LEXINGTON – Colonel Crawford wide receiver Dylan Gulley has only one regret when it comes to playing in the June 13 North Central Ohio Football Coaches Assocation All-Star Classic.
He won’t be on the same team as Plymouth’s Tyrell Edmiston.
Gulley got spoiled playing with “Sky-rell” in the News Journal North-South Basketball Classic. Gulley, a point guard, and Edmiston, a 6-foot-4 post player, made a pretty good tandem in the Classic, helping the North to a 94-89 win.
A player draft resulted in them playing together in that game. Geography is separating them this time. Gulley will play for the South and coach Scott Spitler, of Lucas. Edmiston will suit up for the North and his high school coach, Mark Genders, for the 7 p.m. kickoff at Lexington High School.
Split out wide, Gulley and Edmiston would make a devastating tandem with Gulley’s speed — he just helped Colonel Crawford win the Northern 10 track title — complementing Edmiston’s brute force and leaping ability.
“We talk to each other all the time at track meets; he’s always asking if I’m running the 100 because he doesn’t want to run against me,” Gulley said during Media Day for the Classic on Sunday at Lexington High School. “He’s a big jokester.”
Edmiston was The News Journal’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year last fall and was courted by some Division I schools after scoring 24 touchdowns and amassing more than 1,000 yards receiving.
Even though he opted to play basketball for Urbana University, Edmiston didn’t want to miss out on another chance to play football for his coaches and with his quarterback, Hunter Bailey.
“It was a very tough decision,” Edmiston said of choosing to play hoops in college, “but all my friends and family said I should do whatever makes me happy. I felt like basketball made me the happiest.”
Edmiston won two locally staged dunk contests after this past season and might have to get extra creative to do something along those lines in this game.
“Maybe I’ll make a couple of one-handed grabs,” he said, channeling his inner Odell Beckham Jr. “I need to get my football legs back under me.”
Gulley, who is entering the nursing program at Kent State, said it will be tough to get back in a football mode one last time.
“I’m asking myself, ‘Do I have my cleats? Everything?’ I’m in track shape but not football shape,” he said. “Going from football to basketball is a big difference, and track to football is even tougher because track is sprinting and football is more continuous (running). Hopefully, I’ll just play offense.”
The Classic is sponsored by McDonald’s, Buckeye Superstore and Richland Bank. Fifteen $1,000 scholarships will be presented at halftime.
The Bucyrus pitch-catch combo of quarterback Cole Murtiff and receiver Austin Williams gets one more game together. Murtiff threw for 2,269 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Six of those scoring strikes were to Williams, who finished second in the area with 65 regular season receptions.
“It will be nice being on the same team with guys I played against in the N10 and putting rivalries like we have against schools like Wynford to the side,” said Murtiff, who rewrote his school’s passing records. “I’m definitely going to miss football.”
Murtiff is headed to Ohio University to study engineering.
“I don’t know what swayed me not to play,” he said of declining offers from Division III schools. “I’ll play intramurals in college, but I don’t think football in college would be the same as in high school. Being with my friends is what I’ll miss the most, and I don’t think it would be the same in college.”
Crawford County will be well-represented on both squads. The North squad will include Wynford’s Keaton Teynor, Austin Shutler, Kaleb Alspach, Cyle Skidmore and Zach Henrickson; Crestline’s Nate Coffman; Buckeye Central’s Ross Martin and Jordan Herrnstein; and Bucyrus’ Cole Hollis, Justin Campbell, Doral Dagher and Levi Spence.
Players for the South include Colonel Crawford’s Skyler Rose and Tyle Picou and Galion’s Arby Thompson and Jermaine Burket.
Before the North Central Ohio All-Star Football Classic game June 13, a placekicking competition will be held on Minutemen Field at Lexington High School.
It’s open to all current high school students grades nine through 12. Winners will be selected for each grade. Anyone interested in participating should email email@example.com for an entry form.
There is no cost to participate.
ALL-STAR CLASSIC ROSTERS
Matt Davidson, Norwalk; Cody Stine, Shelby; Michael Smith, Tiffin Calvert; Nate Coffman, Crestline; Keaton Teynor, Wynford; Hunter Bailey, Plymouth; Cole Murtiff, Bucyrus; Austin Williams, Bucyrus; Connor Black, Mapleton; Travis Pickering, Mapleton; Donavon Stith, Tiffin Calvert; Austin Shutler, Wynford; Juwan Howard, Madison; Cole Hollis, Bucyrus; Ross Martin, Buckeye Central; Jared Cook, Norwalk; Chance Butcher, Plymouth; Corey Kowatch, Mapleton; Colton Harvey, Shelby; Justin Campbell, Bucyrus; Kaleb Alspach, Wynford; Doral Dagher, Bucyrus; Nate McIntosh, New London; Zack Koenig, Mapleton; Alex Hill, Madison; Matt Iannantuono, Tiffin Calvert; Cameron Felter, Tiffin Calvert; Zachary Heald, Norwalk; Hunter Powers, Madison; Levi Spence, Bucyrus; Justin Klupp, Madison; Cyle Skidmore, Wynford; Logan Cox, Ashland; Elliot Rhodes, Norwalk; Kyle Rospert, Norwalk St. Paul; Trevor Arnold, Plymouth; Jordan Herrnstein, Buckeye Central; Dale Kaple, Hillsdale; Tyrell Edmiston, Plymouth; Zach Hendrickson, Wynford
Head coach: Mark Genders, Plymouth
Ryan Maniaci, Marion Pleasant; Jacob Carney, South Central; Justin Jacobs, East Knox; Dylan Gulley, Colonel Crawford; Devonte Jacocks, Mansfield Senior; Tristan Bender, Loudonville; Asante Wilder, Mansfield Senior; Matthew Giffin, Fredericktown; Jermaine Burket, Galion; Austin Morehouse, Danville; Matthew McDaniel, East Knox; Caden Lawrence, Marion Pleasant; Joseph Elson, Mount Gilead; Anton Franklin, Mansfield Senior; Ricky Minor, Mansfield Senior; Logan Spohn, Lucas; Michael Jenny, South Central; Arby Thompson, Galion; Lane Foster, Northmor; Kyle Galyk, Marion Pleasant; Ryan Cooper, Lexington; Colton Lybarger, Fredericktown; Cole Kiser, Mansfield Senior; Jonathan Brazell, Marion Harding; Kalen Knight, East Knox; Jacob Brown, Highland; Blake Cary, Loudonville; Nicholas Rupp, Ontario; Skyler Rose, Colonel Crawford;; Bronson Krull, Ontario; Caleb Snyder, Fredericktown; Lucas Earhart, Northmor; Tyler Picou, Colonel Crawford; Austin Yeater, Northmor; Dalton Dennison, Lucas; Jason Zeides, Lexington; Dustin Baker, Highland; Ethan Shultz, Danville; Joey Artrip, Loudonville
Head coach: Scott Spitler, Loudonville