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September 7, 2011
AA Player of the Week: Week 2
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AA Player of the Week: Week Two
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 Two Player of the Week
Coming into the season, the week two player of the week was one of the few returning skill position starters for his team. Many expected him to carry the offense at times this season, especially early in the year, and his week two performance showed that he was ready for the responsibility. Cave Spring's Sam Wright ran 33 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns in the Knights' 50-29 win over Martinsville that put the Knights firmly ahead of the Bulldogs in the race to challenge Richlands in region IV, division 3. Wright had touchdown runs of 10, 32, 9 and 11 yards on the night and ran behind the right side of the line (Dylan Brucki and Daniel Cloeter) most of the night. Wright's effort put Cave Spring at 2-0 on the young season and earned him the week two AA Player of the Week award.
Other Notable Performances
Jefferson Forest's Marcus Jones had a huge night after two early interceptions put his team in a 14-0 hole. Jones rebounded from the early miscues to run for four touchdowns and 189 yards and throw for an additional touchdown and 119 yards in the Cavaliers' 42-24 win over Staunton River.
Alex Johnston of York also went for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in the Falcons' 49-6 win over Greensville on Thursday. Not to be outdone in the Bay Rivers, Grafton's Robbie Hiser threw for four touchdowns of his own as the Clippers got a big early win, 31-13 over Powhatan.
Quarterback Mac Graham from Kettle Run lit up the scoreboard against Potomac Falls, running for two scores and 132 yards and passing for three touchdowns and 172 yards in a 45-0 win.
In the Southwest District, Marion's Ethan Richardson ran for five touchdowns and 138 yards in a 51-0 win over Northwood, while Abingdon's Caleb Widner scored four times and ran for 211 yards on the ground in the Falcons' 51-13 win over Patrick Henry (Glade Spring).
Through two games, Harrisonburg looks like they'll put a player (or two or three) on this list every week. Jake Durden threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns against Handley, with receiver Weylin Holmes catching 121 yards and two touchdowns and returning an interception for a score. Fellow wideout Issiah Smith also caught two touchdowns and was over 100 yards receiving, while Handley's Daquanta Pannell returned two punts for touchdowns to go along with double-digit tackles in the game.
Ethan Preston from James Monroe ran for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the Jackets' win over Stafford. His offensive line (Nelson King, Troy Thomas, Jeff Schmitz, Marcus Bell, and Judson Willard) also deserve plenty of the credit.
Jahlil Mosley led Monticello to a 42-14 win over Albemarle with 156 passing yards and three scores and 94 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. All three passing scores went to receiver Denzel Terry, while Isaac Robinson ran for 152 yards and two scores, as well.
In just one half of play, Eastern View's Simon Pendleton threw for four scores in the Cyclones win against Charlottesville.
Richlands' Reece Strong had a terrific all-around night, throwing for 219 yards and two scores, running for a touchdown and kicking a 30-yard field goal with a minute and a half remaining to give the Blue Tornado a 24-22 win over Union.
Three touchdown nights: Porter Abell, Rockbridge County; Kendall Becraft, Brookville; Breon Brawley, Liberty (Bedford); Demontaz Brown, James Monroe; Anthony Budd, Liberty (Bealeton); Colin Diehl, Fauquier; Ishmel Hairston, Martinsville; Dylan Horne, R.E. Lee (Staunton); Landon Morrow, Jamestown; Atem Ntangtang, Woodgrove; Joseph Ojo, Sherando; Harvey Taylor, Magna Vista; Nick Zaluzney, Courtland
Nick Maiolo from Powhatan had a strong defensive game for the Indians in a losing cause: 8 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defended.
Southampton's Jaron White ran for two touchdowns and had two sacks as the Indians beat Smithfield.
Andre Mealy returned from a season-long injury last year with 176 rushing yards and two touchdowns as Louisa opened with a big win over Orange.
Broadway's Quinn Arbogast ran for four touchdowns as the Gobblers beat Millbrook 34-7.
Finally, a couple of strong special teams' efforts to close the week: Tre Porter of Sherando ran back a kickoff 94 yards for a score in addition to a receiving touchdown, while Ling Zheng of Rockbridge County ran for two scores and had two kickoff returns for 136 yards and one for a touchdown in the Wildcats' win over Waynesboro.