PARKERSBURG – Uncle Sam is in search of a few good men. So is Mike Dawson.

Uncle Sam is in search of a few good men. So is Mike Dawson.

The Ritchie County head football coach, who starred at Magnolia High School and was a starter at WVU before knee injuries ended his career, is in a bit of a bind as the leader for the West Virginia team in this Friday’s BACF Classic.

When Dawson, who expresssed serious interest in the vacant Ravenswood head coaching position when Dick Sturm retired, showed up for his first practice on Friday he was welcomed by only 20 players.

The roster called for 40. Among that group were Ravenswood standouts Chad Burrows, Brandon Cunningham, Dustin DeRito and Kyle Griffith.
It appears a few more Red Devils are going to come forward and play due to West Virginia’s lack of numbers. Jeremy Burgess, Tyler Miller, Tyler Newell and Jordan Yencha are now slated to suit up.Burgess was Ravenswood’s second leading tackler this season with 97, including two sacks. Newell had 35 tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries.

Miller came up with 19 stops, a sack and a pair of interceptions. Yencha had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Unlike the West Virginia team, the Ohio squad had a much better turnout with 34 players. The contest is slated to get underway at 7 inside Marietta’s Don Drumm Stadium. West Virginia leads the series, 12-6.