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September 15, 2011
AA Player of the Week: Week Three
Each week, we'll take a look at the top performances from the weekend in AA football, headlined by VirginiaPreps.com's AA Player of the Week. Nominations are open on each region's message board, starting Saturday mornings, so if we miss somebody, make sure you put deserving players in the mix on the message boards.
Week Three Player of the Week
After missing out on the postseason in his junior season last fall (although not because of their on-field performance), the week three player of the week and his teammates are looking to take care of business in 2011 in an effort to get a taste of playoff football. After a five touchdown effort on Saturday, Lafayette's Thomas Smith helped his team to a 2-0 start with a 59-14 win over New Kent. Smith opened the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown catch from Connor McGinty and added 21 and 25-yard receptions for scores later in the game. In the second quarter, he found the end zone twice, once on a 69-yard punt return and again on a 29-yard run. Finally, on defense, Smith forced a fumble to round out a dominating all-around performance for the Rams.
Other Notable Performances
One other player that had a hand in five touchdowns was a familiar name: Marcus Jones from Jefferson Forest. Jones ran for three scores and threw for two in the Cavaliers' 44-21 win over Bassett.
Ashten Dixon helped Spotsylvania snap a 24-game losing streak with 277 total yards and two touchdowns passing and two more on the ground. Nick Perry caught both touchdown passes, along with 129 yards receiving in the 26-10 win over Fluvanna.
York's Alex Johnston is back again after throwing for 244 yards and two touchdowns, along with two rushing touchdowns in the Falcons' 56-20 win over Warhill.
Randall Jones led Rustburg to a 35-13 victory over Alleghany with four rushing touchdowns, 170 yards on the ground and 130 passing yards.
200-yard rushers: Donald Devine, Loudoun Valley (223, TD); Jarrett Moon, Staunton River (260, 2 TDs); Isaac Robinson, Monticello (206); Sam Wright, Cave Spring (206, TD)
Millbrook's Boomer Kaczmarzewski led the Pioneers to a 27-6 win over Jefferson (WV) with a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 13-yard receiving touchdown. He also completed a pass on a fake punt in the first half.
Broadway's David Collier had a tremendous night all over the field. He recovered two blocked punts for touchdowns and also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in the Gobblers' 47-21 win over William Monroe.
Tyler Post from Warren County had two interceptions on defense (one returned for a touchdown) and threw a touchdown pass in the Wildcats' win over Central (Woodstock) Monday night. Teammate Matthew Nicholson caught the touchdown pass and also returned an interception for a score.
Quarterback watch: Kendall Becraft, Brookville (272 yards passing, TD); Jalen Brisco, Sherando (247 yards, 3 TDs); Colin Diehl, Fauquier (189 yards, 2 TDs, 87 rushing yards); Adam Hardister, Northside (257 yards, 3 TDs); Trace McSorley, Briar Woods (274 yards, 2 TDs, 1 rush TD); Jhalil Mosley, Monticello (200 yards, 3 TDs); Austin Nelson, Heritage (Leesburg) (209 yards, 2 TDs); Reece Strong, Richlands (106 yards, 3 TDs, 36 yard FG)
More 100-yard receivers: Kyle Bulger, Potomac Falls; Luke Grant, Blacksburg; Wesley Olinger, Fauquier; Lucas Tunison, Sherando
Three TD nights: Hilson Atkins, Brookville; Leif Heltzel, Fauquier; Andre Mealy, Louisa County; Joseph Ojo, Sherando; Ethan Preston, James Monroe; Jacob Rugen, Potomac Falls
Finally, in the game of the week, Poquoson's Dylan Hill ran 11 times for 100 yards, caught three passes for 65 yards and had 10 tackles to lead the Islanders past Grafton 21-7.