When the West Virginia Coaches Association released the names of those chosen for this year’s Friday Night Rivals North-South All-Star Football Classic, a familiar name was spotted on the South roster.
Ravenswood’s Jacob Anthony, who wrapped up a spectacular senior season and career this past fall, is one of 36 players selected to the South roster for the Classic.
It was a goal for Anthony and quite an honor.
His hope now will be to actually get the chance to take part in the memorable week-long training camp at West Virginia State University and play in the Classic, which is set for June 13 at South Charleston’s Black Eagle Stadium.
Like many sporting events, this year’s Classic is trying to avoid cancellation due to the coronavirus.
At the moment, game organizers are trying to move forward in a positive direction.
Time will, of course, tell if that goal is realistic.
Anthony was an all-around player for head coach Eric Hupp’s Red Devils.
He rushed for a team-leading 915 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He also hauled in two passes for 26 yards and completed one pass for 40.
On defense, Anthony was the team’s top tackler with 90 stops. Among his tackles, 19 were for a loss. Anthony registered three sacks this season.
While he could have gained All-State notoriety on offense or defense, Anthony was chosen as the Class A First Team All-State punter.
Anthony averaged 39.5 yards per punt this season. He drilled three inside the 5-yard line and nailed a long of 59 yards.
He also excelled in other areas of the kicking game.
He blocked two punts and four extra points. His six blocked kicks tied a school record.
His career numbers showed 1,702 carries for 255 yards and 13 touchdowns. He collected 166 tackles for his career. Of his career tackles, 21 were of the negative yardage variety.
“As a program this means a lot that your program is represented. You have to be a special kid to get in the game. It’s a feather in the cap, if you will. Jacob was our team captain. He was both our vocal leader and led by example. He did it the right way,” said head coach Eric Hupp.
“He was a great kid for us. You need short yardage he could get it. He did some good things for us. He was our leading tackler. He’s one of the kids you love coaching. He always took coaching well.”
Daran Hayes of North Marion is the head coach for the North Bears.
For a third straight year the North-South showdown will have a noon kickoff and will be televised live by WCHS-TV, one of the Classic’s main sponsors.