The 2017 DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. High School Player of the Week powered by Under Armour is announced each Wednesday, and featured throughout the week.
QUINTON WILLIAMS, WISE
The Wise Pumas have a new starting quarterback this season, but moving on from one of the best players in school history has not been a problem for the Maryland 4A three-time defending champions. Junior Quinton Williams, a 6-foot-4, strong-armed passer, has kept Wise on course for another state championship run.
Williams completed 12 of 18 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns this past weekend, leaving Wise to its 36th consecutive victory, 58-14 over Oxon Hill.
For his efforts, Williams was named the DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“I’ve never had a 6-4 quarterback, I’m like a kid in a candy store,” Wise Coach DaLawn Parrish said. “You never thought you would hear me say, ‘Throw it.’ But he can throw the ball all over the field. We don’t have any handicaps.”
Williams played on the junior varsity and made a few appearances on the varsity at Good Counsel last season before transferring to Wise. So far this season, he has passed for nearly 1,000 yards with 19 touchdowns for the 7-0 Pumas.
“He can make all the throws,” Parrish said. “He’s been a great addition to the team and done everything we’ve asked.”
Other players receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
Broadneck QB Shane Davis completed 19 of 24 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns as the Bruins beat South River, 42-7.
Old Mill RB Ryheam Tull rushed 21 times for 325 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots beat Chesapeake, 34-14.
H.D. Woodson RB Mychale Salahuddin rushed 10 times for 155 yards and one touchdowns as the Warriors beat Eastern, 32-0.
Tuscarora QB Christian Edwards completed 29 of 41 passes for 231 yards and one touchdowns as the Titans played Walkersville tough in a 27-20 loss.
Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed 12 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Lions remained undefeated with a 41-0 win over Caravel Academy.
Heritage QB Brett Johnson completed 10 of 20 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns and rushed nine times for 144 yards and two touchdowns as the Pride beat Riverside, 28-7.
Loudoun County QB Nick Barts completed 9 of 15 passes for 176 yards and seven touchdowns as the Raiders beat Park View, 63-12.
Wootton QB Grant Saylor completed 22 of 29 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns as the Patriots beat Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 44-0.
Falls Church RB Dakwandre Marshall rushed 23 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Jaguars beat Edison, 49-19.
Westfield QB Noah Kim completed 11 of 17 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Oakton, 34-14.
Suitland RB Antwan Squire rushed 22 times for 268 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams beat Largo, 55-7.
Freedom-Woodbridge QB A.J. Felton passed for 135 yards and one touchdown and rushed 10 times for 191 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles remained unbeaten with a 41-14 win over Woodbridge.
Backup QB Henry Rentz threw two touchdown passes, rushed for two touchdowns and intercepted a pass on defense as Severn remained unbeaten with a 27-21 win over Boys Latin.
Episcopal RB Perris Jones rushed 13 times for 240 yards and four touchdowns as the Maroon beat St. Albans, 51-13.
Northern RB Xavier Harris rushed 23 times for 135 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots beat Leonardtown, 42-6.
RICKY SLADE, HYLTON
Ricky Slade’s ability to run the football is well known. Each week, Hylton Coach Tony Lilly said, opponents stack the box and focus their sights on stopping – or at least slowing down – the Penn State running back recruit.
Slade, though, continues to put up big numbers and the Bulldogs’ high-powered offense keeps chugging along. This past Friday, though, Slade put together one of the biggest nights ever by a Washington-area football player. He rushed 13 times for 343 yards and five touchdowns, caught four passes for 51 yards and one touchdown and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as Hylton beat Colgan, 64-35. For his efforts, Slade was named the DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week powered by Under Armour.
“Everybody is always trying to take him out,” Lilly said. “That’s why when he touches the ball there are at least seven guys running to him every play. To see him create things on his own, he does things every Friday night that wow me.”
Slade runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, but it is his rapid acceleration that Lilly notices, the quick burst difficult for opposing defenders to match.
Through six games, Slade has rushed for more than 1,300 yards, helping Hylton average nearly 50 points per game. After the season, he has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 in Orlando.
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
Broadneck QB Shane Davis passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for three touchdowns as the Bruins beat Old Mill, 55-28.
Friendship Collegiate QB Dyson Smith completed 23 of 41 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-20 loss to Spalding.
