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October 19, 2011

AA Player of the Week: Colin Diehl

AA Player of the Week: Week Eight

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 Eight Player of the Week

Friday night's victory was somewhat of a coming out party for this week's AA player of the week. After earning the starting quarterback job in preseason and week one, he has thrown for 1400 yards through seven games in his junior season, along with 13 touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns. However, this past week, Fauquier's Colin Diehl had his best game of the season in a 42-20 win over Warren County. Diehl threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 52 yards and two scores as the Falcons jumped out to a 35-0 lead over the once-beaten Wildcats and cruised home in the second half. While his numbers don't quite match the stats his brother Garrett put up for Fauquier last season, the younger Diehl certainly looks capable of leading the Falcons back to the postseason in 2011.

Other Notable Performances

DeArius Olvis was all over the field for Bruton in the Panthers' 26-6 win over Jamestown. Olvis caught eight passes for 106 yards, ran for a touchdown, returned an interception for a score and picked up 12 tackles on the night.

Harvey Taylor had another great night for #5 Magna Vista. Taylor passed for 248 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 94 yards and two more touchdowns as the Warriors beat Tunstall 42-0.

Briar Woods' Trace McSorley had a great night in the Falcons' 56-14 win over Heritage. McSorley threw for 210 yards and four scores and added a touchdown on the ground as the Falcons almost definitely shut the door on the Dulles District race.

Monticello's Sam Patterson was the top receiver of the night with 224 yards and two touchdowns in the Mustangs' win over Turner Ashby. Quarterback Jhalil Mosley threw for 274 yards and three scores and added 95 yards and a touchdown rushing in the victory.

Marcus Jones helped Jefferson Forest fight off a challenge from Liberty (Bedford) with five touchdowns. Jones ran for 192 yards and threw for 194 yards in the victory, too.

Quarterback Zac Hill totaled five touchdowns for William Byrd as the Terriers beat Alleghany. Hill ran for four scores and 142 yards and threw for another touchdown in the win.

In region IV, Richlands' Devon Johnson (12-231 rushing, 2 TDs and a receiving TD) and Cave Spring's Sam Wright (40-287 rushing, 3 TDs) continued their strong seasons. Both could be looking at a regional championship matchup if things move along the way they have through the first eight weeks of the season.

It was a big night for receivers, as no fewer than ten players went over the century mark in receiving yards. In addition to Olvis and Patterson mentioned above, these players also had over 100 yards in catches: Joe Barton, William Byrd; Tyler Fisher, Northside; Boomer Kaczmarzewski, Millbrook; Damien Patterson, Martinsville; DeShaun Penn, Magna Vista; Nick Perry, Spotsylvania; Wesley Robinson, Loudoun Valley; Rodney Smith, Jamestown

Running backs were not to be denied either, with at least nine players going over 150 yards. Those not already mentioned above include: Dylan Bartells, Grafton; Will Capers, Lafayette; Jordan Daniels, Salem; Donald Devine, Loudoun Valley; Trevor Fisher, Fort Defiance; Zach Snell, Christiansburg

In the Jefferson District, Ray Brown scored four touchdowns for the second consecutive week for Powhatan as the Indians moved to 2-0 in the district with a 41-18 win over Fluvanna. Meanwhile, Western Albemarle's Kent Henry threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in their win over Charlottesville.

Colby Underwood helped Grafton knock off Warhill with two interceptions on defense.

More three touchdown nights: Quinn Arbogast, Broadway; William Emeny, Poquoson; Ishmel Hairston, Martinsville; Alex Johnston, York; Raliek Lockett, Prince Edward; Josh Martin, Liberty (Bedford); Reid Miner, Spotswood; Joseph Ojo, Sherando; Ethan Richardson, Marion; Reece Strong, Richlands; Jermaal Wells, Smithfield

Finally, James Monroe continues to put up big numbers week in and week out and Ethan Preston had 257 yards and four touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets in a 64-7 rout of Culpeper County. The Jayem offensive line continues to be dominant for Preston and company in the backfield, as well.

Also, for the second time this season, Julian Bumbrey returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game. Except this week he topped his earlier effort by performing the feat on back-to-back plays.

Previous Winners

Week 1: Jake Durden, QB, Harrisonburg

Week 2: Sam Wright, RB, Cave Spring

Week 3: Thomas Smith, WR/DB/KR, Lafayette

Week 4: Harvey Taylor, QB, Magna Vista

Week 5: Ethan Preston, RB, James Monroe

Week 6: Austin Nelson, QB, Heritage (Leesburg)

Week 7: Marty Bishop, RB, Salem (Salem)

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