Ohio receiving corps named for OVAC Game
By SETH STASKEY
Times Leader Sports Editor
Jose Davis wants versatility at the skill positions.
And that’s what he and his staff believe they selected for the Ohio squad, which will take on West Virginia in the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic on Sunday, July 27th at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“We looked ahead at some possible matchups and wanted guys who could do a lot of things,” Davis said. “We think we’ve got guys who have great speed and some guys who can be really good in the slot, too.”
Along with that type of versatility, Davis believes he has many interchangable parts as it pertains to running back, receiver and playing in the slot.
“We have some size and speed where we can move a guy around,” Davis said. “We also have some smaller, shiftier guys.”
With that in mind, Davis plans on utilizing Colt Charlton (Bridgeport), Dalton Rutter (Harrison Central), Brendon Ross (Bellaire) and Rich Springer (Edison) primarily at wide receiver.
Here’s a capsule look at the players who returned their data sheets:
COLT CHARLTON, Bridgeport – This former Bulldog was a go-to-guy in the passing game for Coach Rudy Vavrock’s team last season.
The 6-foot, 165 pounder made 35 receptions for 643 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He also excelled as a member of the secondary, recording 150 tackles and an interception.
Charlton was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs, served as team captain and was a second-team all-Eastern District and first-team all-OVAC pick.
Away from athletics, Charlton was involved in Student Council, where he served as president; Interact Club, JETS and he served as a tutor.
Colt, who is the son of Matt and Kelli Charlton, plans on attending Bethany College.
DALTON RUTTER, Harrison Central – This Huskies’ product was one of the top options for Coach Justin Kropka’s squad last season on the perimeter.
The 5-8, 150 pounder made 45 receptions for 871 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He also saw time at defensive back.
Rutter’s fine season was recognized by his spot on the all-OVAC, all-District and honorable mention all-Ohio.
Along with football, Rutter was a standout in baseball and basketball for the Huskies.
Dalton, who is the son of Donald and Teresa Rutter, plans on attending West Virginia University to study pharmacy.
BRENDON ROSS, Bellaire -A steady two-way performer for Davis and the Big Reds, the 6-2, 181 pounder was a three-year letterman on the gridiron.
Last season he caught 34 passes for 461 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, he made 56.5 tackles and picked off half-a-dozen passes.
Ross was named All-Eastern District and All-Ohio special mention. He also lettered four years in baseball and swimming.
Brendon, the son of Charles and Jaime Ross of Bellaire, will attend Wheeling Jesuit University.
RICH SPRINGER, Edison – This Wildcats’ receiver was a standout for Coach Derrick Stickles’ team last season.
The 6-1, 185 pounder caught five touchdowns and finished with some 500 yards receiving.
His efforts were recognized by his spots on the all-Eastern District and all-Quad County first teams. He also was also honorable mention all-Ohio.
Rich, who is the son of Rick and Chris Springer, will attend Hiram University.