Davis looking to plug holes

WHEELING – No matter the year, the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Game comes down to the play in the trenches.

Line play on both sides of the ball makes the difference most of the time and don’t expect that to change on July 27 when the annual game is staged at Wheeling Island Stadium.

When Jose Davis and his staff sat down to pick their team, they drafted the team as such, loading up on big, versatile, athletic linemen, who could had experience on both sides of the ball.

“We trust the coaches and their nominations of guys who are worthy of playing,” Davis said. “We feel like we have good athletes, but we also have enough beef to stop and plug the holes.”

Davis is anxiously awaiting to see the kind of shape the players come to Bethany for camp a week from Sunday.

“Not a lot of teams do what we do (offensively) and it’s not real difficult up front to pick up on, but there’s not a lot of time in this camp for conditioning, so we have to find some ways to get them into suitable shape,” Davis said.

Here’s a capsule look at the players:

CHRISTOPHER STARLIPER, Steubenville – This two-way lineman was a standout for coach Reno Saccoccia’s team that advanced to the Division IV state semifinals.

The 5-foot-11, 270-pounder was a first-team all-Eastern District performer after playing at offensive tackle and nose guard.

He was also the recipient of the Calvin Jones Award, which goes to the top Steubenville offensive lineman.

Away from sports, Starliper was a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, attended Buckeye Boys State and graduated in the top 10 of his class.

The son of Martha and Dave Starliper plans to attend Kent State University.

JAYLIN WILLIAMS, Steubenville – This former Big Red two-way player was a model of consistency for Saccoccia’s team. The 6-2, 230 pounder made 25 straight starts for Steubenville. As a defensive end, he posted 58 tackles.

He was an all-Eastern District first-team selection, all-Quad County and received the Dave Hindman Hustle Award.

The son of Jay Williams plans to attend Ohio University.

WYATT BACK, Bellaire – This former Big Reds’ standout was one of the key pieces in the trenches for Davis’ squad during the last few years.

Back shined on both the offensive and defensive lines and was recognized as first-team all-Eastern District, second-team all-Ohio in Division VI and all-OVAC.

Along with football, Back was the everyday catcher for the Big Reds’ baseball team and lettered in basketball.

Away from athletics, Back was a standout in the classroom. He carried a 3.498 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.

The son of Brian and Courtney Back plans to attend Waynesburg.

CORY BANCO, Shadyside – The Shadyside offense put up record numbers on offense by running the football and this lineman was a key reason why.

The 6-3, 280-pounder shined at guard and defensive tackle for coach Mark Holenka’s team. Defensively, he finished with 175 tackles and seven sacks in his career. He graded out at 95 percent blocking and allowed only three sacks.

Banco was recognized as first-team all-Ohio, all-Eastern District and all-OVAC.

The son of Tom and Jennifer Banco will attend Ohio University.

COLBY LINDSAY, St. Clairsville – This Red Devils’ mainstay was a standout on both sides of the ball for coach Brett McLean’s squad.

The 6-3, 210-pounder was a starter at defensive end and offensive tackle. He was a starter on the Red Devils’ 2012 state runnerup squad and this past season he recorded 60 tackles, nine for loss, three sacks and recovered a fumble.

Along with football, Lindsay was a state track qualifier in the discus. Away from athletics, Lindsay was active in French Club and Ski Club.

The son of Chiara Lindsay and Doug McClure plans to attend Ohio University.

ZACH MEADOWS, Shadyside – This two-way lineman wreaked all sorts of havoc on opposing teams during his career for Holenka’s team.

The 6-1, 255-pounder was the center and defensive tackle. He had 72 tacles and 6.5 sacks this past season en route to first-team all-Ohio. He was first-team all-OVAC, all-Eastern District and was Lineman of the Year at the Big Cat Lineman Challenge.

Along with football, Meadows lettered in wrestling and baseball during his prep career.

The son of Don and Amanda Meadows will attend West Liberty.

AUSTIN SCHOCKLING, Caldwell – This defensive line standout was a talented run stopper for coach Josh Perkins’ squad.

The 6-2, 275-pounder played defensive tackle during his prep career and finished with 142 tackles, 66 solos, 9.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He ranks 15th all time in school history with 133 tackles this past season.

Schockling was a first-team all-OVAC and all-PVC selection along with a second-team all-Eastern District.

Along with football, Schockling lettered in track and field. He’s also active in 4H.

He is the son of Albert and Rudy Schockling.

DALTON SECREST, Beallsville – This Blue Devils’ standout had a season that won’t be forgotten anytime soon for coach Paul Kanzigg’s team.

The 6-2, 275-pounder recorded 123 tackles and a mind-boggling 26 sacks in helping to lead Beallsville to the playoffs.

Secrest was a second-team all-Ohioan, first-team all-Eastern District and all-OVAC. His sack total is an OVAC single-season record.

Along with football, Secrest lettered in basketball and baseball.

The son of Marvin and Misty Secrest plans to attend Marietta College.

KORDELL STAGE, Cambridge – This two-way tackle was standout for coach Kevin Gunn’s squad the last several seasons. The 6-4, 300-pounder was equally productive on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Stage’s season was recognized by his spot on the All-Eastern District and all-Ohio honorable mention listing.

The son of Bill and Ginny Stage plans to attend Capital University.

LUKE STRAUB, Martins Ferry – This two-way standout was a key cog in the success of coach Dave Bruney’s team during his three years in the lineup.

The 6-0, 255-pounder graded out at 93 percent for his career at right guard. He was a two-year mainstay at middle linebacker, racking up 67 tackles, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

Straub was a first-team all-Eastern District, all-OVAC and all-Buckeye 8. He was a second-team all-Ohioan in Division V.

The son of Rick and Lori Straub plans to attend West Liberty University.