From staff reports
WHEELING - There may not have been a team from the Mid-Ohio Valley in Saturday night's Class A championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium, but that doesn't mean the area didn't place its fair share of athletes on this year's West Virginia Sports Writers Association's Class A all state football team.
Wahama (10-2), which got knocked out of the playoffs in the quarterfinal round by Madonna, led the way with four selections while St. Marys and Magnolia placed three players apiece. Williamstown, Gilmer County and Doddridge County each placed one representative on the first team.
Earning repeat selections for the White Falcons were running back Kane Roush and quarterback/defensive back Hunter Bradley-who was a first team, Class AA pick last season when he was a member of the Roane County Raiders-while linemen Wesley Harrison (offense) and Colton Neal (defense) round out the quartet of talented players.
St. Marys, which saw its perfect season end with an 18-0 loss to Greenbrier West in the quarterfinals, is represented by seniors Noah Shultz (offensive line), Garrett Furr (placekicker) and Tyler Davis (defensive line) while seniors Drew Keller (running back), Cole Seckman (offensive line) and Kage Rhode (linebacker) were selected from the Blue Eagles.
Rounding out the list of locals is Doddridge County senior Isaac Britton on the offensive front, Gilmer County junior Austin Ratliff at wide receiver and Williamstown senior Jake Tracewell at defensive back.
West Virginia Sports Writers
Association All-State Football
QB: Jesse Padlow, Bishop Donahue, jr., 6-foot-1, 175 pounds
RB: Jake Parker, Meadow Bridge, sr., 6-0, 198
RB: Eliott Nero, Madonna, sr., 5-10, 200
RB: Drew Keller, Magnolia, sr., 5-9, 180
OL: Noah Shultz, St. Marys, sr., 6-0, 256
OL: Josh Martin, Madonna, sr., 7-2, 295
OL: Cole Seckman, Magnolia, sr., 6-1, 310
OL: Isaac Britton, Doddridge County, sr., 5-11, 250
OL: Wesley Harrison, Wahama, sr., 5-10, 180
WR: Austin Ratliff, Gilmer County, jr., 6-0, 171
WR: Lavonte Hampton, Bishop Donahue, sr., 6-2, 185
UT: Ross Comis, Madonna, sr., 6-2, 215 (Captain)
PK: Garrett Furr, St. Marys, sr., 5-7, 151
DL: Marquis Frazier, Greenbrier West, jr., 6-1, 191
DL: Tyler Davis, St.Marys, sr., 6-0, 254
DL: Chris Vani, Bishop Donahue, sr., 5-10, 235
DL: Colton Neal, Wahama, sr., 6-0, 190
LB: Kage Rohde, Magnolia, sr., 5-9, 180
LB: Wil Schoonover, Moorefield, jr., 5-10, 195
LB: Joe John, Wheeling Central, sr., 6-0, 180
DB: Jake Tracewell, Williamstown, sr., 6-1, 170
DB: Will Bowser, Madonna, sr., 6-1, 185
DB: Hunter Bradley, Wahama, sr., 6-3, 180
DB: Malik Boatwright, Greenbrier West, sr., 5-4, 172 (Captain)
UT: Kane Roush, Wahama, sr., 5-10, 170
P: Devin Rose, Pocahontas County, sr., 6-0, 218
QB: Austin Cunningham, Gilmer County, sr. , 6-2, 177
RB: Santino Cava, Notre Dame, jr., 5-7, 195
RB: Keyshawn Payne, Valley (Fayette), sr., 5-8, 178
RB: C.J. Burch, Wheeling Central, sr., 5-10, 185
OL: Hunter Pullens, Fayetteville, sr., 5-11, 200
OL: Hunter Six, Clay-Battelle, sr., 6-0, 305
OL: D.J. Kerns, Williamstown, jr., 5-7, 215
OL: Garret Bever, Madonna, sr., 5-11, 260
OL: Seth Stickley, Moorefield, sr., 5-9, 250
