Simmons, Thornhill Shine In Playoff Wins

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Kettle Run (Nokesville, VA) wide receiver David Eldridge III‘s high school career came to an end earlier this month, when the Cougars fell to Petersburg. The 6’1″, 165-pound senior has uploaded his senior season highlights, which you can check out below…

The following UVa recruits were in action this past weekend or still have a game left to play in the 2014 season…

Tanner Cowley, TE, Manasquan (N.J.)

Manasquan (3-6) did not play this past weekend after being eliminated from playoff contention, but the Big Blue takes on rival Wall in its Thanksgiving Day matchup this week.

David Curry, S, Buford (GA)

Buford dispatched Mary Persons, 35-14, to advance to the Class AAAA quarterfinals, where the Wolves (12-0) will face Marist. A Curry interception set up a late first half touchdown for Buford in last week’s win.

Gladimir Paul, DE, Northeast (Philadelphia, PA)

No game last week for Northeast (6-6). A Thanksgiving Day matchup against Central will be the Vikings’ season finale.

Grant Polk, OL, Charlotte (Punta Gorda, FL)

Charlotte led Fort Myers 10-3 at halftime and 16-11 after three quarters, but the Fightin’ Tarpons couldn’t hold on and lost to the Green Wave, 33-26, in the 7A regional quarterfinals. Charlotte finished the 2014 season with a 7-4 record. Polk is expected to enroll at UVa in January.

RJ Proctor, OL, Liberty (Bealeton, VA)

Liberty downed Sherando, 35-24, to advance to the semifinals of the 4A North Region playoffs. The Eagles (11-1) travel to Jefferson Forest on Friday.

Myles Robinson, ATH, Good Counsel (Olney, MD)

DeMatha Catholic overcame a 14-0 first quarter deficit to claim the WCAC tournament championship with a 24-20 win over Good Counsel. The Falcons, who went undefeated in the WCAC in the regular season (including a win over DeMatha), finished with an 10-2 overall record in 2014.

Robinson, who has potential as a receiver or corner on the next level, had one catch for 22 yards in last Saturday’s title game.

Jahvoni Simmons, LB, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA)

Jahvoni Simmons had a big day on defense in Ocean Lakes’ 6A South, Conferences 1 & 2 second round win over Kecoughtan last week. The standout middle linebacker tallied 7 tackles (5 solo, 1 tackle-for-loss) and returned an interception 35 yards for a score in the 39-7 win. He added a forced fumble as well.

Ocean Lakes (12-0) takes on James River in the 6A South, Conferences 1&2 regional semifinals on Friday.

C.J. Stalker, LB, Lakota West (West Chester, OH)

Lakota West’s surprising playoff run came to an end in the state quarterfinals, as Wayne defeated the Firebirds by a score of 38-3. Lakota West, which defeated top seed Centreville in the first round and rival Lakota East in the second round, finished the 2014 season with a 7-6 record.

Juan Thornhill, FS, Altavista (VA)

Altavista’s march toward a second straight state championship continues after the Colonels defeated Central Lunenburg, 35-0, to advance to the third round of the 1A East playoffs. Altavista hosts fellow unbeaten Parry McCluer on Friday.

Thornhill had two touchdown passes, two touchdowns rushing, and one touchdown catch in the win. He has three touchdown passes, three touchdowns rushing, and two touchdown catches in Altavista’s two playoff victories.

Brandon Wilson, DL, West Orange (Winter Garden, FL)

A terrific season came to an end last week for West Orange, which lost to Apopka, 42-0, in the 8A regional quarterfinals. West Orange went undefeated in the regular season and captured a playoff win before last week’s loss.

Olamide Zaccheaus, APRB, St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA)

Zaccheaus rushed eight times for 81 yards and a 1-yard touchdown in St. Joseph’s (8-3) 47-22 win over Benjamin Franklin in the District 12 Class AAAA championship game. The Hawks face Parkland this week in the PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

For the following UVa recruits, the 2014 season is complete.

Sonny Abramson, QB, Class of 2016, Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.), 5-5

Ryan Bischoff, OL, Plymouth Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting, PA), 7-3 record in the 2014 season

Richard Burney Jr., TE, Hickory (Chesapeake, VA), 1-9

Click here to view Burney’s MaxPreps profile, which includes video from his senior season.

Cole Blackman, WR, Class of 2016, Glen Allen (VA), 1-9

Rasool Clemons, DE, South Aiken (Aiken, S.C.), 2-9

Kareem Gibson, CB, Greater Johnstown (Johnstown, PA), 7-4

Gibson had 836 total yards in the regular season, including 353 yards receiving, 229 yards on kickoff returns, 134 yards on punt returns, 92 yards rushing, and 28 yards on interception returns. He had six touchdowns in total, including 3 receiving, 1 rushing, 1 on a punt return, and 1 on a kick return.

Eli Hanback, DT/OL, Patrick Henry (Ashland, VA), 6-5

Nick Johns, QB, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 8-3

According to the Washington Post, the Virginia-bound signal caller finished his senior season with 101 completions in 155 attempts for 1,366 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed 38 times for 200 yards and five touchdowns.

Kareem McDonald, LB, Wilson (Washington, D.C.), 7-4

Joseph Reed, WR, Class of 2016, Randolph-Henry (Charlotte Court House, VA), 2-8

Christopher Sharp, RB, Hun School (Princeton, N.J.), 7-1

Sharp rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries in the Hun School’s season finale victory over Mercersburg Academy. He also had a 13-yard touchdown reception in the victory. Sharp rushed 81 times for 1,085 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. He added nine receptions for 218 yards and four touchdowns.

James Trucilla, DT, Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA), 11-1

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