Frederick RB Deondre Boyce rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns as the Cadets broke a 12-game losing streak by beating James Buchanan, 42-27.
Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown as the undefeated Lions beat Long Reach, 20-6.
Woodgrove RB Josh Johnson rushed 15 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-20 win over Riverside.
Quince Orchard QB Doc Bonner, who committed to Dartmouth last week, rushed for 75 yards and one touchdown and completed 5 of 7 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars beat previously undefeated Paint Branch, 45-8.
Westfield WR-DB Taylor Morin caught the go-ahead 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and then intercepted a pass in his own end zone in the final minute as the Bulldogs edged Madison, 10-6.
Hayfield QB Monty Byers completed 18 of 33 passes for 378 yards and seven touchdowns as the Hawks beat Mount Vernon, 63-41.
Suitland RB Antwan Squire rushed 37 times for 258 yards and two touchdowns as the undefeated Rams beat Douglass, 21-8.
Gonzaga freshman QB Caleb Williams completed 14 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles knocked off WCAC four-time defending champion DeMatha, 20-14.
St. John’s QB Kevin Doyle completed 10 of 15 passes for 233 yards and three long touchdowns as the Cadets beat Good Counsel, 31-9.
Georgetown Prep RB Jalen Hampton rushed 30 times for 239 yards and three touchdowns as the Little Hoyas beat Benedictine, 28-9.
Northern QB Reese Crounse passed for 267 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots remained unbeaten with a 33-6 win over St. Charles.
JACOB WETZEL, WALKERSVILLE
Jacob Wetzel finds himself all over the field for the Walkersville Lions. He plays running back on offense and safety on defense. He also returns kickoffs and punts.
But Walkersville’s scouting report for its Frederick County heavyweight matchup against Linganore this past weekend indicated that the Lancers liked to go with a high, short kickoff. So the Lions coaches moved Wetzel into a receiving farther up the field. The opening kickoff didn’t go to Wetzel, but it didn’t matter – he knew from that play that he was into the game.
“I got pumped up because I trucked a guy and that got me going,” Wetzel said.
Indeed, Wetzel capped the opening drive with the first of his four touchdown runs. He finished with 197 yards on 20 carries and led Walkersville to a 40-10 victory, extending its winning streak to 19 games. For his efforts, Wetzel was named the DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week powered by Under Armour.
“He’s just a really great player on offense, defense and special teams,” Walkersville Coach Joe Polce said, noting that Wetzel also had six tackles on defense.
While Wetzel enjoys playing football, he plans to play baseball in college. He has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Old Dominion University.
“Nothing else is like football, the atmosphere is crazy,” Wetzel said. “But I love baseball too and I know I’ll be more successful in baseball.”
Other players considered for the Week 5 Player of the Week were:
Broadneck QB Shane Davis completed 23 of 37 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns as the Bruins beat Northeast, 42-21.
H.D. Woodson RB Mychale Salahuddin rushed 19 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors beat Ballou, 27-13.
Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed for two touchdowns in the first half as the Lions built a big lead and beat Wilde Lake, 34-13.
Dominion QB Thomas Jarman completed 15 of 20 passes for 330 yards and six touchdowns as the Titans beat Riverside, 56-7.
Wootton QB Grant Saylor completed 15 of 28 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and two touchdown as the Patriots beat Whitman, 42-21.
Yorktown RB Tanner Wall threw a 38-yard touchdown pass, returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 36 yards for another score as the Patriots beat Chantilly, 42-21.
Oxon Hill WR Daniel George returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown as the Clippers beat Fairmont Heights, 47-0.
Freedom-Woodbridge QB A.J. Felton rushed 20 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns and completed 19 of 26 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles improved to 5-0 by beating Hylton, 48-42.
St. Mary’s Ryken QB Kristian Marks threw four touchdown passes in the second half as the Knights rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to beat St. Mary’s-Annapolis, 27-24.
Westlake QB Jalon Spencer passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in the second half as the Wolverines rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Thomas Stone, 19-15, to win the 301 Classic trophy.
IKE ONWUKA, PATRIOT
On the football field and on the basketball court, Ike Onwuka can sense when opponents size him up. They see Onwuka – all 5 feet 8 and 160 pounds of him – and think they have found an easy mark.
