July 19, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
The Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Game has long been dominated by Ohio. And for good reason, more and bigger schools produce a much better talent pool to select from -- that is the luxury the Buckeyes have long possessed.
Starting with the 2011 all-star game, however, the playing field will be leveling.
With the addition of W. Va. powers Morgantown and University to the conference this year, combined with the entrance of Parkersburg South last year, the Mountaineer coaching staffs will be able to select players from big-time powers, yielding bigger and faster players to counter Ohio's athletic advantage.
The three aformentioned schools combined with Wheeling Park, Brooke, John Marshall, Wheeling Central and Linsly should supply a solid nucleus to supply enough manpower to shed the lopsided underdog tag that the West Virginia all-stars annually carry.
But that is next year. This Sunday, Ohio will roll again.