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September 21, 2011
AA Player of the Week: Week Four
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 Four Player of the Week
Leading up to his team's game on Friday, there was concern that the week four player of the week might not even be able to get onto the field due to a lingering injury. Even with him in the lineup the past two seasons, his team had been beaten by their opponent, which made his performance and his team's win all the more impressive. Magna Vista's Harvey Taylor is this week's player of the week after he threw for 190 yards and a touchdown and ran for 137 and three scores in the Warriors' 28-26 victory over Franklin County. Taylor missed most of the week's practices after struggling with turf toe in the previous week's win over William Fleming, but gutted out a typical strong offensive effort as the Warriors improved to 4-0 on the season.
Other Notable Performances
Zach Davis from Christiansburg had an unbelievable night in the Blue Demons' 47-0 win over Bassett. Davis caught two touchdown passes, returned a blocked field goal 60 yards for a score, recovered a fumble and picked off a pass in the win.
Eastern View's Simon Pendleton put up another huge night for the Cyclones, throwing for 351 yards and five touchdowns in their 52-8 win over Brunswick. V.J. Ivory caught six of those passes for 268 yards, which may be in the top ten all-time in Virginia for single game receiving yards.
Marcus Jones led Jefferson Forest to a 28-6 win over Turner Ashby, rushing for 184 yards and two scores and throwing for 141 and a touchdown.
Also in the Lynchburg area, Liberty (Bedford) and Martinsville put up huge numbers in a 44-34 Bulldog win. Martinsville's Ishmel Hairston and Freddie Williams combined for 389 rushing yards and three scores, while Liberty's Trevon Lightfoot ran for a touchdown, returned a kickoff for a score and threw for two more (both to Josh Martin, who finished with 137 yards receiving).
Richlands' Devon Johnson had a big night as the Blue Tornado beat Pulaski County 38-21. Johnson ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass.
Grafton's Dylan Bartells also ran for over 200 yards (202) as the Clippers beat New Kent 42-21. Teammate Robbie Hiser threw for four touchdowns.
Zack Jackson from Louisa was another over-200 yard runner, going for 212 yards and two scores in the Lions' 37-9 win over Spotsylvania. Also in the Jefferson, Monticello's Jhalil Mosley had 299 total yards in their loss to Goochland.
On the defensive side, there were several strong efforts in the Bay Rivers. Lafayette's Carlos Coronado and Peter Hurst both picked up double-digit tackles, while York's Marcus Wakelyn had 18 tackles and teammate Anthony Honey had 15 tackles and a punt return touchdown.
In Loudoun, Potomac Falls and Heritage had an offensive battle, with Heritage coming out on top 39-31. Both quarterbacks, Austin Nelson for Heritage and Michael Fischetti for the Panthers threw for three touchdowns, while receivers Marcus Finney (103 yards, two TDs for Heritage) and Kareem Watson (154 yards, 2 TDs for Potomac Falls) were the favored targets.
Devonte Dedmon had a huge impact in Warhill's upset win over Poquoson, picking off two passes, recovering two fumbles (forcing one) and catching a touchdown.
A couple of quarterbacks threw for four touchdowns: Harrisonburg's Jake Durden had 228 yards passing and added a rushing touchdown in the Streaks' win over Millbrook. Charlottesville's Mason Sherry led his team to their first win, 41-13 over Culpeper, with two of the touchdowns going to Daquan Jones.
Three TD nights: Seth Bradley, Alleghany; Khalil Brooks, Park View (Sterling); Anthony Budd, Liberty (Bealeton); Alec Dombkowski, Park View (Sterling); Jarrett Moon, Staunton River; Brendan Motley, Christiansburg; Storm Parker, New Kent; Gage Steele, Warren County; Reece Strong, Richlands; Moses Washington, Eastern View; Jonathan Winnegan, Smithfield; Sam Wright, Cave Spring
More well-rounded games: Cave Spring's Jon Evans had 99 receiving yards (an 80-yard touchdown included) and a 53-yard interception return for a score. Brookville's Tyler Pitts recovered two fumbles (one for a TD) and ran for a 57-yard touchdown.
A couple of loooooooooong interception returns for touchdowns: Mister Fitzgerald from Tuscarora was credited with a 99-yard interception return in the Huskies' win over Loudoun Valley, while Broadway's Trevor Bostic added a 98-yard interception return to his 192 rushing yards and rushing touchdown.
Finally, Skyline's Nick Helmick and Zach Blair were dominant defensively against Brentsville. They combined for 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) and 2 forced fumbles.
Week 1: Jake Durden, QB, Harrisonburg
Week 2: Sam Wright, RB, Cave Spring