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John Champe senior Kuony Deng hauls in a pass during the 2015 season. Deng will next take the football field for Virginia Military Institute.—File Photo

Champe’s Deng to play two at Virginia Military Institute

Kuony Deng is a football and basketball standout at John Champe High School. Ask Deng which he prefers and the answer will correlate with the sport currently in season. Deng will continue to play both sports at the collegiate level.

Dominion’s Ruffin to play football at Fairmont State

Dominion High School senior Brandon Ruffin signed his letter of intent Feb. 3 to continue his football career at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. Ruffin's parents, teammates and coaches joined him for the ceremony.

Heritage recognizes its college-bound athletes

Heritage High School held a college signing ceremony Feb. 4 for six student-athletes - Brandon Keiper, Chad Koehler, Carrie Lee, Cole Miller, Courtney Shea and Kaly Winslow - set to play college athletics.

Loudoun County trio set to play college football

Three Loudoun County High School football players secured their college destinations Feb. 3. John Jackson IV and Sostene Kah will play for West Virginia State University, while Ryan Horner is headed to James Madison University.

Daniel Smith signs his letter of intent with his parents Betsy and Jay Smith looking on.—Courtesy Photo

Tuscarora’s Smith to continue football career at Campbell

Tuscarora High School senior quarterback Daniel Smith signed his letter of intent Feb. 3 to attend and play football at Campbell University in North Carolina. Smith helped the Huskies produce a 27-2 record in his final two seasons.

Dominion’s Atariwa signs with James Madison football

Dominion High School senior Adeeb Atariwa signed his national letter of intent Wednesday to play football for James Madison University. Atariwa was joined by family, teammates and Dominion head coach Karl Buckwalter for a signing ceremony.

Cole Miller helped lead Heritage to a 6-4 record in his senior season.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Heritage’s Miller to play football at Georgetown

Heritage High School senior receiver Cole Miller will continue his football career at Georgetown University. Miller led Heritage in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns during the 2015 season.

Virginia Xtreme Sports teams to play in NFL FLAG Championships

A pair of Virginia Xtreme Sports youth football teams are bound for San Francisco this weekend to compete in the NFL FLAG Championships powered by USA Football. The VXS Black Elite and the VXS 12U Purple are among 32 teams from 14 states vying for national crowns in four divisions.

Mike Burnett instructs his players from the sideline during a 2015 game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Tuscarora’s Burnett selected as NFL High School Coach of the Year

Tuscarora High School varsity football head coach Mike Burnett has been selected as the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. Burnett guided Tuscarora to a 13-1 record and a trip to the 5A North Region final in 2015.

Virginia, Virginia Tech release dates for 2016 football schedule

The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Virginia Cavaliers will each kick off the 2016 college football season Sept. 3 at home. Both teams will play 12 regular-season games overall, concluding with Virginia Tech hosting Virginia on Nov. 26.

VHSL Group 5A All-State football team

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are each represented on the 2015 VHSL Group 5A All-State football team. Highland Springs senior Greg Dortch and coach Loren Johnson claimed top honors.

Trace McSorley led Penn State on a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives after replacing injured starter Christian Hackenberg.—Photo Courtesy/Penn State Athletics

McSorley throws two TD passes in first extensive action for Penn State

Trace McSorley piloted Briar Woods High School to three state championships as a four-year starter at quarterback. Now a redshirt freshman at Penn State, McSorley received his first extensive collegiate action Jan. 2 in the TaxSlayer Bowl versus Georgia.

Loudoun County War Eagles win first football championship

The Loudoun County War Eagles seventh grade team upset the No. 1 seed Southern Maryland Heat, 22-0, on Nov. 15 in the championship game of the Grassroots Youth Football League.

Dulles Patriots take home national championship

The Dulles Patriots became the first Dulles Elite Football Association team to win a national championship Dec. 11. The Dulles Patriots defeated the Winston Salem (N.C.) Ravens 18-0 in the Division 2 Cadet championship game at the 2015 American Youth Football National Championships.

DeAndre Reaves has made big strides in his senior season at Marshall University.—Photo Courtesy/Marshall athletics

Bowl-bound Reaves may be pro-bound too

Five years ago, DeAndre Reaves was zigzagging around the high school gridirons of Loudoun, the prime mover for Dominion High School's first-ever playoff appearance and putting the Titans on the local football map. Today, Reaves is still zooming downfield, moving the ball and leading his team into postseason play - only he's doing it against much bigger guys on much bigger stages. The Lower Loudoun Youth Football League product is a major factor for the Thundering Herd of Marshall University, accelerating his college career to new heights in his last year of eligibility - owing to a deliberate decision to get better.

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