The rosters have been announced for both the West Virginia and Ohio squads for the 19th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis (BACF) Football Classic at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.
The 40-player rosters will be coached by Mike Dawson from Rirchie County for West Virginia and by Andy Schob of Warren for Ohio.
Wirt County leads the West Virginia roster with seven selections, followed by six each from Parkersburg High and Ravenswood, three apiece from Parkersburg South, St. Marys, Ritchie County and Paden City, two each from Parkersburg Catholic, Calhoun County, Tyler Consolidated and Doddridge County, and one from Magnolia.
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Marietta High senior Justin Futrell (12) throws a pass during prep football action last fall. Futrell will be one of the Ohio BACF quarterbacks in the June Classic at Don Drumm Stadium.
On the flip side, Caldwell's eight choices top the Ohio roster, with Warren having seven picks and Shenandoah six selections. Then comes Marietta, Waterford and Meigs with three apiece, Fort Frye, Frontier, River and Morgan with two each, and Federal Hocking and Monroe Central each with one player.
This year's game will mark the first time the BACF Football Classic has been played not only in Marietta, but also back at Don Drumm, since its inception 18 years ago in 1994, when the inaugural Ohio versus West Virginia matchup featuring high school seniors from both sides of the Ohio River was held with Ohio winning 10-7.
The series was only 6-5 in West Virginia's favor after an 18-7 Ohio win at Williamstown in 2004. But West Virginia has forged a 12-6 series lead since then by winning six of the last seven games, including last year's 14-0 victory with both touchdowns coming on a pair of fumble returns for scores.
19th ANNUAL BACF
FOOTBALL CLASSIC ROSTERS
Ohio vs. West Virginia
7 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Don Drumm Stadium, Marietta
(West Virginia leads series, 12-6)
Marietta (3) - Mitchel Gearhart, RB-FB; Dustin Baker, RB-LB; Justin Futrell, QB-DB
Warren (7) - Jeremy Hastie, RB/WR-DR; Austin Henthorn, FB-LB; Dustin Harlow, RB-NG; Joey Lane, OT-DE; Jimmie Buck, OT-DL; Josh Windland, TE-DE; Jeremy Fivecoait, WR-FS
Fort Frye (2) - Jonathan Scott, OT-DT/DE; Zack Kehl, OT-DT
Waterford (3) - Matt West, RB-DB; Tyler Pyatt, C-DE; Kendrick Schwendeman, OT-DT
Frontier (2) - Brandon Kring, OG-LB; Scott O'Grady, OT-DT
Caldwell (8) - Jensen Croucher, QB-DB; Darrin Hesson, TE-DB; Jeremy Border, WR-DB/LB; Adam Rossiter, RB-LB/DB; Tyler Abrams, WR-DB; Brian Sawyer, OT-DT/DE; Timothy Schenkel, OG-DT; Cole Haas, OL-LB
Shenandoah (6) - Alex Hannum, WR-DB; Shane Crum, QB/RB-DB; Michael Leasure, RB-LB/DB; Seth Thompson, OT-DT; Tyler Davis, OG-DE; Kalob Davis, C/OT-DE
Meigs (3) - Zachary Sayre, RB/WR-DB; Jeffrey Rousch, RB-LB/DB; Blake Crow, OG-LB
Federal Hocking (1) - James Lackey, RB-DB
River (2) - Austin McCown, RB-LB; Logan Postie, OL-DE
Monroe Central (1) - Kole Hogue, RB-LB
Morgan (2) - Jacob Milligan, OG-LB; Austin Burns, OG-LB
HEAD COACH: Andy Schob, Warren
Assistant coaches: Shawn Taylor, Jason Johnson, Chad Smith, Curry Ryan, Brian Hutchinson, Bubba Farnsworth (all from Warren), and Jason Schob (Marietta)
Parkersburg High (6) - Alex Ash, QB; Carl Boyles, RB-LB; Jeremy Bell, TE-DE; John Weber, C-DL/DE; Luca Scottodiluzio, OL-DL; Josh Lewis, TE-OLB
Parkersburg South (3) - Jesse Fickiesen, RB-LB; Jake Douglas, RB-CB; Brandon Tallhamer, OL-LB
Parkersburg Catholic (2) - Zack Romine, RB-LB; Pete Walters, OL-DL
Wirt County (7) - Dalton Brindo, WR/TE-DB; Dave Smith, WR-LB; Taylor Campbell, QB; Adam Smith, FB-LB; JT Nemeth, WR-DB; Eric Young, OL-DL; Don Harris, OL-DL
Ravenswood (6) - Dustin Derito, QB-DB; Kyle Griffith, TE/RB-LB; Zack Martin, WR-DB; Jeremy Lawrence, RB-DB; Brandon Cunningham, K; Chad Burrows, OL-DE/DL
Ritchie County (3) - Reno Jackson, RB-DB; Darrenger Goff, FB-LB; Chazz Jones, FB-LB
St. Marys (3) - K.D. Arnett, QB; Cole White, LB; Justin Nichols, C
Calhoun County (2) - Nathan Cosgrove, WR-DB; Cory Metz, RB-LB
Tyler Consolidated (2) - Evan Cline, FB-LB; Slade Dillon, OL-DL
Doddridge County (2) - Chris Satterfield, LB; Cole McKinney, OL-DL
Paden City (3) - Taylor Still, RB-SS; Kyle Staton, OL-DL; Keith Hardbarger, OL-DL
Magnolia (1) - Bentley Knight, OL-DL
HEAD COACH: Mike Dawson, Ritchie County
Advance tickets for the BACF Football Classic are on sale now at all area Burger King restautants for $5 each, with all proceeds from the game donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research into finding a cure for the disease.