ZANESVILLE – There are few higher honors for high school football players than competing in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South Classic.
Two area players, Tri-Valley senior Hunter Mohler and Maysville senior Couger Clarke, were named to the rosters Wednesday.
Mohler is on the Division I-III South roster, which includes Tri-Valley’s Justin Buttermore on the coaching staff, while Clarke is a member of the Division IV-VII South squad.
The games will be played April 25 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. The small schools kick off at 2 p.m. with the large school contest at 6 p.m.
Mohler and Clarke were wide receivers and defensive backs for their respective squads.
Mohler, a second-team All-Ohioan, had 26 receptions for 505 yards with seven touchdowns and made 36 tackles with two interceptions during the regular season.
He joins Collin Prouty, Austin Jones and Nathan Strock as Tri-Valley players to participate in the game. Jones and Strock were part of the 2013 contest, and Prouty played last season.
“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to play with the best of the best athletes in Ohio,” Mohler said. “It’s going to be different not strapping up with my brothers from Tri-Valley, but I know they’ll be there to support me. I’ll play for all of them and am glad I get this opportunity.”
Clarke, a first-team All-Ohioan, had five interceptions and caught four touchdowns. He appreciated the opportunity to perform on this stage.
“Well it’s a huge honor that I’m very thankful for,” he said. “It’s going to be great being able to play with and against the best in Ohio and to be able to play another high school football game with a great atmosphere.”
Buttermore is part of a staff with Centerville’s Rodney Roberts as the head coach and assistants, Travis Moyer of Wapakoneta, Chris Harr of Central Crossing and Evan Dryer from Western Brown.
The chance to work with coaches from around the state can prove beneficial, noted Buttermore, who has coached in the Big 33 All-Star game.
“It’s a great honor to coach some of the best players in the state and meet coaches from different areas,” he said. “It’s like a clinic where you can compare notes with guys who run successful programs. You get to find some new things that they do in programs and maybe implement in your program.”
For more information and full rosters, visit the website, OHSFCA.net.