Ohio backfield options set
Mark Holenka believes his Ohio squad has an opportunity to be extremely balanced on the offensive side of the football.
He and his staff have identified the players they believe will be battling for the quarterback duties and running back jobs in the 68th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic, which will be held on Sunday, July 28th at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“I think our quarterbacks are well rounded and can really throw the ball well,” Holenka said. “Plus, they’re pretty athletic and quick, too in case things break down.”
As for the running backs, Holenka doesn’t see that absolute burner, but he’s got a group of guys who can run down hill and between the tackles.
“We’ve got some bruising type backs,” Holenka said. “We don’t have a guy who can fly to the house with a really small crease. But, our kids are versatile, and I think we can be powerful back there and pack a punch.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
NICK ASTURI, River – This workhorse tailback was a solid mix of speed and power for Coach Mike Flannery’s Pilots last season.
The 5-9, 200 pounder ran for 1,066 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 15 balls for 242 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Asturi recorded 75 tackles.
For his fine season, Asturi earned third-team all-Ohio, first-team all-OVAC, all-PVC, Eastern District, all-Valley and all-Times Leader.
Nick, who is headed for West Liberty University, is the son of Joe and Constance Asturi of Powhatan.
CHRIS GRAZIANI, Edison – This former Wildcat was a standout in the backfield for Coach Mike McKenzie’s squad last season.
The 6-ft, 183 pounder ran for 901 yards and seven touchdowns this past season. He also caught 12 balls and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. Graziani was a factor as a return man as well, accumulating 350 yards on returns.
Along with earning three letters in football, Graziani was a three-year letterman in track.
Chris, who is the son of Christy Graziani and Rebecca Graziani Payne, plans on attending either West Liberty or Kent State University.
TERYN JARRETT, Beallsville – This four-year mainstay re-wrote the Blue Devils’ record books in his career and had another outstanding campaign under first-year head coach Paul Kanzigg.
The 6-3, 180 pounder passed for more than 2,000 yards last season and for 6,668 yards in his illustrious career, which ranks third all-time in the Ohio Valley.
Jarrett’s special season didn’t go unnoticed. He was a first-team all-OVAC and all-Times Leader selection.
Along with football, Jarrett was a four-year regular in basketball. He’s also a member of National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Teryn, who is the son of Terry and Tara Jarrett of Beallsville, plans on attending Muskingum to play basketball.
MATT KINNICK, St. Clairsville – This Red Devil standout was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Red Devils of head coach Brett McLean.
All the 6-1, 190 pounder did in his career was post a 24-3 record, including a 14-1 record last season and a trip to the Division IV state title game. Kinnick passed for more than 6,000 yards in his career and 70 touchowns.
Kinnick was a first-team all-Ohio selection last season and a third-team choice as a junior. He was a first-team all-OVAC and all-Eastern District performer as both a junior and senior.
Kinnick also gets it done in the classroom where he’s a member of the National Honor Society.
Matt, who is the son of Michael and Judy Kinnick, plans on attending West Virginia State University to play football.
DANIEL LATTANZIO, Beaver Local – This former Beaver standout was a two-way mainstay for head coach Jeremy McElroy.
The 6-1, 190 pounder had a big season at both running back and outside linebacker. He was a four-year letterman for the Beaver and twice earned all-Eastern District, all-Review, all-OVAC, all-AAC and all-Inter Quad County.
Also excelling in wrestling, Lattanzio was a four-year letterman and won the OVAC title this past January.
Daniel, who is planning on attending West Liberty, is the son of Beth Berry and the late Chris Lattazio.
BROOKS RAMSEY, Shadyside – This former Tiger was a workhorse back for Holenka’s Tigers each of the past two seasons.
The 5-6, 155 pounder carried the ball 108 times for 765 yards and three scores as a senior, despite battling injuries. He also averaged 16.6 yards on kickoff returns.
Ramsey was a first-team all-Eastern District, all-Times Leader and all-OVAC selection as a senior.
Brooks, who plans on attending Belmont College, is the son of Brent and Kim Ramsey of Shadyside.
DASHON REDMAN, Steubenville – This former Big Red back had an impressive senior season for Coach Reno Saccoccia’s squad.
The 5-9, 200 pounder ran for 910 yards and on the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 72 tackles.
For his fine season, Redman earned third-team all-Ohio, first-team all-Eastern District and all-OVAC.
Along with footall, Redman also took part in basketball, track and key club.
Dashon, who is the son of Monica Redman, is planning on attending Mt. Union.