A Special Night

IT HAS often been said that football is king in the Ohio Valley. With that being the case, his royal gridness ascended to the throne Sunday night at the 67th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC?All-Star Charity Football?Classic.

Prep stars from Ohio and West Virginia vied at Wheeling Island Stadium Sunday, climaxing a week of pageantry and camaraderie. The game is one of the features of the summer season and marks the official kickoff of high school football for 2012.

The players were put through a rigorous practice schedule in some tough weather conditions. Despite the abbreviated preparation time, Coach Eric Schumacher (Ohio) and Coach Doug Taylor (West Virginia) had their respective teams primed to perform at peak levels.

The game, however, is just one piece of a sparkling pigskin puzzle. The Rudy Mumley OVAC?All-Star Charity Football?Classic has often been termed an extravaganza. We believe that is truly the case.

The football is accentuated by a myriad of events and activities.

The McDonald’s All-Star Band brings together some of the premier prep musicians. In just a few days of practice, they blend their talents into a magnificent musical machine.

Nearly two dozen young ladies add beauty and grace to the festivities as they compete for the right to be crowned Queen of Queens. That prestigious honor went to Odessa Copney of Wheeling Park.

Leading the cheers were some of the best cheerleaders in the conference as some 20 spirit-generators from both sides of the river as they passionately spurred on the players and crowd.

Not to be forgotten were the participants from years’ past. A 10-year reunion for the game’s participants in 2002 was held while all-stars from the games in 1959 and 1960 were also be recognized.

Game Director Bob Koch and his staff left no stone unturned in putting on a gala affair. We tip our helmets to all those who helped make another Rudy Mumley OVAC?All-Star Charity Football?Classic just that — a classic.

As a result, there were no losers Sunday. Everyone involved was a winner, especially charity.

We congratulate the Ohio all-stars on their gridiron victory, Queen Copney and the McDonald’s Band for a night worth remembering.