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Thompkins selected as wide out

July 12, 2012
Salem News

WHEELING - Ohio head coach Eric Schumacher expects his offense to put the ball up often during the 67th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic.

The Conotton Valley mentor feels with the quarterbacks the Buckeyes boast and the talented group of receivers on the perimeter, the Ohioans could rack up some yardage on the flanks.

"The receivers are a good group," Schumacher said. "The best thing about them is they all catch the ball well. We wanted kids who ran good routes and could catch almost everything coming their way. These guys all did the fundamental things."

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Marky Thompkins is shown June 21 at the end of Penn-Ohio practice June 21 at East Liverpool. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)

Along with the pure receivers on the squad, Schumacher expects to shift some guys to the outside who didn't play there for their respective high school teams, but they are quality athletes who can make plays.

"We're going to run a couple of different things," Schumacher said. "We're going to spread it out and mix things up to best use the abilities of our skill players."

Here's a capsule look at the players:

Marky Thompkins, East Liverpool - This former Potter is expected to play a 'hybrid' type position after playing a bevy of positions during his prep career.

The 6-0, 175 pounder played most of his career at quarterback.

Along with football, Thompkins was a standout in basketball.

Marky, who is the son of Karrine and Brent Parson of East Liverpool, will attend Geneva College.

Zane Ayouch, Union Local This former Jet had back-to-back highly productive seasons in Mark Cisar's pass-happy offense.

The 5-11, 175 pounder caught 73 passes for 1,037 yards and eight touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 36 passes for 441 yards and four scores. He was also a standout in the secondary with two picks, two fumble recoveries, 38 tackles and two forced fumbles.

Ayouch was a first-team all-OVAC, all-district, all-Buckeye 8 and all-Times Leader selection.

Zane, who is the son of John and Anita McCormick of Bethesda, will attend Capital University in Columbus to play football.

Tyler Fitzpatrick, Barnesville - This rangy tight end was a solid option for coach Luke Johnson's Shamrocks.

The 6-5, 215 pounder made 32 catches for 464 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Fitzpatrick had 123 tackles, including 46 for loss. He also recorded six sacks.

Fitzpatrick was a first-team all-district, all-OVAC, all-Times Leader selection.

Along with football, Fitzpatrick was a standout for the Shamrocks' basketball team.

Tyler, who is the son of Troy and Melissa Fitzpatrick of Barnesville, will attend Edinboro University to play football.

Cory Kotopka, St. Clairsville - This former Red Devil had a standout season for Coach Brett McLean's Red Devils despite missing part of the early season with an injury.

The 6-2, 200 pounder was also a standout in the defensive secondary as he captured three letters for the Red Devils.

Kotopka was the recipient of a WTOV-9 Electrifying Play of the Week and was a second-team all-district selection.

Along with football, Kotopka was a standout on the baseball field for a Red Devils' squad, which advanced to the Division III regional final.

Cory, who is the son of Mike and Debra Kotopka, plans on attending Capital University.

Brannt Pieniazek, Catholic Central - This former Crusader had a big season on both sides of the ball for Coach Steve Daley's team last season.

The 5-11, 168 pounder made 39 receptions for 786 yards and 10 touchdowns. On the defensive side, Pieniazek made 73 tackles, had three sacks and three tackles for loss.

For his efforts, Pieniazek was first-team all-district, all-valley, all-county and all-OVAC.

Along with football, Pieniazek was a member of the Crusaders' basketball and baseball teams. He was also a four-year member of the Key Club.

Brannt, who is the son of Bridget and Brian Pieniazek of Wintersville, plans on attending Slippery Rock University.

Tyrel Simmons, Martins Ferry - This former Purple Rider starred at tailback for Coach Dave Bruney's club last season.

The 6-3, 205 pounder was the Purple Riders' leading rusher with 213 carries for 1,296 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was also a standout as a defensive back at his safety spot.

Simmons was a first-team all-Ohioan, all-OVAC, all-Buckeye 8, all-Valley and was chosen to play in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game.

Tyrel, who is the son of Andrew and Lisa Simmons of Martins Ferry, is undecided about his collegiate plans.



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