This week’s Military Bowl DC Touchdown Club Player of the Week was Freedom-Woodbridge quarterback Tristan Evans, who rushed for more than 450 yards and accounted for all but one of the Eagles’ touchdowns in a 70-35 playoff win over John Champ.
Opponents have already seen enough highlights from Freedom-Woodbridge High School quarterback Tristan Evans, and it’s a safe bet that no one is underestimating the junior, who is in his first full season as a starter.
“I joke all the time,” Eagles coach Daryl Overton said. “If you were picking teams in PE class, he’d be one of the last kids picked unless you saw him in uniform.”
Throw on the pads, though, and Evans is hard to miss — you can usually find him celebrating in the end zone. At 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, he may not have much size, but he has put together one of the best seasons in Virginia high school football history, and that continued last Friday when Evans completed 18 of 21 passes for 370 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed 12 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles beat John Champ 70-35 in the second round of the Virginia 6A Region B playoffs.
Evans threw 52 touchdown passes on the season, two shy of the state record. He also passed for 2,927 yards, the second most in Prince William County history. The Eagles scored 802 points this season, 37 shy of the state record.
“And he’s gotten better over the year because he’s worked so hard on it,” Overton said. “As coaches, we can appreciate that.”
In addition to a strong supporting cast that includes running back Jeffrey Overton Jr. and wide receivers Cam Courtney and JuJu Preston, Evans also benefited from receiving playing time the previous two seasons. He started three games as a freshman in the 2021 spring season when a teammate was injured and was given significant mop-up duties last season.
Ready to step into the starting lineup this fall, Evans was named team captain. He also has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the school’s ROTC unit, Overton said.
“He’s a unicorn,” Overton said. “He does everything correctly and on time. He is not a talker, but he leads by example.”
This week’s DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week Honor Roll:
Brodnek R.B Ian Mauldin rushed 15 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins beat Churchill 39-7 in the Maryland 4A quarterfinals.
Coolidge R.B Shawn Brooks rushed 20 times for 109 yards and one touchdown, caught three passes for 41 yards and had five tackles and two sacks on defense as the Colts beat Bell, 21-6, in the DCIAA Gravy Bowl to win the DCSAA Class A championship.
Oakdale RB/K Rory Blanchard rushed 16 times for 130 yards and one touchdown, caught a 41-yard pass, recovered a fumble and had a fumble recovery as the Bears beat Westminster 33-14 in the Maryland 3A quarterfinals.
River slide RB-LB Ethan Burnett rushed nine times for 68 yards and had nine tackles on defense with three tackles for loss and one sack as the Hawks beat Franklin 7-0 in the Maryland 3A quarterfinals for their second straight postseason shutout.
Ludau district of the Republic of Belarus Jason Murray rushed 29 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns as the Captains beat Sherland 49-28 in the Virginia 4A Region C semifinals.
Damascus RB-LB Dylan Dunathan rushed 24 times for 273 yards and four touchdowns and had five tackles on defense with two tackles for loss and one sack as the Swarmin’ Hornets beat Long Reach 47-12 in a Maryland 3A quarterfinal game.
Southern District WR-DB Miles Greer rushed six times for 66 yards and one touchdown, caught a pass for 18 yards, had two interceptions on defense (returning one for a touchdown), made five tackles and returned a punt 40 yards as the Stallions beat West Springfield, 48-28, in the semifinals Virginia 6A Region C .
CH Flowers QB Shawn Johnson completed 9 of 17 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown and rushed 15 times for 127 yards and one touchdown as the undefeated Jaguars beat Paint Branch 28-6 in the Maryland 4A quarterfinals.
St. Mary’s QB Carson Pettibon completed 3 of 6 passes for 45 yards and rushed 30 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints beat Concordia Prep 21-13 in the MIAA B Conference championship game.
Patuxent WR-CB Asa Locks caught three passes for 71 yards and one touchdown, returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass on defense as the Panthers beat Williamsport 33-24 in the Maryland 2A/1A quarterfinals.
St. John WR Asa Gregg caught an 11-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining, lifting the Cadets to a 7-3 victory over DeMatha in the WCAC championship game.