PARKERSBURG - The Little Kanawha Conference's player of the year on both offense and defense were among the 26 student-athletes recognized as this year's Class AA first-team all-staters, which were announced today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Roane County quarterback Hunter Bradley and Ravenswood linebacker Brad Titus were joined on the first team by Ritchie County offensive lineman Sam Hall, along with Braxton County offensive lineman Wyatt Lucas and quarterback Jacob Yanero.
During his senior year for the Red Devils, the 6-foot, 221-pound Titus set a school record for career tackles (369), while his single-season mark of 150 tackles eclipsed the old standard of 148 established by Jonas Jelich in 2009.
Class AA First Team
In a game played at St. Marys late in the regular season, Titus registered 23 tackles and tied a school record owned by Joe Jelich (1974). Ravenswood ended the season 2-8.
"It was a tough year with all the losses, but Brad kept plugging away all the time," Ravenswood coach Mick Price said. "He knew the names of past players at Ravenswood, and he wanted to be mentioned with his heroes. But to finally do it and break their records was quite an accomplishment. Those records will stand for a while.
"I'm so tickled for him. He is so deserving of this award."
QB - Grant Ferguson, Wayne, 6-2, 170 pounds, so.
RB - Brett Hathaway, Bridgeport, 5-10, 180, sr.
RB - Montell Leggett, Bluefield, 5-7, 185, jr.
RB - Brandon Spurlock, Wayne, 5-7, 180, sr. (Captain)
OL - Dakota Ball, Scott, 6-3, 280, sr.
OL - Anthony Bryant, Wayne, 6-1, 275, sr.
OL - Sam Hall, Ritchie County, 6-4, 285, sr.
OL - Wyatt Lucas, Braxton County, 6-1, 270, sr.
OL - Drew Roy, Keyser, 6-1, 255, jr.
WR - Thane Cutter, Frankfort, 6-1, 170, sr.
WR - Iziah Hill, Robert C. Byrd, 6-1, 160, sr.
Utility - Hunter Bradley, Roane County, 6-3, 165, jr.
K - Scott Levine, Robert C. Byrd, 6-0, 185, sr.
DL - Preston Murray, Oak Glen, 6-1, 255, sr.
DL - Brandon Thomas, River View, 6-3, 205, sr.
DL - Teague Wagner, Robert C. Byrd, 6-3, 280, sr.
LB - Danny Fife, Keyser, 5-9, 220, jr.
LB - Jermodd Garrett, Robert C. Byrd, 6-1, 195, sr. (Captain)
LB - Mason Hodge, Wayne, 6-0, 230, so.
LB - Cameron Stanley, Bridgeport, 5-11, 195, sr.
LB - Brad Titus, Ravenswood, 6-0, 221, sr.
DB - D.J. Edwards, Bluefield, 6-1, 195, jr.
DB - Joe May, Mingo Central, 5-9, 170, sr.
DB - Ty Noss, Liberty (Harrison), 6-0, 160, sr.
Utility - Jacob Yanero, Braxton County, 5-10, 185, sr.
P - Tyler Schiefelbein, Philip Barbour, 6-4, 170, sr.
QB - Gage Shaffer, Frankfort, 6-5, 180, so.
RB - Blake Ravenscroft, Keyser, 5-9, 145, jr. (Captain)
RB - Trent Stowers, Sissonville, 6-2, 210, sr.
RB - Jacob Summe, Wyoming East, 6-0, 175, jr.
OL - Yosef Finton, Wayne, 6-6, 235, sr.
OL - Isaiah Holyfield, Robert C. Byrd, 5-11, 270, sr.
OL - Caleb Linville, Scott, 5-10, 265, sr.
OL - Harold Messenger, Independence, 5-8, 257, sr.
OL - Zachary White, Clay County, 6-2, 280, jr.
WR - Tyler King, Roane County, 6-2, 185, jr.
WR - Ty Seibel, Lincoln, 5-10, 155, jr.
Utility - Ben D'Annunzio, Robert C. Byrd, 6-0, 185, so.
K - Justin Mariotti, Bluefield, 5-11, 187, sr.
DL - Daren Baldwin, Weir, 6-1, 225, sr.
DL - Dwight Blankenship, Wayne, 6-0, 230, sr.
DL - Josh Coffman, Keyser, 5-10, 190, sr.
DL - Austin Hill, Nicholas County, 6-1, 180, jr.
DL - Andrew Summers, Fairmont Senior, 6-3, 270, jr.
LB - John Ash, Roane County, 6-0, 175, sr.
LB - Bryce Powell, Ritchie County, 5-10, 205, sr.
LB - Nathan Spurlock, Wayne, 5-8, 180, jr.
DB - Isaiah Brown, Summers County, 5-9, 160, jr.
DB - Johnny David, Bluefield, 5-11, 170, sr. (Captain)
DB - Nick Elswick, Westside, 5-10, 150, sr.
DB - Dillon Newman, Philip Barbour, 5-11, 160, jr.
P - Troy Anderson, Bridgeport, 5-11, 200, sr.