WR: Tracy Jones, Man, sr., 5-10, 155
WR: Tyler Smith, East Hardy, jr., 5-8, 150
UT: Tristan Haught, Clay-Battelle, sr., 6-2, 170 (Captain)
PK: Trace Elder, Williamstown, sr., 5-8, 128
DL: Bradon Riggleman, Moorefield, sr., 5-11, 215
DL: Nate Guio, Madonna, sr., 6-3, 215 (Captain)
DL: Corey Cox, Greenbrier West, sr., 5-10, 168
DL: Kyle Ritz, Magnolia, so., 6-1, 215
LB: Wyatt Ford, Doddridge County, jr., 5-11, 185
LB: Jacob Highley, Tyler Consolidated, sr., 5-11, 205
LB: Dakota Watson, Williamstown, jr., 5-9, 180
LB: David Gray, St. Marys, sr., 5-9, 205
DB: Austin Zirk, Tucker County, sr., 5-10, 165
DB: Jordan Tucker, Buffalo, jr., 5-7, 150
DB: Raeshawn Breckenridge, Valley (Fayette), sr., 6-0, 175
UT: Tanner Bragg, Clay-Battelle, sr., 5-10, 175
P: Justin Joy, Wirt County, sr., 6-3, 180
Michael Adams, Richwood; Noah Bellew, Williamstown; Kyle Bronski, Parkersburg Catholic; Logan Brown, Greenbrier West; Cole Collier, East Hardy; Aaron Copley, Tug Valley; Brandon Cross, Paden City; Dillon Dunkle, Pendleton County; Mikey Goddard, Greenbrier West; Jason Grose, Montcalm; Logan Hamilton, Clay-Battelle; Spencer Harlow, Notre Dame; David Hasting, Williamstown; Zach Heasley, Paden City; John Thomas Keffer, Man; Kyle Killen, Meadow Bridge; Daniel McCue, Wirt County; Cayce Mullins, Man; Logan Moore, Calhoun County; Stevie Mitchell, Valley (Fayette); Shane Myers, Moorefield; Jeremy Pratt, St. Marys; David Runyon, Tug Valley; Jarrod Sandy, Doddridge County; Noah Spitzer, St. Marys; Eric Smith, Magnolia; Casey Stewart, Valley (Fayette); Payton Sturm, Parkersburg Catholic; Shane Williams, Cameron; Luke Yocum, Pendleton County
Nathan Allison, Gilmer County; Jeremiah Beavers, Man; Jacob Brill, Magnolia; Josh Buffington, Sherman; John Burkhalter, Wheeling Central; Teddy Cassell, East Hardy; Luke Cooper, Paden City; Matt Dolan, Moorefield; Jordan Dove, East Hardy; Ben Duplaga, Wheeling Central; Brandon Elswick, Van; Matt Green, Madonna; Jesse Grimes, South Harrison; Cory Hanlin, Tucker County; Brandon Hamons, Pocahontas County; Parker Henry, Wheeling Central; C.J. Huff, Bishop Donahue; Tristan Johnson, Hannan; David Lipscomb, Doddridge County; Todd McClanahan, Meadow Bridge; Dallas Miller, Midland Trail; Jordan Miller, Notre Dame; Steven Mitchell, Valley (Fayette); Neil Mullins, Man; Bernie Northrup, St. Marys; Evan O'Dell, Midland Trail; Isaac Rine, Wheeling Central; Isaiah Robinson, Buffalo; Tasheem Saunders, Fayetteville; Wakem Simon, Notre Dame; Cody Smith, Williamstown; Jacoby Steele, Clay-Battelle; Kendell Stewart, Tyler Consolidated; Trey Streets, Valley (Wetzel); Dakota Toth, Man; Derrick Villarico, Tygarts Valley; Dakota Vetter, Moorefield; Matt Vucelik, Bishop Donahue; Troy Watson, Tyler Consolidated; Hunter Yoders, Cameron
If ever a coach and a quarterback were meant for each other it is Madonna's Doug Taylor and his senior quarterback Ross Comis.
"You know, Madonna was always known as a smash-mouth, run-it-up-the-gut, physical team, pound the ball," Taylor said. "I joke with Ross all the time. I tell him I don't know if it was lucky for him that I came here and brought this offense or if it's lucky for me that I found a quarterback like him here.
