Travon Neal won the high school Player of the Week award for his dominant first half in Frederick’s 63-7 win over Wheaton.
The Military Bowl Foundation and the DC Touchdown Club are partnering with WTOP during the 2020-2021 high school football season to honor a Player of the Week. Read about this week’s Player of the Week below.
As Frederick High School football coach Kevin Pirri talks to University of Travon recruiters Neal, an exceptional junior, he encountered a slight problem: Neal excels as a wide receiver on offense, but he might be better suited as a college cornerback, so Pirri has little video to show Neal’s ability in defense.
“He really came out on top (during the season last spring) and since then they’ve rejected him the whole game,” Pirri said. “The difficult thing with selling a corner is that if it’s a good corner you never hear its name because it cuts the pitch in half and they never throw it away.”
Perhaps the most recent cadet game could help solve this problem.
Neal caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns, intercepted three defensive passes and returned a 45-yard punt for another score – all in the first half – as Frederick beat Wheaton, 63-7 . For his efforts, Neal was named the Military Bowl DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week.
“I think he’s better in defense, but we haven’t seen a team that had a dynamic passing attack,” said Pirri.
Neal typically plays the cornerback, but played it safe against Wheaton, in part to give him more visibility in a new position. He was around the ball all night, playing game after game against offensive, defensive and special teams – which has been the case throughout the season. Twice awarded by Frederick County, he has 24 catches for 486 yards and eight touchdowns, adding a rushed touchdown and a touchdown pass.
Neal has sparked interest in some large college programs, but is still looking for his first scholarship offer.
“We hope that will happen in the next few weeks,” Pirri said.
This week’s DC Touchdown Club Player of the Week Honor Roll:
Old Mill WR-DB Tim triplet caught two touchdown passes and intercepted two defensive passes, returning one for a touchdown, as the Patriots beat Arundel, 48-3.
Dunbar RB Daequan Harvin rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson Tide beat Coolidge, 28-18.
Glenelg QB-FS Bisi owens completed five of six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, ran 20 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns and on defense made five tackles, sacked and returned an interception for a touchdown as the Gladiators beat Wilde Lake , 47-7.
John Champe QB Patrick bryan completed 20 of 21 passes for 296 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for two more scores as the Knights beat Colgan, 62-20.
Quince Orchard rookie RB Iverson Howard ran 17 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars beat Walter Johnson, 63-28.
Alexandria City WR-DB Josh Clarke landed a touchdown, intercepted two passes – both returned for touchdowns – and made four tackles as the Titans beat Justice, 34-7.
Douglass RB-LB Davin Brown Jr. rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown, and on defense, made 11 tackles (two for losses) and intercepted a pass he returned for a touchdown as the Eagles beat Largo, 32-0 .
Osbourn Park RB Thomas pullen ran 21 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat Herndon, 40-14.
Maret QB André Catron completed 18 of 21 passes for 318 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed four times for 66 yards and one touchdown as the Frogs beat Richard Wright, 58-12.
North Point RB Michael craig ran 13 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns, including one for 94 yards, as the Eagles beat Westlake, 33-12.