Briar Woods defensive back/wide receiver Alex Carter was named the Gatorade Virginia Football Player of the Year on Thursday, continuing a season full of accolades for one of the area’s most explosive two-way players.
Friendship Collegiate running back Albert Reid, who recently reopened his recruitment, was selected as the District’s Gatorade Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior, a deceptively fast and shifty runner, ran for 1,705 yards and 17 touchdowns on 225 carries in ten games, a 7.6 yard per carry average.
Carter, who has 10 touchdowns this season and has scored on running plays, passing plays, kickoff and interception returns, committed to Stanford in April and in August was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 at the Alamodome.
The 6-0, 185-pound senior was named AA Dulles District defensive player of the year earlier this month. The No. 6 Falcons (12-1), who have won 12 straight, travel to Grafton on Saturday looking to advance to their second straight Virginia AA Division 4 final.
Reid ran for at least 100 yards in seven games and 200 yards in the other three. The senior had offers from Stanford, Iowa, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt, among others, before he verbally committed to West Virginia in late June. He will take an official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend.
“I didn’t really know I was going to win,” Reid said. “I was surprised and everything. It was exciting to see that I won. I told Eddie, ‘Ah, I beat you.’”