Point earns 6 all-state selections

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

Point Pleasant senior Cody Mitchell, left, waits for a block from teammate Seth Stewart (50) during a first half carry in Week 1 against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Point Pleasant senior Cody Mitchell, left, waits for a block from teammate Seth Stewart (50) during a first half carry in Week 1 against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

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WHEELING, W.Va. — The West Virginia Sports Writers Association released its 2015 WVSSAC Class AAA all-state football team, featuring six Big Blacks.

PPHS, which finished 12-1, earned two first team selections on the offensive side of the ball, while landing one defensive second team spot, two special honorable mentions and one honorable mention.

Point Pleasant senior and verbal commit to Marshall University, Cody Mitchell was named first team running back, while junior Seth Stewart, also a verbal commit to the Thundering Herd, was named first team on the offensive line. Mitchell was a first team defensive back last season and a special mention as a sophomore, while Stewart was a special mention.

Mitchell ran for 2,332 yards and 42 touchdowns on 178 carries this fall, while grabbing 15 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns. The Big Blacks senior also threw for 202 yards and two scores this fall, while returning five punts for touchdowns. On defense, Mitchell recorded 96 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five interceptions.

Stewart, the starting left tackle for the Big Blacks, anchored an offensive line that helped PPHS rush for 5,009 yards and 84 scores this fall.

Point Pleasant junior Grant Safford earned a defensive utility spot after recording 109 tackles and recovering four fumbles. On offense Safford ran for 1,584 yards and 21 scores on 156 carries, while grabbing four passes for 76 yards and one touchdown.

Point Pleasant’s two special honorable mention spots went to seniors Tannor Hill and Cody McDaniel. Hill, a defensive end on defense and tight end on offense, recorded 69 tackles, 16.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, while blocking two punts and causing two turnovers. On offense Hill caught one pass for a 20 yard touchdown. McDaniel, a linebacker and running back, led the PPHS defense with 145 tackles to go with three interceptions. On offense McDaniel, who was an honorable mention selection last year, ran seven times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while catching five passes for 73 yards and one score.

Point Pleasant junior kicker Jason Schultz was named honorable mention after making 89 extra point kicks and three field goals in 13 games for the Big Blacks.

The first team offensive captain was Capital senior quarterback Tyrhee Pratt, while Cabell Midland senior lineman Reese Donahue was named first team defensive captain. George Washington’s Druw Bowen and Wheeling Park’s Clay McDonald were named second team offensive and defensive captains respectively.

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First team


QB – Tyrhee Pratt, Capital, Sr. (captain)

E – Elijah Bell, Wheeling Park, Sr.

E – Miguel Bays, Capital, Sr.

E – Christian Johnson, Jefferson, Sr.

RB – Cody Mitchell, Point Pleasant, Sr.

RB – Zayvion Lawson, Greenbrier East, Sr.

RB – Savion Johnson, Wheeling Park, Sr.

OL – Seth Stewart, Point Pleasant, Jr.

OL – Lucas Jacobs, Cabell Midland, Sr.

OL – Austin Curnes, Wheeling Park, Sr.

OL – Riley Locklear, Spring Valley, Jr.

OL – Billy Ross, Huntington, Jr.

UTIL – Devin Stapleton, Cabell Midland, Sr.

K – Evan Staley, Hampshire, Sr.


DL – Reese Donahue, Cabell Midland, Sr. (captain)

DL – Savion Brown, Capital, Sr.

DL – Josh Goode, Martinsburg, Sr.

DL – Dustin Dominiguez, Wheeling Park, Sr.

LB – Deonte Berry, Jefferson, Sr.

LB – Chris Camp, Cabell Midland, Sr.

LB – Ryan Gatrell, Huntington, Sr.

LB – Devon Adkins, Capital, Sr.

DB – Austin Skrzyneki, John Marshall, Sr.

DB – Garrett Gilkeson, Parkersburg South, Sr.

DB – Jamez Coles, Wheeling Park, Sr.

DB – Dionne Jackson, Huntington, Sr.

UTIL – Marcus Lofton, Buckhannon-Upshur, Sr.

P – Thomas Cole, Brooke, Sr.

Second Team


QB – Cross Wilkinson, Wheeling Park, So.

E – Druw Bowen, George Washington, Sr. (captain)

E – Juwan Green, Martinsburg, Sr.

E – Curon Cordon, South Charleston, So.

RB – NuNu Miller, George Washington, Sr.

RB – Chase Gump, John Marshall, Sr.

RB – Jacob Northcraft, Musselman, So.

FB – Caperton Humphrey, Cabell Midland, Sr.

OL – Jordan King, Cabell Midland, So.

OL – Kyle Ayers, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.

OL – Austin Ellis, Capital, Sr.

OL – Gerrit Myers, Musselman, Sr.

OL – Chris Delaney, Greenbrier East, Sr.

K – Cason Kessinger, Huntington High, Jr.


DL – Mateo Arroyo, South Charleston, Jr.

DL – Isaiah Utt, University, Jr.

