Ohio All-Stars showcase Crestview state champions

COLUMBIANA — Less than a month removed from the high of their respective state track and field championships, Crestview wide receiver Dylan Huff and offensive lineman Dominic Perry are quickly getting re-adjusted for one last high school football game.

The pair of Rebel seniors will be among the Ohio All-Stars when the 40th annual Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic kicks off Wednesday at Geneva College’s Reeves Field.

“I took a week where I didn’t do anything then I went of vacation for a week, so it’s kind of been tough to get back in the swing of things,” Huff said.” But that’s kind of how it is for everybody else too, so I can’t really complain. It’s fun to be here.”

Three weeks ago in Columbus, Perry rolled to his second straight Division III state shot put title, while Huff was a part of Crestview’s state title winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams, while also snagging a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Together, they helped the Rebels to a runner-up finish in the team standings.

“Going to all the graduation parties and having everyone talk to me about it was when it started to sink in what we accomplished,” Huff said.

“I’m really proud of everything we did,” Perry said. “Now It’s time to get serious about football one more time. I’m ready to go.”

They will be trying to help lead Ohio to a fourth straight win in a series that has been dominated by Pennsylvania in the past. Huff and Perry were happy to have one more chance to suit up before they both turn their full attention to track next year at Youngstown State University.

“It’s a lot of fun to be out here one more time,” Huff said. “I’m looking forward to being on the same side of the ball with all the other great players from the area instead of going against them.”

“I know I’m not going to play ever again after this game, so it’s one last chance to maybe score a touchdown,” Perry joked.

Huff is happy to have one more chance to play his natural position of receiver after switching to quarterback in September and helping drive the Rebels into the playoffs with 1,201 rushing yards.

“I was willing to do whatever was needed to help the team, but I feel like wide receiver is kind of my home,” Huff said.

He is also relishing the opportunity to play with standout East Palestine quarterback Parker Sherry. The two haven’t played against each other since their sophomore seasons following the breakup of the old Inter-Tri County League.

“I’ve always wanted to catch a pass from Parker,” Huff said. “We threw here and there leading up to this and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to play or not. I kind of talked him into it a little bit. Football’s in his blood, he was already talking about various schemes with me. It’s fun to be around someone that loves the game as much as he does.”

Although both of their athletic futures lie in track, Huff and Perry said it will be hard to replace the feeling they had playing football on Friday nights for the Rebels.

“My favorite part was definitely my senior year,” Huff said. “You go out there and treat every game like it’s your last. I’ll always remember the games against Struthers and Linsly. Both were big games where we were the underdogs, but we went out and won both of them, which helped us get into the playoffs.”

“There’s so many memories,” Perry said. “The friendships that I made with all the guys are probably what I’ll remember the most. “I’m still friends with everyone that I’ve played football with.”