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
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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)