Marietta features strong OV flavor

MARIETTA — The Ohio Valley to Marietta talent pipeline is flowing quite well.

The Pioneers opened their football season with a 41-0 victory at Hiram and did so with a roster that features no fewer than nine former OVAC players on the squad. Taking that a step farther, four were in the starting lineup and three were among the five players of the game chosen by the coaching staff.

Caldwell grad Tanner Clark — a pre-season all-American — was impressive from his running back spot. He rushed for 121 yards, hauled in three passes for 21 yards and scored twice.

Linsly product Vic Giovengo had a strong game on the defensive side with three tackles and an interception. Buckeye Trail grad Troy Pontius posted two solo tackles.

Clark, Giovengo and Pontius were among the players of the game for the Pioneers.

Other area products to get the start for a Marietta squad, which plays at Capital this week, were Linsly’s Gage Giovengo at wide receiver, Toronto’s Max Tice at linebacker.

Shenandoah product Boone Jones — a true freshman — had two tackles and a sack. Edison grad Seth Cade and Steubenville Catholic product Hayden Daley both played.

Here’s a look at other Ohio Valley product:



COLTON MCKIVITZ, West Virginia — Senior from Union Local started once again at left tackle in the Mountaineers loss at Missouri.

JOSH SILLS, West Virginia — Red-shirt junior from Meadowbrook started at center and moved back to guard, his natural position, during the Mountaineers’ loss to Missouri.

AUSTIN DORRIS, Bowling Green — Shadyide graduate, who is a graduate transfer from Indiana, caught a pass for 2 yards in the Falcons’ loss at Kansas State.

CHUCKWUDI CHUCKWU, Ohio — Senior from Linsly played in the Bobcats’ loss at Pitt last weekend.

THOMAS ARONOKHALE, Ohio — True freshman from Linsly was on the travel squad, but didn’t appear in last week’s game at Heinz Field.

MANDELLA LAWRENCE-BURKE, Kent State — Steubenville grad opened the season with 5 tackles in a loss at Arizona State from his new linebacker position. He followed that up with 10 tackles and a quarterback hurry against Kennesaw State last week.


ELIJAH BELL, North Carolina A&T — Wheeling Park product followed up a 9-catch, 93-yard performance in a season-opening win against Elon with two more catches for 52 yards against Duke.

MAALIK RICHMOND, Youngstown State — Steubenville graduate led the Penguins in tackles during their win against Howard last week. He finished with eight tackles, a sack and forced a fumble.


MATT BARBOUR, Ohio Dominican — Martins Ferry graduate caught a pass for 6 yards in the ODU win at Shepherd.

BRADY BLATTNER, Ohio Dominican — Meadowbrook product was impressive in his collegiate debut, posting three tackles and forcing a fumble.

COLE SKAGGS, West Virginia Wesleyan — St. Clairsville product began the season impressively with seven tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He also had a sack in the Bobcats’ loss at Urbana.

GEREMY PAIGE, California, Pa. — Senior from Wheeling Park was impressive in his first game with the Vulcans. He recorded five tackles and broke up a pass.

ZACH PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Senior quarterback from Wheeling Park helped guide the Hilltoppers to a victory thanks to a 17-of-27, 335 yard performance. He threw three touchdowns. He also ran for 18 yards.

NATE PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Sophomore from Wheeling Park caught a pass from his brother for 20 yards.

JACK DAVIS, West Liberty — Junior from Martins Ferry recorded a tackle in the victory at Wheeling.

CODY ENRIETTI, West Liberty — Weir High product posted a tackle in last week’s win.

CLAY MCDONALD, West Liberty — Wheeling Park product posted three tackles in last week’s win.

KOTY HUDSON, West Liberty — Brooke grad was charted for six tackles last week.

CODY RINE, West Liberty — Brooke alumnus had three tackles in the win.

THOMAS COLE, West Liberty — Brooke product, playing for the first time after transferring from Wake Forest, made an impact by catching 9 balls for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

CHANCE RUCKER, West Liberty — Caldwell alumnus started at left guard for the Hilltoppers.

TYLER ELY, West Liberty — Steubenville graduate started at right guard for the Toppers.

JACK FITCH, Wheeling — Martins Ferry product appeared in last week’s game against West Liberty.

RYAN LAFOLLETTE, Wheeling — Monroe Central product caught 7 passess for 135 yards in last week’s loss.

JAKE KEENAN, Wheeling — Toronto product caught 4 passes for 72 yards.

MATT GREENWOOD, Wheeling — St. Clairsville graduate made a 28-yard field goal in the loss to West Liberty.

ZACH EKEY, Wheeling — Steubenville graduate started at right guard for the Cardinals.

BRADY KOLB, Wheeling — True freshman from St. Clairsville made his collegiate debut for the Cardinals.

JOHNNY AGRESTA, Walsh — Steubenville graduate recorded two tackles in last week’s game against Duquesne.

ALIJAH DEMITRAS, Walsh — Steubenville graduate started along the Cavaliers’ offensive line.

JACOB STOLL, Walsh — Steubenville Central product appeared in last week’s Walsh loss.


CHRISTIAN WITCHEY, St. Vincent’s — St. Clairsville graduate punted twice for 83 yards in last week’s loss to Ithaca College.

VON WOODING, Oberlin — Linsly School graduate had four tackles and picked off a pass in the 3-0 loss to Kalamazoo.

JERMAIN SNODGRASS, Bethany — Wheeling Park product appeared in the Bison loss last week.

DEVAUGHN MCWHORTER, Bethany — Wheeling Park graduate played in last week’s loss.

JORDAN ALRIDGE, Bethany — Wheeling Park alumnus played in last week’s game.

KIRKLAND DAVIS, Muskingum — Buckeye Trail product caught a 12-yard touchdown pass.

LUKE MENGES, Waynesburg — Union Local product had five tackles and caught a pass for 17 yards.

LUCAS DONLEY, Waynesburg — Union Local alumnus logged two tackles in the loss to Muskingum.


JACOB BISHOP, Alabama-Huntsville — Martins Ferry native finished fifth in the opening meet of the season, running the course in 25:05 in a meet in Montavello.

SHAYE BECKETT, California, Pa. — Bellaire product placed 22nd overall at the Bethany Invitational with a 24:50.

MEGAN BATEMAN, California, Pa. — Union Local graduate finished 44th at Bethany in a time of 25:49.

HANNAH KEMP, West Liberty — Union Local graduate was the first Hilltopper to cross the line at Bethany in ninth place in 24:08.

JAMIE FOGLE, West Liberty — Martins Ferry graduate was one of the Hilltoppers at the line during the Bethany Invitational.


ALYSSA OTTO, Mercyhurst — Freshman from St. Clairsville started at forward for the Lakers. She had three shots on goal in a scoreless tie.


EMILY HOLZOPFEL, Wheeling University — Freshman from Buckeye Local opened her collegiate career with a tie for 68th place finish. She shot rounds of 97 and 88.

HOWIE PETERSON, West Liberty — Former Madonna standout earned Mountain East Golfer of the Week after the Hilltoppers’ victory at Mount Union. He shot a 71 and 73 en route to sharing the medalist honors.


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