West Virginia looking to put out a versatile attack against Ohio

By SETH STASKEY

Special to the Review

WHEELING–When Scott Holt and his Cameron coaching staff sat down to pick their quarterbacks and running backs for the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game, they sought versatility.

As he spent time looking up and down his roster, the West Virginia head coach believes they found exactly what they were seeking for the game, which is slated for Saturday, July 28th at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Slated to call the shots at quarterback are Cameron’s Colby Brown and University’s Clay Bailey.

“The first thing that stands out about the quarterbacks is the number of starts they made,” Holt said. “They have a lot of experience and athleticism. Both kids have strong arms and throw the ball well. Their ability to make plays for their teams during the regular season really caught our eye.”

Joining them in the backfield will be a mixture of Wheeling Park’s Rennie Clark, John Marshall’s Dereck Hess and Magnolia’s Brooks Parsons.

“We have big, strong, physical type running backs,” Holt said. “But, they’re kids, who we feel, can move the sticks on any play. We feel like we can use our running backs to grind the clock, establish possession, but they’re also capable of hitting a big play, too.”

Here’s a capsule look at the players:

CLAY BAILEY,

University

This multi-year standout was effective as both a thrower and runner in Coach John Kelley’s offense.

The 6-0, 185 pounder finished his prep career with an impressive 4,486 passing yards and 48 touchdown passes. He also ran for 13 scores and 925 yards.

Bailey’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed. He was named second-team all-state and first-team all-OVAC. He was the Two Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior. He was also named the Dominion Post’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Along with his football prowess, Bailey was a member of the Hawks’ basketball team and also the Ridgeview Redhawks 4-H Club.

Clay, who is the son of Jeffery and Barbara Bailey of Morgantown, plans to attend West Virginia University.

COLBY BROWN, Cameron

This former Dragon will certainly have a firm handle on the West Virginia offense after spending four years in the Holt system.

The 6-4 standout accumulated 7,000 all-purpose yards, including 5,024 passing. He also accounted for 99 career touchdowns with 73 of those coming through the air.

Twice, Brown was named first-team all-state in Class A. He was a three-time selection to the all-OVAC and all-Mason Dixon squads.

Away from athletics, Brown was active in FBLA, Student Council and Rachel’s Challenge.

Colby, who is the son of Dave Brown and Gwen Wood, will attend Marshall University.

RENNIE CLARK, Wheeling Park

This Patriots’ product was a three-year standout for Coach Chris Daugherty’s squad.

The 5-10, 190 pounder finished his prep career with more than 1,500 yards and better than 25 touchdowns.

For his efforts, he was named second-team all-state and first-team all-TRAC.

Clark, who also participated in track, will attend West Virginia University. He’s the son of Larissa Johnson.

DERECK HESS

John Marshall

This former Monarch was a workhorse for the bulk of the season for Coach Rick Goodrich’s team.

The 5-11, 185 pounder carried the ball 206 times for 1,367 yards and scored 27 touchdowns as the Monarchs advanced to the second round of Class AAA playoffs. Hess posted those numbers despite being slowed by an injury for parts of the season.

Hess still earned first-team all-state and all-OVAC for his work.

Dereck, who plans to attend West Virginia, is the son of Hilary and Donald Hess.

BROOKS PARSONS Magnolia

This former Blue Eagle speedster was a multi-position standout for Coach Doc Chapman’s team.

The 6-1, 200 pounder shined for the majority of the season at wide receiver. However, he accumulated 2,200 all-purpose yards as a senior.

Parsons was accorded first-team all-state and first-team all-OVAC. He was a second-team, all-state selection as a junior.

Along with football, Parsons was a standout on the Blue Eagles’ track team, leading it to a Class A state title this past spring.

Brooks, who is the son of Robby Parsons and Christina Coulter of New Martinsville, will attend Marshall.

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