Area football standouts to be honored at D.C. Touchdown Club awards dinner

DeMatha All-Met LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, who will play at Purdue, is one of three area high school players that will be honored at the D.C. Touchdown Club's annual awards dinner Thursday (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post).
DeMatha All-Met LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, who will play at Purdue, is one of three area high school players that will be honored at the D.C. Touchdown Club’s annual awards dinner Thursday (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post).

Even as snow covers area fields from end zone to end zone, football is still at the front of the minds of the D.C. Touchdown Club, which will honor several area high school stars at its annual dinner Thursday.

Newly retired Redskins linebacker London Fletcher will receive a career achievement award, while coaches Jim Fegan of Georgetown Prep, Joe Gallagher of St. John’s, and Willie Stewart of Anacostia will receive lifetime achievement awards for their lengthy careers in area high school football. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who threw for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns for the Midshipmen, will be honored with the Washington Metro College Player of the Year award.

The Touchdown Club will give its Washington Metro High School Coach of the Year award to Centreville’s Chris Haddock. Haddock led the Wildcats to an undefeated season and a Virginia 6A state football title in 2013. Another Virginia high school state champion – three-time 5A champion quarterback Trace McSorley of Briar Woods – will be honored as the Virginia High School Player of the Year. McSorley went 55-5 as a four-year starter at Briar Woods, and will play at Penn State next season.

H.D. Woodson defensive back D’Andre Payne, who is already enrolled at Tennessee, will receive D.C. High School Player of the Year honors, while DeMatha linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley will be named the Maryland High School Player of the Year.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Janes covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.
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