Creek’s Brown selected on defense for OVAC All-Star game
75th OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star game scheduled for Saturday
Defenses normally are ahead of offenses in all-star games.
Eric Huck, who is coaching Ohio in Saturday night’s 75th OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star game, believes he has defensive pieces to be extremely solid on all three levels.
As for the linebackers, Huck said, “I think we have some athletic inside and outside linebackers. We have some really good players, who will be flying all over the field.”
In the secondary, speed and athleticism were the common ingredients in which Huck was looking for when he made his selections.
“We have a lot of different defensive backs to take a look at,” Huck said. “We have to make sure we get the guys in the right spot because we can’t teach everything in a week.”
Along with the defensive standouts, Huck has announced Warren’s Joel Chevalier will handle the punting and kicking duties.
“Joel is an outstanding athlete who actually played on both sides of the ball as well as handled the special teams,” Huck said. “We really like the versatility he brings.”
Here’s a capsule look at the Ohio players:
JAYMISON BAKER, Fort Frye — This former Cadet was a standout at receiver and defensive back for Huck’s team.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder picked off seven passes and posted 35 tackles. He also broke up seven passes. He led the Fort in receiving and interceptions.
Baker was named first-team All-Eastern District, honorable mention All-Ohio and All-OVAC.
Jaymison, who is the son of Rachel and Josh Meek and Coty Baker, plans to attend Washington State Community College.
WILL BALGO, St. Clairsville — This former Red Devils shined at numerous spots for coach Brett McLean’s team.
The 6-4, 250-pounder led the Red Devils in tackles with 90 and also picked off three passes.
Balgo was named first-team All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-Valley. He was an honorable mention All-Ohio pick.
Along with football, Balgo was a multiple-year letterman in baseball and basketball.
Will, who plans to attend and play football at Ashland University, is the son of Dan and Diane Balgo.
JEREMY BROWN, Indian Creek — This former Redskin was all over the field for coach Andrew Connor’s team.
The 5-8, 170-pounder logged 67.5 tackles, nine for loss, 7.5 sacks and had 10 quarterback hurries. He broke up two passes and forced two fumbles. He also had 486 all-purpose yards.
Brown was first-team All-Eastern District and All-OVAC.
Jeremy, who is the son of Nikk Papda, plans to attend Eastern Gateway Community College.
EVAN CARPENTER, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider was one of the centerpieces of the offense and defense for coach Chas Yoder’s team.
The 6-2, 220-pounder recorded 61 solo and 34 assisted tackles as a senior. He also had four sacks, 10 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and recovered a fumble. He blocked two kicks and picked off a pass. Offensively, he rushed for 769 yards and 14 touchdown.
Carpenter was named first-team All-Ohio as a linebacker twice and was the Eastern District Defensive Player of the Year a like number of times. He was All-OVAC and was selected to play in the Ohio North-South Game.
Evan, who plans to attend Findlay University to play football, is the son of Sherri and Dan Carpenter.
JOEL CHEVALIER, Warren — This former Warrior was an effective kicker and punter for coach Matt Kimes’ team.
The 6-2, 175-pounder averaged 39.3 yards per punt with a long of 67 yards. He dropped eight inside the 20-yard line and three inside the 10. He had a long of 43 yards on a field goal.
Chevalier was named All-Ohio second team and Mid-Ohio Valley Punter of the Year.
Joel, who plans to attend Marietta College, is the son of Allan and Kim Chevalier.
DYLAN HART, Fort Frye — This former Cadet was a defensive standout for Huck and company.
The 6-foot, 215-pounder posted 98 tackles and four sacks in 11 games last season, which followed up his 111 tackles and three sack 2019 campaign. He had 117 stops as a sophomore.
Hart was first-team All-Eastern District twice and also to the All-Ohio first team. He was named All-OVAC.
Along with football, Hart was a standout for the Cadets basketball team.
Dylan, who plans to attend Glenville State, is the son of Scott and Linda Hart.
JORDAN JOSEPH, Shadyside — This former Tiger was a deep-play threat on offense and a shut-down defensive back for coach Mark Holenka’s team.
The 5-10, 175-pounder recorded 28 tackles, including 23 solo from his corner spot. He also picked off three passes, forced and recovered a fumble.
Joseph earned All-Eastern District first team, All-MOVL, All-OVAC honorable mention and twice named honorable mention All-Ohio.
Along with football, Joseph was a key member for the Tiger basketball, baseball and track teams.
Jordan, who is the son of Joel Joseph and Christina Fuller, plans to attend Hocking College and play football.
ROCCO ROMEO, Conotton Valley — This former Rocket was a defensive standout for coach Don Hertler’s team.
The 5-8, 165-pounder recorded over 125 tackles and 10 for loss during his career. He recovered four fumbles and picked off a pass.
Romeo was first-team All-OVAC, second-team All-Eastern District and was a team captain.
Rocco, who is the son of Douglas and Glenda Romeo, plans to attend Wilmington College.
JACOB VISNIC, Shadyside — This former Tiger was a two-way mainstay for Holenka’s team.
The 6-foot, 225-pounder rushed for 1,246 yards and had 628 yards receiving in his career. Defensively, he posted 156 career solo tackles with 147 assists, including 29 for loss and 7.5 sacks.
Visnic was named Second Team All-Ohio after being named first-team All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All Valley.
Also a standout in the classroom, Visnic is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic All-OVAC and Chemistry Club. He’s also part of the Staying Clean Club and was part of the football and track teams.
Jacob, who is the son of Melissa Visnic, plans to attend Marietta College and play football.