Virginia Tech defensive tackle recruit Ladi Ajiboye was on display in last Friday’s Fork Union/Hargrave contest. The standout played well for Hargrave and remains committed to Virginia Tech, the school he signed with in February earlier this year.
Hargrave came out on top by a score of 28-16.
Ben Finney, a 6-4 wide receiver out of Portsmouth (VA), caught two long touchdown passes to give Hargrave a 14-3 lead into halftime. His first – a 55-yard reception from quarterback Emmanuel Francis – came on Hargrave’s first play from scrimmage. It was set up by an interception by Clemson defensive back recruit DeAndre McDaniel on Fork Union’s opening series.
As is seemingly the case in this match-up, Fork Union fought back in the second half. After giving up three-yard touchdown run to running back H.B. Banjoman, Fork Union answered with a 70-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked, but FUMA had cut the lead to 21-9. Later in the third quarter, Fork Union would score on a 25-yard touchdown run on fourth and one. Hargrave led 21-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hargrave answered Fork Union’s rally with a long touchdown drive, fueled by the running of tailback Randell Bell. Bell scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, the final score of the day for either team.
Tech’s Ajiboye finished the game with at least one sack and one tackle-for-loss.
Ladi Ajiboye signed with Virginia Tech in February of 2006. He fell just one point shy of qualifying on the ACT – he needed a 17 and scored a 16 – and thus was required to go to Hargrave for a half-year.
“It was a great experience,” Ajiboye said of Hargrave. “There isn’t anything like it (laughs). I’ve never been through anything like this.”
A defensive tackle, Ajiboye, who racked up 20 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks in his senior season, arrived at Hargrave at around 6-2, 320 pounds. He looked closer to 300 pounds yesterday and was a playmaker for Coach Robert Prunty’s defense. (Click here to view video on Ajiboye from Friday’s game. Note: video will not work with Firefox, must use IE.)
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