MARIETTA – For Brad Titus and Quaseem Fields, it was a tune-up for the next level.
For Dillon Gandee and Ryan Whytsell, it signaled the end.
Those were the story lines for Jackson County’s four partipants in the 20th Annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Football Classic played Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.
The four were a part of the winning West Virginia squad. The Mountain State crew, guided by Doddridge County head coach Bobby Burnside and his staff, defeated Ohio, 33-13. It was quite a contrast from a year ago when the Ohioans blitzed West Virginia, which was dealing with a low turnout of players, 48-0.
West Virginia now leads the overall series, 13-7.
Titus, a Class AA First Team All-State linebacker from Ravenswood who is going to continue playing for Glenville State College, played the entire game on defense. Unofficially, he was in on seven stops during the game. Titus also saw action on the offensive line for West Virginia.
Fields, a talented wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner, from Ripley spent most of the game as one of the corners for the Mountain State squad. He made a couple of nice stops and just missed out on an interception.
Fields is going to take his skills to Alderson-Broaddus University to play for the school’s newly-formed football program.
Friday night’s contest was the last for both Gandee and Whytsell. Gandee is going to pursue a career as a carpenter while Whytsell is heading off to WVU-Tech.
Gandee played along the offensive line during the game. Unfortunately, he became ill at halftime which limited his play in the final two quaters.
Whytsell saw action on the defensive line and special teams.
Parkersburg High’s Adam Lindamood, the younger brother of former University of Charleston standout Joey Lindamood and WVU running back Matt Lindamood, was the West Virginia Most Valuable Player. He scored three touchdowns and rushed for well over 100 yards. Monroe Central wide receiver Korey Lafferre was Ohio’s MVP.
Proceeds from the contest help toward the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.