Dusan Stjepanovic, Thomas Dale
It wasn’t the championship belt that landed the Knights’ senior on this list; it was his man handling of L.C. Bird ball carriers. He amassed 18 tackles, three of those for a loss to go with a recovered fumble and blocked punt to help Thomas Dale take back the “Battle of Chester” on Friday night, 36-6. Stjepanovic has an offer from Delaware State and with performances like these, more are sure to come.
Korey Bridy, Monacan
The first two weeks of the season have been a continuation of last year’s performance for the Chiefs’ running back, now a senior. He rushed for 234 yards and two touchdowns in Monacan’s shutout victory over Glen Allen, 28-0. Bridy has an offer from Virginia Union to his name and should see an uptick in interest. Through the first two games of the season, Bridy has run for 369 yards and five touchdowns.
Jalen Jackson, Thomas Jefferson
Over the summer, Jackson made headlines by committing to Villanova. So far during his senior season for the Vikings, he’s been the play maker you’d expect. Against Armstrong, he torched the field for 279 yards and found the end zone three times (once via the air) as Thomas Jefferson won their first game of the season 27-20. In 2017, Jackson is slated to see the lion’s share of his carries at running back, and it’s paid off thus far. His day could have been even bigger- he said on Twitter that three additional touchdowns were called back via penalties.
Hunter Spence, Colonial Heights
Most running backs dream of running for 100 yards in a game. Quarterbacks, on the other hand may not reach 100 yards in a season. Spence, who’s become a big-time leader for the Colonials torched New Kent for 152 yards on the ground. He also threw for 105 more on 7-11 passing and connected on a touchdown to teammate Tyron Porter. As Colonial Heights looks to improve under first year coach Buzz Edwards, it looks like he’ll have a viable weapon in Spence.
Upton Bailey, Petersburg
The sophomore running back turned heads last season as a freshman and in Petersburg’s 36-6 win over John Marshall, he may have broken necks. An excellent athlete, Bailey ran for 278 yards and found the end zone four times in the Crimson Wave win. He also added 43 yards via the receiving game, giving him 321 yards from scrimmage. Bailey will give both Petersburg and college coaches that will recruit him a flexible option.