Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of features on area players selected to the North-South All-Star Football Classic to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charleston's Laidley Field.
Lewis County's Wilson Harvey had a tremendous effect for the Minutemen during the fall on both sides of the ball.
Wilson and his Lewis County teammates earned the school's first-ever playoff win with an upset victory over University. The Minutemen lost in the second round to George Washington.
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Lewis County lineman Wilson Harvey suits up for the North Bears in the North-South All-Star Football Classic at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charleston’s Laidley FIeld.
Harvey, a 6-1, 240-pound defensive tackle/offensive guard, earned Class AAA, All-State first-team honors and was a first-team selection on the Big 10 Conference team. He was a captain for the Minutemen and had six sacks from his defensive tackle position.
"Wilson was a great player on the field for us, but he's going to be missed even more for his work off the field," Lewis County coach Eddie Vincent said.
Vincent described Harvey as "a team and community leader, a 4.0 student, liked and respected by everyone on the team and in the school."
Wilson felt "honored and blessed" to be selected to participate in the North-South All-Star game. He mentioned he had former teammates and friends that had made the squad in previous years and they had great experiences.
Wilson plans on enrolling at West Virginia Wesleyan College this fall and playing for Coach George Shehl's Bobcats. He plans to major in secondary education. After that he would like to achieve a master's degree in counseling, saying he gets great satisfaction from helping people.
Harvey enjoyed his time playing for the Minutemen and spoke highly of the Lewis County coaching staff.
"It was a blessing to be a Minutemen, and the coaching staff was fantastic," he said.
He also will always remember the feelings he and the team had after notching their playoff win against University.
North-South All-Star Classic rosters
CHARLESTON - Game to be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Laidley Field.
Mike Adkins, Tucker County, 6-1, 230, G/LB; Gary Awkard, Martinsburg, 6-0, 175, RB/DB; Ben Aylestock, South Harrison, 5-7, 135, RB/CB; Derek Barnhart, St. Marys, 5-9, 200, FB/LB; Tyler Bolen, Parkersburg South, 6-2, 185, WR/S; Cookie Clinton, Martinsburg, 5-10, 167, QB/Util.; Devan Collins, Elkins, 6-3, 260, T/DT; Shane Commodore, Morgantown, 6-2, 195, RB/S; Andrew Cosper, St. Marys, 5-8, 170, Util./S; Logan Cox, Parkersburg South, 6-3, 205, RB/S; Deion Cunningham, University, 5-11, 168, WR/S; Thane Cutter, Frankfort, 6-0, 190, WR/S; James Ellison, Wirt County, 5-10, 185, G/DE; Jermodd Garrett, Robert C. Byrd, 6-0, 210, FB/LB; Avery Goff, Williamstown, 6-3, 290, T/DT; Cory Goldstrom, Preston, 6-1, 195, RB/LB; Sammy Hall, Ritchie County, 6-4, 285, T/DT; Brett Hathaway, Bridgeport, 5-10, 185, RB/LB; Wilson Harvey, Lewis County, 6-1, 240, G/DE; Ryan Helmick, Grafton, 6-4, 260, OC/DL; Jonathan Lewis, University, 6-3, 240, T/DE; Wyatt Lucas, Braxton County, 6-1, 265, T/DT; Raleigh Mason, Brooke, 5-8, 210, FB/LB; Preston Murray, Oak Glen, 6-1, 250, T/DT; Josh Napier, Keyser, 6-1, 225, T/DT; Braxton Nolte, Wheeling Central, 6-0, 230, FB/DE; Ty Noss, Liberty (Harrison), 6-0, 165, Util/S; Josh Parker, East Hardy, 6-2, 170, WR/CB; Daniel Plaugher, Doddridge County, 6-4, 180, WR/CB; Allen Pratt, St. Marys, 6-0, 243, G/DT; Quashad Pugh, Wheeling Park, 6-0, 175, WR/S; Austin Ravenscroft, Keyser, 5-10, 185, Util/LB; Jared Sartin, Martinsburg, 6-0, 225, FB/LB; Jalen Thomas, Morgantown, 5-11, 230, FB/LB; Teague Wagner, Robert C. Byrd, 6-3, 280, G/DT; Adam White, Morgantown, 6-3, 280, T/DT, Zach Wise, Berkeley Springs, 5-10, 178, K/P
Head Coach: Jodi Mote (St. Marys); Assistant Coaches: Steve Barnhart (St. Marys), Sean Biser (Keyser), John Bowers (Morgantown); Athletic Trainer: Steve Lough (Ripley); Managers: Zac Long-Mote (St. Marys), Maddox Bowers (Morgantown)
Michael Bailey, Beckley, 6-0, 270, OL/DL; Dakota Ball, Scott, 6-1, 285, OL/DE; Ethan Barker, Midland Trail, 6-1, 183, WR/DE; Slayton Beard, Valley (Fayette), 5-10, 260, C/DT; Zach Bennett, Ripley, 5-8, 170, Util.; Caleb Craddock, Hurricane, 6-2, 270, OL/DL; Zach Cooper, Hurricane, 5-10, 173, WR/DB; Ramon Edwards, Beckley, 5-7, 165, RB/WR; Garrison Erwin, Buffalo, 6-1, 160, WR/CB; David Gaydosz, Cabell Midland, 5-11, 200, RB/DB; Trenton Gibbs, Wahama, 6-2, 205, QB/CB; Gage Gould, Cabell Midland, 6-0, 245, OL/DL; Dustin Hatfield, Wayne, 6-4, 200, TE-DE; Daryl Hicks, Ripley, 6-0, 290, OL/DL; Andrew Johnson, Beckley, 6-0, 173, QB/DB; Trevon Johnson, George Washington, 5-11, 200, RB/LB; Zack Johnson, Greenbrier West, 6-3, 265, OL/DL; Tony Kitts, Huntington, 6-0, 250, OL/DE; Seth Lewis, Winfield, 5-11, 215, RB/LB; Jared Martin, Huntington, 6-3, 220, TE/DE; Michael Molina, Hurricane, 5-9, 160, TE/K; Tre Moore, Greenbrier West, 5-7, 260 , RB/DL; Dustyn Murphy, Nicholas County, 6-3, 218, TE/DE; Dominic Orcutt, South Charleston, 6-3, 295, OL/DL; Tyler Parker, Greenbrier West, 6-0, 190, RB/LB; Sam Plantz, George Washington, 6-0, 200, C/DE; Marcus Reed, Riverside, 6-0, 165, WR/DB; Trevond Reese, South Charleston, 6-1, 205, WR/DB; Khaleel Reynolds, Logan, 5-8, 188, WR/DB; Bam Spurlock, Wayne, 5-7, 185, RB/DB; Brandon Thomas, River View, 6-3, 220, TE/DL; Davon Tyson, Capital, 5-10, 160,?WR-DB; Tashan Vineyard, Mount View, 6-0, 168, DB; Zach Wamsley, Wahama, 6-0, 215, RB/LB; Jacob Whitlock, George Washington, 5-9, 200, OL/LB; Brandon Williams, Oak Hill, 5-11, 300, OL/DL
Head coach: Joe Dean, Midland Trail: Assistant coaches: Rob Haley, Midland Trail; Jim Martin, Beckley; Lewis McClung, Greenbrier West; Athletic Trainer: Heather Adams (South Charleston; Manager: Devin Steele (Midland Trail)