The 2016 DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Player of the Week powered by Under Armour is announced each Wednesday, and featured throughout the week on ESPN 980.
JABARI LAWS, WISE
The Wise Pumas completed their second consecutive undefeated season, and their senior quarterback bound for Army-West Point was a large reason why.
Jabari Laws had a spectacular season and was at his best time and again when the games mattered most. In this past Friday’s Maryland 4A championship game, Laws completed 15 of 18 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-7 victory over Quince Orchard as Wise capped another 14-0 state title season.
For his efforts, Laws was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
Wise didn’t have many close games as Laws finished the season with 2,401 passing yards and 38 touchdowns with only four interceptions and 14 rushing touchdowns.
Others considered for Player of the Week honors were:
- Westfield QB Rehman Johnson completed 14 of 26 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns as Westfield beat Oscar Smith, 34-28 in double overtime, to win the Virginia 6A championship.
- Stone Bridge RB Joshua Breece rushed 27 times for 213 yards and one touchdown in a 35-29 loss to Highland Springs in the Virginia 5A championship.
- Damascus DB Colby Starheim intercepted three passes, the final one in end zone, as the Swarmin’ Hornets beat Franklin, 14-12, to the Maryland 3A title.
VAUGHN TAYLOR, JR., FRIENDSHIP COLLEGIATE
Vaughn Taylor Jr. has wreaked havoc all season for the Friendship Collegiate football team and he was at his best again Saturday’s in the Knights’ final game. Taylor had four sacks and recovered a fumble to lead Friendship Collegiate defeated H.D. Woodson in a meeting of Northeast Washington neighbors in the DCSAA Class AA championship game.
For the season, Taylor had 57 tackles, 23 sacks, forced four fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass for one of the Washington area’s most dominant defenses.
The Knights (10-2) finished the season with four shutouts in five games. Only one local opponent scored more than one touchdown against Friendship Collegiate this season.
Others considered for Player of the Week were:
- Westfield QB Rehman Johnson completed 11 of 14 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another score in a 42-12 win over South Lakes in the Virginia 6A North final.
- Dominion QB-DB Vashon McCants returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown and threw two touchdown passes in a 38-22 loss to Salem in the Virginia 4A West final.
VASHON MCCANTS, DOMINION
Vashon McCants began the season as a running back. But with Dominion about to fall to 2-2 on the young season, the Titans made a change. In the fourth quarter of a 24-14 loss to Woodgrove on Sept. 16, McCants became the team’s quarterback.
Dominion has not lost since.
This past Friday, McCants continued to lead the Titans’ offense – and made one of the team’s biggest plays this season on special teams. He completed 10 of 16 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 92 yards and blocked the potential game-winning field goal attempt on the game’s final play in a 30-23 win over previously unbeaten Woodgrove in a Virginia 4A West semifinal. (Teammate Billie Walker returned the blocked field goal for a touchdown as time expired.)
“Vashon is a very gregarious young man,” Dominion Coach Karl Buckwalter said. “He’s an electric football player and can do just about anything and takes over a game. We’re excited about how much he has progressed as a quarterback.”
McCants, who also plays defensive back, has scholarship offers from Towson and St. Francis (Pa.)
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- H.D. Woodson QB Tyron Robinson completed 13 of 17 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown and rushed for another score in a 22-20 win over Wilson in the DCIAA Turkey Bowl.
- Westfield WR Sean Eckert caught an 80-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 86 yards for another touchdown in a 31-13 win over Madison in a Virginia 6A North semifinal.
- Walkersville RB Jacob Wetzel caught a 10-yard touchdown pass and had a 74-yard run to set up the Lions’ other touchdown in a 12-7 win over Dunbar (Md.) in a Maryland 2A semifinal.
- Damascus RB Markus Vinson returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, rushed 16 times for 190 yards and four touchdowns and caught three passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-28 win over Potomac (Md.) in a Maryland 3A semifinal.
- Wise QB Jabari Laws threw three touchdown passes and rushed for three more touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Howard in a Maryland 4A semifinal.
- Maret QB Garrison Burnett rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and completed 7 of 12 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-7 win over Theodore Roosevelt in the DCSAA Class A championship game.
BEAU ENGLISH, DEMATHA
Beau English has led DeMatha to plenty of victories during his high school career, but he might have saved his best for his final game in a Stags’ uniform.
Trailing by 15 points with less than six minutes left, English engineered an improbable comeback. He guided DeMatha to three quick touchdowns as it rallied for a 34-29 victory over St. John’s in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game. DeMatha saved its undefeated season to finish 12-0 and capture its fourth consecutive WCAC title.
For his efforts, English was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
English, an Air Force recruit, led the way for DeMatha. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards and one touchdown. The Stags trailed 29-14 at the midpoint of the fourth quarter. But after a St. John’s fumble, English scored on a 17-yard run to make it 29-21. The Cadets failed to cover the ensuing kickoff and English threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Toro. Following a St. John’s punt, English capped his heroics with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Myles Miree with 1 minute 5 seconds left.
