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October 4, 2011
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 Six Player of the Week
Coming into 2011, with his team winning just three games over the past two seasons, the expectations of competing for a playoff berth were not overwhelming for this week's AA player of the week. Still, with a strong returning group surrounding him in the spread offense, there have been plenty of highlights through the first five games. None moreso than last Friday's sterling performance in Heritage's 44-42 shootout win over Loudoun Valley. Quarterback Austin Nelson completed 17 of 28 passes for 410 yards and five touchdowns as the Pride moved their record to 4-1 (2-0 in the Dulles) heading into their bye week. Nelson threw for over 2,500 yards last season in AAA for Heritage and has already thrown for nearly 1,600 through five games this season to go along with 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He'll get a tough test in two weeks with a trip to Briar Woods, but his week six effort earned him AA Player of the Week honors.
Other Notable Performances
That same game produced several other excellent stat lines, including two Heritage receivers going over 100 yards through the air. Ryan Taylor caught eight passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns, while teammate Drew Burkhard caught six for 161 yards and one score. Loudoun Valley's Donald Devine was the Vikings main offensive weapon, running for 142 yards and three touchdowns and Harrison Jackson caught five passes for 129 yards and a score for Loudoun Valley, as well.
In last week's game of the week, Briar Woods' Alex Carter returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and added an 11-yard touchdown run for the Falcons in a 38-0 shutout of Tuscarora.
Another shootout that produced big numbers was Monticello's 50-36 win over Western Albemarle. The Mustangs' Isaac Robinson ran 24 times for 217 yards and five touchdowns in the win, while Warriors' backup quarterback Devin Long came into the game due to injury and threw five touchdowns on 24 of 32 passing for 270 yards. Two of the touchdowns went to Austin Ellis, along with 127 yards receiving.
Ashten Dixon led Spotsylvania to their second win of the year with five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and 212 total yards. Nick Perry caught five passes for 140 yards and two scores in the 39-13 win over Culpeper County.
Eastern View's Simon Pendleton accounted for five scores, throwing for three touchdowns and 201 yards and running for two more scores in the Cyclones' win over Caroline. Shaquille Robinson caught four passes for 120 yards and two scores.
Brookville's Michael Carwile was all over the field for the Bees in the 48-13 win over E.C. Glass. Carwile had two rushing touchdowns, a receiving touchdown and returned an interception to the endzone in the victory.
Several 200-yard rushers to highlight: Richlands' Devon Johnson ran for 215 yard and three touchdowns as the Blue Tornado moved to 6-0 with a 45-19 win over Honaker. Fellow Southwest District foe Caleb Widner of Abingdon ran 38 times for 222 yards before going out with an injury as the Falcons beat John Battle 13-6. Staunton River's Jarrett Moon ran 40 times for 257 yards and a score in a 27-17 win over Tunstall.
Three touchdown nights: Yaya Anderson, Fluvanna; Kendall Becraft, Brookville; Alex Johnston, York; Randall Jones, Rustburg; Ethan Preston, James Monroe; Michael Simonic, Hidden Valley; Kirk Wilson, Courtland
Fauquier put up 42 on Brentsville thanks to Colin Diehl's four passing touchdowns and 305 yards through the air. Two touchdowns went to Darius Stanford and two to Sean Onstad.
William Byrd got its first win of the season, 48-21 over Glenvar, with Simeon Horstmann running for 140 yards and two scores and Daryl Preston running six times for 106 yards and a touchdown.
In region IV, Harvey Taylor totaled 310 yards of offense and two touchdowns for Magna Vista in a win over Halifax County, while Salem's Jordan Daniels ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-0 win over William Fleming.
Strong all-around games: Dexter Sloane of Handley ran 17 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and also registered 4.5 sacks in the Judges' win over Washington (WV). Matt Nicholson from Warren County caught a touchdown pass, ran in a 2-point conversion and returned a punt 71 yards for a score. Harrisonburg's Weylin Holmes caught a 26-yard touchdown and returned a punt 57 yards to the end zone, as well. William Emeny of Poquoson ran for 148 yards and a touchdown and had 12 tackles in the Islanders' 34-0 win over Jamestown.
Finally, James Monroe's Julian Bumbrey took not one, but two interceptions all the way back for touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat King George 50-14.
Week 1: Jake Durden, QB, Harrisonburg
Week 2: Sam Wright, RB, Cave Spring
Week 4: Harvey Taylor, QB, Magna Vista
Week 5: Ethan Preston, RB, James Monroe