Chase Banker, North Marion; Robert Bias, Scott; A.C. Caldera, Bridgeport; Chris
Cecil, Wyoming East; Justin Cogar, Westside; Dustin Conley, Chapmanville; Corey
Coppola, Bluefield; Cullin Cutright, Bridgeport; Vincent Delligatti, Fairmont
Senior; James Egnor, Wayne; Shadeed Fitzgerald, Bluefield; Clayton Flowers, Oak
Glen; Ricky Harmon, Braxton County; Ryan Helmick, Grafton; Jesse Hilvers,
Ritchie County; Luke Hrapchak, East Fairmont; Jarrod Kellar, Lincoln; Joey
Lacek, Liberty (Raleigh); William Larch, Weir; Cameron Loftus, Scott; Wil Mayes,
Nicholas County; Nathan Miller, Sissonville; Jimmy Pumphrey, Liberty (Harrison);
Austin Ravenscroft, Keyser; Dakota Robertson, Tolsia; Garth Simpkins, Mingo
Central; T.J. Smith, Summers County; Aaron Tolliver, Independence; E.T. Weiss,
James Monroe; Jordan Wilson, River View.
Tyler Blankenship, River View; Logan Bowman, East Fairmont; Jimmy Brogan, Clay
County; Maurice Brown, Mount View; Zack Cassidy, Wayne; Cody Clendenin, Poca;
Joe Collins, Webster County; Mason Compton, Robert C. Byrd; Tre Cox, Robert C.
Byrd; Devon Crews, Ravenswood; Tryston Crone, Scott; Zach Damron, Wayne; Shaun
Dotson, Herbert Hoover; Hunter Given, Webster County; Bub Haddox, Oak Glen;
Christian Hedinger, Wyoming East; Preston Hovermale, Berkeley Springs; Rhys
Jelich, Ravenswood; Al Johnson, Philip Barbour; Drew Kirk, Mingo Central; Alex
Lee, Mingo Central; Alex Lipscomb, Ritchie County; T.T. Loudin, Poca; Tyler
Marks, Bridgeport; Danny Miller, Bluefield; Davey Moore, Liberty (Harrison);
Damian Morgan, Frankfort; Hunter Moses, PikeView; Jarrett Mowrer, Sissonville;
Mike Mullens, Westside; Dustyn Murphy, Nicholas County; Tyler Myers, Bluefield;
Wes Nelson, Keyser; Dillon O'Dell, Lincoln; Eric Piatt, Weir; Dawson Presley,
Tolsia; Christian Smith, Keyser; Dustin Smith, Chapmanville; Frankie Steiner,
Braxton County; Brandon White, Chapmanville.
Bradley, who joined Titus as an LKC Player of the Year honoree, led the 6-5 Raiders into the postseason after throwing for 1,131 yards and 10 touchdowns while gaining another 754 yards and scoring nine TDs on the ground. The 6-3, 165-pound junior transferred to Wahama following the end of the football season after his father, Ron Bradley, returned to his hometown and took a teaching position with the Mason County school.
"I hate to see it happen, but we just want what's best for Hunter," Roane County football coach Paul Burdette said. "We can't have any hard feelings. I'm good friends with his dad, who also was an assistant on our coaching staff. We hate to see both go, but that's life."
The 6-4, 285-pound Hall, who also earned a spot on the All-LKC first team for the second straight season, ended his high school career for a Ritchie County program which returned to the playoffs for the second straight year. The Raiders finished the campaign 7-4.
Hall's teammate, senior Bryce Powell, was a second-team all-state selection at linebacker.
Area players also selected to the second team included Roane County junior wide receiver Tyler King and senior linebacker John Ash.
King hauled in 46 receptions for 785 yards and seven TDs. In their regular-season finale against Williamstown, the Bradley-to-King connection broke the school's single-game records for passing yards by an individual (248) and yards receiving by an individual (201).
"Those two knew each other so well," Burdette said. "A lot of our route running is timing, and it was phenomenal to see what they could do."
Ash was the heart-and-soul of the Raiders' defense where he started for four years. On offense, he started at running back during his sophomore and senior year and played a vital role as an offensive lineman during his junior season. During his final prep season, he tied Bradley with a team-high 82 points after scoring 13 touchdowns while rushing for 819 yards.
"At linebacker, John was always flying around on the football field," Burdette said. "He was a guy who delivered devastating hits.
"When it was practice time, you didn't want to be in John's way because he would put the hammer on you."
As for the rest of the first team all-staters, Wayne and Robert C. Byrd led with four selections apiece.
Helping Wayne claim its second straight state title following a 14-0 season were quarterback Grant Ferguson, running back Brandon Spurlock, offensive lineman Anthony Bryant and linebacker Mason Hodge. Robert C. Byrd, which gave Wayne its closest game of the year after losing 18-0 in the semifinals, were represented by wide receiver Iziah Hill, kicker Scott Levine, defensive lineman Teague Wagner and linebacker Jermodd Garrett.
Spurlock was named captain of the first-team offense, while Garrett was the first-team defensive captain.
The four schools with two selections each were Keyser (offensive lineman Drew Roy and linebacker Danny Fife), Bridgeport (running back Brett Hathaway and linebacker Cameron Stanley), Bluefield (running back Montell Leggett and defensive back D.J. Edwards) and Braxton County.
Rounding out the first-team squad were offensive lineman Dakota Ball (Scott), wide receiver Thane Cutter (Frankfort), defensive linemen Preston Murray (Oak Glen) and Brandon Thomas (River View), defensive backs Joe May (Mingo Central) and Ty Noss (Harrison) and punter Tyler Schiefelbein (Philip Barbour).