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Annapolis RB Cameron Hough rushed 28 times for 264 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-34 win over Broadneck in the Maryland 4A East Region final as the Panthers claimed their first regional title since 2000.
- Theodore Roosevelt QB Leon Gray completed 9 of 11 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-6 win over Bell in the Gravy Bowl.
- Madison RB Landan Thomas rushed 24 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win over West Potomac in a Virginia 6A North quarterfinal.
- Glenelg RB Wande Owens rushed 23 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 win over River Hill in the Maryland 3A East Region final. It was the seventh time this season that Owens rushed for at least 200 yards; his 2,450 yards rushing are a Howard County single-season record.
- Dominion QB Vashon McCants rushed 16 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Amherst County in a Virginia 4A West quarterfinal.
- Damascus RB Markus Vinson rushed 31 times for 277 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Oakdale in the Maryland 3A West Region final.
- Wise QB Jabari Laws completed 16 of 26 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-22 win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the Maryland 4A South Region final.
- Brentsville RB Eric Jones rushed 18 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers set a school single-season record with their 10th victory in a 31-24 win over James Monroe in a Virginia 3A East second-round game.
Calvert K Jacob Didra booted a 28-yard field goal with four seconds left to lift Calvert to a 24-21 win over Patuxent in the Maryland 2A South Region final.
CAMERON HOUGH, ANNAPOLIS
Cameron Hough wants to be at his best in everything he does. He’s had a sensational season as a running back, but it was a play from his linebacker position on defense this past Friday that propelled host Annapolis to its first postseason victory since 2000.
Hough, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior, forced a fumble on the final play of the first half, then recovered the fumble and ran 25 yards for a momentum-building touchdown. He added three touchdown runs in the second half and finished with 212 yards rushing as the Panthers beat North Point, 45-21, in a Maryland 4A East Region semifinal.
For his performance, Hough was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“As a player, I train to be elite in everything I do,” Hough said, “in the classroom, as a player, as a family member helping everyone around you. … I try to be humble. I’m not a rah-rah kind of guy.”
Instead, Hough likes to let his play do his talking. He has rushed for 1,303 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. This was his sixth time in seven games with at least 100 yards rushing. While opponents know that Hough is getting the ball, they have not been able to stop him. Annapolis has scored at least 40 points in all 10 of its victories this season.
Others considered for Player of the Week honors include:
- Oakdale RB Chase De Maille caught five passes for 86 yards and three touchdowns and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown as the Bears rallied to beat Tuscarora, 40-28, in a Maryland 3A West Region semifinal for the first playoff win in school history.
- Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed 16 times for 289 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Bel Air in a Maryland 4A North Region semifinal.
- Richard Montgomery RB Ty Hebron rushed 31 times for 289 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-13 win over Northwest in a Maryland 4A West Region semifinal.
- Westfield QB Rehman Johnson completed 9 of 13 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns and rushed seven times for 50 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-7 win over W.T. Woodson in a Virginia 6A North first-round game.
- Oxon Hill WR Daniel George caught five passes for 58 yards and three touchdowns, returned an interception for a touchdown and returned a fumble for a touchdown in a 62-6 win over Rockville in a Maryland 3A South Region semifinal.
- DeMatha WR Delante Hellams caught five passes for 68 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-13 win over Good Counsel in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal.
- Calvert RB-LB Levi Brickner rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass on a trick play and recovered an onside kick in a 42-28 win over Gwynn Park in a Maryland 2A South Region semifinal.
DaJuan Rollins, OXON HILL
Oxon Hill went undefeated in the regular season for the first time in 30 years and junior quarterback DaJuan Rollins played a large role in the Clippers’ success.
Rollins, in his second season as a starter, was on top of his game again in this past Saturday’s regular season finale, completing 20 of 38 passes for a season-high 305 yards and four touchdowns to lead Oxon Hill to a 45-19 win over DuVal.
For his performance, Rollins was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He does all the little things,” Oxon Hill Coach Craig Jefferies said. “He’s a quarterback. He worked hard this offseason and wants to be a team leader.”
So far, so good, for the 10-0 Clippers and Rollins, who has passed for 22 touchdowns this season entering Saturday’s Maryland 3A South Region semifinal against visiting Rockville.
Rollins’ success on the field is starting to attract attention from college recruiters. He has been receiving interest from schools in the Football Championship Subdivision and recently started hearing from schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision, including Temple and some in the Mid-American Conference, Jefferies said.
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Arundel QB Ryan Sedgwick completed 22 of 27 passes for 335 yards and six touchdowns in 60-41 win over Severna Park.
- Wilson QB Steven Williams Jr. completed 18 of 41 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-20 win over Ballou.
- Catoctin RB Nathan Rednower rushed for 291 yards and six touchdowns in a win over Brunswick.
