2014 WEEK IN REVIEW: 3RD EDITION
Player Spotlight: H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) cornerback DuWayne Johnson
H.D. Woodson defeated Yorktown, 34-21. The Warriors (2-1) have won two straight heading into tomorrow night’s contest at Glen Mills (MD). DuWayne Johnson, whose father, Wayne, is a coach at Woodson, is a 6’2″, 180-pound cornerback. He and corner Mook Reynolds pledged to the Hokies following Tech’s Junior Day last February.
TSL: Individually, how has your senior season gone so far?
DuWayne Johnson: “Basically, in the three games we’ve played, only three passes have been thrown at me,” Johnson said. “I’ve made some tackles for loss. I’ve been coming up and making tackles.”
TSL: What position will you start out playing at Virginia Tech? Is corner your sure-fire position?
DuWayne Johnson: “I think I’m coming in as a corner, probably Field Corner. I think Coach Gray knows I can play the outside or safety, but right now I think I’ll start out at corner and probably play nickel depending on the depth.”
TSL: What does it mean to you to be part of “D-Block” (Tech’s defensive backfield, which is known for churning out top defensive backs)?
DuWayne Johnson: “To be part of that is a great feeling. It’s a great honor. DeAngelo Hall, Kam Chancellor, Macho Harris, Jimmy Williams… to play at the same university those great players played at is an honor. It means a lot to me now, but when I get down there I’m sure it will really hit me that I’m playing at the same place as all those corners.”
TSL: What do you think makes the “D-Block” so successful?
DuWayne Johnson: “Obviously, Coach Gray and Coach Foster know what they’re doing. Players tell me they are ready to run through a wall for Coach Foster and Coach Gray. There is the pride the DBs play with and the intensity they play with. That’s why they are successful.”
TSL: What separates you from other corners?
DuWayne Johnson: “I’d say my mindset. My father has always told me to play like I’m the best player on the field. Whatever the position, play like I’m the best player on the field. That’s the way I play. I play with a lot of confidence. I’m a taller corner and I’m pretty fast, so I think that separates me too.”
TSL: What is your most memorable high school experience to date?
DuWayne Johnson: “My ninth grade year, when we had Kenny Crawley and D’Andre Payne as our starting corners, some coaches thought I should have been on our JV but my father wanted me on varsity. I came in one game early in the season after halftime. We were up 20-0. I came in and caught two interceptions in the third quarter. That was a big memory I’ll never forget.”
TSL: Do you have an all-time favorite player?
DuWayne Johnson: “My all-time favorite player would be Sean Taylor. I also just like to watch DeAngelo Hall. I watch Brandon Flowers a lot. I like to watch taller corners, but I’ll also watch smaller corners to see them go against bigger receivers.”
TSL: Virginia Tech plays a lot of man-to-man defense. Are you ready for the challenge of playing man-to-man on the ACC level?
DuWayne Johnson: “I’m real excited to play ACC football. Man-to-man defense, that’s what I live for. I just like to compete and play against the big guys. Like this Friday, the team we play against has a six-foot-six receiver and my coach asked me if I feel comfortable following him around all game. It’ll be me and him, man to man. I’m really looking forward to it. In the ACC, I’m excited to be playing against top guys.”
Now, here is how the rest of Virginia Tech’s commitments performed on the gridiron last week…
– Adonis Alexander, S, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)
Yet another shutout for Alexander and the Patriots defense, which has yet to be scored upon in four games. Independence dispatched West Mecklenburg last Friday by a score of 45-0.
Next: Home versus Hough on Friday, September 19
– Jahque Alleyne, DB/WR, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA)
Ocean Lakes rolled over Kellam, 42-3, to improve to 2-0 on the season. Alleyne had three touchdown receptions in the Dolphins season opener.
Next: Away versus Green Run on Friday, September 19.
– Chris Cunningham, TE/DE, Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville, FL)
Cunningham hauled in a 24-yard touchdown reception – his second TD reception of the season — as Atlantic Coast cruised to a 58-6 win over Wolfson. Cunningham finished with three catches for 83 yards in the win. The Stingrays are now 3-0.
