Considering one Bay Rivers District back ran for more than 300 and another for more than 200, the balance provided in Week #5 by several strong defense outings and some big special teams plays will probably get lost in the shuffle.
Then again, that’s what we’re here to remind you of. Below are out BRD Players and Plays of the Week in all segments.
Offensive Player of the Week. Devonte Dedmon’s 339 yards rushing on 24 carries in Warhill’s 49-27 loss to Poquoson included three touchdown runs of more than 60 yards. With the Lions well behind and passing more to catch up, he had only four carries in the fourth quarter, and missed former Smithfield star Dyrell Roberts’ single game district mark by 30 yards as a result. Dedmon also threw a touchdown pass.
Offensive High Honorable Mention. Any other week, Brent Hinson of Tabb would likely have been selected the top offensive player on the strength of his 221 yards rushing and five TDs. He’s rushed for triple digits in all five games and eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the second time in as many weeks.
Century Club. As usual the tables in the club are crowded. Lafayette’s Jahlil Green (149 yards, TD), Bruton’s Kapri Doucet (146), Poquoson’s Grayson Boyce (162 yards, two TDs) and Austin Turner (116 yards, two TDs), and York’s Chris Spruill (114 yards) all ran for more than 100 yards.
Boyce, Green and Turner also had touchdown receptions. Jamestown’s Tyler Doane (202 yards passing) and Smithfield’s Devin Williams (126 yards, TD) were the only district quarterbacks to throw for more than 100 yards.
Offensive Play of the Week. It would be easy enough to pick one of Dedmon’s first two touchdowns, of 67 and 64 yards, because he avoided numerous tackles and broke others. But we’ll give the honor this week to Bruton’s Richard Taylor, whose 75-yard touchdown breakaway gave Bruton an early lead and momentum it never relinquished in a 20-11 win over York.
Defensive Player of the Week. Four of Lafayette linebacker Blake Guminsky’s five tackles were sacks. Guminsky led a wave of pressure the Rams put on Jamestown QB Doane en route to a 42-11 victory in their Williamsburg-area rivalry game.
Defensive Play of the Week. Tabb’s Nick Hunter intercepted a pass at his own 1 yard line early in the Tigers game at New Kent. Also the Tabb quarterback, he then led the Tigers on a 20-play 99-yard touchdown pass that gave them control in their 42-7 victory over the Trojans.
Special Teams Play of the Week. Poquoson’s Matt Blaser appeared to be hemmed in shortly catching a punt at his own 15. But he benefited from several good blocks and made a nice move en route to an 85-yard TD return against Warhill.
Special Teams Honorable Mention. Smithfield’s James Green had a key recovery of a fumbled punt return by Grafton. That gave the Packers a short field that led to a Colin Gary field goal, their final score in a 20-16 victory.
Game of the Week. With a 31-point average margin of victory in district play, Lafayette is looking more and more unstoppable. Poquoson has been a Rams’ nemesis in recent years and hosts their game on Friday, so this could be competitive.
The Jamestown-Bruton game on Friday at Wanner Stadium will almost surely be competitive. For Jamestown, which has lost two consecutive, it could ultimately prove pivotal in terms of morale and regional playoff hopes.