- Wilde Lake QB-DB TJ Lyles passed for three touchdowns, rushed for two touchdowns, had two sacks, blocked two extra-point kicks and blocked a punt in a 35-25 win over Oakland Mills as the Wildecats earned a Maryland 3A East Region playoff berth.
- Woodgrove QB Mike Kovich completed 14 of 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-27 win over Loudoun Valley to complete an undefeated regular season.
- Whitman RB Gunnar Morton rushed 27 times for 210 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-22 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase. It was his third 200-yard game of the season.
- Lake Braddock RB Lamont Atkins rushed 23 times for 270 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-44 win over South County to clinch the top seed in the Virginia 6A North Region.
- Hylton RB-LB Mike Collins rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 99 yards for the clinching score in a 34-17 win over Forest Park that clinched a berth in the Virginia 6A South Region playoffs.
- Gonzaga QB Sam Brown completed 16 of 29 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-35 win over rival St. John’s.
- Patuxent QB Reese Crounse completed 12 of 19 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score in a 49-14 win over Westlake.
JACOB KEENEY, HAYFIELD
Though Jacob Keeney is in his first season as the Hayfield Hawks’ starting quarterback, Coach Eric Henderson has plenty of trust in Keeney.
“Jacob is an astute quarterback and can see things and see the changes in defenses pretty quickly,” Henderson said. “He knows the offense. We run a pretty sophisticated offense and he’s able to go through those reads, that I think are pretty collegiate, are find open receivers.”
Indeed, as the regular season winds down, Keeney has delivered and has the Hawks set for a berth in the Virginia 6A North Region playoffs. Keeney enjoyed another spectacular game this past Friday, completing 35 of 51 passes for 491 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score as Hayfield sent South Lakes to its first loss of the season, 38-28. For his efforts, Keeney was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“South Lakes brought some pressure and he was able to deal with that and deliver the ball in spots our receivers needed,” Henderson said.
Entering this week’s regular season finale, Keeney has completed 195 of 303 passes for 2,872 yards and 29 touchdowns. He has rushed for 10 more touchdowns, leading the Hawks to an 8-1 record. Keeney attributed the success to an offseason of hard work preparing for his turn to be the starter.
“All the work from the offseason really showed Friday,” said Keeney, who is 5 feet 11 and weighs 140 pounds. “We worked on a lot of 1-on-1s and man routes. … As a player, I would describe myself as someone who uses a lot of mental [preparation]. I’m not the biggest person and I’m not the strongest person out there. I’m using my head and reading coverages.”
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Ballou RB Keonte Johnson rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in a 46-6 win over Dunbar.
- Linganore RB Zamarre Snowden rushed 41 times for 253 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-13 overtime win over Thomas Johnson.
- Glenelg RB Wande Owens rushed 27 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns, including the decisive 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter as the Gladiators beat Howard, 25-20, to end the Lions’ 32-game winning streak against Howard County opponents.
- Stone Bridge RB Joshua Breece rushed 27 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-23 win over Potomac Falls.
- Blair WR Clifford Carter caught seven passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns (77, 83, 52) as Blair clinched its third consecutive playoff berth with a 46-28 win over Einstein.
- Battlefield RB Sean Greene rushed 25 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in a 36-13 win over Stonewall Jackson.
- Episcopal QB Seth Agwunobi rushed 12 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed 14 of 29 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-18 win over St. Albans as the Maroon inched closer to an undefeated season and set up Friday’s game against Georgetown Prep to determine the Interstate Athletic Conference title.
- Lackey RB Malik Burns rushed 17 times for 215 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-6 win over La Plata.
TY HEBRON, RICHARD MONTGOMERY
Ty Hebron wants to be known as a football player who never takes a play off. Of course, as Richard Montgomery’s star running back and top linebacker and also a member on nearly every special teams package, including as the punter, Hebron rarely does get to take a play off.
So it was a welcome sight midway through the fourth quarter, when an illegal procedure penalty on Clarksburg gave Hebron a few extra seconds to catch his breath. Even though Hebron had just blocked what appeared to be the potential game-tying extra-point kick – the penalty had nullified the play and given Clarksburg a second chance to tie the game – a short respite felt great.
Slightly recharged, Hebron came through again, rushing around from the right side and blocking the kick a second time, helping the Rockets escape with a 28-27 victory as they moved closer to a Maryland 4A West Region playoff berth.
“I don’t want to be that guy, who after the game says, ‘I wish I did this,’ or ‘I wish I did that,’ ” Hebron said.
While Hebron has been a standout all season, he was exceptional this past Friday, rushing for 211 yards and three touchdowns, making 14 tackles and recovering a fumble as Richard Montgomery improved to 7-1. For his efforts, Hebron was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“Ty is one of the kids on our team who embodies what we believe to be a successful RM football player, having that overwhelming desire to win,” Rockets Coach Josh Klotz said. “He put his team on his shoulders in crunch time.”
