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Both head coaches familiar with OVAC All-Star Game

Updated: Monday, July 21 2014, 04:41 PM EDT

By JIM ELLIOTT

WTOV9.com
BETHANY, W.Va. – Both West Virginia head coach B.J. Depew and Ohio head coach Jose Davis have a history in the OVAC All-Star game that goes back to their playing days in the mid-1990s.
Davis, a record-setting quarterback from Bellaire, played in the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football game presented by WTOV9 in 1996, and helped the Buckeyes to a 43-21 victory.
Depew, from Linsly, made an appearance in the game two years earlier where he helped the Mountaineers to a 19-14 victory. It’s a game that clearly made Ohio mad. The Buckeyes went on to win 14 of the next 15 in the series.
Depew was an assistant under his father, Terry, in a game West Virginia lost, 35-6, during that stretch. In 2008, he was a head coach in the game, a 31-7 Ohio victory.
He’s back for a third crack to win it as a coach, and some think he’s built a roster that puts him in a position as the favorite.
He’s not so sure of that one.
“I don’t think either team can be favored,” Depew said. “I really don’t. This game is a toss-up each year. Sometimes it has not turned out that way on the scoreboard. But I don’t think in any way that anyone could predict at this point – a day into camp – who has the better team. I think each coach would say they don’t really know what kind of team they have.”
Davis, for sure, isn’t any more knowledgeable of his team after a day and a half than Depew, but he has noticed West Virginia has been trending up. League expansion gave Mountaineers coaches a chance to pick from bigger schools in Morgantown, Parkersburg South, and Morgantown and they’ve won 3 of the last 4.
“They’ve been winning the last couple of years,” Davis said. “It is what it is. I don’t think you can really worry about that aspect of it.
“It’s such a short amount of time where I don’t have time to worry about what we’re doing and worry about what they’re doing. We’re going to concentrate on what we’re doing and let the chips fall where they fall.”
Ohio leads the overall series 42-25-1.

Both head coaches familiar with OVAC All-Star Game


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