Woodberry Closes Out Season, Clint Alexander’s Tenure, In Winning Fashion
Led by top performances from wide receiver/cornerback Terrell Jana and quarterback Lindell Stone, Woodberry Forest (VA) sent departing head coach Clint Alexander out with a 34-21 home victory over rival Episcopal (Alexandria, VA).
Jana’s 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown boosted Woodberry’s 13-7 halftime lead to a 20-7 advantage early in the third quarter. Jana struck again with a 12-yard touchdown reception from Stone in the early part of the fourth, pushing to 27-7. Jana finished the game with eight receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Stone completed 21-of-34 passes for 249 yards with one touchdown passing. He added two rushing touchdowns as well.
Click here to read the full game story from the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
Woodberry Forest’s season ends with a 9-1 overall record. Check out game highlights of Stone, Jana, and defensive end John Kirven — all UVA class of 2017 commits — below, courtesy of Hudl.
Playoff Action: Offense Commits
-Big running back Jamari Peacock rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-19 loss to Ponte Vedra in the Region 1-5A quarterfinals. As a senior, Peacock helped Yulee (FL) reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012. He plans to enroll at Virginia in January of 2017.
Atkins scored twice as Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) defeated Robinson, 35-14, to advance to meet Hayfield in the 6A North Region quarterfinals.
Kier tallied 198 yards and three touchdowns as Millbrook (Winchester, VA) defeated Loudoun Valley in the first round of the 4A West playoffs. Salem awaits in quarterfinal action this Friday.
-Good Counsel (Olney, MD) wide receiver prospect Darnell Pratt Jr. hauled in a 27-yard touchdown reception in the WCAC postseason semifinals against DeMatha Catholic, but it wasn’t enough as DeMatha downed the Falcons (6-5), 28-13.
-Of UVA’s three offensive line commits, Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA) center/offensive guard Tyler Fannin and Buena Park (CA) offensive tackle Ryan Nelson are still playing while Solon (OH) offensive guard/tackle Chris Glaser Jr. saw his high school career come to an end.
An undefeated Mill Creek squad shutout Newton, 41-0, and will take on Cherokee in the AAAAAAA second round. Nelson and his Buena Park teammates beat San Juan Hills, 20-7, to advance to meet Edison in the Division 3, CIF Southern Section quarterfinals.
Solon had a terrific year, finishing the regular season with a 9-1 record and capturing a playoff win before falling to St. Ignatius.
Playoff Action: Defense/Special Teams
-Dominion (8-2) hosts Amherst this Friday in the second round of the 4A West playoffs. Cavalier defensive end commit Tommy Christ and his teammates earned a bye last week.
-Bethel (Hampton, VA), which features Virginia outside linebacker pledge Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, fell to Indian River in the first round of the 5A South, Conferences 9-10 playoffs. The Bruins ended 2016 with a 6-5 record.
-Fellow Cavalier linebacker commits Matt Gahm and Zane Zandier advanced in the playoffs, with Zandier and his Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson Hills, PA) teammates set to clash with New Castle this week with a state on the line.
Highland Park (Dallas, TX) crushed Mount Pleasant, 70-2, and will face Independence this week in the 5A Region 2 quarterfinals. Gahm, one of the Scots’ (9-2) top defensive players, had seven tackles (five solo) in last week’s win.
–Zachariah Burton and his William Penn (New Castle, DE) teammates concluded the 2016 regular season with a 9-1 record. They’ll host Sussex Central in playoff action this Saturday at 1 p.m.
Burton, who plays a variety of positions for the Colonials, is a defensive back commitment for the Hoos.
-A 9-1 Landmark Christian (Fairburn, GA) team featuring Cavalier free safety commit Joey Blount will take on Darlington in Round 2 of the Private School playoffs. Landmark Christian won nine straight regular season games before falling to rival Eagles Landing Christian Academy in the regular season finale.
-Cornerback prospect Darrius Bratton does not have a playoff game to play, but he helped Fork Union Military Academy’s postgraduate football squad to a successful 8-2 2016 campaign. Coach John Shuman’s squad lost to Jireh Prep, 30-14, last week. The Canadian Federation game awaits on December 5.
-Carver (Winston-Salem, N.C.), which is led by UVA-bound defensive back Germane Crowell Jr., won four straight to finish the 2016 regular season with a 5-6 record. The Yellow Jackets earned a playoff berth as a result, and on Friday they will take on Brevard in the first round of the 2A playoffs.
-Place-kicker/punter Brian Delaney connected on a 38-yard field goal and six extra points as Westfield (Chantilly, VA) defeated WT Woodson, 45-7, in the first round of the 6A North playoffs.
–Mandy Alonso, NT, 6’3”, 275 pounds, Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL)
2016 record: 3-6
Alonso amassed 41 tackles (28 solo) with 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks his senior season. His 2016 highlights are below (courtesy of Hudl). Notice Alonso, his father, and Gulliver Prep HC Earl Sims giving the V-sabres symbol at the beginning …
–Ryan Thaxton, DE, 6’5”, 250 pounds, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, VA)
2016 record: 3-6
Senior season highlights (courtesy of Hudl) …
–Charles Snowden, OLB/DE, 6’7”, 200 pounds, St. Albans (Washington, D.C.)
2016 record: 5-5
Highlights of Snowden’s performance in St. Albans’ season finale versus Landon (courtesy of Hudl). Snowden had a touchdown reception in the 1-point loss …