Hebron, who has rushed for more than 100 yards and scored at least two touchdowns in every game this season, has one other goal in mind. A senior, he plans to be the first member of his immediate family to go to college.
“It really means a lot,” to his mom, Hebron said. “I’m her youngest child and the first one to go to college. She always tells me I’m her miracle baby. The stuff she said to me, it didn’t go in one ear and out the other.”
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Eastern QB Jarome Johnson completed 8 of 18 passes for 98 yards and rushed 16 times for 272 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-28 win over Ballou.
- Flint Hill RB Mark Lewis rushed 43 times for 263 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-35 overtime win over St. James.
- Broad Run RB Meech Hembry rushed 19 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-6 win over Oakton.
- Mount Vernon QB Tim Heltzel completed 20 of 37 passes for 317 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-39 win over W.T. Woodson as the Majors secured a Virginia 6A North playoff berth.
- Freedom-Woodbridge QB-DB A.J. Felton intercepted a pass in his own end zone midway through the fourth quarter and later rushed for the game-clinching 10-yard touchdown as the Eagles clinched the first winning season in school history with a 25-20 win over Forest Park.
- Old Mill RB Sirus Gay rushed 30 times for 270 yards and one touchdown in a 34-10 win over Broadneck.
- Tuscarora RB Rodney Dorsey rushed 10 times for 206 yards and five touchdowns in a 59-35 win over Watkins Mill.
- Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed 28 times for 177 yards and one touchdown in a 14-7 win over Long Reach in a meeting of unbeaten teams.
- DuVal RB David Dupree rushed 31 times for 205 yards and one touchdown in a 16-12 win over Suitland.
- Patuxent WR-DE Vonnie Watkins caught three passes for 44 yards and had two sacks on defense in a 29-21 win over Chopticon.
PERRIS JONES, EPISCOPAL
Perris Jones is the last one to take the credit for his success. After his second consecutive game with more than 200 yards rushing, the junior running back was quick to credit everyone else for their part in Episcopal’s 27-13 victory over Bullis this past Friday.
“It was a great effort by the team,” Jones said. “The o-line did their job, they really made it easy for me. Props go to those big guys up front. They make my job easier. They had 200-plus yards as well.”
Maybe so, but the elusive 5-foot-8, 175-pound Jones has quickly made a mark in his first year at Episcopal. Against Bullis, he carried 20 times for 258 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Maroon to a key victory in the Interstate Athletic Conference and a 5-0 record.
For his efforts, Jones was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He’s always the first guy in drills and the last guy to leave practice,” Episcopal assistant coach Warner Blunt said. “I think the way he conducts himself on the field makes guys want to block for him, because he is the hardest working guy on the field. Our linemen see that, the quarterback sees that and everybody raises their level of play when Perris is on the field.”
It was quite an impact for a player who starred at Alexandria neighbor Bishop Ireton last season, rushing for 1,545 yards, before deciding to transfer.
“My family thought this was the best move for me,” Jones said. “We really thought this would give me the best opportunity of fulfilling my dream of playing at the next level.”
Jones does not have any scholarship offers yet, but he has heard from recruiters at Virginia Tech, Boston College, Purdue, Northwestern and North Carolina State.
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Wilson QB Steven Williams Jr. completed 24 of 31 passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns in a 53-22 win over Ballou.
- Annapolis RB Cameron Hough rushed nine times for 147 yards and six touchdowns in a 59-20 win over Northeast.
- Walkersville RB Chad Gleason rushed for 168 yds on 27 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter of a 14-7 victory over previously undefeated Oakdale.
- Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed 16 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a 39-0 win over Hammond.
- Sherwood QB Michael Mbony rushed 17 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-26 win over Blair.
- Wise QB Jabari Laws completed 12 of 22 passes for 169 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown in a 38-8 win over Eleanor Roosevelt, the Pumas’ 21st consecutive win.
- Thomas Stone FB E.J. Thompson rushed 11 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in a 23-0 win over Westlake in the 301 Classic.
- Woodgrove RB Chima Kpadwua rushed 26 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-22 win over Heritage.
- Hayfield QB Jacob Keeney completed 22 of 32 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 14 times for 110 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Langley.
- Woodbridge RB Caleb Grant rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-14 win over Forest Park.
MYCHALE SALAHUDDIN, H.D. WOODSON
With the team’s starting quarterback lost for the rest of the season because of an injury, H.D. Woodson’s coaching staff had to get creative. Part of the solution involved junior running back Mychale Salahuddin lining up in the shotgun and operating out of a Wildcat formation.
“We went with him out of Warrior formation – we don’t call it Wildcat,” H.D. Woodson Coach Greg Fuller said. “He ran for a touchdown out of that formation.”
With the 6-foot, 185-pound Salahuddin taking several snaps, Woodson maintained its winning ways last week. Salahuddin rushed for 73 yards, returned a kickoff 80 yards for another touchdown and ran for the game-clinching first down on a fake punt as the Warriors beat Wilson, 41-35, in a rematch of last year’s D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Turkey Bowl.
