Freedom-Woodbridge’s Kyree Campbell is making a name for himself

October 10, 2013

Ohio State called Tuesday. Alabama dropped by after he jumped out on tape. There’s no doubt that a Cardinal District defensive end is turning heads.

And no, we’re not talking about Da’Shawn Hand.

Freedom-Woodbridge sophomore Kyree Campbell enters Friday’s tilt against Woodbridge and Hand with nine sacks and three touchdowns — two of the scores coming on defense.

“We’ve kinda got that going on our side of town [with Campbell], that same thing you have with Da’Shawn Hand, who we respect highly,” Eagles Coach Gary Wortham said.

Campbell currently holds oral, non-binding offers from the Buckeyes, Old Dominion, Virginia and Vanderbilt.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the weekend of football in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Junior defensive end Taureen Carter — who missed Freedom’s last two games (both losses) due to injury — teams up with Campbell to give the Eagles (3-2) a pronounced height advantage on the edge.

“We’ve kinda kept [Carter] under the lid, but having two 6-5 defensive ends is a bonus,” Wortham said.

For Woodbridge (3-2), Friday’s game marks the first home game since the death of senior linebacker Kenny Diaz.

The Vikings had a bye last week and used the mid-season reprieve to get on the mend both physically and mentally.

“We’re starting to get our kids back in the mental framework of having a more normalized week of practice,” Woodbridge Coach Karibi Dede said.

Dede gave his players off from practice last Monday and Friday and opted for an abbreviated workout Thursday.

“I think it helped them a lot,” Dede said of the time off the field. “They came back with a lot of good energy this week.”

Gaithersburg's Solomon Vault, a Northwestern recruit, is steadily recovering from a nearly catastrophic knee injury suffered against Clarksburg. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Dede said his players are starting to “move along” in the wake of their teammate’s death.

For many, the emotional tipping point came on Sept. 27. The team attended Kenny’s memorial service late in the morning, before pulling it together to defeat Osbourn, 17-14, under the lights in Manassas.

“I think when we went to the funeral on Friday, a lot of them kinda closed that chapter and got their peace,” Dede said.

The next chapter for the both Eagles and Vikings will be penned Friday. Neither squad wants to get mired in mediocrity with a loss and resulting 3-3 mark.

“Anyone like us who’s in the middle of the pack has to get out,” Dede said. “Or else your fate lies in someone else’s hands.”

Around the area

Forest Park (3-2) has struggled mightily to move the ball in back-to-back losses to Osbourn Park and Osbourn, but the Bruins are getting an infusion of talent at the wide receiver position.

Eric Kumah — a sophomore transfer from Hylton — will make his debut for the Montclair school during Friday’s game at Potomac (Va.).

Kumah – who finished his freshman season as the Bulldogs’ second leading pass catcher (19 grabs, 211 yards) — was extended an oral offer by the University of Tennessee back in January.

“Whenever you can add a playmaker like that, it’s beneficial,” said Bruins Coach David Coccoli.

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