Next: Away versus Oakleaf on Friday, September 19
– Damien Dozier, DE/OLB, Knightdale (Raleigh, N.C.)
Knightdale rebounded from two straight losses with a 31-13 win over Enloe, evening its 2014 record at 2-2. The Knights have a bye this week.
Next: Home versus West Johnston on Friday, September 26
– Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Dan River (Ringgold, VA)
Despite a top performance from Edmunds, Dan River fell to Tunstall by a score of 16-12 last Friday night. The 6’4″, 225-pound Edmunds had 73 yards rushing, 50 yards receiving, and a touchdown on offense. Defensively, he totaled 15 tackles including six solo tackles and a sack, and he also tipped a pass that resulted in an interception. The Wildcats are now 1-2.
Next: Home versus Martinsville on Friday, September 19
– Trevon Hill, DE, Salem (Virginia Beach, VA)
Salem pulled away from Bayside to secure a 34-15 victory and move to 3-0. The two teams were tied at halftime, 7-7. Hill, who had three sacks entering the game, left in the second quarter because of a hamstring pull according to Recruit757.com. He did not return.
Hill plans to be in Blacksburg this weekend on an official visit.
Next: Away versus Kempsville on Friday, September 19
– Harry Lewis, DT, Phoebus (Hampton, VA)
After a lopsided loss to Lake Taylor the previous week, Phoebus was shaky once again. Only this time, the Phantoms were able to come away with a 35-17 victory over a game Warwick squad that was down by only four with just over five minutes left in the game. Phoebus improves to 2-1.
Next: Home versus Denbigh on Thursday, September 18
– Carson Lydon, LB, East Lake (Tarpon Springs, FL)
East Lake went on the road and captured a 36-6 victory over Dunedin to move to 3-0. Lydon, whose previous week was highlighted by two blocked punts and a touchdown run, recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in last week’s win.
Next: Home versus Clearwater on Friday, September 19
– Deshawn McClease, RB, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA)
McClease had at least one touchdown run as Oscar Smith crushed Indian River, 46-7, to even its record at 1-1. Sophomore quarterback Shon Mitchell, who has an offer from the Hokies, completed 13 of 19 passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns. 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat, who is set to visit VT this weekend, had five sacks.
McClease, who also plans to attend VT’s home game against Georgia Tech on Saturday, totaled 182 yards (141 rushing, 41 receiving) and two touchdowns in the Tigers season opening loss to Booker T. Washington of Miami, Florida.
Next: Away versus Western Branch on Friday, September 19
– Mook Reynolds, CB, Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.)
Northern Guilford cruised by Williams, 55-7, and is now 3-0. Reynolds had two long touchdown receptions (59, 67) and a 2-point conversion run in the win.
Next: Away versus Reidsville on Friday, September 19
– Eric Whitehead, DT, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis, IN)
Whitehead dominated, recording 13 tackles including 8 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble, in his 2014 season debut. Arsenal Tech benefitted with a 68-0 romp and improved to 2-1 on the season.
After transferring to Lawrence Central last January, Whitehead was ruled ineligible to play for LCHS. He subsequently transferred back to Arsenal and took the field for the first time last week.
Next: Home versus Indianapolis Northwest on Friday, September 19
VT CLASS OF 2016
– Logan Byrd, QB, Veterans (Kathleen, GA)
Veterans fell to Washington County, 42-3, to drop to 0-3 on the season. All three of Veterans’ games have come against ranked opponents according to head coach David Bruce. Veterans started off with three losses last year before rattling off eight straight wins.
Next: Away versus Valdosta on Friday, September 19
– Conner ODonnell, WR, Concord First Assembly (N.C.)
CFA fell to North Raleigh Christian Academy, 41-27, to fall to 1-3. O’Donnell had nine receptions for 174 yards in a win the previous week.
Next: Away versus High Point Christian Academy on Friday, September 19