By MATTHEW PEASLEE
BETHANY - Indian Creek graduate Blake Roar is no stranger to the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Game.
"I've been to every game every year," Roar said. "It's a family tradition."
He remembers hearing stories of his uncle, Chris Hoffman, playing for the former Mingo High School. Hoffman was part of the final graduating class at Mingo and completed his high school football career by playing in the OVAC game.
Now, Roar is carrying on his legacy.
"I've been looking forward to playing in this game since I was a little kid," he said. "It's the best way to end my high school playing days and it's the best way to prepare to play in college."
Roar will attend Waynesburg University in the fall as a criminal justice major and member of the football team. He has already been strictly adhering to the program's guidelines on lifting and working out.
"I've been running, lifting and doing everything I can to stay in shape," Roar said.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back carried for 1,853 yards on 319 carries in his four-year varsity career. In his senior season, alone, Roar rushed for 1,170 yards on 182 carries and scored 14 touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 145 yards and a receiving touchdown, this past year where the Redskins finished 6-4.
He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and averaged 33.4 yards on returns.
Roar was named first-team all-Buckeye 8, all-Eastern District, all-OVAC and honorable mention all-Ohio.
"He is one of those kids who is an athlete and we did everything in our power to get the ball in his hands," said Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor after Roar was selected to the Eastern District team. "He accepted the role as the premier running back and did well with it."
Spending this week at Bethany College, under the same roof as his Ohio teammates, as been a new sort of challenge. But Roar wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's awesome," he said. "It's just like high school camp but with a whole new crop of guys. We don't really know each other at first but we're forming friendships every day. It's almost like pre-college training with our dorm room set-up. It's great."
Years down the road, he hopes to see one of his future family members playing in the game to keep the tradition going even further.
He also anticipates earning the finer things in life.
"A nice house, a nice car and a nice wife," Roar said, laughing. "I'm very excited for the future."