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 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.
Nelson's week 6, AA Player of the Week, performance!
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.
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,
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
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
Finally, James Monroe's Julian Bumbrey took not one, but two
interceptions all the way back for touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat King
Jake Durden, QB, Harrisonburg
Wright, RB, Cave Spring
Thomas Smith, WR/DB/KR, Lafayette
Harvey Taylor, QB, Magna Vista
Preston, RB, James Monroe