By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
July 31, 2014
Whenever an all-star game is played the fans hope to see a good show.
It doesn’t matter what level it is — high school, college or the pros.
One of the main goals is to achieve maximum entertainment value for the fans.
Gary Mullins said he hopes his West All-Stars can fullfill those obligations on Saturday night at Mingo Central High School’s Buck Harless Stadium when the first-ever East-West All-Star Classic is played.
Often times it’s very difficult to put together a team in a week.
Players usually come from a dozen different programs with different offensive and defensive schemes and terminologies.
Just as in Hatfield-McCoy Bowls of the past, all-star games many times are filled with timing issues, penalty flags and problems with execution.
Many of the players just don’t know each other that well so the learning curve is quite fast.
But Coach Mullins and his staff have been remedying that situation this week at practice, held both at Logan and Scott high schools.
The West is working together as a team.
As far as offensive scheme is concerned and the entertainment aspects of the game, Coach Mullins has also been working on that too.
If you like passing you might like this game.
The West has strong-armed quarterback Jon Alexander of George Washington High School and Mullins plans on using him.
Since he became head coach of the Logan Wildcats 11 years ago, Mullins, a quarterback himself in the 1990s at Logan High School, brought passing and an exciting brand of football to LHS.
Mullins has always seemed to utilize to his team’s strengths over the years when it comes to play calling.
When he had a good QB with a good arm and good receivers, they would pass it more.
The West has plenty of good receivers to go around and should be great targets for Alexander.
“We’ll be in the spread and we will basically use Logan’s offense,” Mullins said. “We’re going to be four-wide a lot. We want to get up and down the field as fast as we can. We hope to score a lot but that remains to be seen on Saturday. We’re excited to get out there and see what happens. We’re looking forward to seeing these guys compete.”
At wideout, the West All-Stars are loaded.
Josh Rein (Logan) is one of those receivers along with sure-handed Kurt Arthur of Wayne. The West also has Man’s Tracy Jones who led the Hillbillies’ offense last season by catching 41 passes for 697 yards and nine touchdowns.
Taylor Clark of St. Albans, Edumond Harvey of Capital, Alex Lee of Mingo Central, Clifton Pratt of Capital and Austin Giacamo of GW are still other top receivers who could put up some big numbers.
And what about some of those specialty plays?
If you know Coach Mullins, he’s always got something up his sleeve.
A good student of the game, Mullins is all time trying to come up with something different to keep opposing team’s defenses on their heels.
A bomb on the first play?
That’s been done before.
An on-side kick on the opening kickoff?
You can expect the unexpected.
At Logan, Mullins’ playbook is deep in trick plays — the hook-and-ladder, fake punts, fake field goals, end around wide receiver passes and even the old Statue of Liberty.
Nothing is off the table.
And since it’s an all-star game, the unpredictable might just win the day.
“It’s an all-star game,” Mullins said, when asked about the possibilities. “Trick plays are nothing new for us to use because we run them during the regular season at Logan. You never know.”
In addition to the talented array of receivers, the West is also deep in the secondary, led by Capital High School’s Harvey and James Richmond.
Many of the linemen are from Logan County: Ty Yeager, Jacob Vance and Jody Butcher of Logan; and Man High School’s Jeremiah Beavers and Thomas Holt.
Wayne High School’s J.C. Maynard and Nick Harmon should also see ample time on the line along with Mingo Central’s Brandon Blankenship.
Coach Mullins said it’s shaping up well and hopes everything comes together this weekend up on top of the mountain in Mingo County.
“If all of them stay healthy and stay until Saturday I’m really excited to see what this team can do,” Mullins said. “Just watching them practice you are like, ‘Woah. What great athletes.’ We’re looking forward to it. There’s no doubt about it.”
Number Name Position School
1 Tracy Jones WR/DB MAN
2 James Richmond RB/DB CAPITAL
3 Cayce Mullins QB/LB MAN
4 Edumund Harvey WR/DB CAPITAL
5 Jaisson Dyer OL/DL CAPITAL
6 Daniel Hanks K/P LOGAN
10 Kurt Langdon-Arthur WR/DB WAYNE
11 Tyler Workman WR/DB LOGAN
12 Jon Alexander QB/DB GEORGE WASHINGTON
15 Taylor Clark WR/DB ST. ALBANS
20 Austin Giacomo WR/DB GEORGE WASHINGTON
21 Brynden Street RB/DB LOGAN
22 Clayton Marcum WR/DB LOGAN
23 Cliff Pratt WR/DB CAPITAL
24 Josh Rein WR/DB LOGAN
31 Jonathan Pittman RB/LB CAPITAL
32 Michael Belcher RB/LB SCOTT
39 Matt Chapman RB/LB CHAPMANVILLE
40 Tyler Vernatter RB/LB LOGAN
44 James Walton OL/DL CAPITAL
50 Ty Yeager OL/DL LOGAN
51 Adam Huffman OL/DL GEORGE WASHINGTON
55 Jacob Vance OL/DL LOGAN
56 Jeremiah Beavers OL/DL MAN
62 J.C. Maynard OL/DL WAYNE
64 Brandon Blankenship OL/DL MINGO CENTRAL
66 Jody Butcher OL/DL LOGAN
70 Thomas Holt OL/DL MAN
72 Nick Harmon OL/DL WAYNE
83 Alex Lee WR/DB MINGO CENTRAL
85 Eric McDaniel TE/LB ST. ALBANS
Head Coach: Gary Mullins
Assistant Coaches: Josh Fry, Jason Davis, David Toney, Rob Dial, Gary Mullins Sr.