CHARLESTON – Mingo Central’s offensive lineman Clay Ellis heads north to play in the annual West Virginia North – South High School Football Classic set at Laidley Field in Charleston.
Ellis joined the roster for the South Cardinals earlier in the year with numerous other seniors from the southern half of the state. Ellis, a 6-foot-2, 280 pound offensive tackle will make a fine addition to the South’s roster, according to his former coach.
Mingo Central head coach Yogi Kinder spoke well of Ellis saying “he’s a good kid with a good head on his shoulders, he’s top of his class.”
Ellis started for three consecutive years for the Miners and was named All-Cardinal Conference and All-State. Coach Kinder also added he believed Ellis will be a good fit to the style of game play that is unique to this event. With minimal time to prepare and become acquainted with new teammates, game play is held to strict standards to showcase individual talent.
Ellis helped Mingo Central win their first- ever playoff game last season beating the Sissonville Indians in the first round, but losing to a tough Wayne County Pioneer squad in the second round of the WVSSAC Class AA tournament. The Miners finished with a impressive 10-2 record on the regular season. Ellis carries the torch, so to speak, for his family, Ellis’s father is a North-South participant as well. Ellis ended the year ranked No. 19 in the state.
Zach Holt, another Mingo Central lineman was selected to play, but later declined the request.
The South Cardinals will be guided by Cabell Midlands head coach Luke Salmons. His assistant coach’s are Core Cole, Cabell Midland; Donnie Mays, South Charleston; and Terry Smith, Cabell Midland.
The West Virginia North-South Football classic will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on June 20, at The University of Charleston/ Laidley Field stadium in Charleston, W. Va.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext.2274 or on twitter @sidplaster)