Connor enamored with Ohio’s OVAC receiving talent
WINTERSVILLE — Andrew Connor and his coaches know the receivers quite well that they chose for the 74th OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game.
After all, they either coached or coached against most of them. That allowed them to make wise choices when they formed the Ohio roster for the meeting with West Virginia that is slated for Saturday, July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“This group brings a lot of talent,” Connor said. “It’s a group that all catches the ball well. When you watch these kids on film, they run really good routes, too.”
Connor was big on that when he was looking for his receivers.
“With only a week to prepare, timing is going to be big, so you have to run good routes to get the passing game to click,” Connor said.
Battling for time at receiver and tight end are Drake Dobson (Martins Ferry), Cade Hannahs (Barnesville), Matt Mamula (Indian Creek), Bryce McAfoose (Edison) and Trent Valentine (Cambridge).
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
DRAKE DOBSON, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider did a little bit of everything for coach Chas Yoder’s team.
The 6-foot-0, 215 pounder rushed for 364 yards and two touchdowns from his fullback spot. He also logged 107 tackles and six sacks from his linebacker post.
Dobson was named second-team All-Ohio, All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All Times Leader.
Dobson, who is the son of Jeff and Kristy Dobson, plans to attend Muskingum.
CADE HANNAHS, Barnesville — This former Shamrock wore a lot of hats for Coach Blake Allen’s squad the last several years.
En route to third-team All-Ohio, the 5-11, 150 pounder accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards. He rushed for more than 1,000, passed for 500 and hauled in more than 700 yards receiving.
Hannahs was named All-Eastern District, All-OVAC, All Times Leader and Academic All-Ohio.
Along with football, Hannahs was a key cog in the Shamrocks’ baseball team.
Hannahs, who plans to attend Bethany College, is the son of Chris and Rachel Hannahs.
MATT MAMULA, Indian Creek — This former Redskin was a go-to-guy in the passing game for Connor’s team.
The 6-3, 205 pounder hauled in 43 passes for better than 900 yards. He averaged 20.9 yards per catch in his high school career. He also had two interceptions that he took back for touchdowns.
Mamula’s career didn’t go unnoticed. He was All-Eastern District, All-OVAC, All-Quad County, All-Area Team. He also earned three academic letters.
Along with football, Mamula was active in Key Club.
Mamula, who plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit, is the son of Nick and Debyn Mamula.
BRYCE MCAFOOSE, Edison — This former Wildcat played a myriad of positions for Coach Shane O’Brien’s team.
The 6-0, 170 pounder logged 300 tackles for his career, including 104 as a senior. He also finished with 40 receptions for 500 yards.
McAfoose was named third-team All-Ohio. He was second-team All-OVAC and All-Eastern District.
Along with football, McAfoose was a standout in track. He’s the Edison school record holder in the pole vault.
Away from athletics, McAfoose is acvtive in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
McAfoose, who plans to enter flight school with the goal of becoming a commercial airplane pilot, is theson of Heath and Charity McAfoose.
TRENT VALENTINE, Cambridge — This former Bobcat re-wrote the school’s record book in receiving categories under Josh Lowery.
The 5-10, 170 pounder finished with 175 catches for 2,319 yards. He caught a pass in 32 consecutive games. His career catch total ranks 30th in Ohio history and his consecutive game streak ranks number nine.
He also hauled in 19 touchdowns and recorded 208 tackles.
He was a three-time All-Ohioan, garnering first team in 2018. He was All-OVAC, All-Eastern District and All-ECOL. He was also an All-Ohioan in baseball along with All-OVAC, All-ECOL. He was also a standout in basketball, garnering All-Eastern District.
Away from athletics, Valentine served as the treasurer of the Class of 2019.
Valentine, who is the son of John and Kim Valentine, plans to attend Marietta College.