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Ohio Valley’s Ironmen

Schuyler Callihan

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For those who live in the Ohio Valley you might recognize two familiar faces along the West Virginia offensive line in starting right tackle Colton McKivitz and starting right guard Josh Sills. Both have quickly made an impact in their short time in Morgantown, earning starting positions in their redshirt freshman seasons. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) is starting to become rich with high school football talent and much of it has gained the interest of the Mountaineers.

In 2016, offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste suffered a season ending knee injury, which made way for McKivitz (Union Local) to not only see the field, but to eventually win the job. McKivitz is a promising young prospect for the Mountaineers and could end up as the best offensive tackle under Dana Holgorsen and one of the best in school history. Offensive line coach Joe Wickline continues to rave about McKivitz and his athleticism. In my own eyes, I’ve probably only seen a handful of mistakes from him in his two years as the starter. He is well ahead of his years.

Josh Sills (Meadowbrook) saw a similar situation present itself following the Virginia Tech game when veteran guard Grant Lingafelter was lost to an injury. Since then, Sills has filled in nicely in the starting five. Coach Wickline had this to say about Sills, “Josh has a ton of ability, a good attitude, there’s a lot of things he’s doing well on and some things he is still learning, but he’s going to be a really good player here for us.”

The potential is through the roof for these two guys as they will be anchoring down the right side of the line for years to come. It will be interesting to see if Sills keeps the job once the injured Lingafelter returns.

 

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