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Indians place 11 on first team; Carey named top coach

by Mike Nutter

SPORTS WRITER

After dominating Harrison County opponents for the second consecutive season, the Bridgeport Indians dominated the first-team All-Harrison County football team with 11 selections. In addition, coach Bruce Carey was chosen the coach of the year.

Carey took the Indians to their second consecutive Class AA state championship appearance. Bridgeport was attempting to become the first team in history in the state of West Virginia to finish 14-0 in consecutive seasons, despite losing 16 seniors from last season's team. In five seasons at Bridgeport, Carey is 50-12 overall and 8-4 in the postseason.

The team was chosen by Harrison County coaches and the staff of the Exponent-Telegram.

Heading the first-team offense is Class AA offensive captain C.R. Rohrbough. The senior fullback led the vote count after rushing for 1,873 yards and scoring 32 touchdowns for the Indians (13-1), whose 27-game winning streak was ended in the state championship. Joining Rohrbough in the backfield are teammate Brandon Wienke (1,138 yds, 11 TDs), and Robert C. Byrd's Noah Pettrey (628 yds, 5 TDs). Notre Dame's Casey O'Brien (1,262 yds, 11 TDs) is the first team quarterback.

Lincoln's Matt Ice (26-331, 3 TDs) received the second most votes on offense and was selected one of two first-team receivers. Notre Dame's T.J. Wright (39-760) led Class A with nine touchdown receptions and is at the other receiver spot.

Anchoring the offensive line is Bridgeport's Darin Floyd, a first-team all state selection, and Kenny Kerr. They are joined by South Harrison's Todd Cottrill, Liberty's Tim Williams and Notre Dame's Steve Cross, a second-team Class A selection.

Bridgeport's Tyler Dodd was chosen the first team kicker after kicking three field goals during the regular season and tying a preliminary state playoff record with two field goals in a semifinal win over Williamstown.

Notre Dame's Mark Jones, a first team Class A selection was named the team's utility player. Jones accounted for 1,167 yards of total offense and scored 14 TDs.

Bridgeport's Tim Lindsey received the most votes on defense. The first team Class AA defensive lineman was selected to the unit, along with Robert C. Byrd's R.J. Coleman, who is headed to Ohio State next fall, and teammate Brian Zannino. Liberty's Keith Rice was chosen to the other defensive line spot.

At linebacker is Bridgeport's Joe Stout and Derek Dieringer, while Robert C. Byrd's Mike Fedio and South Harrison's Jeff Bennett are at the other two slots.

Robert C. Byrd's Andrew Folio was one of two sophomores selected to the first team and is in the secondary along with Bridgeport's Ford Green and South Harrison's Joey Bush.

Bridgeport's Chris Lindsey was chosen the first team punter after averaging just less than 39 yards per punt during the regular season. Lindsey tied a state championship record with an average of 43 yards on four punts. Teammate Christian Marsh was chosen as the team's utility player.

Sports writer Mike Nutter can be reached at 626-1444 or by e-mail at sports@exponent-telegram.com

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