English hopes to shine with OVAC all-stars

Most people are under the impression that the offense Jose Davis utilized at Bellaire was totally a pass-happy offense that threw it all over the lot.

While it was out of the spread and his quarterbacks did throw for a lot of yards, there was a balance between run and pass.

He plans on trying to maintain that balance when he and his staff guide the Ohio side in the upcoming Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic to be held July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium.

To help do that, he and his staff found what they hope will be the correct mix of running backs and quarterback.

“When we look at our stats, we’re actually around 50-50 in terms of pass and run,” Davis said. “We pride ourselves on being balanced. You can look at the stats and probably count on one hand the times we threw more than 40 times or even in the 30s. We like the guys we’ve picked because we feel like our backs can also slide out and play multiple positions.”

The quarterback is expected to be Steubenville Central’s Brenton Colabella.

“We’ve been seeing him since he was a freshman and we’re excited to coach him,” Davis said.

Slated for running back duties are Zach English (East Liverpool), Ryan Fletcher (Steubenville Central), Clay Lapp (Meadowbrook), Nate Olmstead (Harrison Central) and Blake Roar (Indian Creek).

Here’s a capsule look at the players:

BRENTON COLABELLA, Steubenville Catholic Central – You name the passing record for the Crusaders and this quarterback probably has it.

The 6-3, 195 pounder had a brilliant four-year career for Coach Steve Daley, re-writing the record book for single game yards (412), single-season yards (2,484), career yards (7,780) and touchdown passes (83).

As a senior, Colabella completed 132-of-209 passes for 2,215 yards and 30 touchdowns, which is also a school record. He finished his career with more than 500 completions.

For his efforts, Colabella was named first-team all-Ohio, Division VII Eastern District Offensive Player of the Year, all-OVAC, all-Quad County and all-Valley.

Colabella was also a key member of the Crusaders’ baseball team that advanced to the regional final in May.

Away from sports, Colabella was a member of the Key Club.

Brenton, who is the son of Joe and Lori Colabella, will attend West Liberty to play football.

ZACH ENGLISH, East Liverpool – This former Potter did a little bit of everything for head coach Josh Ludwig’s team last season.

The 6-1, 165 pounder saw time primarily as a tailback. He ran for 1,286 yards and 10 touchdowns on 198 carries. He also caught 11 balls for 210 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, from his corner spot, he had six interceptions and 34 tackles.

English was named to the Morning Journal All-Area Team, all-Quad County, all-Review and honorable mention all-Ohio.

Along with football, English lettered in basketball, track and soccer during his prep career.

Zach, who is the son of Della Bryarley and Joseph English, will attend Eastern Gateway.

RYAN FLETCHER, Steubenville Catholic Central – This ex-Crusader was one of Colabella’s top targets in Daley’s offense.

He saw much of his time in the slot and as a wide receiver. He did rush for 412 yards and five touchdowns. He caught 30 passes for 655 yards and 13 touchdowns. On the defensive side, he was in on 40 tackles and had seven interceptions. His receiving touchdowns and interceptions were school records.

The 6-0, 195 pounder was a first-team all-Eastern District, second-team all-Ohio and all-OVAC performer. He was also named first-team Quad County and played in the Ohio-Penn All-Star Game last month.

Ryan, who is the son of Roland and Regina Fletcher of Wintersville, plans on attending Washington & Jefferson where he’ll play football.

CLAY LAPP, Meadowbrook – This former Colt was a four-year regular in the backfield for Coach Jesse Wells’ team.

The 5-9, 205 pounder ran for 875 yards on 120 carries as a senior. He had 839 yards as a sophomore and 692 as a junior. All told, he accumulated 2,781 yards on 508 carries.

Lapp was named first-team all-Eastern District, all-OVAC and all-ECOL during his prep career.

Along with football, Lapp lettered in wrestling and track during his prep career.

Clay, who is the son of Steve and Rose Lapp of Senecaville, plans on attending Kenyon College.

NATE OLMSTEAD, Harrison Central – This talented Huskie saw most of his action at wide receiver under Justin Kropka.

As a pass catcher, the 5-9, 155 pounder made 62 catches for 1,502 yards and 15 touchdowns during his career.

His efforts were rewarded as a first-team all-Buckeye 8, all-Eastern District, all-OVAC and honorable mention all-Ohio.

Nate, who is undecided about his college plans, is the son of Vicki Maxwell and Nathan Olmstead of Cadiz.

BLAKE ROAR, Indian Creek – This former Redskin was a load for opposing teams in Coach Andrew Connor’s system.

The 5-8, 184 pounder ran for more than 1,000 yards as a senior and was also a standout on the defensive side of the ball and led the team in interceptions from his strong safety spot.

Roar was recognized as a first-team all-Eastern District, all-Buckeye 8, all-OVAC and third-team all-Ohio selection.

Blake, who will attend Waynesburg University, is the son of Julie Roar of Mingo.