For his efforts, Salahuddin was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He does a lot of things well – runs the ball well, blocks well – to be the player that he is,” Fuller said. “Mike has that individual talent.”
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Riverdale Baptist RB Carlos Washington rushed 22 times for 245 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-18 win over Bullis.
- Broadneck DE Darnell Creek returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass as the Bruins limited Arundel’s high-powered offense in a 45-12 win.
- Urbana RB Gage Dickens rushed 41 times for 267 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-12 win over Clarksburg.
- Howard RB Devin Dawkins returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and rushed for two more touchdowns in a 35-0 win over Centennial.
- Einstein DB Jayden Ashby intercepted four passes in a 16-14 win over Paint Branch.
- Oxon Hill WR Daniel George caught an 11-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 56 yards for the game-winning touchdown in a 12-7 win over C.H. Flowers.
- North Point WR Malik Lawrence caught nine passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns, including a 98-yarder in a 26-0 win over previously undefeated Chopticon.
- Briar Woods RB Ben Maffe rushed 21 times for 137 yards and all five of the Falcons’ touchdowns, including a 10-yarder in the second overtime of a 35-34 win over Westfield.
- Chantilly WR Hunter Streb caught touchdown passes for 45 and 33 yards, rushed for a 52-yard touchdown and threw a 62-yard touchdown pass in a 49-14 win over McLean.
- Hylton QB Brandon Benson completed 14 of 21 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Gar-Field.
ADRIAN FELIZ-PLATT, SENECA VALLEY
Adrian Feliz-Platt stands 5 feet 7 and weighs 180 pounds. If the Seneca Valley senior were a little bit bigger, he might get the chance to play linebacker more often. He said he relishes playing defense because of the opportunity to tackle opponents.
For now, though, Feliz-Platt will have to be content with playing mostly on offense, where he is one of the Washington area’s most elusive players. This past Friday, Feliz-Platt etched his name into the record book with an accomplishment that seems likely to stand for a considerable amount of time.
Feliz-Platt rushed for 327 yards and a Maryland state single-game record nine touchdowns in a 69-14 win over Magruder. For his efforts, Feliz-Platt was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He has tremendous strength, speed, power and quickness,” Seneca Valley Coach Fred Kim said. “Add instincts to it and he is a complete package. He has every intangible you want in a football player, except for his height.”
The lack of height, though, has not limited Feliz-Platt. Through five games, he has rushed for 1,242 yards and 24 touchdowns. Against Magruder, Feliz-Platt received a few extra carries because the Screaming Eagles’ other top running back was sitting out because of an injury. By halftime, Kim said the coaches were stunned when they realized that Feliz-Platt had already scored eight touchdowns to match the state record. They decided to try to let him score one more to set the mark.
“One of the things that I’m so impressed with Adrian is that he has trememdous field presence and awareness,” Kim said. “Even defensively – if he played more snaps on defense, he’d be as good on defense as he is on offense. His cuts, knowing where he is on the field, knowing when to burst – you name it, he does it.”
While Kim gushed about his star running back, Feliz-Platt was quick to credit his teammates for his success.
“My linemen, they block pretty well for me,” he said. “And the wide receivers are starting to block for me, too.”
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Flint Hill senior Gage Herdman returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and caught a two-yard touchdown pass in a 24-6 win over St. Albans.
- Georgetown Prep WR Justin Allen returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught a 66-yard touchdown pass in a 34-9 win over Riverdale Baptist.
- Gonzaga RB Tyree Randolph scored five touchdowns in a 38-6 win over St. Mary’s Ryken.
- St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes RB Chancellor LeGrand rushed 26 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-26 win over Bishop Ireton.
- Bell RB Teyonte McKenzie rushed 23 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-31 win over McKinley Tech.
- Annapolis RB Cameron Hough rushed 18 times for 202 yards and four touchdowns and also scored three two-point conversions as the Panthers improved to 5-0 with a 46-22 win over Arundel.
- Thomas Johnson RB Nic Bishop rushed 16 times for 188 yards and one touchdown in a 13-0 win over Urbana.
- Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed 28 times for 268 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-6 win over Oakland Mills.
- Blake CB Kenny Gardner III intercepted three passes, returning one 53 yards for a touchdown, and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in a 38-6 win over Rockville.
- Lackey RB Malik Burns rushed 42 times for 160 yards in a 3-0 win over Patuxent.
- Bowie QB Troy Garrett completed 9 of 18 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns and rushed five times for 73 yards and another score in a 49-7 win over Laurel.
- Oxon Hill WR Javon Hayes caught five passes, including a 28-yard touchdown, and returned a punt 32 yards for another score in a 43-0 win over Surrattsville.
- Loudoun County QB Nick Barts completed 13 of 27 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-27 win over Park View.
