West Virginia All-State Football Ravenswood’s Lane and Hill honored in Class A balloting

Mark Martin

The first of three All-State football teams was released on Wednesday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association and a pair of Ravenswood Red Devil juniors were honored.

Ethan Lane, who played both as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman for Eric Hupp’s Red Devils, was chosen to the Class A All-State Second Team on the prevent side of the ball.

Lane collected 44 tackles on the season for the Red Devils. Of his stops, 12 went for a loss. He also had two sacks, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries during the 10-game season.

On the offensive side of the ball, Lane, who stands 6-3 and weighs 250, helped open holes for fellow junior Isaiah Casto, who rushed for 825 yards on 162 carries and scored eight touchdowns.

“He’s a good one coming back for us,” Hupp said. “They (the opposition) couldn’t find anybody to block that kid. He’s an old throwback on the defensive line. He was taking on double-teams and still getting through and making those tackles. He’s a real force to be reckoned with. He’s a good kid.”

Wes Hill, who joined the program in the offseason after moving to the area from Tampa, Florida, garnered Honorable Mention in the Class A voting.

Hill was a rock-solid tight end/fullback/linebacker/defensive end for the Red Devils.

The 6-2, 225-pounder was second on the team in tackles with 50. Two of his tackles went for a loss. Hill also forced a fumble from the prevent side of the ball.

Like Lane, Hill, too, played a key role in helping spring Casto free for his near 1,000-yard rushing season.

Hill, whose father Adam served as the Ravenswood offensive coordinator, was second on the team in receptions with six for 91 yards. He carried the ball three times for four yards.

“Wes was a good addition for us,” Hupp said. “We are looking forward to having him back next year. He brought a lot of leadership. The kids look up to him. He’s a tough kid who played through some injuries. He just played right through it. He’s got a lot of potential.”