Ohio OVAC All-Star linemen ready to fight in the trenches
MORRISTOWN — Bruce Stiles knows depth along the offensive and defensive lines is paramount any time, but especially during the July heat.
So, his goal is to have as many players ready to go in the trenches on both sides of the ball as possible when kickoff for the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game arrives on July 28 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“In case guys get tired, we’d like to have two offensive line groups who can go in and out,” Stiles said. “I think this group looks good on paper, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they come together when we get to camp. We’d like to athletes up there and that way we can adjust position wise as we need to.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Stiles feels like his staff will have “an exciting package” in place for the Ohio squad to utilize.
“We’re going to have a lot of guys moving around and may have some kids up there who’ve not played much, or at all, there during the regular season. I think these kids will fit in well.”
Stiles and the rest of the Ohio coaching staff will begin implementing that plan on July 21 when they report to camp at Bethany College.
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
ANDY WAGGONER, Indian Creek — This former Redskin was a multi-year standout along the offensive line for Coach Andrew Connor’s team.
The 6-1, 230-pounder graded out with an ‘A’ along the offensive line for the Redskins. He also posted 34.5 tackles, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries as a senior.
Waggoner’s fine season was recognized by his placement on the second-team All-Ohio unit, Eastern District first team, All-Buckeye 8, All-Valley, All-Quad County and honorable mention All-OVAC.
Prior to the OVAC game, Waggoner took part in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game and the Ohio-Penn All-Star Game, becoming the first Redskin to take part in all three games.
Waggoner, who is planning to attend John Carroll University, is the son of Michael and Heather Waggoner.
LUC BAKER, River — This All-Ohioan shined along the offensive line for Coach Mike Flannery’s squad.
The 6-1, 300-pounder lined up at guard, primarily, but he saw time at every spot except center and was a multiple-year starter for the Pilots. He graded out at 95 percent. Defensively, he recorded 76 tackles.
Baker was named All-Eastern District, All-Ohio second team, All-Times Leader, All-Valley and All-OVAC.
Away from football, Baker is a member of the Spanish Club, Art Club, Ski Club and serves on the Student Focus Group.
Baker, who is the son of Lance and Lisa Baker, plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit.
HUNTER BODKIN, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider was a mainstay on both sides of the line for coach Dave Bruney’s team.
The 5-7, 240-pounder lined up at defensive tackle and left guard. He registered 66 tackles and six sacks as a senior.
He was the Riders’ premier offensive lineman, earning All-Ohio second team.
Away from football, Bodkin was a two-time All-Ohioan in wrestling.
Bodkin, who is the son of John and Shauna Bodkin, plans to attend Belmont College.
DEMETRIUS DOKES, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider caused opposing teams all sorts of problems from his defensive end spot for Bruney’s squad.
Dokes was one of the Riders’ leading tacklers and sack artists last season.
Demetrius, who is the son of Heather and Daniel Dokes, plans to attend Ohio University Eastern.
LUCAS DONLEY, Union Local — It didn’t matter what side of the ball it was for this former Jets’ standout to make an impact for coach Stiles.
The 6-3, 250-pounder logged 63.5 tackles in helping UL reach the playoffs and win the OVAC title.
Donley was recognized as All-Eastern District, All-OVAC, All-Buckeye 8, All-Times Leader and All-Valley.
Donley, who will attend Wheeling Jesuit, is the son of Erin and George Donley.
GENO DRAKE, St. Clairsville — This former Red Devil was a tackle machine for coach Brett McLean’s Red Devils.
The 5-10, 200-pounder lined up primarily at defensive end and finished with 92 career tackles. He finished with 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.
Drake was named All-OVAC, All-Eastern District, All-Buckeye 8, All-Times Leader and honorable mention All-Ohio.
Drake is also active in Boy Scouts and is a 10-year member of 4-H.
Drake, who is the son of Mike and Christie Drake, plans to attend Rosedale Technical College.
BOBBY FEYKO, Meadowbrook — This former Colt saw action at a myriad of positions for coach Jeff Twiddy’s team.
The 6-0, 185 pounder was primarily a defensive end and logged 42 tackles, two sacks, seven tackles for loss and recovered two fumbles. He also caught 23 passes for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Feyko was named All-ECOL and All-Eastern District as a senior.
Along with football, Feyko earned letters in track and basketball.
Feyko, who plans to attend Bowling Green, is the son of Bob and Lori Feyko and Jodi Feyko.
JOHN HAWLEY, St. Clairsville — This former Red Devil was a two-way standout for McLean’s Red Devils.
The 6-2, 225-pounder logged more than 100 career tackles, including 13 for loss and four sacks from his defensive end spot. On the offensive side, he graded out at 90 percent for his career.
Hawley was named to All-OVAC and All-Times Leader teams.
Also a standout in the classroom, Hawley was a member of the National Honor Society.
Hawley is the son of John and Kim Hawley.
JACOB MORGAN, Beaver Local — This former Beaver was a three-year mainstay along the offensive line for coach Mike McKenzie’s team.
The 6-4, 240-pounder served as the Beavers’ center.
Along with football, Morgan also took part in wrestling and track.
Morgan is the son of Darin and Mary Anne Morgan.
RAYQUAN PRAYEAR, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider shined at multiple spots during his time under Bruney’s watch.
The 6-3, 235 pounder played defensive end, linebacker, fullback and tight end at times for the Purple.
Along with football, Prayear played basketball.
Rayquan is undecided about his future plans.