Thursday, September 22, 2011
Juniors take center stage in this week's stock watch
By David Auguste
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game.
UP — Zach Bradshaw, Damascus, WR
This junior has made his presence felt all over the field to help fuel Damascus' 3-0 start this fall. Against Wootton last week, the junior opened the scoring with an electric 89-yard punt return. Bradshaw went on to haul in four passes for 46 yards and a pair of scores, including a one-handed 8-yard grab, to lead the Hornets to a 49-12 win.
DOWN — Aaron Wells, River Hill, RB
The Hawks lost their first game of the young season with their talented senior back watching from the sidelines. Wells suffered a knee injury in Week 1 against Reservoir that held him out of the big contest. It's unsure how much time Wells will miss, but early reports indicate he could be out for up to a month. Without Wells, the Hawks struggled to move the chains in a 14-0 defeat at Atholton last weekend. The loss knocked River Hill down to a bubble team in the latest POWERADE Greater D.C. football rankings.
UP — E.J. Levenberry, Hylton, LB
Hylton's opponents' scores through the first three weeks of the season read like this: 14, 14, 6. We'll do the math for you; in three contests the Bulldog's are yielding a paltry 11.3 points a game. Levennberry has been central to that effort, racking up tackles at an alarming rate. The junior has posted double-digit tackle efforts twice this season and tacked on five in limited action during a 60-6 Week 3 victory.