BEALLSVILLE – A former Beallsville High athletic great is tasked with re-energizing the Blue Devil grid program.
Rusty Bondy – a Beallsville grid and wrestling luminary – takes over his alma mater’s football program. He is working with a roster of 17 candidates. Of that total, nine are sophomores.
Despite a lack of numbers, the 1981 Beallsville High grad and OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game participant is excited with his new challenge.
“This is fantastic (being Beallsville’s head coach). I am living a dream,” Bondy beamed. “We have a lot of tradition here. Beallsville has had a lot of very good football teams.
“I am having fun. This really is a dream come true,” he continued. “We will strive to build numbers and getting the boys to come back out. So, it is imperative we win games to make that happen.”
Bondy’s first chance to make Beallsville grid wins become reality is Friday when the Blue Devils welcome Miller.
Rusty Lucas is serving as Bondy’s offensive coordinator. It is a unit, according to Bondy, that will be run-oriented. The Blue Devils must break in a new quarterback but one who will be operating behind a big and quality offensive line.
Sophomore Garrett Perkins (6-2, 180) will step into the role as starting quarterback. While inexperienced, he does bring some positives to the table.
“Garrett has nice size and continues to get better and better,” Bondy offered. “He has a lot of upside to him. He just need experience.”
Talented senior Bradley Moats (5-9, 165) will return at tailback. He is being counted on for yeoman’s duty this fall.
“Bradley has a great work ethic. He has done a great job in the weight room. We look for big things from him this year,” Bondy said.
Brady Moats (5-8, 185) will be the Beallsville fullback. He is promising sophomore.
Coach Rusty Bondy discusses the upcoming campaign
Sophomore James Palmer (5-8, 150) will spell the Moats at running back. Freshman Kylar Graham (5-6, 145) is another running back aspirant.
Sophomore Matt Stonebreaker (5-5, 130) will open at tight end. Classmate Conner Hagen (5-10, 170) will also see time at tight end.
“Matt has really improved. We plan on using him this year,” Bondy said.
Beallsville boasts a game-breaker at one wide-receiving post. Senior Brandon Louden (6-3, 175) is an OVAC and district 100-meter sprint champion who also possesses ideal size.
“Brandon is an offensive weapon for us. We want to get him the ball as much as we can to utilize his great speed,” Bondy said.
The other wideout will be Adam Govia (5-9, 165). The athletic sophomore is also cast in the role of backup quarterback.
Sophomore Chandler Osborne (5-5, 145) is another wide receiver candidate.
Bondy likes his offensive line. It is battle-tested an packs good bulk.
Senior Dyson Duvall (6-0, 200) returns at one starting tackle. He will be joined by classmate Brandon Comstock (5-11, 200).
Junior Gage Perkins (6-0, 250) is a road grader at one guard. Bondy calls him a “stud.”
Perkins will be joined at guard by improving sophomore Marky Louden (6-2, 235).
Sophomore Tucker Otto (6-4, 370) is the starting center.
Freshman Dalton Fulton (6-1, 225) will provide nice depth up front.
Mason Lang is Beallsville’ defensive coordinator. He will deploy his stop troops in a 4-4 alignment.
The linemen will be Gage Perkins, Comstock, Otto and Marky Louden.
Duvall and Brady Moats will be the inside linebackers while Bradley Moats and Garrett Perkins will be the outside linebackers.
Palmer, an all-OVAC selection last year, will be one starting cornerback while Govia and Stonebreaker will both see action at the other corner.
Brandon Louden is a blue-chip safety.
Gage Perkins will handle the placements.
The balance of the Beallsville coaching staff features Paul Kanzigg (line), Dave Wiles (special teams) and volunteers John Yocum, Skylur Bondy, Rodney Snyder and Steve Johnson Jr. Yocum is a former star quarterback for the Blue Devils and Hall of Fame Coach Dave Caldwell.
“I have an outstanding coach staff. One that demands excellence,” Bondy noted.
Beallsville plays its first four games at home. After Miller, Madonna, Frontier and Hundred all pay visits. Week five has the Blue Devils on the road at Clay-Battelle.