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Josh Perkins was a spectator last Sunday night.
The Caldwell High football coach was in attendance at the the 68th annual Rudy Mumley Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Game at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Perkins was there to cheer for former Redskins’ tackle Brian Magorien, who played on the Ohio stars side. Ohio ended up dropping a 28-19 decision to the West Virginia stars.
That pretty much finishes the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Magorien’s football career as he’s planning on continuing his education at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Playing football evidently is not in the cards.
Too bad, because with Magorien’s frame and size, he probably could’ve suited up on the gridiron at a smaller college somewhere. But there’s no question that he has his priorities in order – education.
“He’s a pretty smart kid,” Perkins said.
At Caldwell, Magorien was an All-Ohio honorable mention, All-Eastern District, All-PVC, and All-OVAC in football.
Also competing in the Rudy Mumley all-star tilt were Monroe Central’s Korey Lafferre and Josh Guiler.
Incidentally, the 5-10, 160-pound Lafferre, who rushed and threw for almost 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns as a Seminole senior will be playing for the West Liberty University Hilltoppers this fall.
Lafferre also played in the Battle Against Cystics Fibrosis Football Classic at Don Drumm Stadium in June.
Meanwhile, for Perkins, it’s back to the football drawing board. Caldwell, like many Ohio prep schools, is scheduled to officially kick off two-a-days late Monday afternoon and early evening.
The Redskins, 2-8 overall in 2012, will be in Ohio Division VII this upcoming season.
Marietta High 2011 graduate Justin Futrell was a three-sport letterwinner in baseball, basketball, and football when he was a Tiger student/athlete.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Futrell is still playing football at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Ia. On the Rams’ 2013 roster, he’s listed as a sophomore quarterback.
Last year, Futrell was honored as Cornell’s scout team Offensive Player of the Year.
Futrell’s Tiger teammates’ Mitchel Gearhart and Dustin Baker briefly played football at Gannon (Pa.) University and Thiel (Pa.) College, respectively. Both Gearhart and Baker are now focusing on their education.
Did anybody notice that Christian Herstine is listed as a quarterback on the 2013 Marietta College football tentative roster?
This past spring, the 6-3, 190-pound Herstine was a right-handed-throwing pitcher, who posted a 2-0 record with a 6.75 ERA, on the Brian Brewer-coached Pioneer baseball team.
To the best of my knowledge, the last Pioneer to play both baseball and football at MC was Chris Sidick, who later played professionally for the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things in the independent Frontier League.
Kyle Lindquist was a two-sport letterwinner at MC in baseball and basketball, which he played only one winter. Lindquist currently pitches for the Gary (In.) Southshore Railcats in the Frontier League.
Then, there was Krissy Rowe, an MC letterwinner in both women’s basketball and track and field.
Needless to say, it’s not easy getting an education and playing two sports in college.
Some other local freshmen on MC’s tentative football roster are Williamstown kicker Garret Butler, Warren kicker Chas Miller, Belpre wide receiver Cody Martin, Parkersburg High kicker Codey Roney, and Fort Frye running back Max Alsbach, who helped the Cadets earn a playoff berth last season.
In case you’re wondering, Cambridge Post 84 was eliminated by Circleville Post 134, 13-3, in seven innings in the double-elimination American Legion State Baseball Tournament at Beavers Field in Lancaster Tuesday. On Monday, Post 84 dropped a 9-7 decision to Sandusky Post 83.
Host Cambridge was the team that ousted Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 in the District 11 tournament at Don Coss Field to advance to state.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441, or at firstname.lastname@example.org