Lucas on other side of BACF

Friday evening in St. Marys, the 25th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic will take place.

A pair of old colleagues have had the chance to hang out and enjoy some memories from the past as Ohio head coach Mike Flannery, who is the head man at River, asked former Wirt County gridiron boss Mike Lucas to join him as an assistant.

Of course, Lucas and Flannery had a few head-to-head battles back in the day with Lucas leading the Tigers while Flannery was in charge at Paden City.

“He had some really good teams at Paden City and we were fortuante to have some pretty good ones at Wirt and we always had great games,” Lucas said. “I’ve known Mike for a long time.

“He and I worked together at Marietta College one year and then he got the River job. Mike’s a good guy. He really is. He was one of those guys when the game was over it was over and we just became good friends and we’ve stayed in contact.”

This will not be the first go-around for either Lucas or Flannery when it comes to this game. Lucas was the head coach for W.Va. in the second BACF game back in 1995. Flannery coached the next year and also won as Ohio fell, 21-13.

“A kid from PHS, at the end of it, kicked a field goal to win it,” Lucas said of the 11-8 triumph where Eric Lambert, who wasn’t the Big Reds’ kicker, converted the attempt en route to earning most valuable player.

“I do remember that Preston Thompkins from (Parkersburg) South was the tailback and just did an outstanding job. Those games are supposed to be fun and we all had fun.”

Now, though, Lucas has opted to cross the river to try and help Ohio get its 10th win.

“That’s what I told him. That red and gray stuff, I don’t know if I can handle that,” quipped Lucas.

Flannery considers it a blessing to have the chance to do this again.

“First of all, it’s an honor to do it for a great cause,” Flannery noted. “Jodi Mote has taken over for Danny Tennant and he will take the torch and do another many, many years.”

Getting the chance to hang around Lucas a little bit also hasn’t been too bad.

“It was always good football games,” Flannery continued. “Maybe one time or two he blew us out. I don’t think we ever had that opportunity against him. It was always great coaching against Mike because if you got a whooping it was from a buddy.”

The biggest question come Friday will be how long will Lucas remain on the sideline because Flannery has warned him to “find out and make sure you know where your wife Barbara is sitting because if they score more than three TDs in the first half, you are going to sit up there with your wife in the second half.”

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Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic

Ohio vs. West Virginia at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15

in Bill Hanlin Stadium at St. Marys High School

(West Virginia leads the series, 15-9)


Head coach: Mike Byus, Parkersburg

Assistant coaches: All of Byus’ staff at PHS (Dave Manzo, Zach Nolan, Mike Kupfner, Dan Fiedorczyk, Scott Cleland, Dan Lott, Murray Mace)

No. Name School Hgt. Wgt. Pos.

1 Brandon May Roane County 6-1 170 R-DB

2 Seth Dailey Parkersburg 5-11 155 R-DB

3 Christian Axman Parkersburg 6-0 181 K-P

4 Logan Gogan Doddridge County 5-10 180 FB-DE

5 Kam Mace Parkersburg 6-2 180 QB

6 Aaron Turner Point Pleasant 6-1 210 S

8 Bradan Mullenix Williamstown 6-2 182 TE-LB

9 Ahmed Ali Parkersburg South 5-11 185 K

11 Noah Garrett Wirt County 5-8 160 R

15 Matt Eichhorn St. Marys 5-7 175 R-DB

17 Devin Williams Ritchie County 5-7 155 R-OLB

18 Dalton Houser St. Marys 6-0 185 R-LB

21 Jaiden Smith St. Marys 5-9 195 RB-LB

22 Keshaun Stover Point Pleasant 5-9 175 RB/QB-S

31 Curtis James Doddridge County 6-0 190 FB-LB

40 Dylan Gray St. Marys 5-0 220 FB-DE

42 Tyler Ricker Roane County 6-0 190 RB-LB/DB

43 Evan Amos Williamstown 5-10 205 RB-LB

44 Tucker Mays Point Pleasant 6-0 215 FB-DE/LB

50 Aaron Peterman Wirt County 6-3 210 C-LB

51 Tucker Dalrymple St. Marys 5-9 265 OL-DT

53 Elijah Hearn St. Marys 5-11 235 OL-DL

55 Dylan Richards Parkersburg 6-2 220 OL/TE

63 Jesse Gleason Point Pleasant 6-1 280 OL-DL

68 Ben Scott Roane County 5-10 260 OL-DL

69 Antone Herring St. Marys 6-3 230 OL-DL

70 Ethan Mahan Ravenswood 6-5 240 OT/TE-DE

73 Ryan Morton Ritchie County 6-2 280 OL-DL

75 Andrew Simonton John Marshall 6-0 255 OL-DL

88 William Howell Doddridge County 5-9 185 NG


Head coach: Mike Flannery, River

Assistant coaches: Mike Lucas, Kevin Welsh, Jason Merryman, Toby Willis, Joey Asturi, Chris Wisvari

No. Name School Pos. Hgt. Wgt.

1 Tojzae Reams Belpre RB/DB 5-8 160

2 Bailey Sprague Belpre TE/DE 6-2 195

3 Gabe Rejonis Bellaire RB/DB 5-10 170

5 Ryan LaFollette Monroe Central QB/DB 6-0 185

11 Dakota Milosavljevic Beallsville RB/DB 6-0 145

12 Dylan Hanson Shadyside OL/LB 5-10 220

14 Cody Wittekind Marietta C/DL 5-11 240

20 Nick Miller Shenandoah RB/LB 6-0 215

24 Clint Wikander Shenandoah RB/DB 5-9 160

25 Austin McPeek Shenandoah TE/DB 5-11 215

28 Devon Moss Marietta RB/LB 5-6 185

40 Ted Smith Waterford RB/LB 5-8 170

56 Josh Robinson Shadyside OL/DL 5-8 260

57 Cash Presnell Shenandoah OL/DL 6-0 220

60 Tyson Miller Fort Frye OL/DE 5-10 175

61 Luc Baker River OL/DL 6-0 300

69 Casey Hill Beallsville OL/DL 5-11 240

70 Cameron Camp Fort Frye OL/DE 6-2 240

72 Ethan Lively River C/DE 6-0 190

77 Alex Webb Monroe Central OL/DL 6-0 210

88 Cole Hinerman River WR/DB 6-0 190