Ravenswood’s Wes Hill earns Class A First Team All-State; Lane garners Honorable Mention

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

Even in the toughest of seasons, there will be some shining lights.

For Ravenswood High School’s football team of 2021, Wes Hill was one of those lights.

Ravenswood senior Wes Hill was selected Class A First Team All-State this week in balloting by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Hill displayed his versatility throughout the season for Eric Hupp's Red Devils on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football. Hill was named to the First Team defensive unit as a utility player.

Hill, a versatile senior, earned Class A First Team All-State honors in balloting done by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

A player who entered the program as a junior when his family moved from Tampa, Fla., Hill has been a reliable player for head coach Eric Hupp’s Red Devil program.

As a two-way starter and special teams performer, Hill was a steady force week in and week out for a Devil team that endured a winless campaign in 2021.

Hill earned his All-State recognition on the defensive side of the football as a utility player.

By the season’s end, Hill had accumulated 87 tackles while playing a variety of roles for the Devil prevent unit.

Among his 87 stops this past season, 16 went for a loss. He registered three sacks along the way, forced three fumbles and recovered one.

As an offensive player, Hill was used as a key blocker at both fullback and tight end.

The Devil coaching staff also looked to get the ball into his hands at every possible opportunity.

Hill carried the ball 52 times for 232 yards and scored three touchdowns. He snagged 19 passes for 324 yards and added two other scores.

Besides running and catching, Hill also threw passes this season for the Devils. He completed 14 for 179 yards.

Hill is also a highly-regarded long snapper.

He is the son of Adam Hill, who served the past two years as Ravenswood’s offensive coordinator. The elder Hill is a former Ripley Viking football standout with a deep resume that includes time spent in the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneer organization.

Adam Hill was a part of the college football programs at both Glenville and Marshall.

Just like dear old dad, Wes Hill is also hopeful of playing at the next level.

One other Red Devil senior picked up recognition in the All-State balloting.

Senior lineman Ethan Lane garnered Honorable Mention.

Lane finished the year with 34 tackles and a fumble recovery. 

He was also a chief blocker on the offensive line for a Devil team that saw running back Isaiah Casto near the 1,000-yard mark again this season.