- Falls Church RB Dakwandre Marshall rushed 11 times for 140 yards and five touchdowns in a 33-6 win over Marshall.
- Hayfield QB Jacob Keeney completed 16 of 27 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed 10 times for 114 yards and one touchdown in a 48-0 win over McLean.
- South County QB Jack McDaniels completed 17 of 25 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 28-yard touchdown pass in a 56-19 win over T.C. Williams.
- Hylton RB Ricky Slade rushed 29 times for 292 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-28 loss to Freedom-Woodbridge.
BRADLEY BLOCK, STONE BRIDGE
When Bradley Block transferred from Briar Woods to Stone Bridge this past summer, his new football coach knew exactly what the team was getting.
“You know how you get those guys that are just football players,” Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said. “They’re football players from Day 1. How they act. The game never seems too big for them. They just seem comfortable playing the game.”
Indeed, from the day he enrolled at Stone Bridge, Block has fit right in. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior, he plays running back and linebacker for the Bulldogs. This past Friday night, in a meeting of Virginia powerhouses, Block was at his best. He rushed 16 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns on offense and made six tackles on defense to lead Stone Bridge to a 34-16 victory over Westfield.
For his efforts, Block was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He’s got energy, too,” Thompson said. “He was worn out the other night: ‘I just ran for a 65-yard touchdown and you’re yelling at me to kick the extra point and then I have to go kick off?’ When we give him a blow, it’s on offense. He plays defense full time and then he rotates in on offense. He’s in two packages on offense and the other night we went in the run/heavy package and that is what he’s in, so he got a lot of carries.”
Block enjoyed the work on offense, but he has come to relish playing defense.
“If you asked me at the beginning of the year, I would have said I prefer offense, but now I kind of like defense more,” said Block, who transferred Ashburn schools this summer after his family moved. “It’s fun [putting up] double zeroes on the visitor’s side of the scoreboard.”
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- St. Albans RB John Galbreath rushed 27 times for 190 yards, including the decisive 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, intercepted a pass and kicked a 22-yard field goal in a 17-14 win over Severn.
- St. John’s RB Keilan Robinson rushed 15 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-22 win over Good Counsel.
- Sidwell Friends RB Mark Chichester rushed 23 times for 249 yards and four touchdowns (60, 48, 15, 45) and two two-point conversions in a 28-12 win over Fredericksburg Christian.
- Hayfield QB Jacob Keeney completed 24 of 33 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-29 win over Washington-Lee.
- Lake Braddock RB Lamont Atkins rushed 22 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-21 overtime win over previously unbeaten West Potomac.
- Mount Vernon QB Tim Heltzel passed for 405 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-37 loss to T.C. Williams.
- South County QB Jack McDaniels completed 16 of 19 passes for 369 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 82 yards and another score in a 51-25 win over West Springfield.
- Broad Run RB Meech Hembry rushed 47 times for 254 yards and four touchdowns (2, 4, 4, 20) in a 36-21 win over Briar Woods.
- Freedom-Woodbridge RB Tyquan Brown rushed 21 times for 328 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-13 win over Gar-Field.
- Old Mill RB Sirus Gay rushed 217 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Arundel in a meeting of unbeaten teams.
- Linganore LB Alec Stores had 14 tackles, four TFLs and two sacks in a 20-0 win over previously undefeated South Hagerstown.
- Sherwood RB Travis Levy rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-7 win over Springbrook.
- Largo RB Jarbari Reddock rushed 11 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-18 win over previously unbeaten National Collegiate.
- Patuxent QB Reese Crounse completed 15 of 17 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-7 win over La Plata.
DESMOND COLBY, BLAIR
Desmond Colby is in his third season as the Blair Blazers’ starting quarterback. He has guided the Silver Spring school, one of the oldest in the Washington area, to the first two playoff appearances in school history. Now a senior, Colby and the Blazers have their sights set on making this their best season yet.
Colby completed 19 of 36 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns this past Friday, including the game-winner with three minutes left, as for the first they ever Blair beat perennial contender Northwest, 40-36, and improved to 3-0 this season. For his efforts, Colby was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He really spent a lot of times this offseason honing all his skills,” said Blair fourth-year coach Andrew Fields, who was the head coach at Northwest in 2007 and 2008. “He’s got a great supporting cast of offensive linemen and receivers. The kids and I look at him as a leader. He’s definitely a leader.”
Colby, who has a 3-9 unweighted grade-point average, is receiving recruiting interest from schools in the Patriot League and Ivy League, which often put together the bulk of their recruiting classes in the late fall or after the season. So far, he is making quite the impression in 2016, averaging 310 yards passing per game with 11 touchdown passes in three games.
“We think we are one of the top offenses in the state,” Colby said. “I’m looking forward as the season continues to working with the coaches and working with the offense and seeing it grow.”
