The “Week In Review” is back, updating you on how Virginia Tech’s class of 2014 recruits are performing on the gridiron. In last week’s action, QB Andrew Ford shined in a 49-41 victory over previously unbeaten Bishop McDevitt, WR Javon Harrison helped his team seal a playoff berth, and Terrell Edmunds contributed touchdowns on special teams and in the run game to help Dan River to victory. Here is the latest on how VT’s high school senior commits performed on the gridiron last week.
– Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) is now 8-0 after a 62-12 romp over a solid King’s Fork team. Tech wide receiver recruit Jaylen Bradshaw did not get in on the scoring action in this win, but he has been excellent for head coach Rich Morgan and company this season. Junior running back Deshawn McClease , a top running back target of Tech’s, had a 47-yard touchdown run in the win. McClease would then head down to Blacksburg on Saturday to watch Tech play Duke.
– Make it six straight wins for Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA). Led by Tech-bound TE/DL Xavier Burke , the Bulldogs (6-2) soundly defeated Sussex Central by a score of 42-6.
– Dan River (Ringgold, VA) and Appomattox were scoreless at halftime, but Wildcats star and Virginia Tech recruit Terrell Edmunds quickly changed that when he took the second half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. He added touchdown runs of 62 and 9 yards in his team’s 21-14 win. In total, Edmunds rushed 18 times for 162 yards for the Wildcats (7-2).
Read more on Edmunds’ big game by clicking here.
– Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA) responded in style to the previous week’s loss (its first of the season), handing Bishop McDevitt its first loss of the season, 49-41. QB Andrew Ford completed 22-of-29 passes for 409 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in the win, which puts the Colts at 8-1 on the year.
Click here for a game write-up, an interview with Ford, and game highlights.
– WR/ATH Javon Harrison had four receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns as Kathleen (Lakeland, FL) downed George Jenkins, 35-20. Both of Harrison’s scores came in the third quarter, giving the Red Devils (7-1) a 28-6 lead heading into the 4th.
The win secures Kathleen a playoff spot. A win this week over Lakeland would give the school the Class 7A, District 5 championship; However, Kathleen has not beaten Lakeland since 1992.
– Wide receiver Kendrick Holland and his Winter Haven (FL) teammates enjoyed a bye this past weekend. The Blue Devils, 6-2 on the year, return to action tomorrow night against Lake Region.
– Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) handled Freedom, 34-0, without the services of its leader, Virginia Tech-bound QB/ATH Travon McMillian . McMillian was sidelined with a hamstring injury but is expected to return this week against Potomac, his coach told the Washington Post. The Bulldogs (7-1) are one of the top seeds in the 6A South region.
– Massaponax (Fredericksburg, VA) gutted out a 23-17 win over a quality North Stafford squad last Friday night. Down eight late in the game, the Panthers scored a touchdown and had a 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime, where they would win on a Javonte Latney 10-yard touchdown.
Massaponax has a bye this week. Head coach Eric Ludden is hopeful that VT-bound senior defensive lineman Vinny Mihota will be able to return for the team’s regular season finale at Brooke Point on November 8. Mihota has been on the sidelines for most of the season with a broken bone in his left foot.
– L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) remains undefeated after taking care of a solid Cosby squad, 34-10. Cosby features North Carolina-bound defensive lineman Tyler Powell, who also starts at center for the Titans. Bird (8-0) features Tech-bound defensive back/wide receiver Shawn Payne , who had two receptions for 24 yards in the win.
– As mentioned in the previous “Week In Review,” DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) wide receiver Cam Phillips has scored in all but two games this season, racking up nine touchdowns in total. The Stags (8-1), undefeated in WCAC play at 5-0, had a bye last week but take the field against Carroll on November 1.
– Safety CJ Reavis and the Thomas Dale Knights (Chester, VA) are 6-2 after defeating Petersburg, 47-12, last week. This week’s contest against an undefeated Dinwiddie squad should be a good one.
– Athens Academy (Athens, GA) defeated George Walton Academy, 35-21, and is now 5-3 on the season. PK Michael Santamaria and company will host Hebron Christian Academy on Friday night.
– Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) is the 14th seed in the 6A North region playoffs, meaning they are just in following a 21-7 victory over Osbourn. The top 16 seeds in each region make the playoffs. The Raiders, led by Tech-bound prospect Greg Stroman , look to solidify a playoff spot this week with a win over a 2-6 Osbourn Park squad.
– Bethel (Hampton, VA), which features Virginia Tech-bound defensive tackle Ricky Walker , fell to Denbigh, 43-25. The Bruins (5-4), currently seeded 15th in the 6A South region, are just hanging on to a playoff spot. Obviously, this week’s matchup against Hampton is huge.
– It wasn’t easy, but tailback Marshawn Williams churned out 113 yards and two touchdowns as Phoebus (Hampton, VA) overtook Heritage, 26-9. The Phantoms improve to 8-1 heading into this week’s matchup against Kecoughtan.
VT’s “FAB FIVE” OL RECRUITS
– Eric Gallo , Council Rock South (Holland, PA)
Last week’s win over William Tennent was Council Rock South’s second of the season (to seven losses). The Golden Hawks hope the momentum carries over in the November 1 regular season finale against rival Council Rock North.
– Billy Ray Mitchell of Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.)
St. Joseph’s Regional handed Paramus Catholic its second straight loss, defeating the Paladins by a score of 27-14. Paramus Catholic is 5-2 on the year and will face Friendship Collegiate of Washington (D.C.) this Saturday.
– Colt Pettit , Patrick Henry (Deshler, OH)
Patrick Henry (6-2) faces off against Wauseon in its regular season finale this week. Pettit and company had a bye last week.
– Tyrell Smith of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
The Ironmen (3-3) had a bye last week to prepare for this week’s contest against Bergen Catholic.
– Brady Taylor of Bishop Ready (Columbus, OH)
Bishop Ready is 9-0 and looking to finish off an undefeated regular season with a win over Bishop Hartley. Last week, Brady Taylor and company took care of Muskegon Heights by a score of 63-8.
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Did they switch to a smaller football in high school in the last 20 years? It used to be passing numbers like these were unheard of in high school and one reason was that the football was big and high school kids had a hard time getting a grip on the football to be able to pass very accurately. It seems like more and more kids are putting up big numbers in high school games and it got me wondering whether they have changed the size of the football. The NFL has used a small ball for about 30 years or so.
Man, I am trying my best to keep realistic expectations about Ford.
It is not happening.
Having him enroll in January put me over the edge. Just give me Harrison, get Malleck back…
I thought Ford was rated much higher then 2 or 3 stars? Wasn’t he a 4 star recruit earlier in the year?
Pretty sure he’s always been a 3-star. But so were Johnny Manziel, Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford.
Should tell you something about those doing the ranking … namely that they don’t know all that much more than anyone else.
A far better indicator of Ford’s ability is the fact that he won the DC regional “Elite 11” camp this past summer, beating out over 200 other QBs.
Yes you are right those ratings are crap look at Facyson if he’s a 3 star recruit then so was Deion Sanders……lol
247 Sports has had him as a 4-star for quite a while now. I think they are the only recruiting service that does right now. He definitely seems like a great talent worthy of it though.
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