The “Week In Review” was on a bye last week, but it has returned updating you on how Virginia Tech’s class of 2014 recruits are performing on the gridiron. Let’s get to the action…
– Receiver Jaylen Bradshaw had five receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns as Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) defeated Nansemond River, 48-7. The Tigers improve to 6-0 on the season and 5-0 in Southeastern District play.
The previous week, Bradshaw had a 63-yard touchdown reception in a win over Deep Creek.
– Tight end/defensive lineman Xavier Burke and his Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA) teammates have rattled off four straight wins after opening the season with two losses. Park View awaits this week.
– Dan River (Ringgold, VA) blew away Chatham, 53-22, on October 4 before falling to Altavista, 30-0, on October 11. The Wildcats (5-2) look to get back on the winning track this week at Campbell.
VT DB recruit Terrell Edmunds had 96 total yards (85 rushing, 11 receiving) in last week’s loss. Edmunds had a 71-yard punt return, which would have cut the deficit to 17-6 in the fourth, called back to a penalty. He racked up four touchdowns — three rushing and one 95-yard kick-off return — against Chatham.
– Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA) defeated Palmyra by a score of 49-7 on October 4. Quarterback Andrew Ford completed 8-of-10 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns in that win. The Colts took down Susquehanna Township on October 12 for its seventh win of the season (with zero losses), but the victory came at a price as Ford sprained his right shoulder (non-throwing shoulder). Fortunately, Ford is now expected to play in this week’s contest against Lower Dauphin.
Virginia Tech’s lefty signal caller recruit has been spectacular this season, completing 70-percent of his passes while throwing for 1,528 yards with 20 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
– Kathleen (Lakeland, FL), which is 5-1 overall this season, enjoyed a bye week following a 41-14 win over Bartow on October 4. ATH Javon Harrison , who has made big plays all season long, continued his excellent play with two touchdown catches and a punt return for another score in the most recent win.
– As reported on TSL on Wednesday, defensive end Vinny Mihota continues to miss time while recovering from a left foot injury. He’ll be sidelined once again this week but hopes to return for one of Massaponax’ (Fredericksburg, VA) final two regular season games.
Despite being without Mihota, who has been unable to play since September 6, the Panthers are undefeated at 7-0 heading into tomorrow night’s contest against Stafford.
– Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) has won two straight after defeating Battlefield and Gar-Field the past two weeks. Tech quarterback/athlete recruit Travon McMillian was huge in both games. He totaled 432 yards of offense and four touchdowns (2 rush, 2 pass) against Battlefield, including a 47-yard touchdown pass in the fourth that proved to be the game-winner. The next week, he had 270 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ (5-1) blowout victory over Gar-Field.
– L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) defeated Norfolk power Lake Taylor, 21-14, before handling Midlothian this past week. DB/WR Shawn Payne and the Skyhawks improve to 6-0 in 2013.
– WR Cam Phillips had four receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-14 win over O’Connell on October 5. The Stags did not need its passing attack this past week, rushing for over 400 yards in a blowout win over Bishop McNamara. Phillips had one catch for 15 yards in this latest victory, which puts DeMatha at 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the WCAC. A big-time matchup against Gonzaga awaits on Friday night.
– Safety prospect CJ Reavis and the Thomas Dale Knights (Chester, VA) are now 4-2 after defeating Meadowbrook, 30-14, this past week. Dale has won three straight games and will meet Colonial Heights on Friday night.
– Athens Academy (Athens, GA) split its last two games, falling to Prince Avenue Christian by 34 on October 4 before defeating Pinecrest Academy 24-17 last Friday. Tech place-kicker recruit Michael Santamaria plays quarterback and defensive back for Athens.
– Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) standout senior Greg Stroman passed for 185 yards and a touchdown in a 41-38 loss to Battlefield. It was Stroman’s second game back after missing three games due to a hip injury. With their senior signal caller back at the helm, the Raiders (3-4) defeated Freedom-Woodbridge, 40-28, before falling to Battlefield. He would have returned against Gar-Field three weeks ago but caught the flu.
Stroman will play cornerback for Virginia Tech.
– RB Marshawn Williams rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown as Phoebus (Hampton, VA) rolled over Bethel, which features another Hokies recruit in defensive tackle Ricky Walker . Williams has rushed for over 200 yards in four of Phoebus’ seven games. The Phanthoms are 6-1 this season, while Bethel’s Bruins fall to 4-3.
VT’s FIVE OL RECRUITS
– Eric Gallo , Council Rock South (Holland, PA)
After beating Harry S. Truman High School on October 4 for its first win of the 2013 season, CRS dropped a 35-0 decision to Neshaminy. Abington awaits the Golden Hawks (1-6) this week.
– Billy Ray Mitchell , Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.)
The Paladins are a perfect 5-0 heading into this week’s matchup against Don Bosco Prep. The contest features two VT-bound offensive linemen in Mitchell and Don Bosco’s Tyrell Smith .
– Colt Pettit , Patrick Henry (Deshler, OH)
Patrick Henry won five straight games before this past week, when it fell to Bryan by a score of 28-6. The team is 5-2 with two regular season games remaining.
– Tyrell Smith , Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
It has been a tough season for traditional powerhouse Don Bosco, but the Ironmen (2-3) did score an 18-point win over Friendship Collegiate the last time out. Smith and company hope to knock Paramus Catholic from the ranks of the unbeaten tomorrow night.
– Brady Taylor , Bishop Ready (Columbus, OH)
Bishop Ready is unbeaten through seven games but may face a test this week against a 5-2 Bexley squad. Taylor, VT’s lone sure-fire offensive tackle in this class, is a top performer on both sides of the ball for Joel Cutler’s squad.
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