Other players who received Player of the Week consideration were:
- Gonzaga RB Tyree Randolph rushed 34 times for 165 yards, caught five passes for 84 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Eagles rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Georgetown Prep, 21-20, in the Jesuit Gridiron Classic.
- DeMatha QB Beau English, an Air Force recruit, completed all of his 14 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores in a 49-28 win over Baltimore’s top-ranked team, McDonogh.
- Maret QB Garrison Burnett rushed 10 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns and completed 9 of 11 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-6 win over Bell.
- Annapolis S Nyonjae Spriggs scored touchdowns on interception returns of 38 and 87 yards in a 40-19 victory over Broadneck.
- Linganore WR-DB Noll Stieren made 10 tackles, threw an 88-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 26 yards to the 1-yard line to set up the Lancers’ other touchdown in a 13-12 win over Middletown.
- Tuscarora QB Christian Edwards passed for 296 yards and six touchdowns in a 68-12 win over Frederick.
- Paint Branch WR-DB Durell Nchami caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 26-0 win over Gaithersburg.
- Seneca Valley RB Adrian Platt rushed 15 times for 363 yards and six touchdowns (78, 40, 4, 36, 33, 65) in a 56 win over Churchill.
- Wise QB Jabari Laws completed 13 of 18 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns and rushed seven times for 141 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-13 win over Potomac (Md.).
- Lackey RB Malik Burns rushed 20 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-6 win over St. Charles.
- Lake Braddock RB Lamont Atkins rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns (71, 71, 96) in a 36-7 win over Robinson.
- Washington-Lee QB Ricardo Mestre completed 18 of 28 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-21 win over Wakefield.
- Potomac Falls RB Kash Jackson rushed 17 times for 99 yards and three touchdowns and had an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 41-28 win over Langley.
- Gar-Field QB Kavary Hill rushed 26 times for 144 yards and one touchdown and completed 10 of 19 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown as the Indians ended a 13-game losing streak with a 28-21 win over Osbourn.
- National Collegiate QB D’Ericco Riggins completed 19 of 26 passes for 317 yards and six touchdowns in a 58-13 win over Jefferson.
SPENCER ALSTON, SOUTH LAKES
Spencer Alston injured his knee in South Lakes’ opening scrimmage in early August, so it figured that perhaps the do-it-all junior might take some time to get acclimated to playing at game speed. Then again, for a player as talented as Alston, sometimes things just come easy.
After sitting out the Seahawks’ opening game, the running back and slot receiver made his season debut this past Friday against Briar Woods and was quickly in midseason form. He rushed 17 times for 118 yards and one touchdown and caught seven passes for 179 yards and his team’s other three touchdowns in a 28-21 victory against a perennially strong opponent.
For his efforts, Alston was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He’s an incredible athlete,” South Lakes Coach Trey Taylor said. “He has verbally committed to play lacrosse at Ohio State, but he’s a special football player as well.”
Alston, who has started in both sports at the Reston school since his freshman year, committed to the Buckeyes last year. He is a standout long-pole midfielder on the lacrosse field. At the time, it seemed like lacrosse was his best sport. But the 5-foot-8, 180-pound Alston also has made a name for himself on the football field with his elusive running ability.
“He hasn’t pursued it, but there have been schools that are interested,” Taylor said. “My feeling is do the best you can and see what options you have.”
Alston said his favorite sport is whatever is in season. And while he intends to follow through on his commitment to play lacrosse at Ohio State, he also thinks about playing college football.
“I’ve thought about it a lot, especially going to Ohio State [because] it’s such a big thing there,” Alston said. “It’s always been in the back of my mind.”
Other players receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
- Centreville PR Isaiah Culver had punt returns of 69 and 45 yards for touchdowns in a 55-6 win over Fairfax.
- Mount Vernon QB Tim Heltzel completed 16 of 27 passes for 412 yards and five touchdowns in a 37-25 win over West Springfield.
- Westfield DB Joey Free intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in a 17-14 win over South County in a rematch of last year's Virginia 6A North final.
- Osbourn QB Anthony Pearson completed 22 of 37 passes for a school-record 399 yards and four touchdowns and WR Kris Thornton caught 12 passes for a school-record 299 yards, including the game-winning 89-yard score with 1:06 left as the Eagles rallied to beat Potomac (Va.), 34-27.
- Blair QB Desmond Colby completed 16 of 28 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-12 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
- Northwest RB Khalil Owens rushed for 169 yards and scored four touchdowns as Northwest claimed the King's Trophy with a 35-23 win over Germantown neighbor Seneca Valley.
- North Point S Malachi McMillan returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass in a 35-15 win over Lackey.
- Wise QB Jabari Laws rushed two times for 39 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6 of 8 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-0 win over Parkdale.
- Gwynn Park RB Terrell Lindsey rushed 14 times for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-12 win over National Christian.
- Eleanor Roosevelt SB Karl Mofor rushed nine times for 120 yards and four touchdowns and caught three passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Laurel.
