CHAPMANVILLE — Tanner Dillon turned in one the best all-around performances in Chapmanville football history last fall for the playoff-bound Tigers.
He just about did it all.
And now, he’s being rewarded for his all-state season with a spot in this Saturday’s WCHS-TV/Fox 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic, set for 7 p.m. at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.
Dillon was a late addition to the South Cardinals’ roster.
The South All-Stars are being coached by Harvey Arms of Man High School.
Dillon is no stranger to all-star football. He scored a touchdown this past winter in the US-Canada All-Star Game, which was played at the University of North Dakota’s indoor football field. He helped Team USA beat the Canadians 18-17.
Dillon was the Class AA Second Team All-State punter. He handled all of the Tigers’ kicking chores and averaged around 35 yards per punt and was 46-for-50 in extra point tries and 3-for-4 in field goal attempts.
As a running back, Dillon had 207 rushes for 997 yards with 13 touchdowns and also had two catches for 14 yards.
As a linebacker, Dillon finished with 47 total tackles and a sack.
Ryan Wilson of Clay-Bettelle High School will coach the North Bears All-Stars.
Arms has been the football coach of the Man Hillbillies since 2002. Arms has led Man to the Class A playoffs six times, including a 2009 state runner-up finish. He is a graduate of Man High School and Marshall University.
Coach Arms is also bringing two of his players — quarterback John Thomas Keffer and lineman Christian McCoy — to play for the South. Both Keffer and McCoy were named Class A All-State Second Team last year for the 8-3 and playoff-bound Hillbillies.
Keffer completed 113-of-191 passes for 1,730 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season last fall. He also ran for 223 yards and scored nine TDs.
McCoy was Man’s leading tackler with 72 stops and also four QB sacks.
Also on the South roster are: Mingo Central lineman Cole Ellis; Tug Valley running back/defensive lineman and second-team all-stater Phillip Lucas; Scott tight end/defensive lineman Codie Loftus; Tolsia running back/defensive back Luke Presley; Wayne running back/defensive back Cody Stiltner; and Wayne running back/defensive lineman Logan Queen.
Presley, a Class AA all-state first-team pick, was the driving force behind the Rebels making it to the Super Six for the first time since 2006 as he had 2,144 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns.
Also on the South roster is Capital High School quarterback Tyrhee Pratt, the Kennedy Award winner.
The South All-Stars won last year’s game 7-0.
* Bob Mullett, game director of the WCHS TV-8/FOX 11 North-South Football Classic, has announced the 2016 Class of the West Virginia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Jim Thornburg, former head football coach at Buffalo-Wayne, Barboursville and Cabell Midland high schools, and longtime athletic official and contributor Don Harmon will make up the ninth group of former coaches, athletes and contributors to be inducted by the coaches association.
Enshrinement ceremonies will take place at West Virginia State University on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. Thornburg and Harmon will also be honored prior to the North-South Football Classic.
* Chapmanville Regional High School’s Jacob Dingess and Alex Berry will also be playing in a North-South All-Star game of a different kind this coming weekend.
The CRHS senior duo have been invited to play in next Sunday’s North-South All-Star Baseball Game, set to be played at the University of Charleston.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).