Many players from our area are talented enough to take their skills to college and 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?” and we have the answers.
One of the most dominating performances this week came from Suitland graduate NaVorro Bowman (left) of the San Francisco 49ers; he recorded 14 total tackles (including eight solo) in a 25-19 win at the Detroit Lions.
A pair of Dunbar wide receivers also had a sizable impact on their games: Buccaneers wide receiver Arrelious Benn had three catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 26-20 victory over New Orleans and Josh Cribbs had an excellent day on special teams as the Browns fell to Oakland, 24-17. Sunday, he returned 5 punts and kicks combined to account for 83 yards. Cribbs also had two catches for 30 yards, while he was battling a knee injury from the past week.
Blake Countess , a freshman out of Good Counsel, is seeing valuable playing time in a banged up Michigan secondary. Countess (video) recorded six tackles, three of which were solo, against a high powered Michigan State rushing attack in a 28-14 loss.
The ACC also sported two excellent efforts out of local talents from Maryland high schools. Quince Orchard’s Alex Twine piled up eight tackles (three solo) against eighth-ranked Clemson as Maryland let the game slip out of its hands, falling 56-45.
At Virginia Tech, DeMatha’s Michael Branthover has proven himself after having two consecutive solid games. Against Wake Forest, he averaged 42.1 yards on seven punts and even crushed one punt 58 yards in the 38-17 win.
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