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Top Performers: Week 2

You'll notice your regularly scheduled programming for football season has been a bit erratic so far. Consider it Loudoun Extra Points shaking off the rust as we get underway with the old pigskin. Surely you remember the epic Top Performers battles between myself and Paul Tenorio last fall. We may be fortunate enough to get him back on here for a guest appearance or two at some point this season. Granted, it was a rough go for him a year ago, so no guarantees his prognostication skills have improved a lick.

Today, we'll just take a look at some of the best individual performances from Friday night, and despite the even 4-4 record for Loudoun teams, there were quite a few.

QB: Brandon Lee, Park View - The big-armed senior was an efficient 9-for-12 passing for 125 and three touchdowns as the Patriots evened their record. Lee also rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries.

RB: T.J. Peeler, Broad Run - For those worried about Peeler's ability to handle the workload of a feature back, see exhibit A: 32 carries, 263 yards, 2 TDs.

WR: Scott Pratz, Heritage - The Pride's senior receiver made the most of his three catches, churning out 127 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening loss to Broad Run.

PK: Kevin Flamenco, Park View - The junior kicker was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points and also nailed a 25-yard field goal in the Patriots' rout.

O-Line: Broad Run - I have yet to see the full rushing totals for the Spartans, but between Peeler's 263 yards and senior Justin Nelson's 35, Broad Run gets the nod. That means a pat on the back for Taylor Evans, Ryan Garrity, Anthony James, Johnny Meier and others.

Defense: Park View - Not only did the Patriots allow a Loudoun-low six points, they also stuffed the defensive stat sheet to the tune of two interceptions, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick, four sacks and seven total tackles for a loss. Senior linebacker Michael Devaney was a huge factor in the middle for the second straight week, picking off a pass and recovering a fumble. He's now responsible for four turnovers in two games.

Playmaker: Jeff Pugh, Freedom - He could have easily filled the running back spot, but Pugh's 156-yard, two TD night also included two interceptions and a fumble recovery as the Eagles won for just the second time in three seasons. Remember when I asked you if this guy would finish in the top five in district in rushing? Care to re-evaluate?

One notable exception: Stone Bridge WR/RB Spenser Rositano - 66-yard TD catch, TD run, blocked field goal to seal victory.

Who did I miss? Name your Top Performers in the comments section below.

By Matt Brooks  |  September 8, 2009; 12:28 AM ET
Categories:  Broad Run High School , Football , Freedom High School , Heritage High School , High School Sports , Park View High School , Stone Bridge High School  | Tags: Broad Run High School, Football, Freedom High School, Heritage High School, Park View High School, Stone Bridge High School  
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Matt, Great job covering Loudoun H.S. Football. Who did you miss? Kyle Gouveia had a standout game. He threw the 66 yd strike to Rositano, on stride. Had an Int stopping a Westfield drive and QB'ed much of the 75 yd drive capped off by his 3 yard TD run.

Posted by: TexasBill | September 8, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Matt... WHEN are you going to stop copying For YEARS they have been doing the Power Poll and Players of the Week. Instead of copying them, you may want to think about combining your efforts. Everyone I know goes to their site for this same information, and they are better at it... Just sayin'...

Posted by: middle69 | September 9, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

middle69 - Gameday also charges money for their content and they're hugely biased homers. If you provide free services for the schools you cover, of course you're going to get the scoop on most stories. These guys have been doing top performers and top 5s most of the last two seasons. Do you really think Gameday has cornered the market on football rankings? Just sayin'...

Posted by: cinva | September 10, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

cinva....You are absolutely right. "They" (Matt and Paul) HAVE been doing the Top 5 and Top Performers the past 2 seasons. Gameday has been doing it on their website for 4 seasons... So who is the chicken, and who is the egg?? Hmmmm.....

And as for Gameday being a pay site now...everyone is going in that direction in order to stay afloat. Maybe not now, but it's coming. The Winchester paper's website, which was totally free to view for years is now a subscription only site, and rumor across the state is that more will follow. But analyze Gameday for a moment....

They offer Live radio coverage for several football games on any given Friday night, and do the same for baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. They keep the radio games on their site all year long for people to go back and listen to them over and over again. NOW they are adding video broadcasts of the same sports. They put out a monthly magazine with great photos and stories, and their content on their website is in a much higher league than the Post, Digital Sports, and anyone else I see covering high school sports. I'm sure all of that costs money, and I'm not quite sure how they go about paying for all of that, plus their writers and support staff, but it seems to me that subscription is the way to go.

Now I was a little dissapointed when I had to fork over money to get what I used to get for free, but c' HAD to happen sometime.'ll argue that this site, and the rest of the Post pages are free...but again, compare apples to apples. There IS no comparison, as far as content is concerned.

Lastly....I don't see where Gameday is biased homers, as you put it. If anything, they are typically brutally honest in their coverage. With the exception of one or two broadcasters, games I have listened to seemed fairly right down the middle in their calls. And their previews and game stories are certainly unbiased. So I'm interested in knowing an example of bias that brought you to your unfair conclusion.

So I will just say that I am happy to pay my money to get the coverage that I don't see anyone else matching yet. Maybe when another outlet does so, and for free, I will change my allegiance...

And I'm STILL waiting in Matt's response to my original question....

Posted by: middle69 | September 11, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

my point is, top performers/player of the week reports are a pretty common occurence in sports reporting and i'm fairly certain your precious gameday magazine didn't come up with that idea all by themselves. that's like me saying gameday are copycatting ESPN - i mean come on!

i think it's a great thing that there are so many outlets for hs sports coverage in loudoun county. who says there can only be one legitimate source? the post has a somewhat different readership than gameday. these guys provide a great service and do a brilliant job with few resources. if you're a crazed loco sports fan, by all means pay to get your coverage from gameday. if you like seeing your kids names in the post? and getting your content for free? and reading well thought-out, interesting analysis? well then you can tune in to extrapoints...they're not mutually exclusive and there's no need to bully the writers on this blog about their content.

matt, keep doing what you're doing! we appreciate it.

Posted by: cinva | September 11, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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