Ohio Receivers a Balanced Crew
All-star games tend to be a little more wide open than a regular season game.
If that becomes the case at the annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic, which is slated for Sunday, July 28 at Wheeling Island Stadium, Ohio head coach Mark Holenka feels like he’s got the targets to utilize in the passing game.
“Our wide receivers are a very good group,” Holenka said. “They’ve all got good hands, nice leaping ability, so they can go get the ball. I think we’re balanced, too, so (West Virginia) won’t be able to zero in on anyone.”
Similar to the Ohio stable of running backs, Holenka’s one concern is a lack of a blistering speed.
“I don’t know if we have that one breakaway kid,” Holenka said. “I’m not sure we’ve got that kind of speed at any of our skill positions.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
BRANDON BAILEY, Conotton Valley – This Rockets’ standout had a big season and career for head coach Eric Schumacher.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder lined up at both receiver and tight end for the Rockets, recording 120 catches for 1,150 yards and 11 touchdowns during his prep career.
Bailey was twice named all-OVAC in football.
Bailey also shined in basketball as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He earned first-team all-Ohio honors. He was also selected for the North-South Game.
Brandon, who is headed to Kent State University, is the son of Doug and Angie Bailey.
SHANE DUNCAN, Buckeye Local – This former Panther was a standout on the perimeter for Coach Phil Pest’s squad.
The 5-11, 165-pounder had 20 catches for 505 yards and four touchdowns last season. He also caught two, two-point conversions. On the defensive side of the ball, Duncan recorded 47 tackles, three interceptions and recovered a fumble.
Duncan was named all-OVAC, all-Times Leader and all Eastern District.
Shane, who will attend Akron University, is the son of William Duncan and Michelle Dolfi.
ZACH HERRINGTON, Steubenville Catholic Central – This Crusaders’ standout had a fine final season under Steve Daley last fall.
The 6-4, 190-pounder caught 102 passes for 1,339 yards and 16 touchdowns. He owns the SCC record for receptions in a game and season.
Herrington was a first-team Eastern District, all-OVAC and all-Quad County. His reception and touchdown total led Ohio Division VI.
Along with football, Herrington was a standout in basketball. He was also a member of the leadership program, Key Club and SADD.
Zach, who is the son of Rob and Lainie Herrington, is heading to Mount Union University.
DALLAS FIELDS, Bridgeport – This Bulldogs’ leader put forth a brilliant final season under head coach Rudy Vavrock.
The 5-9, 175-pounder played running back for the Bulldogs. He rushed for 1,018 yards as a senior and 680 yards as a junior.
Both as a junior and seniors, Fields was named second-team all-Eastern District. He was all-OVAC as a senior.
Along with football, Fields lettered in basketball for the Bulldogs. He was also a member of TAPP.
Dallas, who is the son of M. Lewis Fields, is undecided about his future plans.
CODY HUDSON, Shadyside – This former Tiger did a little bit of everything for Holenka’s team last season.
The 6-2, 190-pounder shined at receiver with 40 receptions for 600 yards. He was also a standout at kicker. He was also a defensive back and handled the Tigers’ punting duties.
For his work, Hudson was named all-Eastern District, all-OVAC, all-Times Leader and special mention all-Ohio.
Along with football, Hudson lettered in baseball for the Tigers.
Cody, who is the son of Scott and Lori Hudson, plans on attending Wheeling Jesuit University.
COLTON PRITCHARD, Barnesville – This former Shamrock did a little bit of everything for Coach Matt Johnson last season.
The 5-9, 160-pounder ran for 495 yards and five touchdowns, caught 16 balls for 386 yards and three touchdowns, threw for a score and recorded 36.5 tackles on defense.
Pritchard was first-team all-Eastern District, all-OVAC, all-Times Leader and special mention all-Valley.
Along with football, Pritchard is a standout in baseball. He was also active in Art Club, Varsity B and the OVAC Varsity Board.
Colton, who is the son of Khrystal Pritchard, is planning to attend Wheeling Jesuit University to play baseball.