KEYSER - The Ed Kelley award is presented each year to an outstanding male student-athlete in Keyser High School's senior class. Ed Kelley loved playing sports while attending Keyser High School, but football was extra special to Kelley, as he played for Potomac State College until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943.

By Nick Carroll
ncarroll@newstribune.info
Tribune Sports Editor
KEYSER - The Ed Kelley award is presented each year to an outstanding male student-athlete in Keyser High School's senior class. Ed Kelley loved playing sports while attending Keyser High School, but football was extra special to Kelley, as he played for Potomac State College until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943.
    The 2018 Ed Kelley nominees include three football players, Brady Ours, Marcus Crowl, and Ryan Spencer, who helped the Golden Tornado reach the playoffs again in 2017.  All three nominees started for Keyser on the offensive side of the football yet their individual characteristics helped them achieve a personal identity while working together as a team.
    Brady Ours played quarterback and safety for the Golden Tornado and talked about what it meant to him to be nominated for the Ed Kelley award: "It's truly humbling to realize that  you stand for such a big thing, it means so much to the town of Keyser, so it means a lot to me."
    Marcus Crowl, a versatile tight end on the football team, went into detail about what the Kelley Award means to him, "It's about tradition. I know when my name came over the announcement, it shocked me. I was so happy, and when I went home to tell my parents about it they were really proud, so being nominated for this award means a lot to me."
Marcus continued, ”I remember as a younger kid growing up and always looking up to the people that were getting nominated, so this is an awesome experience, and a dream for me. Just to be a part of the Ed Kelley Award in Keyser history is awesome."
    Ryan Spencer, a punishing offensive lineman, responded to the same question in typical offensive lineman format using very few words: "It's a true honor; it's something I have always known about and to be a part of the Ed Kelley Award has always been a goal of mine. I was also shocked when I heard my name mentioned as part of the 2018 class."
    Since football is the fabric that intertwines the 2018 nominees, each student-athlete had a chance to talk about his desire to play football and why football was special to him.
Ryan Spencer spoke about his passion for the game, "It's a great feeling to be a part of a team, and simply I just love the game. My father (Bob) was a big influence on me to play football. I just try to set an example by my actions on the field."
    Marcus Crowl elaborated on his youth experience playing football, "Growing up I used to watch football games with my dad (Fred) all the time and when my freshman year came around, I decided I wanted to be a part of the football program and I am really happy I made that decision. The brotherhoods you form with people and the bonds you make, there is nobody closer than the friend you make on a football team, you know they have your back, and it's just awesome to be a part of."
    Brady Ours, the son of former West Virginia fullback Wes Ours, has been playing football his entire life. "I've been playing football since I was 6 years old so the game has always been a part of my life. The team is a second family that you spend more hours with during the summer and the fall than you do with your actual family. I always looked up to my dad to learn the game and play the game the right way because he has been there."
    Credit Coach Sean Biser for being one of the biggest influences on the success of these three young gentlemen. Ryan Spencer reminisced about the most important thing Coach Biser said to him: "He taught me that nothing is ever handed to you, and you got to work for everything that you get. He gave me a chance that nobody else thought I had, and he taught me a lot about football."  
    Crowl continued the praise for Coach Biser, saying, "When I first started playing football I was a small kid, but he stuck with me and taught me how to lift and how to eat right."  Crowl continued, "The biggest thing Coach Biser taught me was to focus on the moment. Win this play. Win this assignment. I think that is something that is going to stay with me for the rest of my life."
    Ours chimed in and said, "I'm sure I could sit here for hours and hours talking about all the things he taught me. I know that ten years down the road I could be in a situation and I could give him a call and he would be there to help me."
    The leadership trait certainly stands out in these three young men, as they exemplify the qualifications to win the Kelley Award.