Another Home Game for Morgantown’s Weidman

BETHANY – Anyone looking for directions for this weekend’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in downtown Wheeling might want to check with Alex Weidman.

Yes, Morgantown’s Alex Weidman.

”My whole family is from up here,” he said. ”I know Wheeling about as much as I know Morgantown because I’m always up here.

”I never lived in Wheeling, but I’ve definitely been up here enough to know it pretty well.”

Weidman and Blaine Stewart are representing the Mohigans in Sunday night’s 68th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Charity Classic. Stewart is the son of the late New Martinsville native and former West Virginia University football head coach Bill Stewart.

Both players figure to have plenty of fans in the stands when the game kicks off at 7:15 p.m. at Wheeling Island Stadium.

”On my dad’s side there’s 12 brothers and sisters and tons of cousins and I definitely think my mom’s sister’s coming,” Weidman said at Media Day on Monday.

”We might be up to about 20 or so in my family’s section.”

Weidman is the son of Patrick and Nancy (Dailer) Weidman, both Wheeling Central Catholic High School graduates. His dad played quarterback and defensive back for the Maroon Knights.

”I’m even related to Coach (Mike) Young through the Dailer side,” Weidman said.

Still, it wasn’t until this week that he got to meet Young, who is leading the West Virginia squad.

”He came over and introduced himself,” Weidman said. ”He knew who I was and that we were related.

”I love the coaching staff we have.”

Weidman would’ve preferred his last prep game on the island been the Super Six Class AAA championship game, but he’s happy this will be it, nevertheless.

”I’m excited,” he said. ”This is a huge honor. The whole family will be at the game, obviously.

”All I hear is how big of a game it is and how important it is. I’m really excited to represent West Virginia, Morgantown and Wheeling all at the same time.”

This will be Weidman’s third appearance on the island, the first to coming against Wheeling Park in 2010 and last season.

”In my first varsity game against Park I scored my first varsity touchdown,” he recalled.

Overall, Weidman was pleased with his career playing for Coach John Bowers at Morgantown. He’ll be staying home in Morgantown, attending WVU to major in engineering.

”It was a great career,” he said. ”I had fun.

”Everyone is coming together this week. It’s kind of a special experience to play with all the players from the different schools.

”It’s a great way to go out.”