- Broadneck QB Shane Davis completed 15 of 19 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns in a 50-0 win over Northeast.
- Arundel QB Tyler Sedgwick completed 19 of 32 passes for 256 yards and six touchdowns in a 47-31 win over North County. WR Tim Cole caught five passes for 90 yards and five touchdowns.
- Long Reach RB Greg Benton Jr. rushed for four touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, as the Lightning improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009 with a 25-20 win over Atholton.
- Linganore WR Alec Mathews had a 70-yard touchdown catch, returned a blocked punt 67 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass on defense in a 61-0 win over Indian River (Del.)
- Dakota Johnson of St. Albans returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in a 52-0 win over Anacostia in the DCSAA Pigskin Kickoff Classic.
JACK McDANIELS, SOUTH COUNTY
Jack McDaniels expected to be nervous this past Friday night. A senior quarterback, he was making his first varsity start in South County’s season opener, stepping up to replace an injured teammate. But McDaniels did not have any butterflies in his stomach at the beginning of the game and by the end, he was celebrating “one of the best moments of my career so far.”
McDaniels completed 17 of 28 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winning 60-yarder to Dillon Spalding with one minute remaining for a 27-23 win over Briar Woods. For his efforts, McDaniels was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank High School Football Player of the Week powered by Under Armour.
He ran our triple option real well and he threw the ball well,” South County Coach Gerry Pannoni said. “There were a couple blips, but he had one of the top games in school history in passing yardage.”
Pannoni wasn’t surprised by McDaniels’ ability to perform. He said that McDaniels would be the starter for most teams in Fairfax County and called McDaniels “a student of the game.” His older brother, Jeff, is a graduate assistant at Texas State, where former James Madison coach Everett Withers is the head coach. McDaniels is disciplined, perhaps due to his upbringing. His father was a pilot in the Air Force, flying F-16s, and Jack has moved 10 times. He attended middle school in the area before his father was stationed in Hawaii for Jack’s first two years of high school. After his father retired, the family returned to Northern Virginia.
“I was born in Italy and I’ve lived in Alabama, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona,” McDaniels said. “You name it, I’ve been there.”
This week’s other Player of the Week finalists were:
- Eastern QB Jarome Johnson completed 14 of 28 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 14 times for 169 yards and one touchdown in a 24-19 win over Falls Church.
- Friendship Collegiate DL Vaughn Taylor had three sacks and intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, in a 30-6 win over Carroll.
- Watkins Mill QB Markel Grant completed 16 of 27 passes for 242 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards in a 44-0 win over Frederick.
- Damascus RB Markus Vinson, a Richmond recruit, rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-13 win over Quince Orchard. He had touchdown runs of 6, 56 and 66 yards, with a 70-yard run to set up the short touchdown.
- Oxon Hill WR Daniel George had a pair of long punt returns that set up touchdowns in a 24-8 win over Potomac (Md.).
- Howard QB Robby Porter completed 10 of 16 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-7 win over Reservoir.
- Arundel QB Ryan Sedgwick completed 26 of 37 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns in a 60-35 win over Glen Burnie.
- Patuxent QB Reese Crounse completed 14 of 22 passes for 155 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards in a 28-7 win over Huntingtown.
- Madison WR Nick Conforti caught eight passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-10 win over Oakton in the Vienna Inn Bowl, the Warhawks first win over their Vienna rival in 10 years.
- Centreville RB Julian Garrett rushed 20 times for 138 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Annandale.
- Herndon QB Adam Kucick rushed 16 times for 258 yards and two touchdowns, including a 97-yarder, and kicked a 40-yard field goal in a 35-20 win over Fairfax.
- Broad Run RB Meech Hembry rushed 22 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns (91, 22, 18, 12) in a 41-6 win over Wakefield.
- Loudoun Valley RB Tyler Hunt rushed for five touchdowns (26, 52, 32, 1, 18) in a 49-34 win over Rock Ridge.
- Georgetown Prep RB Owen Wright rushed 18 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-0 win over O’Connell.
Each week, members of the Coaches Committee submit a nominee from their regions for the DC Touchdown Club High School Player of the Week. The Executive Committee considers nominations and announces the weekly winner each Wednesday. Players of the Week earn strong consideration for High School Player of the Year awards, which are highlighted at the Club's annual Awards Dinner in late winter/early spring.
Bob Milloy, Good Counsel: WCAC/Independents
Mike Neubeiser, Northwest: Montgomery
Rick Conner, Linganore: Frederick
Steve Crounse, Patuxent: Southern Maryland
Tom Green, Eleanor Roosevelt: Prince George's
Mark Martin, Wilson: Washington
Chris Haddock, Centreville: Fairfax
Dan Paro, Georgetown Prep: IAC
Tony Lilly, Hylton: Prince William
Mike Skinner, Woodgrove: Loudoun
Justin Carey, Hammond: Howard