McAfoose, Mamula looking to see time in OVAC All-Star Game

ON THE RECEIVING END — Edison’s Bryce McAfoose, left, and Indian Creek’s Matt Mamula will compete for time as wide receivers in the OVAC All-Star Game on July 27. (Photos by Joe Catullo)

WINTERSVILLE — Andrew Connor and his coaches know the receivers quite well that they chose for the 74th OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star football game.

After all, they either coached or coached against most of them. That allowed them to make wise choices when they formed the Ohio roster for the meeting with West Virginia that is slated for July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium.

“This group brings a lot of talent,” Connor said. “It’s a group that all catches the ball well. When you watch these kids on film, they run really good routes, too.”

Connor was big on that when he was looking for his receivers.

“With only a week to prepare, timing is going to be big, so you have to run good routes to get the passing game to click,” Connor said.

Battling for time at receiver and tight end are Drake Dobson (Martins Ferry), Cade Hannahs (Barnesville), Matt Mamula (Indian Creek), Bryce McAfoose (Edison) and Trent Valentine (Cambridge).

Here’s a capsule look at the players:

DRAKE DOBSON, Martins Ferry — This former Purple Rider did a little bit of everything for head coach Chas Yoder’s team.

The 6-foot, 215-pounder rushed for 364 yards and two touchdowns from his fullback spot. He also logged 107 tackles and six sacks from his linebacker post.

Dobson was named second-team All-Ohio, All-Eastern District and All-OVAC.

Dobson, who is the son of Jeff and Kristy Dobson, plans to attend Muskingum.

CADE HANNAHS, Barnesville — This former Shamrock wore a lot of hats for coach Blake Allen’s squad the last several years.

En route to third-team All-Ohio, the 5-11, 150-pounder accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards. He rushed for more than 1,000, passed for 500 and hauled in more than 700 yards receiving.

Hannahs was named All-Eastern District, All-OVAC, and Academic All-Ohio. Along with football, he was a key cog in the Shamrocks’ baseball team.

Hannahs, who plans to attend Bethany College, is the son of Chris and Rachel Hannahs.

MATT MAMULA, Indian Creek — This former Redskin was a go-to-guy in the passing game for Connor’s team.

The 6-3, 205-pounder hauled in 43 passes for better than 900 yards. He averaged 20.9 yards per catch in his high school career. He also had two interceptions that he took back for touchdowns.

Mamula’s career didn’t go unnoticed. He was All-Eastern District, All-OVAC, All-Quad County and All-Area Team. He also earned three academic letters. Along with football, Mamula was active in Key Club.

Mamula, who plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit, is the son of Nick and Debyn Mamula.

BRYCE MCAFOOSE, Edison — This former Wildcat played a myriad of positions for coach Shane O’Brien’s team.

The 6-0, 170-pounder logged 300 tackles for his career, including 104 as a senior. He also finished with 40 receptions for 500 yards. McAfoose was named third-team All-Ohio, second-team All-OVAC and second-team All-Eastern District.

Along with football, McAfoose was a standout in track. He’s the Edison school record holder in the pole vault. Away from athletics, he is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

McAfoose, who plans to enter flight school with the goal of becoming a commercial airplane pilot, is the son of Heath and Charity McAfoose.

TRENT VALENTINE, Cambridge — This former Bobcat re-wrote the school’s record book in receiving categories under Josh Lowery.

The 5-10, 170-pounder finished with 175 catches for 2,319 yards. He caught a pass in 32 consecutive games. His career catch total ranks 30th in Ohio history, and his consecutive game streak ranks number nine. He also hauled in 19 touchdowns and recorded 208 tackles.

He was a three-time All-Ohioan, garnering first team in 2018. He also was All-OVAC, All-Eastern District and All-ECOL. He also was an All-Ohioan in baseball, along with All-OVAC and All-ECOL. He also was a standout in basketball, garnering All-Eastern District.

He was treasurer of the Class of 2019.

Valentine, who is the son of John and Kim Valentine, plans to attend Marietta College.


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