Davis says inside LBs a strength for Ohio

When Jose Davis takes a minute to examine the West Virginia roster for the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic the talent at running back jumps out quickly.

Thus, he and his staff knew they had to select sure tacklers to play at the linebacker spot and the former Bellaire and now St. John Central head coach believes the Ohio side has just that.

I really like the inside corp of guys we have, Davis said. We’ve got some guys who are versatile that can play inside and outside and make plays, which is exactly what we wanted.

The squads will report to Bethany College on Sunday to begin camp and preparations for the game, which will be held a week later at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Here’s a capsule look at the players:

CLIFFORD CLARK, Cambridge – This Bobcats’ standout gave opposing teams all sorts of fits in Kevin Gunn’s defensive system last season.

The 6-4, 215 pounder recorded 115 tackles, 63 of which were solo. He also had 14.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and an interception. He forced two fumbles, recovered one and blocked a punt.

Clark’s fine season didn’t go unnoticed. He was first-team All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-ECOL.

Clifford, who plans on attending West Liberty, is the son of Clifford and Matrelle Clark.

KENNY HESS, Bellaire – This two-way standout had a brilliant season for Davis’ squad.

The 5-11, 190 pounder was a standout at both wide receiver and linebacker for the Big Reds.

He was recognized on the first-team All-Eastern District and second-team All-Ohio.

Hess was also a multiple letterwinner in basketball.

Kenny, who is the son of Ken Hess and Billie Patrone, plans on attending Ohio University Eastern.

CHRIS LITTELL, Shadyside – This Tigers standout had an impressive senior season despite playing with a broken hand he sustained in Week 3 for much of the campaign.

The 5-10, 220 pounder played running back for Coach Mark Holenka’s team. He ran for 1,253 yards and had 600 receiving yards.

Littell was an All-Eastern District, All-OVAC, All Times Leader and All-Ohio selection.

Along with football, Littell lettered in track.

Chris, who is undecided about his college plans, is the son of Chris and Jami Littell.

DEVAN PYCIAK, Buckeye Local – This two-way standout enjoyed a brilliant campaign for Coach Phil Pest’s team.

The 6-1, 240 pounder shined at running back on offense and at linebacker or end on the defensive side. He finished with 21 tackles, six assists and a sack. He also ran for 209 yards.

Pyciak, who is the son of Barbara and Michael Pyciak, plans on attending the University of Akron.

NICO WILLIAMS, Harrison Central – This former Huskies standout was an impressive two-way player for Coach Justin Kropka’s team.

The 5-8, 205 pounder was the Huskies’ defensive leader from his middle linebacker spot. He made 101 tackles, had two sacks and 19 total tackles for loss.

Williams’ fine season was recognized by his spots on the all-Eastern District, all-OVAC and all-Ohio squads.

Along with football, Williams lettered in wrestling and track.

Nico, who has already enlisted in the United States Army, is the son of Charles Williams and Nicole Scarcelli.