Ohio Valley products see playing time in blowouts

WITH lopsided victories by Ohio State and West Virginia against the likes of Miami (Ohio) and Marshall, respectively, Ohio Valley college football fans got the opportunity to see some of the recently graduated valley stars take the field on a big-time stage.

At Ohio State, freshman Najee Murray logged quality minutes and record two tackles for the Buckeyes in the romp against the RedStorm. The former Big Red star has impressed new coach Urban Meyer thus far and Murray’s playing time is sure to increase as the season progresses.

Former teammate and current Mountaineers’ sophomore linebacker Shaq Petteway also had a pair of stops, with one going for negative yardage, in the pasting of in-state rival Marshall.

Another Big Red great Dwight Macon had four catches for 19 yards in a loss to Arizona for Toledo.

At nearby Akron, another quarteback turned receiver, River’s Dylan Potts, had two catches in a tough loss to Central Florida.

As these players progress and mature on the college level, we’re likely to see more production and playing time out of them.

But the big standout, as far as local products on the collegiate gridiron during Week 1 of the season, was former East Liverpool standout and Thiel senior Ethan Ludwig.

The Tomcats fell to Juniata but that didn’t stop Ludwig from churning out a fine performance.

He totaled 11 tackles, one of which resulted in a sack in the 16-13 loss.

Ludwig is a returning all-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honorable mention player, as well as the Tomcats leading tackler in 2011 with 75. He finished eighth in the PAC in tackles per game (7.6) as a junior.

Thiel will look to secure its initial win of 2012 when it travels to Rochester, N.Y.

Division I

  • Linsly product Chidozie Oparanozie totaled 3.5 tackles, including one for a loss, in Duquense’s loss to Old Dominion.

Division II

  • Martins Ferry’s Marco Richetti had six tackles and an assist for West Liberty as the Hilltoppers fell to Catawba, 24-3.
  • John Marshall’s Mark Sampson had five catches for 49 yards in Fairmont State’s 7-0 loss to Clarion.
  • University’s Dominique Dixon had eight tackles, including one for a loss, for Shepherd in a loss to Shippensburg.
  • Big Red’s Marky Markakis had three stops, one for a loss, as Ohio Dominican rolled past Virginia Lynchburg 57-6.

Division III

  • Linsly’s Phil Acrie had eight carries for 47 yards and a touchdown for Bethany.
  • Beaver Local’s Shawn Mercer had seven stops, two for a loss, in Grove city’s 23-20 loss to Carnegie Mellon.
  • Bellaire’s Josh Tolliver had three tackles and a sack for Waynesburg in a win against Muskingum. The Muskies Jake Antolak, a St. Clairsville product, also had three tackles in that showdown.