MARIETTA - Quaseem Fields is feeling quite nostalgic as he walks onto the gridiron for the last time Friday night as a high school player.
Fields is participating in the annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis West Virginia-Ohio Football Classic at Marietta's Don Drumm Stadium.
Jackson County will send four players. Ravenswood linebacker Brad Titus and linemen Dillon Gandee and Ryan Whytsell have been chosen for the West Virginia team that will be coached by Doddridge County's Bobby Burnside.
Fields will be the lone Ripley High player on the All-Star roster for West Virginia. The talented returner/receiver/cornerback realizes this will be a special game to wrap up his high school career as he begins another chapter in his athletic future this fall when he laces up the spikes for the Division II Alderson Broaddus College Battlers.
"I'm honored to be a part of this game. I feel good and I want to do all I can to help us win," said Fields.
"Q" had moments of glory last season. Most memorable was a pick-6 against Lincoln County and a 66-yard kick-off return versus Parkersburg South that nearly went all the way but was thwarted by a Patriot who had the angle on the speedy returner and managed to knock him out of bounds prior to hitting pay dirt.
Fields averaged 21.4 yards per kick return and 9.4 yards per punt return in 2012. The elusive athlete was also a major contributor on offense and defense. He tied for the team lead in interceptions (3).
Fields has already been working out in preparation for his first taste of college ball on August 15 when he reports for practice.
"I have been doing lots of speed and quickness drills and trying to get stronger. I am excited for school and football," said Fields.
At practice on Tuesday evening at Flinn Field in Ravenswood, coach Burnside had the elusive Fields returning punts, kick off returns, playing cornerback and taking reps at the slot receiver position on offense.
"We have some big backs this year who can run and some talented big guys up front. It should be a fun game to watch," said Fields.
If "Q" is near the ball, it will be nothing short of exciting.