TWIR: Phillips Spurs DeMatha To Win

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The “Week In Review” is back, updating you on how Virginia Tech’s class of 2014 recruits are performing on the gridiron this season. All of Tech’s recruits have either concluded their high school careers or are heading into postseason action. DeMatha WR Cam Phillips had one of his best games of the year last week in a win over Good Counsel, scoring three touchdowns in the WCAC postseason tournament semifinal.

– Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) capped off an unbeaten season (10-0) with a 60-7 win over Hickory. Virginia Tech wide receiver recruit Jaylen Bradshaw had two touchdowns (one rush, one receiving) in the victory. The Tigers are the no. 1 seed in the 6A South Region, Conferences 1 & 2, and face Quin Blanding and the Bayside Marlins this Friday night in the first round of playoffs.

– Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA), led by tight end/defensive lineman Xavier Burke , rattled off eight straight wins to finish the regular season with an 8-2 record. Last week, Burke and company rolled over Greensville Country, 47-0.

Brunswick earned the no. 3 seed in the 2A East Region playoffs and host Amelia County in playoff action on Friday night.

– Tech-bound defensive back Terrell Edmunds and the Dan River (Ringgold, VA) Wildcats had a bye week to prepare for their playoff run. Dan River (8-2), the no. 3 seed in the 2A West Region, hosts Glenvar on Friday night.

– Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA) let a 21-point halftime lead slip away and ultimately fell to Penn Manor, 35-34, in the first round of the District 3-AAAA playoffs. Quarterback Andrew Ford completed 12-of-19 passes for 295 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. He also had a rushing touchdown. Cedar Cliff’s season has come to an end with the Colts finishing with a 9-2 record. Ford will now prepare for Virginia Tech, where he plans to enroll in January of 2014.

Javon Harrison returned a kick-off 90 yards for a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as Kathleen (Lakeland, FL) dropped a non-conference tilt against American Heritage. Kathleen (8-2) now moves on to the Class 7A playoffs and a regional quarterfinal matchup against Lake Nona on Friday night.

– Winter Haven (FL) defeated Auburndale, 42-9, to finish the 2013 regular season with an 8-2 record. Future Hokie Kendrick Holland , a wide receiver, hauled in a 25-yard touchdown catch in the win.

The 6A playoffs begin this week and the Blue Devils host Ida Baker in the regional quarterfinals.

Travon McMillian totaled 183 yards of offense (95 passing, 88 rushing) and had one rushing touchdown as Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) defeated Forest Park, 28-12. The Bulldogs (9-1) host Cosby in the first round of the 6A South Region (Conferences 3 & 4) playoffs this Friday night.

– Massaponax (Fredericksburg, VA) defeated Brooke Point, 61-41, to cap off an undefeated regular season (10-0). The Panthers earned the no. 1 seed in the 5A North Region playoffs and will host Thomas Edison on Friday night. The status of senior defensive end and Virginia Tech recruit Vinny Mihota is unknown, but as soon as I find out I’ll let you know. Mihota missed most of the regular season with a broken bone in his left foot.

– L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA), which features Virginia Tech cornerback/wide receiver recruit Shawn Payne , defeated Manchester, 34-14, to finish the regular season with a 10-0 record. Payne had one reception for 11 yards in the win. The Skyhawks host Mills Godwin in the first round of the 5A South, Conferences 11 & 12 playoffs on Friday.

– Wideout Cam Phillips had a huge game, totaling 151 yards receiving and three scores, as DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) defeated rival Good Counsel in overtime in the semifinals of the WCAC postseason tournament. Phillips’ 25-yard touchdown catch put DeMatha up 29-22 in overtime. Good Counsel responded with a touchdown of its own, but a 2-point conversion attempt failed.

The Stags (10-1), the 2013 WCAC regular season champions, meet St. John’s in the WCAC postseason championship this week.

– Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) lost to Matoaca but made the playoffs with a 6-4 record. Safety CJ Reavis and the Knights travel to Colonial Forge on Friday for a 6A South, Conferences 3 & 4, first round playoff matchup.

– Athens Academy (Athens, GA) lost to Athens Christian, 21-3, finishing the regular season with a 6-4 record. PK Michael Santamaria booted a 25-yard field goal in defeat.

– Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) finished the regular season with a 6-4 record, good enough for the no. 13 seed in the 6A North playoffs. ATH Greg Stroman and his teammates take on Washington-Lee in the first round on Friday. After enduring key injuries – including a hip injury to Stroman, the team’s starting QB – over the course of the regular season, the Raiders are now healthy and could be a sleeper pick to go deep into the playoffs.

– Bethel (Hampton, VA), which features future Hokie defensive tackle Ricky Walker , did not get the help it needed to make the playoffs. The Bruins finished the 2013 season with a 5-5 record.

– Tech-bound running back Marshawn Williams and the Hampton (VA) Phoebus Phantoms (9-1) are the no. 1 seed in the 4A South Region playoffs. They host a 4-6 Caroline squad this Friday night.

VT’s “FAB FIVE” OL RECRUITS

Eric Gallo , Council Rock South (Holland, PA)

Season complete. Council Rock South went 2-8 this season.

Billy Ray Mitchell , Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.)

Paramus Catholic blew away Bergen Catholic, 44-12, to improve to 7-2 on the season. Paramus Catholic meets Notre Dame Prep this Saturday in the first round of the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs.

Colt Pettit , Patrick Henry (Deshler, OH)

Season complete. Patrick Henry went 6-3 this year.

Tyrell Smith , Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)

Don Bosco easily defeated Hackensack, 35-6, for its fourth straight win. The Ironmen (5-3) face Seton Hall Prep in the first round of the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs on Friday.

Brady Taylor of Bishop Ready (Columbus, OH)

Bishop Ready lost its final regular season game, spoiling an attempt at an undefeated year, but the Silver Knights rebounded with a 48-6 win over Oak Hill in the first round of the OHSAA, Division IV playoffs. Monroe Central is up next.

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