Many players from our area take their skills to play in college, some even to the NFL. These kids are the same kids that you grew up with and more likely than not dominated your high school team. Some will forget about these guys, but others ask, “Where are they now?” We have the answers.
On Friday night, Syracuse defeated 11th ranked West Virginia 49-23 in game dominated by offense. Antwon Bailey, a running back out of St. John’s (D.C.), rushed for 125 yards on 22 carries. His 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter — on the heels of a 50-yard burst on the same drive — put the game out of reach as the Orangemen completed the upset.
A couple of ACC stars made headlines for two completely different reasons; Bryn Renner (left), a 2008 All-Met at West Springfield, completed 19 of 33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw three interceptions resulting in a 59-38 loss against eighth-ranked Clemson.
On a more down note, Maryland’s Kenny Tate, from DeMatha, will undergo a season-ending injury after missing the past three games with an undisclosed injury. The loss of Tate, an All-ACC player at safety last season, comes as a huge blow to a Terps secondary that gave up 264 yards and a touchdown to Florida State’s quarterback E.J. Manuel in a 41-16 loss.
DeMatha’s Marcus Coker continues to flourish at Iowa. Coker followed up last week’s dominant performance with an even better one; Coker ran for 139 yards on 23 carries and again rushed for two touchdowns, leading Iowa to a 45-24 win over Indiana..
Another former DeMatha star, Josh Wilson (left) of the Redskins, had a solid defensive performance, one of the team’s few bright spots against the Carolina Panthers. Wilson had six total tackles (five solo), but the Redskins dropped their second straight game, 33-20.
Colts kick returner Joe Lefeged, a safety from Northwest, has been struggling to make much of an impact this season; against the Saints, Lefeged returned one kickoff for 18 yards in a 62-7 loss.
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