Fairmont Senior QB Connor Neal offensive AA captain

CLARKSBURG — On the baseball field, Connor Neal started his 2018 by throwing a perfect game and a no-hitter.

His fall ended with a 0 in the opponents’ column again after some more impressive pitching and catching.

The senior signal-caller led Fairmont Senior to an undefeated 14-0 season and the program’s first state championship in 72 years.

Now, he is the captain of the Class AA all-state first team, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Neal completed 211 of 282 passes for 3,620 yards, 46 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Neal ends his Fairmont Senior career with 79 career touchdown passes, 6,449 yards and only six interceptions in just two years as the starter.

He is joined in the backfield by another pair of Big 10 players, running backs Jake Bowen of Bridgeport and Ghovan Davidson of Robert C. Byrd.

Bowen ran for 2,267 yards, a single-season record for the Tribe, and 35 touchdowns.

Davidson capped his campaign with 2,104 yards and 26 rushing TDs.

Both broke school records for career rushing yards this year.

Injuries cut Ethan Payne’s sophomore campaign at Poca short, but the fantastic Dot running back still earned first-team honors with 1,081 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Donovan Kirby, meanwhile, rushed Weir into the state semifinals, toting 229 times for 1,668 yards and 26 rushing TDs.

Mingo Central’s Drew Hatfield finished the regular season with 1,054 yards and 16 touchdowns to pick up a first-team spot at wide receiver.

Oak Hill’s Abe Farrow earned the other receiver spot with 826 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season.

The offensive line is comprised of Fairmont Senior’s Zach Frazier, RCB’s Robert Arnold, Winfield’s Jacob Huff, Bluefield’s Mason Walker and Nitro’s Will Dean.

Bluefield’s Kaulin Parris is the first-team kicker.

Utility spots went to Petersburg quarterback Jacob Hartman and Sissonvile signal-caller Will Hackney.

Bluefield’s Juice Edwards is the defensive captain at defensive back; Poca’s Bronson Skeens and Fairmont Senior’s Elijah Posey snared the other two secondary slots.

The defensive line is Bluefield’s Sean Martin, Bridgeport’s Austin Sponaugle, Shady Spring’s Terymykal Alexander and Weir’s Tyler Komorowski.

The linebacking corps is composed of Elkins’ Daniel Romans, Lincoln’s Hunter Moore, Wayne’s Mike Bartram, Bluefield’s Arnold Martin and Nicholas County’s Jared Sagraves.

Point Pleasant’s Cason Payne was selected as a utility and also the first-team punter.

Weir’s Sebastian Spencer and Fairmont Senior’s Rhett Heston are also utilities.

Second-team captains are PikeView running back Evan Rose and Keyser defensive lineman Don Woodworth.

Locally, Roane County’s Danny Bush earned special honorable mention status. Fellow Raiders Josh Huffman and Michael Starkey were honorable mention selections.

The 2018 WVSWA Class AA All-State Football Team

First team, Offense

QB – Connor Neal, Fairmont Senior, Sr. (captain)

WR – Drew Hatfield, Mingo Central, Jr.

WR – Abe Farrow, Oak Hill, Sr.

RB – Jake Bowen, Bridgeport, Sr.

RB – Ghovan Davidson, Robert C. Byrd, Sr.

RB – Donavan Kirby, Weir, Sr.

RB – Ethan Payne, Poca, So.

OL – Zach Frazier, Fairmont Senior, Jr.

OL – Robert Arnold, Robert C. Byrd, Sr.

OL – Jacob Huff, Winfield, Sr.

OL – Mason Walker, Bluefield, Sr.

OL – Will Dean, Nitro, Sr.

K – Kaulin Parris, Bluefield, Jr.

UTIL – Jacob Hartman, Petersburg, Sr.

UTIL – Will Hackney, Sissonville, Sr.


DL – Sean Martin, Bluefield, So.

DL – Austin Sponaugle, Bridgeport, Sr.

DL – Terymykal Alexander, Shady Spring, Sr.

DL – Tyler Komorowski, Weir, Sr.

LB – Daniel Romans, Elkins, Sr.

LB – Hunter Moore, Lincoln, Sr.

LB – Mike Bartram, Wayne, Sr.

LB – Arnold Martin, Bluefield, Sr.

LB – Jared Sagraves, Nicholas County, Sr.

DB – Bronson Skeens, Poca, Sr.

DB – Juice Edwards, Bluefield, Sr. (captain)

DB – Elijah Posey, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

UTIL – Sebastian Spencer, Weir, Sr.

UTIL – Rhett Heston, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

P/UTIL – Cason Payne, Point Pleasant, Sr.

Second team, Offense

QB – Daylin Goad, Mingo Central, So.

WR – Jake Pitman, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

WR – Mayson Miller, Sissonville, Sr.

WR – Luke LeRose, Nicholas County, Jr.

RB – J.J. Davis, Bluefield, Jr.

RB – Evan Rose, PikeView, Sr. (captain)

RB – Desmond Fluharty, North Marion, Sr.

OL – Deiyantei Powell-Woods, Bluefield, Sr.

OL – Magnus Sheets, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

OL – Trevon Franklin, Point Pleasant, Sr.

OL – Nathan Pettus, Bluefield, Sr.

OL – Johnny Adkins, Wayne, Sr.

K – Jared Griffith, Lewis County, Jr.

UTIL – Khori Bass, Oak Hill, Sr.

UTIL – Zach Taylor, Oak Glen, Jr.


