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October 12, 2011
AA Player of the Week: Week Seven
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 Seven Player of the Week
Coming into Friday night's district opener, the week seven AA Player of the Week was his team's second-leading rusher and was definitely provided the power to his team's ground game. That determination came in handy after his team fell behind 26-0 early in the second quarter for Salem's Marty Bishop, the week seven AA Player of the Week. With the Spartans struggling to stop Cave Spring early on, Bishop came through with a huge effort to lead Salem back to a 29-26 victory, capped off with his third touchdown run of the night and a two-point conversion to seal the win with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the night, Bishop ran 23 times for 248 yards and three touchdowns, caught two passes for 46 yards, and picked up five tackles on the defensive side of the ball. All three touchdowns and over 70% of his yards came in the second half as Salem came from behind to snag an important win in River Ridge District play. Congratulations to Salem's Marty Bishop, the week seven AA Player of the Week!
Other Notable Performances
Richlands' Devon Johnson turned in a second consecutive dominating performance as the Blue Tornado moved to 7-0 on the year. Johnson ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a fifth score in the 49-0 win over Marion.
Also in region IV, week 4 player of the week Harvey Taylor had a hand in six touchdowns for Magna Vista against Patrick County. Taylor totaled 285 yards of offense and ran for four touchdowns, while throwing for an additional two scores as the Warriors won 64-13.
Let's talk defense early in the column this week. King George's Jordan Estes picked off three passes for the Foxes in a 22-9 win over Spotsylvania, in addition to having a touchdown run. Ben Messina sparked Loudoun County to a win over Park View on Thursday with a fumble recovery for a touchdown and a blocked punt. Bruton's De'Arius Olvis scored twice, once on a 51-yard interception return and picked off two passes in the Panthers win over Tabb. York's Marcus Wakelyn had 18 tackles as the Falcons beat Poquoson 42-21. Trey Brion had two touchdowns, including a 33-yard interception return for Jamestown as the Eagles beat New Kent. Alexander Jackson helped Chancellor's defense shut down Eastern View with 2 sacks and a pass defense, as well as a rushing touchdown on offense.
Broadway's David Collier had another tremendous game for the Gobblers as they won last week's game of the week against Harrisonburg, 25-19 in overtime. Collier had 105 receiving yards on offense, picked off two passes on defense and blocked both a field goal and an extra point in the victory. Teammate Trevor Bostic ran for two scores and 162 yards, while Salim Charles had a big game for Harrisonburg with 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Others who were all over the field this weekend:
Devonte Dedmon from Warhill was a force as the Lions nearly upset Lafayette. Dedmon threw a 75-yard touchdown pass, ran for two scores (73 and 36 yards), caught a touchdown and had an interception on defense.
Powhatan's Ray Brown helped the Indians win their first Jefferson District game, 42-7 over Western Albemarle. Brown ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 98 yards to put Powhatan in control in the second quarter.
More huge rushing games: Antonio Rutherford had 201 yards and two scores for Loudoun County on Thursday night; Sam Wright had 214 yards and three scores for Cave Spring; Andre Mealy ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns for Louisa in the Lions' 35-20 win over Fluvanna; Logan Rodeffer ran for 166 yards and two scores for Millbrook; William Byrd backs Simeon Horstmann (170 yds, TD) and Daryl Preston (106 yds, 2 TDs) led the Terriers past Lord Botetourt; King George's De'shon Brown had two scores (one receiving, one rushing) and 125 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Mac Graham led Kettle Run past Handley Saturday with three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Marcus Jones reversed those stats in Jefferson Forest's 45-21 win over E.C. Glass.
Porter Abell had 299 yards of offense and three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 passing) as the Wildcats beat Staunton River 21-14. Spotswood's Austin Nicely had 225 yards of offense and four scores (three rushing, one passing) as the Blazers beat Turner Ashby.
Three touchdown nights: Michael Bailey, Courtland; Kendall Becraft, Brookville; Demontaz Brown, James Monroe; Tyler Fisher, Northside; Robbie Hiser, Grafton; Luke Mechling, New Kent; Brendan Motley, Christiansburg; Jake Norman, York; Joseph Ojo, Sherando; Logan Walls, Fluvanna; Kirk Wilson, Courtland
Here's your weekly report from the Monticello game, since the Mustangs and their opponents put up huge offensive numbers every game (or so it seems). Isaac Robinson had 210 yards and four touchdowns and Sam Patterson caught 112 yards and two scores for the Mustangs, while Charlottesville's Mason Sherry threw for 218 yards and totaled five touchdowns in the 54-40 Monticello win.
Finally, Dayvon Haight of Skyline scored three touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 63 yards as the Hawks beat Millbrook 26-20. The last of his three touchdowns came on the final play of the game and helped his team avoid heading to overtime and win their third game of the season.
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