Chesapeake Player Recap: South - Part 1

The Chesapeake Bowl recently held its inaugural game with the South Team coming away with a 30-27 comeback victory over the North Team. Most would agree that the talent on the field and the coaching on the sidelines made this event a rousing success.

Scout.com takes a detailed look at each player on both rosters and reviews their performances during the week from practices and the game itself. We start the performance reviews for the South Team (consisting of players from MD, VA, DC and WV).

QB Zachary Dancel, Good Counsel (MD) – Dancel immediately took charge of the offense in practice with his leadership and confidence. South Team Head Coach Biff Poggi was able to use his athleticism and ability to throw and run. Dancel's athleticism has earned him FBS scholarship offers on both offense and defense. Dancel is a winner that just keeps coming at you regardless of the result of prior plays. He finds a way to make a game deciding play as he did in this game. In the game he had 75 yards rushing including a game winning 52 yard touchdown. He had 70 yards passing with a 34 yard touchdown. Dancel also had a 20 yard reception on a throwback to the quarterback.

WR Darius Jennings, Gilman (MD) – Jennings is a matchup nightmare for the defense. He can run, throw and catch and he does it with great speed and elusiveness. Jennings has some toughness as well and isn't afraid to turn in up inside. He can return kicks too. He must be accounted for every second of every play. Jennings and Dancel offered the South Team big play makers that can do it all. In the game Jennings had 80 yards rushing including an 11 yard touchdown. He had 70 yards passing including a 50 yarder and a 15 yard kick return.

RB Demond Brown, Old Mill (MD) – Brown is a muscular, compact runner with great vision. He received praise from the coaches for his ability to make one move and get up field in a hurry. He has good speed and can get the tough yards. He can make you miss but is more about getting up field with straight ahead speed and power. He had one rush for 11 yards in the game.

RB Tyree Lee, Phoebus (VA) – Lee is an explosive runner with good moves in the open field. He is much tougher than his frame suggests (5'9"/185). He jumped in the talented mix of running backs and made his presence felt. Unfortunately for Lee, he suffered a serious injury on his first rush of the game and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. He will make a full recovery in about two months. He was well liked by his teammates and after he went off the field his South team rallied from that point on. He had a 13 yard kick return before he was injured.

DB Darius Lee, St. Stephens/St. Agnes (VA) – The Virginia commit has some size to him and doesn't mind throwing that around. He is very good at run support and finishing a play. He is athletic enough to cover a receiver as well. Lee is always looking for a solid hit to make the recipient think a little going back to the huddle. Lee had 3 tackles in the game.

PK Michael Branthover, DeMatha (MD) – It was not an easy night for the Virginia Tech commit. It was very cold, they didn't have nets to keep ready and it was a college length game. Branthover did well in practice and showed why he was highly sought after by colleges. He didn't get a lot of distance on his kickoffs and missed an extra point but he did connect on a 29 yard field goal to put his team up for good. He also had a 37 yard punt.

LB Vincent Croce, Good Counsel (MD) – The Virginia commit is a big defender with a lot of versatility. He is a very physical player that can punish the ball carrier. He moves well and can play linebacker, defensive end and defensive line. He has good instincts and always looks to blow up a play and the players involved. He can hold the edge and overpower receivers and tight ends. In the game Croce had 5 tackles including a big hit on kickoff coverage. He also had 2 quarterback hurries.

P/PK Josh Rivera, Urbana (MD) – Rivera, like the other kickers, had a tough time of things in the game. During practice Rivera shows a strong leg especially with his hang time and drive on his punts. He loves the skill of kicking and really works hard at it in practice. He shows a college level ability as both a kicker and punter. In the game Rivera had two punts of 35 and 36 yards. He also had an extra point.

DB Antonio Hale, Westlake (MD) – Hale is a good athlete that excels wherever you put him. He had a good week of practice and displayed his ability to play many different positions. He isn't the biggest guy weight wise but he is very quick and plays much tougher than his size. Hale had a good game with 2 passes broken up, one preventing a big play for the North and 2 tackles. He also had an 8 yard punt return. He had another 28 yarder called back.

QB Percee Goings, Friendship Collegiate (DC) – Goings is very smart and absorbs the coaching quickly. He is very accurate and consistently throws spirals. He is one of the best I've seen at purely throwing the ball. He has good athleticism and can move around the pocket and make plays on the run. Goings had 44 yards passing including a 33 yard touchdown that would have tied the game if not for a missed extra point. He also had 4 yards rushing.


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