DL – Don Woodworth, Keyser, Jr. (captain)

DL – Jaden Marino, Robert C. Byrd, Sr.

DL – Colton Groves, Nicholas County, Jr.

LB – Ben Kee, Herbert Hoover, Jr.

LB – Seth Whitt, Chapmanville, Sr.

LB – Jacob O’Dell, Nicholas County, Sr.

LB – Trey Pancake, Bridgeport, Jr.

DB – Freddie Dawson, River View, Jr.

DB – Monroe Mohler, James Monroe, Jr.

DB – Reggie Redman, Keyser, Sr.

DB – Josh Wamsley, Point Pleasant, Sr.

UTIL – Chucky Felder, Logan, Sr.

UTIL – Owen McClanahan, Poca, Jr.

UTIL – Dalton Pollock, Frankfort, Sr.

P/UTIL – Reed Reitter, Weir, Sr.

Special Honorable Mention

Brady Adkins, Point Pleasant; Caleb Bish, Grafton; Caleb Bower, Wyoming East; Tyler Bragg, Shady Spring; Niko Burgess, Independence; Devon Burris, Point Pleasant; Danny Bush, Roane County; Haven Chapman, Shady Spring; Nick Chaney, Oak Glen; Jaden Clarkson, James Monroe; Brady Clay, Keyser; Chase Collier, Philip Barbour; Nick Collier, Chapmanville; John Covert, Winfield; Joel Cruickshanks, Clay County; Andrew Deal, Nicholas County; Isaac Dean, Wayne; Breeden Gilbert, Fairmont Senior; Michael Hall, Logan; D’Andre Hollaway, Bridgeport; Travis Honaker, Oak Hill; Colton Hovermale, Lincoln; Isaiah Johnson, Bluefield; Jacob Justice, River View; Jeremiah King, Robert C. Byrd; Nate Kowalski, Fairmont Senior; Nic Kuhn, Lewis County; Dalton Malcomb, North Marion; Shawntez Matthews, Logan; Jake McCoy, Weir; Seth McKinney, Liberty; Dakota Meadows, Poca; Ryan Metzgar, Lewis County; Gage Michael, Fairmont Senior; Doug Morral, Petersburg; Blake Moore, Grafton; Cody Moore, James Monroe; Drake Mullins, Bluefield; Brock Muncy, Man; Tanner Owens, Wayne; Phil Oxley, Chapmanville; Exavier Posey, Fairmont Senior; Jarrad Price, Lincoln County; Jaden Rollyson, Liberty Harrison; Gavin Shamblin, Sissonville; Aiden Slusser, East Fairmont; Ryan Shoemaker, Keyser; JD Smith, Fairmont Senior; Cody Spring, Bridgeport; Matt Stone, Poca; Austin Storey, Elkins; Ethan Travis, Oak Glen; Tanner Walls, Lincoln County; Hunter Williams, Independence; Tyce Wisnewski, Petersburg; Caleb Wynn, Clay County

Honorable Mention

Connor Adams, Oak Glen; Josh Atwood, Chapmanville; Nate Barth, Point Pleasant; Chase Berry, Chapmanville; Erick Bevil, Shady Spring; Ronnell Blevins, Bluefield; Chase Brown, Winfield; Daniel Browning, Man; Chance Burdette, Elkins; Trevor Cayton, Grafton; Jacob Clevenger, North Marion; Nathan Clifton, Fairmont Senior; Garrett Conaway, North Marion; David Blanco, Frankfort; Zhantei Calloway, Nitro; Jay Cook, Poca; Seth Davis, Liberty Harrison; Damien Gonzales, Philip Barbour; Nathan Gordon, Liberty Raleigh; Erick Grimmett, Man; Gabe Hall, Point Pleasant; Aaron Harmon, Shady Spring; Gunner Harmon, Wayne; Payton Hawkins, Lincoln; Marshall Hobbs, Lewis County; Josh Huffman, Roane County; Cole Hughart, Sissonville; Josh Jackson, Oak Hill; Colton Kennedy, River View; Michael Lemley, Oak Glen; Jaylon Lewis, James Monroe; Camden Longwell, Fairmont Senior; Xavier Lopez, Robert C. Byrd; Nick Marley, Frankfort; Jonathan Massie, Grafton; Devon Matzdorff, Wayne; Carson McComas, Lincoln County; Seth McIntyre, Liberty Harrison; Hayden Miller, Independence; Sam Milton, Man; Billy Mitchem, Mingo Central; Jansen Moreland, Frankfort; Alex Oates, Keyser; Dominick Owens, Fairmont Senior; Toni Ovalle, Oak Hill; Lance Payton, Fairmont Senior; Jacob Perry, Keyser; Grant Postlethwait, East Fairmont; Logan Price, PikeView; Austin Ray, Mingo Central; Dalton Roberts, River View; Brock Robey, Robert C. Byrd; Dakota Rohrbaugh, Petersburg; Peyton Sindledecker, Petersburg; Trenton Sorah, Scott; Zach Spencer, Herbert Hoover; Andrew Sponaugle, Robert C. Byrd; Michael Starkey, Roane County; Deacon Stearns, Liberty Harrison; Andrew Stutler, Clay County; Thomas Talkington, Elkins; Dillon Taylor, Poca; Johnny Trail, Winfield; Robbie Valenti, Weir; Michael Watkins, Bridgeport; Hunter Watts, Wayne; Carson Winkie, Bridgeport; Devin Hatfield, Mingo Central; Chandler Cooper, Bluefield; Dougie Dillon, Mingo Central