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.
The last two weeks, DeMatha running back Marcus Coker (left) has played exceptionally well, but Saturday Coker had a career day, scoring two rushing touchdowns and running for 252 yards on 32 carries.
He recorded the third highest rushing total in Iowa football history, although the Hawkeyes couldn’t pull out a win in a 22-21 upset against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
A pair of local athletes competed against each other on the college level during Penn State’s 10-7 win over Illinois. Gaithersburg defensive end Sean Stanley only had three tackles (two solo), but he intercepted a botched Illinois field goal attempt turned pass at the end of the first half to keep the game tied at zero. Wilson’s Trulon Henry had a standout performance, recording seven tackles (four solo).
West Springfield quarterback Bryn Renner, now a sophomore at North Carolina, outdid himself this week after throwing for 338 yards and two touchdowns on 21 pass completions in a 49-24 win over ACC foe Wake Forest. Renner is currently the most efficient passer in the ACC and sixth in the nation with a passer rating of 171.9.
On the professional level, Westfield wide receiver Eddie Royal had a season-best six catches for 41 yards for the Denver Broncos. Although the Broncos lost 45-10, Royal seems to be making some improvement
week by week.
Another pair of local stars met on the gridiron in San Francisco this weekend: Dunbar’s Josh Cribbs (left) and Suitland’s NaVorro Bowman (left) each played a great game on Sunday. Josh Cribbs returned a total of seven punts and kicks for 136 yards and caught two passes — one for a 45 yard touchdown. However, Bowman led the 49ers to a 20-10 victory over the Browns after he ran dominated on defense with 12 tackles (11 solo).
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For a look at current high school stars, check out this week’s edition of Recruiting Insider Live.