AA Player of the Week: Week Nine
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
Week Nine Player of the Week
In last week's game of the week - Christiansburg's 42-36 win over Salem - there
were several outstanding performances, but one player did more than enough on
both sides of the line of scrimmage to earn this week's AA Player of the Week
award. With over 200 yards of offense and a hand in four touchdowns and a
strong effort on defense, Christiansburg's Brenden Motley is this week's
VirginiaPreps.com AA Player of the Week. Motley has been one of the team's
offensive catalysts over the past two years and provides leadership at
quarterback and at safety on defense. In the win over Salem, Motley threw for
two touchdowns (on 3 for 6 passing) and ran for 142 yards and two more
touchdowns (50 and 46 yards in the third quarter to put the Blue Demons up
42-27). On defense, Motley totaled seven tackles and blocked an extra point
that kept his team in front 28-27 in the third quarter.
Other Notable Performances
Salem's Marty Bishop did his best to put the Spartans over the top
against Motley and Christiansburg. Bishop ran for 255 yards and five touchdowns
in the loss and has seemingly put the Spartans on his back in River Ridge play.
Park View (Sterling) kept its playoff hopes alive with a 45-17 win over Loudoun
Valley. Quarterback Alec Dombkowski threw for 388 yards and four
touchdowns with Ryan McCarter catching 227 yards and three scores in the
While last week was big for receivers, there were several defensive standouts in
week 9 that deserve to be highlighted:
Handley's Daquanta Pannell was the key to the Judges' 24-0 shutout of
Skyline. Pannell returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown and had two
interceptions, returning one of those 43 yards for a touchdown.
had three interceptions in Grafton's win over Tabb, returning one for a
touchdown. On the opposite side, his teammate Dylan Bartells ran for 211
yards and three touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass.
Martinsville's DeVonte Preston recovered two fumbles for touchdowns in
the Bulldogs' 46-34 win over Bassett. His teammate Freddie Williams ran
for 239 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. In the losing effort,
Bassett's Deshaun Valentine ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns and
returned a fumble for a touchdown.
and Trevor Bostic led Broadway to an 8-0 record with a 48-0 win over Fort
Defiance. Stipic returned both a fumble and a kickoff for touchdowns, while
Bostic ran for 157 yards and three scores.
Richlands' Devon Johnson continues to put up huge numbers in the
Southwest District. In Friday's 56-10 win over Abingdon, Johnson ran for 262
yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns in just over one half of play.
Reece Strong accounted for four touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) for
Richlands, as well.
In Region I, Poquoson's William Emeny ran for 118 yards on 10 carries,
scored twice and came up with 17 tackles in the Islanders win over New Kent.
James Monroe's Kasine Conway carried the ball just three times, but
picked up 133 yards (that's 44.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. York's
Alex Johnston threw four more touchdown passes, while Devonte Dedmon
makes another appearance here with three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 passing).
More three touchdown nights: Ray Brown, Powhatan; Darrin Jackson,
Chancellor; Marcus Jones, Jefferson Forest; Connor McGinty,
Lafayette; Trace McSorley, Briar Woods; Jacob Mollett, Carroll
County; Tyler Post, Warren County; Sidney Sandidge, Amherst
County; Sam Wright, Cave Spring
Rockbridge County escaped Alleghany with a 31-29 win thanks to 165 yards rushing
and two scores from Porter Abell. The Mountaineers' Seth Bradley
threw for four touchdowns and 275 yards in the losing effort.
Kettle Run's Josh Tapscott followed up his week 8 heroics against Liberty
with 150 yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) as the Cougars
beat Fauquier 21-3.
of E.C. Glass also had three touchdowns in the Hilltoppers' 49-19 win over
Liberty (Bedford). Bowling threw for two and ran an interception back for a
score, as well.
Sherando Warriors defense received a nomination for a great effort against
Liberty (Bealeton) in a 10-7 win. The Eagles were averaging over 280 yards per
game on the ground and the Warrior defense - George Aston,Trevis Newman, BJ
Askew, Chris Smith,Tre Porter, Reid Entsminger, Brady and Andrew Cook, Darren
Dawson, Tyler Whitmer and Hunter Vanmeter and others - held them to
just 163, including just 35 in the second half. Along with Joseph Ojo's
163 yards and rushing touchdown, the Warriors moved to 6-2 on the year.
Jake Durden, QB, Harrisonburg
Wright, RB, Cave Spring
Thomas Smith, WR/DB/KR, Lafayette
Harvey Taylor, QB, Magna Vista
Preston, RB, James Monroe
QB, Heritage (Leesburg)
Marty Bishop, RB, Salem (Salem)
Colin Diehl, QB, Fauquier