LBs Key For Holt’s System
WHEELING — Scott Holt and his Cameron Dragons coaching staff employ a 3-5 scheme on the defensive side of the ball.
So, when the West Virginia staff was selecting its roster for the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, which is slated for Saturday, July 28, the volume of possibilities at linebacker was paramount.
As he took a step back to evaluate his roster — with less than a week before the opening camp of Bethany College — Holt and Co. certainly like what they’ve selected.
“We have some kids who played in big-time programs and won a lot of big games,” Holt said. “From looking at film on kids, they’re all very active and get to the football. We want a lot of those kinds of guys on the field and we selected it that way for depth. We have a lot of guys who are very capable of running sideline to sideline.
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
PATRICK BROWN, Wheeling Central — This former Maroon Knight was a key contributor for Coach Mike Young’s state championship squad last season.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder played outside linebacker, wide receiver and served as the punter.
Brown was also a standout in the classroom. He was the Valedictorian of the Class of 2018 and named the WVSSAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
Patrick, who is the son of Beth and Geoff Brown, plans to attend the University of Notre Dame.
NICK COULTER, John Marshall — This former Monarch was a key for Coach Rick Goodrich’s squad on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, the 6-2, 230-pounder posted 75 solo tackles, 36 assists and 12 tackles for loss. He had four sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also took an interception back for a touchdown.
Coulter was named first team all-state, All-OVAC and All-TRAC.
Along with football, Coulter played baseball and ran track during his prep career.
Nick, who is the son of Ken and Lori Coulter, plans to attend West Virginia University.
RONNIE DURRAH, John Marshall — This former Monarch was also a standout at linebacker for Goodrich’s team.
The 5-9, 210-pounder posted 54 solos, 13 assists and seven tackles for loss. He also caught three passes for 57 yards.
Durrah was named second team All-OVAC.
Ronnie, who plans to attend Northwest Lineman College, is the son of Leigh Ann Durrah and Ronnie Durrah.
VIC GIOVENGO, Linsly — This former Cadet shined at linebacker for Coach B.J. Depew’s team.
The 5-10, 180-pounder finished his prep career with more than 300 tackles.
Giovengo was named first team All-OVAC and was a nominee for WTOV-9 Defensive Player of the Year.
Vic, who plans to attend Marietta College, is the son of Tom and Jonette Giovengo.
TYLER MACK, Weir — This former Red Rider was a standout at both running back and middle linebacker.
The 5-10, 185-pounder rushed for 650 yards on 77 carries and six touchdowns. Defensively, he posted 80 tackles and had two sacks.
Mack was named second-team all state, first team All-OVAC and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Tyler, who plans to attend West Liberty, is the son of Jeremy and Mindi Mack.
COLE STREYLE, Morgantown — This former Mohigan was an impressive linebacker for Coach Matt Lacey’s team.
The 6-foot, 215 pounder finished with 81 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
A team captain, Streyle was named first-team all-OVAC, second-team all-TRAC and special mention all-state.
Cole, who plans to attend the University of Charleston, is the son of Harry and Tracy Streyle.
DAWSON WEAR, Wheeling Central — This former Maroon Knight shined on both sides of the ball for Young’s state championship squad.
The 5-10, 185-pounder recorded 81 tackles and six sacks from his linebacker post. Offensively, he rushed for 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Wear was named Central’s Offensive Player of the Year, All-OVAC and first team All-Valley, while serving as team captain.
Along with football, Wear was a four-year letterman in lacrosse. He’s also a member of the Drug Free Club and Peer Ministry Club.
Dawson, who plans to attend West Virginia University, is the son of Amy and Jeff Wear.
WYATT WINGROVE, Cameron — This former Dragon “played wherever needed” for Holt’s team.
The 6-foot, 185-pounder shined primarily at linebacker and handled the kicking duties. He led the Dragons in tackles.
He was named Elks Athlete of the Month in December and receive the Walter Black Memorial Award.
Away from football, Wingrove was also active in wrestling and track.
On top of athletics, he was part of the Drug Free Club, FFA, won the grand prize at the West Liberty Science Fair and took part in ‘Rachel’s Challenge.’
Wyatt, who is the son of Dennis and Lisa Wingrove, plans to enroll at West Liberty.