Fifteen area prep schools will be represented on the Ohio roster when the Buckeye stars play the West Virginia standouts in the 21st annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis (BACF) Football Classic at 7 p.m. June 13 at Parkersburg High's Stadium Field.
At 6 p.m. Friday, the Ohio team kicked off practice at Marietta College's Don Drumm Stadium.
"We were fortunate that we had out of the 40 players that were allowed on the roster, 28 of them were either all-district or all-state (honorees)," said Ohio head coach Greg Adams of Belpre. "The other 12 on the team came from interviews with coaches and spots we needed to fill on the field. In fact, the last spot we filled was probably the most important - the kicker (Brent Huck of Marietta High)."
RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Belpre’s D.J. Leftwich stretches out in a BACF Football Classic Ohio all-star practice at Don Drum Stadium Friday night.
Adams said he'd had a couple of meetings with the players earlier in the week.
"This is a great group of kids and young men," the Belpre boss continued. "I am just ecstatic about their attitude and their will to want to win."
Ohio trails West Virginia in the series, 13-7.
"It's been a couple of years or so since the Ohio squad has won," Adams said.
Adams will be helped by his Golden Eagle assistants.
"We're not going to beat each other up in practice, and cause injuries or anything like that," he said. "When it comes time for hitting, that'll happen Friday night (against West Virginia).
"We've got a game plan, and we're going to see how it works. These guys will make it happen. We're going to keep it basic and simple."
As it looks now, the Ohio squad is deep at quarterback with Austin Klintworth (Warren), Chandler Lang (Fort Frye), and Anthony Kimbrough (Marietta High). Klintworth will be attending Marietta College in the fall, and is one of the QB candidates.
"All three are quality quarterbacks, and will get playing time," Adams said. "We're going to be just fine."
"Thing is, this game is for a great cause," he said.