The Loudoun Report: week 9
Week 9 in Loudoun featured plenty of standout performances from top running backs and a few big upsets that could shake up the playoff race. In today's report: DeAndre Reaves has new fantasy football position eligibility, Briar Woods shocks Park View and Marcus Harris cracks 40 carries in Friday's squeaker over Langley.
Also, scroll down for links to this week's All-Met watch, which features the most Loudoun representatives yet this season.
RB/DB/KR/PR/QB DeAndre Reaves Runs with "Bad Intentions"
Dominion running back DeAndre Reaves has done it all this season - from rushing for 253 yards in a game to returning interceptions and punts for touchdowns. Last week, the Titans' top playmaker added quarterbacking to his lengthy resume. With starter Trey Baxter out with a shoulder injury, the junior took direct snaps, rushing for 200-yards for the second consecutive week and scoring four touchdowns in a 46-20 homecoming win over South Lakes. Reaves also completed 3 of 4 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown to help Dominion (4-4) improve its shot at the first playoff berth in school history.
In a year of firsts in Sterling, the Titans claimed their first win over rivals Potomac Falls, added their first homecoming win and will look for another first when they host Park View in this year's battle for Sterling. Much of the credit for Dominion's turnaround from a near 0-3 start goes to Reaves, who continues to step up and produce wherever Coach Karl Buckwalter places him.
After playing through nagging ankle injuries in the first three games of the season, Reaves has 738 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last five games and in two games last week had scoring runs of 80, 69, 30 and 51 yards.
“He’s starting to run with bad intentions, and I mean that in a good way.” Dominion Coach Karl Buckwalter said. “He’s not looking to cut back as much, he’s just taking on people and he’s going to make someone pay for tackling him.”
Buckwalter said the team would learn whether or not Baxter would be able to return for Friday's game this afternoon. The junior quarterback strained a ligament in the AC joint on his throwing shoulder in a loss to Broad Run, an injury Buckwalter believes is similar to the one that effectively ended Sam Bradford's season at Oklahoma. His return could re-energize the passing game and take some pressure off Reaves, who has had the ball in his hands virtually every play since Baxter went down.
But if the Titans' version of the wildcat continues to be effective, why go away from the scheme that produced your highest scoring output of the season?
"When Trey went down, you take your best athlete -- who, in my opinion is one of the best running backs I've ever coached, and I've coached some good ones -- you put him back there and let him make plays," Buckwalter said. "You put the ball in his hands. That was an easy decision."
Check out highlights from Reaves' big night on dullesdistrict.com
Falcons Are Out of the Woods
Look who's back in the Division 4 playoff hunt! After a frustrating 1-6 start to the year, Briar Woods has righted the ship in the last two weeks, notching consecutive wins over Potomac Falls and Park View and climbing back into the postseason picture.
Friday's shocking 24-10 upset of Park View moved the Falcons (3-6) into a tie for seventh, 1.3 points behind Louisa County for the final spot.
Coming into the season, Briar Woods Coach Charlie Pierce talked about the merit of "Beamer Ball" and said his team would need to be productive on defense and special teams in order to give a boost to a developing offensive unit. The Falcons did their best Hokies impression in this one, forcing four turnovers and returning a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Junior running back Michael Brownlee -- who has also been running the wildcat in recent weeks -- rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries and also completed 7 of 10 passes for 89 yards.
The Falcons get their bye this week and close out the regular season at home against Dominion on Nov. 6 in a game that will be critical to both teams' playoff hopes.
Harris Shatters Stone Bridge Carries Record
After averaging 24 points per game during a six-game winning streak to start the season, the Stone Bridge offense has been held under 20 points in back to back contests for the first time since 2005. But you can't blame it on the effort of junior tailback Marcus Harris, who has been the lone source of consistent offense on a young Bulldog team all season long.
In Friday's 17-14 win at Langley, Harris's number was called a school-record 43 times, and he delivered with 204 yards and a score. He now has three 200-yard games on the season and is up to 1,097 yards and 12 touchdowns on 181 carries. His previous season-high was 27 carries in a season-opening win over Westfield. The previous school record for carries in a game was 26 by Grant Harris, who rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns against Warren County in the fifth game of the Bulldogs' inaugural 2001 season.
Of course, Harris's effort could have all been for naught had Spenser Rositano not blocked his second last-second, game-tying field goal attempt of the season to preserve the victory for his team. With critical Liberty District matchups against McLean and South Lakes rounding out their regular season schedule, look for the Bulldogs (7-1) to continue feeding their feature back as they set their sights on a fifth consecutive district title.
Make your voice heard this week as both T.J. Peeler and DeAndre Reaves are in the running for next week's first team. Chase Williams remains on the first team defense, Marcus Harris is among the running backs in consideration, three Loudoun kickers are on the list and Broad Run's Johnny Meier makes his debut in the linebackers under consideration. (Be sure to enjoy that circa 2007 practice photo of a baby-faced Reaves while you're at it).
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This week's topic: Which standout players have not received the coverage they deserve this season?
October 26, 2009; 5:24 PM ET
Categories: AA Dulles , AAA Liberty District , Briar Woods , Dominion , Football , Stone Bridge High School
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