“They underestimate me,” said Onwuka, a senior who starts at running back for Patriot High’s football team and has started the past two seasons at point guard for the Prince William County school’s basketball team. “That makes me want to make a statement even more.”
Onwuka made his biggest statement yet this past Friday. Starting when he touched the ball for the first time and returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, it felt like was going to be a special night. Onwuka also rushed 21 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns, returned a kickoff 89 yards for another score and caught two passes for 57 yards as Pioneers beat T.C. Williams, 42-26.
For his efforts, Onwuka was named the DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He’s not very big, but he’s cat-quick and a very dynamic player,” Patriot Coach Brud Bicknell said. “We thought he had the potential to have a dynamic year and we changed things around to get him more touches.”
Onwuka had scored seven touchdowns in the season’s first three games, but that was nothing compared to this past Friday’s explosion.
Other players considered for Week 4 Player of the Week honors were:
South River WR Ryan Proctor caught eight passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns (44, 60, 81) as the Seahawks beat Annapolis, 46-42.
H.D. Woodson RB Mychale Salahuddin rushed 10 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors beat Theodore Roosevelt, 30-6.
Oakdale QB Cory Schlee, who missed the season’s first two games while battling mononucleosis, completed 10 of 17 passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns as the Bears beat Urbana, 56-17.
Oakland Mills QB Shallon Robinson completed 7 of 9 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown and rushed seven times for 101 yards and two touchdowns as the Scorpions beat Mount Hebron, 52-15.
Dominion RB Alex Wertz rushed 16 times for 289 yards and three touchdowns as the Titans beat Heritage, 38-0.
Walter Johnson WR Aziz Diomande caught eight passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Kennedy, 20-0.
Fairfax QB Trevor Marchiando rushed 16 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns and completed 24 of 32 passes for 242 yards and another score as the Rebels beat Annandale, 21-20.
Marshall QB Andrew Margiotta rushed 15 times for 229 yards and four touchdowns in the second half (13, 30, 54, 69) as the Statesmen rallied to beat Falls Church, 43-24.
Flint Hill RB Jordan Houston rushed 23 times for 281 yards and three touchdowns (45, 70, 80) and caught a 95-yard touchdown pass as the Huskies beat Collegiate, 41-27.
Patuxent QB Reese Crounse rushed for one touchdown and passed for 265 yards and two more scores, including the game-winning nine-yard pass to Xavier Harris for his third touchdown of the game as the Northern rallied to beat Chopticon, 36-33, to remain undefeated.
JAKE PERETTI, ATHOLTON
After electing not to play football as a high school junior in 2016 so that he could focus on schoolwork and improving as a lacrosse player, Jake Peretti faced a difficult decision this past offseason. Would he go back to the game he had played every fall since age 7?
“I still loved football and supported the team, but I decided to take a year off,” Peretti said, adding that he thought it would have been hard to compete for playing time as a junior. “After the season was over, I was just thinking about how I missed it. I had to decide If I wanted to play. But it was my senior year and I didn’t want to miss my last opportunity to play.”
Three games into the season, Peretti – and his Atholton coaches and teammates – sure are glad that he opted to play one final football season.
This past Friday, Peretti set a Maryland state high school record as he intercepted five passes – playing free safety, he also made 16 tackles – as the Raiders beat Oakland Mills, 17-14.
“We knew that they were a throwing team and they like to throw it deep,” said Peretti, who had one interception in the season’s first two games. “So I was sitting back and waiting for their quarterback to throw the deep ball. And we knew he liked to target No. 8, so I was keying him. I guess it worked out.”
Atholton Coach Justin Carey said that two of the interceptions came on overthrown balls that Peretti was in position to snag. The other three, however, Peretti went up and got the ball at its highest point, before the intended receivers could make a play. Peretti had a sixth interception negated by a penalty.
Other players considered for the Week 3 Player of the Week Award were:
Broadneck QB Shane Davis completed 18 of 22 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as the Bruins beat Severna Park, 49-7.
Friendship Collegiate RB Josiah Crute rushed 23 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns, including the decisive 11-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Knights beat H.D. Woodson, 25-19.
Linganore QB Ryan Leyh completed 13 of 22 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns as the Lancers beat Westminster, 50-28.
Long Reach RB KaDarrian Booker rushed 25 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-0 win over Wilde Lake.
