Virginia Tech JV 17 Fork Union 14
Fork Union linebacker Taj Henley was very impressive Friday afternoon against Virginia Tech's JV squad. Henley was in the Hokies' offensive backfield all afternoon. He was all over the field throughout the game as well and turned in the most impressive performance for Fork Union - a team that includes Virginia Tech verbal Josh Hyman, a wide receiver, and UVa verbals Robert Armstrong and Keenan Carter. Henley, who has seen some interest from the Tech program, was seen speaking with Virginia Tech coaches after the game.
Hokie verbal Josh Hyman is done with his first game in Lane Stadium. Fortunately for Hokie fans, it won't be his last. Hyman played pretty well on the afternoon at many different positions. Hyman played wide recevier, returned punts, and played safety for Fork Union.
Although he did not see much action on offense, Hyman did bring down one pass for a first down. He also made several tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Although he played sparingly at wide receiver where he expects to end up at Tech, Hyman looked to be very quick and athletic and should be a good player for the Hokies down the road.
Fork Union's Keenan Carter, a UVa commit, was not as impressive as we expected him to be. Carter has beefed up since last year (yes, we're being honest here - he truly has gotten even bigger.) He was pushed around most of the afternoon.
Another UVa commit, Robert Armstrong, had a pretty nice game for Fork Union defensively. Armstrong looked to be a strong player who has the potential to be a very good player for Coach Al Groh.
Fork Union quarterbacks Andre Mestre and Brett Weyman both struggled at times against a buzzing Tech defense. Both are highly recruited prospects, but both had occasional troubles the Hokie defense. Brett Weyman did have a very nice play in which he stood in the pocket until the last second, got the pass off, and got hit, however. That pass was good for 42 yards, resulting in a touchdown by tight end Tony Byrd.
Speaking of Tech defense, did anyone see #4 and his great play at defensive back? He was the guy who made several tackles and was in on most every play. He was also the one who punted one ball 60+ yards and had another nice punt that was called back due to defensive offsides. He kicked a field goal, a couple extra points, and even kicked off for the Hokies as well. Tired of hearing about how much this guy did? Tough.
He did much more than just star as a defensive back and a kicker. Did we mention that he saw lots of time on offense at wide receiver? Or did we mention that he threw a pass to quarterback (wide receiver at the time) Will Hunt for a crucial first-down late in the fourth quarter? He also threw a touchdown pass to John Thibodeau with just 1:21 left to help Tech prevail.
This player was Lance Goff, a red-shirt sophomore from Wytheville, Virginia. It will be hard for Coach Beamer to look over Goff's incredible all-around performance Friday afternoon.
Although Goff stole the show for the Hokies, others contributed to the Hokie attack. Mike Imoh showed solid moves and incredible - incredible is the right word too - quickness. He hits the hole hard and is not afraid to hit defenders. Imoh's only negatives on the afternoon were a couple of fumbles that led to Fork Union scores.
Quarterback Will Hunt had a good game running the ball but struggled passing at times. Hunt showed he has great athletic ability - especially with his feet - but was close to being intercepted on several occasions. His 80-yard touchdown run after a beautiful fake made up for any troubles in the passing game, however.
While we are giving out 'props', we'll give credit to red-shirt sophomore Steve Canter, a linebacker, who played fullback Friday. Canter averaged four yards per carry against Fork Union and was impressive in doing so.
Chris Buie also deserves a note here. Although he did not catch our attention throughout the game, he made some great plays on occasion and looks to have great quickness for a player his size. Hopefully that quickness can transfer to quality time on the varsity level before too long for Buie.
On the injury front, running back Mike Imoh put a scare into Coach Frank Beamer and Hokie fans in attendance when he went down near the end of the second quarter. Coach Beamer was as close to the action as he was all game while Imoh laid on the ground receiving medical attention. Fortunately, he walked off under his own power, put ice on his right knee, and returned to the game in the second half.
Quarterback Will Hunt dislocated two fingers on his right hand in the game while trying to make a tackle after Imoh's second fumble. After receiving medical assistance on the sideline, Hunt returned to help lead the offense to a final score and the win. Hunt's fourth down catch late in the game was pivital in Tech's JV squad improving to 1-0 on the season.
The JV squad will return to action later in the year against Hargrave.