West Virginia Backfield Appears Well-Stocked
There should certainly be no shortage of talent in the West Virginia backfield for the 68th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic.
West Virginia coach Mike Young announced who he intends to utilize at the quarterback and running back positions for the game, which is slated for Sunday, July 28 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“We’ve got a lot of versatile kids who we think will fit our system well,” Young said. “Our quarterbacks are capable passers and runners. Plus, I think we have a nice stable of backs. I think we’ve got good speed to the point where if we get someone loose in space, we’ll be able to take advantage of it.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
TYLER BOLEN, Parkersburg South – This former Patriot had a highly productive senior season playing under his father and coach Jon Bolen. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder passed for 1,507 yards and 10 touchdowns and also ran for five scores.
For his fine season, Bolen was a first team All-OVAC and All-TRAC selection as well named special mention all-state.
Along with football, Bolen played basketball and was a member of the student council, yearbook and newspaper staffs.
Tyler, who plans on attending West Virginia Wesleyan, is the son of Jon Bolen and Betsy Patterson.
JORDAN BONAR, Bishop Donahue – This former Bishop had a highly productive career on both sides of the football for coach John Durdines.
The 5-11, 170-pounder ran for 2,125 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career. He also had 880 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving, while scoring a total of 316 points. Defensively, he had 234 career tackles and 10 interceptions.
Bonar was twice named All-OVAC, All-Valley, and All-Mason Dixon Conference. He was also named to the second team all-state defensive unit.
Jordan, who plans on attending West Liberty, is the son of Dan Bonar and Tracey Boreman.
ALEX DOAK, Tyler Consolidated – This former Silver Knight saw time at a bevy of positions for Coach Rob Caldwell’s squad, but primarily played wide receiver.
The 5-11, 180-pounder had 1,200 yards and scored 18 touchdowns this past season. Those stats led Doak to being named first team All-OVAC, All-LKC and second team all-state.
Along with football, Doak played basketball and ran track.
Alex, who is the son of Brian and Pam Doak, plans on attending either West Liberty or West Virginia.
TANNER HANNA, Magnolia – This former Blue Eagle had an impressive season under Coach Mark Batton in 2012.
The 6-1, 170 pound quarterback passed for 1,585 yards and 15 touchdowns on 119 of 207 accuracy. He was also a standout in the secondary where he had five interceptions.
For his fine campaign, Hanna was named first team All-OVAC and special mention all-state twice.
Tanner, who plans on attending West Virginia University to study petroleum and gas engineering, is the son of Joseph and Penny Hanna.
HUNTER LeMASTERS, Tyler Consolidated – This multi-sport standout shined at quarterback for Caldwell’s Silver Knights. The 5-11, 175-pounder completed 114 of 185 passes for 1,691 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 109 tackles, four interceptions, two touchdowns, eight pass break-ups and three caused fumbles.
LeMasters’ fine season didn’t go unnoticed. He was named first team all-state, All-OVAC, All-Valley and All-LKC.
LeMasters also shined in track and field, winning a state title in the pole vault. He was also a standout in the classroom, carrying a 4.2 grade point. he’s a member of the National Honor Society, Youth Leadership Association and Technology Student Association.
Hunter, who plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan to run track, is the son of Jay and Jill LeMasters.
RALEIGH MASON, Brooke – This former Bruin had a fine career in the Green and Gold despite battling injuries as a senior under first-year coach Sean Blumette. The 5-8, 205-pounder was a standout at running back and linebacker and was a three-year starter.
Mason was recognized as first team All-TRAC, All-state and All-OVAC.
Raleigh, who is the son of Raleigh and Cindy Mason, plans to attend West Virginia State University to play football.
CHINELO OPARANOZIE, Linsly – This Cadets standout had a brilliant season under head coach B.J. Depew. The 5-8, 185-pounder ran for 1,583 yards and 16 touchdowns as the primary option en route to All-OVAC and All-Valley honors.
Oparanozie also wrestled and ran track at Linsly.
Chinelo, who is undecided about his college plans, is the son of Darleen Opranozie of Pittsburgh.
ALEX WEIDMAN, Morgantown- This Mohigan product shined on both sides of the ball for head coach John Bowers’ squad.
The 5-9, 175-pounder ran for 622 yards and 10 touchdowns as a running back. On the defensive side of the ball, Weidman had 77 tackles, three for loss, four pass defenses and a pick six.
Weidman was first team All-TRAC and second team All-OVAC this past season. He was second-team TRAC as a junior.
Alex, who plans on attending West Virginia University, is the son of Wheeling natives Pat and Nancy (Dailer) Weidman.