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Home Award goes to Williamstown’s Maxwell Molessa

WILLIAMSTOWN — Maxwell Molessa made probably the most of each alternative he was offered with throughout his time as a three-year beginning quarterback for the Williamstown Excessive College soccer program of head coach Chris Beck.

The West Virginia College-bound baseball participant ended his profession on the best of notes after the Yellowjackets defeated Greenbrier West to safe the primary back-to-back Class A state crowns at school historical past in addition to the primary 14-0 marketing campaign.

A real dual-threat signal-caller, Molessa has been honored with the tenth annual Home Award as chosen by the West Virginia Sports activities Writers Affiliation. The award is called after former Nitro Excessive record-setting quarterback J.R. Home, who’s the third base coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

“This shall be it. I’ll be hanging it up after this,” Molessa mentioned earlier than leaving Wheeling Island Stadium for the final time.

“Baseball solely. It’s simply really a blessing to exit this manner. I’ll miss it for certain, however I had enjoyable going out with this.”

Opponents of the Yellowjackets are additionally glad Molessa, whose 98-yard landing run within the championship sport versus the Cavaliers set an all-class Tremendous Six report, now not shall be competing on the gridiron.

Molessa ended his senior season by finishing 69.8% (83 of 119) of his passes which went for 1,261 yards with 22 touchdowns and two interceptions.

On the bottom, the ’Jacket averaged 10.7 yards per carry. He amassed 1,813 stripes on 169 makes an attempt and located paydirt 32 occasions. He completed with 218 factors.

“We now have had quite a lot of nice gamers, so it’s not a simple activity to be thought of the perfect participant our program has ever had,” coach Beck acknowledged of Molessa, who was thrice named the WHS Most Excellent Participant on the Tremendous Six. “Nonetheless, Max is simply that. One of the best participant that has come by our program. Of all of the stats that stick out the one as a coach I like is in all three years he began at quarterback we went to the championship sport successful two of them together with his teammates.

“Certainly one of his best strengths is his competitiveness and his capability to discover a strategy to win. Max’s work ethic, competitiveness and coachability had been off the charts. He’s a fantastic chief with super bodily athletic capability, and also you get the kind of participant he’s. His capability to throw the ball is underrated, as he has superior arm power and accuracy, and if we performed in an Air Raid system he would throw for 3,000 yards.”

Molessa’s 22 landing passes tied the single-season college report held by Jake Tracewell.

The Yellowjackets’ 77 profession whole touchdowns and 74 profession dashing scores tied him with 1971 Kennedy Award winner Rick Petty. Molessa can be the all-time WHS chief in whole offense (7,928), all-purpose yards (8,158) and scoring (500).

“I simply wish to give due to, actually, God for the chance after which the coaching employees,” Molessa mentioned. “The coaching employees has stored me wholesome yearly – Doc (Steven) Eddy, Joe Leaman, James Dearien, all these guys, after which my household for the assist, the teaching employees, teammates, simply everybody that supported me alongside the best way – the Williamstown group. It’s simply really a blessing to be named that. It’s simply cool stuff.”

Molessa, who primarily scored one out of each 5 occasions he had a move or rush try this season, shall be acknowledged on the 77th annual Victory Awards Dinner on Could 5, 2024 at River Metropolis in Wheeling.

4 gamers completed tied for second within the voting behind Molessa – Martinsburg’s Murphy Clement, Parkersburg’s David Parsons, Scott’s Matt Frye and Herbert Hoover’s Dane Hatfield.

By JAY W. BENNETT/The Parkersburg Information and Sentinel