Stone Bridge TE Daniel Thompson had nine catches for 237 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat previously undefeated Madison, 35-10.
Tuscarora RB Leron West rushed 13 times for 280 yards and five touchdowns and caught two passes for 108 yards and a sixth score as the Huskies beat Woodgrove, 62-40.
Paint Branch QB Norman Douglas Jr. completed 13 of 19 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-6 win over Whitman.
South Lakes RB Spencer Alston rushed eight times for 297 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-10 win over Dominion.
West Potomac RB Daiimon Cleveland rushed 18 times for 259 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolverines beat Chantilly, 35-24.
DuVal RB David Dupree rushed 32 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass as the Tigers beat Urbana, 26-6.
Osbourn QB Chance Hollingsworth rushed 15 times for 123 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 62 yards and another score in a 28-18 win over Gar-Field.
Flint Hill RB Jordan Houston rushed eight times for 211 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-20 win over Blue Ridge.
Northern QB Reese Crounse passed for three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth score in a 31-22 win over La Plata.
Good Counsel WR Cam Hart had four catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns and intercepted a pass on defense as the Falcons rallied to beat Spalding, 37-21.
DARRIEN NEWTON, MOUNT VERNON
Darrien Newton was enjoying a breakout junior season in 2016 when, in the season’s eighth game, he made a cut and felt pain in his left knee. An MRI revealed torn meniscus. Not only did the speedy wide receiver miss the rest of the football season, he was unable to suit up for the Mount Vernon basketball team, where he played point guard and shooting guard.
The road to recovery was long. It took more than half a year for the knee to fully heal. Even then, when Newton put on his pads for the beginning of practice last month, he had some mental hurdles to overcome.
“Initially my knee felt very strong but I didn’t have confidence in making hard cuts,” Newton said. “So I was going easy at the beginning.”
But with each passing week, Newton said, his confidence has grown. And now there is little question that he is back atop the perch as one of the Washington area’s biggest offensive threats. Newton caught 10 passes for a school-record 257 yards and three touchdowns – all at least 60 yards – as the Majors beat Falls Church, 34-16, this past Friday to improve to 3-0.
Newton, who hopes to attend Army West Point – his father, Daryl, retired after 22 years as an army medic and his older brother, Daryl Jr., was recently commissioned -- has been a big reason for Mount Vernon’s success. For his efforts, Newton was named the Military Bowl Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“He had 1,800 yards of total offense last year,” Majors Coach Monty Fritts said. “His goal this year is 2,500 yards. I think he is going to do it. He’s obviously doing well when he has 257 yards receiving in one game.”
Other players considered for the Week 2 Player of the Week were:
Meade’s Odion Okojie intercepted a pass and recovered two fumbles, returning one 50 yards for a touchdown, to lead a defensive effort that forced seven turnovers in a 47-26 win over Arundel, the Mustangs’ first win in the battle for the Mears Cup victory in 15 years.
Ballou QB Terronta Buchanan completed 4 of 7 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for 83 yards and another score in a 41-6 win over Cardozo.
Oakdale LB Maurio Goings had two sacks, an interception and two more tackles for loss in a 53-6 win over Bladensburg.
Wootton QB Grant Saylor completed 24 of 34 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots beat Churchill, 39-32. Elijah Trent had 10 catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
Madison RB Casey Koshuta rushed 37 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass on a trick play in a 38-16 win over West Potomac.
Eleanor Roosevelt QB Jaden Faulkner rushed 23 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 45 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter as the Raiders beat Pallotti, 30-15.
Freedom-Woodbridge RB A.J. Felton rushed for four touchdowns and returned a kickoff 85 yards for another score in a 58-7 win over Lake Taylor.
Bullis WR-DB Bryson Shaw caught an 80-yard touchdown pass, returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown and rushed five times for 32 yards in a 33-9 win over Fork Union.
Northern QB Reese Crounse passed for 335 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-7 win over his former school, Patuxent.
ARIS HILLIARD, TUSCARORA
As Tuscarora took the field for its season opener this past Saturday, Aris Hilliard was admittedly nervous. A 5-foot-8, 165-pound junior, he was being given tremendous responsibility for a player who had never suited up for a varsity game.
