Q&A with Amherst Stars Rose and McCoy

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QB/DB Derrick McCoy have helped Amherst (VA) to a 4-0 record so far this season. The talented duo seeks back-to-back state championships to end their outstanding high school careers before heading to Virginia Tech. TSL caught up with both players for a Q&A to check in on the season as well as their future as Hokies.

Both players have turned in excellent performances so far this season. The 6-1, 180-pound Rose estimates that he has rushed for about 650 yards and scored a total of seven touchdowns. The senior signal caller is the leader of a high-powered Amherst offensive attack. McCoy, a 6-3, 210-pound prospect, shined at wide receiver last season, finishing with 800 yards and nine touchdowns. He has done an excellent job on defense this season (he did last season as well) including a top performance in last week’s 45-0 win over E.C. Glass. In the win, McCoy returned an interception for a touchdown and was all over the field en route to earning defensive MVP honors that night.

Rose and McCoy have the ability and versatility to end up at a variety of positions at Virginia Tech. Rose could end up at wide receiver or defensive back, while McCoy could end up at wide receiver, defensive back or linebacker. Neither player has visited Tech for a game this season, but they hope to be in Blacksburg for the game versus Miami.

Q&A with Peter Rose and Derrick McCoy

TSL: Your team is off to a great start this season. What would you say is the reason for your success?

Rose: “We’re a team. Our linemen and wide receivers are just wonderful. They block. The guys on our team don’t like to see anyone else on our team get tackled, so they block until the whistle blows. Then the running backs and myself run the ball hard.”

McCoy: “There is a bullseye on our backs. Everybody wants to beat us. We know we have to play hard every game. If we slack off, we won’t be there in the end. We know the feeling of winning a state championship and we are trying to make it back.”