DL – Nathan Toney, George Washington, Sr.

DL – Isaiah Edwards, Princeton, Sr.

LB – Austin Hughes, Lewis County, Jr.

LB – Clay McDonald, Wheeling Park, Sr. (captain)

LB – Jonah Wellman, Spring Valley, Jr.

LB – Dorian Etheridge, Capital, Jr.

DB – Kody Shearer, Morgantown

DB – Brian Schleicher, Spring Mills, Jr.

DB – Terrance Tate, Huntington, Sr.

UTIL – C.J. Perkins, South Charleston, Sr.

UTIL – Grant Safford, Point Pleasant, Jr.

P – Kentre Grier, South Charleston, Sr.

Special honorable mention

Tyson Bagent, Martinsburg; Austin Banks, Nitro; Jacob Bennett, Buckhannon-Upshur; Fisher Boeckmann, Martinsburg; Cody Boggs, Parkersburg South; Keenan Bowers, Elkins; Isaac Brown, Martinsburg; Mason Bruebeck, Spring Valley; Matthew Cox, Logan; Bryce Goldsmith, Capital; Nathan Green, Brooke; Dylan Gump, Lewis County; Brady Hatch, Morgantown; Jacob Hendricks, Cabell Midland; Ethan Highlander, Hurricane; Tannor Hill, Point Pleasant; Demetreus Jalepes, Spring Mills; Kaleb Jennings, University; Jordan Jones, Princeton; Colby Johnson, Greenbrier East; Nick Johnson, Parkersburg; Phillip Keller, Jefferson; Chase Lewellyn, Buckhannon-Upshur; Owen Lillard, University; Mikeal Lipscomb, Riverside; Jamal Miner, Logan; Cody McDaniel, Point Pleasant; Blake Miller, Preston; Ryan Mills, Huntington; Isaiah Myers, Wheeling Park; Nick Nardone, Wheeling Park; Silas Nazario, Capital; Jordan Page, Morgantown; Sammy Perry, Cabell Midland; Kevin Phillips, Princeton; Derrek Pitts, South Charleston; Chance Ranson, Ripley; Colten Rollyson, George Washington; J.T. Spurlock, Ripley; Zach Standifur, Princeton; Richie Stanley, Hampshire; George Triplett, Elkins; Latrell Warr, Musselman; Damien White, Lewis County; Logan Wilcox, Spring Valley; Luke Williams, Parkersburg South; Isaac Withrow, Winfield; Maverick Wolfley, Morgantown.

Honorable mention

Mo Abdelwahed, Princeton; Gage Adams, John Marshall; Charlie Berger, Musselman; Chrisitan Boggs, Buckhannon-Upshur; Ryan Busey, Martinsburg; Austin Brown, Preston; Jonah Campbell, Morgantown; Bailey Carr, Ripley; Adam Clem, Lewis County; Sam Cookman, Hampshire; Ethan Copeland, Winfield; DeAndre Daniels, Martinsburg; Trey Cole, Woodrow Wilson; Gavin Ellis, Logan; Jakob Frye, Spring Valley; Jaret Gear, Elkins; Quisean Gray, Riverside; Parker Grace, Hampshire; Jacob Grigsby, St. Albans; Riley Gunter, Lewis County; Cole Handy, Shady Spring; Chad Harper, Brooke; Garrison Hartwell, Princeton; B.J. Haynes, Ripley; Trey Henry, Martinsburg; Colten Henson, Spring Mills; Josh Herbert, Musselman; Anthony Holland, South Charleston; Billy Honaker, Greenbrier East; Tyler Kisling, Morgantown; James Knox, Capital; Skylar Larcart, Spring Valley; Justin Loughrie, Brooke, Gavin MacCubbin, Washington; Kaleb Mackey, George Washington; T.C. Markle, Musselman; Easton Martin, Parkersburg; Kerry Martin, Capital; Isaac Meyers, Jefferson; Colin Molnar, University; Jake Pedelose, Wheeling Park; Miguel Periera, Spring Mills; Joey Powell, Greenbrier East; Tuler Puppos, Jefferson; Levin Putnam, Parkersburg South; Jake Rager, Martinsburg; Clay Rickman, Princeton; Tre Saunders, Wheeling Park; Jordan Schumaker, Elkins; Jason Schultz, Point Pleasant; Tamon Scruggs, South Charleston; Gavin Smoot, Hedgesville; Richie Stanley, Hampshire; Frankie Thyson, Jefferson; Noah Toney, Huntington; Joseph Turner, Morgantown; Jacob Vanorsdale, Martinsburg; Justin Ward, Woodrow Wilson; Connor Watts, Hurricane; Jacob Whittington, Princeton; Josh Wolfe, Parkersburg South.

Point Pleasant senior Cody Mitchell, left, waits for a block from teammate Seth Stewart (50) during a first half carry in Week 1 against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2015/12/web1_12.19-PP-Herd.jpgPoint Pleasant senior Cody Mitchell, left, waits for a block from teammate Seth Stewart (50) during a first half carry in Week 1 against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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