In recent years, the Titans had leaned heavily on all-purpose offensive standout Rodney Dorset. But with Dorsey now a freshman in the mix at Towson University, Tuscarora Coach Vince Ahearn was looking for Hilliard – whom he jokingly refers to as “Rodney 2.0” because of his on-field ability and the way he comports himself off the field – to take a leading role.
Still, as Tuscarora trotted out to return the opening kickoff, Hilliard had butterflies.
“I should have run under the ball, but I was kind of hoping it wasn’t going to get kicked to me,” Hilliard said.
As the ball bounced near the 20-yard line and scooted past Hilliard, it seemed like everything was happening in slow motion.
How could this happen on his first play on the varsity?
But by the time Hilliard retreated to pick up the ball and started up the field, his outlook had changed.
“I was glad I had the opportunity,” Hilliard said. “It was a wide-open hole.”
Hilliard did not stop until he reached the end zone. Now in his comfort zone, Hilliard went on to enjoy a sensational debut. In addition to his 95-yard kickoff return, he rushed 24 times for 301 yards and three touchdowns, leading Tuscarora to a 38-14 victory at Milford Mill. It was a big victory for the Titans, as Milford Mill has made the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. For his efforts, Hilliard was named the Military Bowl DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“You don’t know necessarily what to expect, you don’t even know your team this early,” Ahearn said. “But yes, we were expecting him to do well this year. He’s got great grades, too. He’s the whole package.”
While Dorsey earned Frederick News-Post Offensive Player of the Year honors last season, Hilliard is doing his best to make sure Tuscarora’s offense keeps operating at a high level. He usually lines up at running back and also works some as a slot receiver, though the inclement weather dictated that the Titans kept the ball on the ground Saturday. Hilliard, who was one of the fastest players at the University of Maryland’s football camp this past summer, did most of the damage.
“I did not expect to get a kickoff return touchdown, I did not expect to get four touchdowns,” Hilliard said, noting that he had played plenty of cornerback on defense and was not featured in the team’s preseason scrimmages. “I didn’t know what to expect from my first varsity game. It came out of nowhere.”
Other players considered for the Week 1 Player of the Week were:
Severna Park WR Josh Coffman caught four passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 91-yard score with two minutes left, and returned a punt 45 yards for another score in a 49-48 win over North County.
National Collegiate QB Eugene Dunmore completed 11 of 14 passes for 220 yards and seven touchdowns in a 50-0 win over Phelps.
Howard LB Ryan Kearney led a strong defensive effort as the Lions limited 2,000-yard rusher Wande Owens to 39 yards on 17 carries in a 34-0 win over Glenelg.
Woodgrove RB Josh Johnson rushed 26 times for 256 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Massaponax.
Northwest RB Junior Farri returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, rushed 15 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns, caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, intercepted a pass on defense and kicked extra points in a 53-36 win over Wootton.
Wakefield RB Rodney Lee rushed 22 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-27 win over Washington-Lee.
Gwynn Park WR-DB Terrell Lindsey scored on an eight-yard run and returned an interception 30 yards for another touchdown in a 24-12 win over Potomac (Md.).
Battlefield QB Trevor Walker threw two touchdown passes, rushed seven times for 117 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 85 yards for another score in a 55-19 win over Colgan.
Georgetown Prep RB Jalen Hampton rushed 14 times for 210 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over O’Connell.
Northern QB Reese Crounse completed all 13 of his passes for 317 yards and five touchdowns, including four to Xavier Harris, in a 49-7 win over Calvert.
Each week, members of the Coaches Committee submit a nominee from their regions for the DC Touchdown Club High School Player of the Week. The Executive Committee considers nominations and announces the weekly winner each Wednesday. Players of the Week earn strong consideration for High School Player of the Year awards, which are highlighted at the Club's annual Awards Dinner in late winter/early spring.
Elijah Brooks, DeMatha: WCAC/Independents
Mike Neubeiser, Northwest: Montgomery
Rick Conner, Linganore: Frederick
Steve Crounse, Patuxent: Southern Maryland
Tom Green, Eleanor Roosevelt: Prince George's
Mark Martin, Wilson: Washington, DC
Chris Haddock, Centreville: Fairfax
Dan Paro, Georgetown Prep: IAC
Tony Lilly, Hylton: Prince William
Mike Skinner, Woodgrove: Loudoun
Justin Carey, Hammond: Howard