Tucker’s Adkins excited about invite to game

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series featuring area players selected to the North-South All-Star Football Classic to be held at 7 p.m. on June 15 at Charleston’s Laidley Field.

Michael Adkins helped lead Tucker County to an undefeated regular season and spot in the Class A semifinals this past fall, where the Mountain Lions lost to Madonna in double overtime.

Adkins, a 6-1, 230-pound linebacker/offensive lineman, had 132 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions during the season. He was a Class A All-State first-team selection, along with being named Defensive Player of the Year in the Potomac Valley Conference.

“Michael was a four-year starter for us and a great player,” Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. ” For the past two years he was the leader of the team and I really hate to lose him.

“Being invited to the North-South game is a great honor, and I know he will represent Tucker County well.”

Adkins, who will play for the North Bears, said he was surprised about his selection to the game.

“It’s a great privilege to be playing in the game,” he said. “It was also a lot of fun playing for a program (Tucker County) that is good year after year.

“There were a lot of great memories of playing at the school.”

Adkins, who was in the top portion of his senior class, plans to enroll at West Virginia University in the fall and study engineering.

Adkins is the first Tucker County player to suit up for the North-South Classic since quarterback Jed Drenning in 1988.