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BETHANY – As for the OVAC All-Star Camp, now in its second full day at Bethany College, a lot of work can be done in a short period of time.
Both coaches – Eric Huck of Ohio and BJ Depew of West Virginia – hope this trend continues as they continue to prepare their teams for the 75th annual OVAC Rudy Mumley game on Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium.
One of the issues – besides making sure their teams are well-trained on both attacking and defensive patterns – is making sure they keep their players focused on preparation with the mindset that the game will not be played on Tuesday.
“We have a lot of children who are ready to play in this game”, said Depew. “We’re very happy so far, and when you bring all these kids (on the pitch) together, it’s awesome.”
West Virginia installed most of their offense in two practices and so far Depew likes what he’s seen.
“These children understood things quickly” said Depew. “We wanted to get everything in place as early (in the week) as possible because if you’re still working on it like Thursday, it’s not going to be difficult on Saturday. They are brilliant children and they are eager to learn.
Meanwhile, in the Ohio camp, Huck was also happy, but the process has been slower simply because the Ohio coaching staff are trying to install a Wing-T based system.
“Our offense is not something you learn very quickly with timing and everything, but the kids do really well. “ Huck said. “They are already competing fiercely.
While Ohio’s timing comes as more reps are given over the remaining eight practices, Buckeye State’s offense is picking up the schedule.
“The kids are definitely getting used to it and, more importantly, they work so hard and are eager to understand. “
It was clear that media day was on Monday that the two states were meeting off the pitch as well. The two seem to be building chemistry in the dorm and away from football.
“It’s really cool to see how they interact and get along well with each other” Huck said. “Even after we got off the pitch (Sunday night) they would walk into (the coaches’ rooms) and ask questions. They are excited to play and compete.
West Virginia trained in the final window on Sunday, so Depew didn’t have many visitors like Huck because a lot of his players fell asleep.
“Everyone was tired (Sunday) so most of the time it was very quiet. “ Depew smiles. “We didn’t have enough time for something (bad) to happen.”
Depew and his team have lined up room assignments so that no player from the same school is in the same room. Basically he forced his players to make new friends.
“The goal is to get them to know each other and to build relationships that will last well beyond this week”, said Depew.
• The OVAC McDonald’s All-Star Band is showing up today at Bethany College to begin preparations. The group will present a show consistent with the music of Queen and have nearly 100 members.
• Fans are reminded that no tickets will be sold at the gate. All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Information and links to purchase can be found at ovac.org