Ohio boasts deep backfield
By SETH STASKEY
Special to the Review
WINTERSVILLE — Andrew Connor and the Ohio coaching staff know that being versatile offensively is going to be a key ingredient for success at the 74th OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game.
And that was clearly the mindset when he and his staff selected their quarterbacks and running backs for the game, which is slated for Saturday, July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Connor recently announced that Indian Creek’s Brennon Norris and Meadowbrook’s Davis Black are expected to see most of the quarterback duties, while St. Clairsville’s Brady Kolb, Harrison Central’s Tyler West and Wellsville’s Derrick Suggs will work as running backs in camp, which opens on Sunday, July 21 at Bethany College.
“Both (quarterbacks) are very knowledgable, handle and do a lot of things well,” Connor said. “They really give us a good, one-two punch. I am excited to watch them in camp.”
As for the running backs, Connor is glad to see some of these guys on his side finally.
“I am glad I don’t have to defend some of these kids anymore,” Connor joked. “They really give us the capability to run the ball well. We have good speed guys, a good power runner and they all allow us to have multiple ways to attack with the running game. With a short week to prepare, we have to be able to run the ball well.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players, who have returned information sheets:
DAVIS BLACK, Meadowbrook — This former Colt had a huge senior season in leading then coach Jeff Twiddy’s team to the regional championship game.
Black completed 119-of-206 passes for 2,404 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was picked off just three times. He also addee 352 yards and nine touchdowns rushing.
Black’s fine season earned him first-team all-Ohio, Eastern District Offensive Player of the Year and he played in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game.
Also a standout in basketball where he earned first-team all-Ohio, Black led the Colts to three consecutive OVAC titles.
Away from athletics, Black is a member of DCA and DECA.
Davis, who plans to attend the University of Charleston, is the son of Trent and Jude Black of Byesville.
BRADY KOLB, St. Clairsville — This former Red Devil back was a hard-nosed runner for Coach Brett McLean’s team.
The 6-foot, 230 pounder was a workhorse for St. C., accumulating 2,081 yards and 31 touchdowns on 324 carries. He finished his career with better than 3,600 yards and 52 rushing touchdowns.
Kolb was named first-team all-Ohio and all-Eastern District. He was also all-OVAC, all-Buckeye 8 and all Times Leader. He was a three-time all-Ohio selection because he earned the accolade as a sophomore on the defensive side of the ball.
Away from football, Kolb was active in Spanish Club, Staying Clean Club, Ping Pong Club and Chamber Choir.
Brady, who plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit, is the son of Brian and Amy Kolb of St. Clairsville.
BRENNON NORRIS, Indian Creek — This former Redskin quarterback was a multi-year stadout for Connor’s team, but saw his senior season limited to two games because of injury.
The 6-1, 175 pounder passed for 2,467 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career against 11 interceptions.
Norris was named all-OVAC as a junior and received the school’s Joe Fortunato Player of the Year Award.
Away from football, Norris lettered three years in basketball. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club.
Brennon, who plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit, is the son of Chad and Jodi Norris of Wintersville.
TYLER WEST, Harrison Central — This former Huskie standout was electric with the ball in his hands for Coach Anthony Hayes’ squad.
The 5-9, 156 pounder russhed for 850 yards and nine touchdowns and also caught 32 passes for 640 yards and 12 more touchdowns in 2018.
West was named third-team all-Ohio, first-team all-Eastern District, all-OVAC, all-Buckeye 8 and all Times Leader.
West leaves Harrison Central as the all-time scoring leader with 70 touchdowns.
Tyler is undecided about his future plans.