill Stewart “Leave no doubt” to prove his worthiness as MVP. Two tackle breaking , hard running touchdowns and 82 yards on 16 carries while also throwing several key blocks.
“This is an undescribable feeling, something I’ve always dreamt about (playing in the game). I’ve seen all the guys that I look up to play in i,t and it is great. I’m overwelmed.” Street said.
“Winning the MVP is just part of the game but this line is the real MVP, these guys did an outstanding job, and we were running right up the middle against some of the best guys in the state of Ohio and we were running it right down their throats. These guys are great,” added Street.
Also coming up big were Tyler Consolidated’s Jace Reed and Tyler Anderson on the defensive side of the ball. Reed had a sack for a loss and three solo tackles from his Middle Linebacker spot and added five assits. Anderson came up big as a strong safety with a hard hit to save a TD. He batted down a pass, blocked an extra point, nearly blocked a punt, recorded two solo tackles and was in on five more.
” We came to play, we put in a full week of hard work at camp and we had confidence coming in to tonight’s game that we could handle some of Ohio’s best. I believe we showed that tonight. Our coaches did an amazing job preparing us for tonight, our game plan was to keep down the big play and we did that, it was just an amazing effort and the feeling is great knowing how bad we wanted this win and then stepping up and getting it the West Virginia streak alive,” said Tyler Anderson.
With nearly 7,000 people in attendance and the weather perfect, the teams gave an amazing effort that left nearly everyone ready for the 2017-18 high school football season ready to begin. The Martins Ferry Purple Riders did a great job hosting the game, and as usual the OVAC a first class event. It was great watching as they brought out the OVAC stars from 50 years ago and as they honored officials for their contributions and service to making the OVAC the great conference it is.
The McDOnald’s All-Star Band, the All-Star Cheerleaders and the Queen of Queens contest alone made the cost of admission worthwhile. The game marked the 75th year of the OVAC conference (1943-2017) and special tribute was given to Tom Rataiczak for his role as Executive Director of the Conference.