"Honestly, I think I am the lucky one."
No doubt Comis has benefited from Taylor's offensive philosophy.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback rushed for 2,037 yards and 35 touchdowns, which is a state record for quarterback rushing yards. Comis has also passed for 1,731 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Comis, a utility selection because of his versatility, was named captain of the Class A all-state team released Monday by the West Virginia Sportswriters Association, two days after the Blue Dons 24-14 victory against Greenbrier West in the Class A championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium, Comis, the first-team quarterback last year, finished his career with 4,839 yards rushing and 71 touchdowns, which is the state record in both of those categories and passed for 4,416 yards and 49 touchdowns in his career.
His 9,255 total offensive yards leads all active players as do his 121 touchdowns overall (rush, pass, interception return).
Comis was joined on the first team by teammates Eliott Nero (running back), Josh Martin (offensive line) and Will Bowser (defensive back). Nero rushed for 1,858 yards and 27 touchdowns (and 36 overall), Martin made headlines as a 7-foot-2 two-way lineman and Bowser had two touchdown receptions and five tackles in the state championship game.
Bishop Donahue's Jesse Padlow was named the quarterback of the first team unit.
Padlow led the state in passing yards with 2,468 (completing 153 of 264 passes) with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions in leading the Bishops to the second round of the playoffs.
Other running backs selected were Meadow Bridge's Jake Parker (283 carries, 2505 yards and 33 touchdowns) , who led the state in rushing for the second year in a row and Magnolia's Keller (283-11,832-22) , who led his team to the Class A semifinals.
The wide receivers were Ratliff (68-875-6) and Bishop Donahue's Lavonte Hampton (45-723-11) while Furr, who kicked the game-winning field goal in an 11-9 win over Magnolia, was the kicker.
Greenbrier West's Malik Boatwright, a two-way standout, was selected as a defensive back and was named captain of the defense. He was the first-team all-state defensive utility player last season.
The 5-foot-4 Boatwright (also the team's quarterback) had nine tackles in the state championship game against Madonna and had 65 on the season, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three passes broken up.
He was joined on the all-state defense by his brother, and teammate, Marquis Frazier. The 6-1, 191-pound junior had 11 tackles in the championship game and finished the season with 95 tackles, 22 sacks and 24.5 tackles for a loss of yardage.
Other first team defensive linemen were Davis of St. Marys (84 tackles), Chris Vani (19 sacks) of Bishop Donahue and Neal of Wahama.
Linebackers include Rhode, a repeat first-team performer from last season, Wil Schoonover from Moorefield and Joe John from Wheeling Central. Williamstown's Tracewell, Madonna's Bowser, and Wahama's Bradley join Boatwright at defensive back while Roush of Wahama is the defensive utility player and Pocahontas County's Devin Rose is the punter.
Clay-Battelle's Tristan Haught (1,332 yards passing and 18 touchdowns) was named captain of the second team offense and Madonna defensive lineman Matt Guio was named captain of the second team defense.
Austin Cunningham is quarterback of the second team with Notre Dame's Santana Cava, Valley-Fayette's Keyshawn Payne and Wheeling Central's C.J. Burch at running back.
Offensive linemen are Fayetteville's Hunter Pullen, Clay Battelle's Hunter Six, Williamstown's D.J. Kerns , Madonna's Garret Bever and Moorefield's Seth Stickley. Man's Trace Jones and East Hardy's Tyler Smith are the receivers with Trace Elder of Williamstown at kicker.
On defense Corey Cox of Greenbrier West, Bradon Riggleman of Moorefield and Magnolia's Kyle Ritz join Gio on the defensive line. Linebackers are Doddridge County's Wyatt Ford, Tyler Consolidated's Jacob Hughley, Williamstown's Dakota Watson and St. Marys David Gray.
Defensive backs are Valley-Fayette's Rawshawn Breckenridge, Buffalo's Jordan Tucker and Austin Zirk of Tucker County. Clay-Battelle's Tanner Bragg is the second-utility player and Justin Joy of Wirt County is the punter.