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June 25, 2009
Star-studded field at Peanut City Shootout
The fourth annual Peanut City Shootout highlights a summer of 7 x 7 competition in the Eastern Region on Saturday as 24 teams from across the mid-Atlantic region meet up in what has become perhaps the most competitive event in the Tidewater area for passing tournaments.
This year's field includes 24 teams highlighted by the defending Division Six state champion Oscar Smith Tigers, 2008 playoff qualifiers Bethel, Grassfield, Green Run, Lake Taylor, Tabb, Warwick, Western Branch, Warwick, Woodside and a quasi All-Star team from Prince William County named Collegeprepworld.
Oscar Smith headlines the field as the VirginiaPreps.com preseason #1-ranked team enters the fray with the nation's top-ranked quarterback Phillip Sims (pictured right)and two highly-rated 2011 prospects in wide receiver Quintae Funderburke and linebacker Raysean Richardson as well as 2010 prospect Jeremy Majette, a linebacker.
The defending champions of the Shootout Lake Taylor Titans, who have played in the championship game in each year of the event, should make a strong showing with DI recruits Travis Williams, a linebacker, and Mario Rowson, a defensive back fresh off of receiving his first ACC offer (Maryland).
Bethel will be headed up by VirginiaPreps.com Top 30 prospect Rijo Walker, a defensive back, and wide receiver Deshaun Thomas as the Bruins search for their 2009 playmakers.
The Green Run Stallions will be a strong contender as they'll place three DI prospects on the gridiron in running back Dejor Simmons, defensive back Zach Dunston and tight end Jamal Wallace while Southeastern District playoff qualifiers Grassfield fields a strong team headed up by linebacker Isiah Twitty and H-back Nick Warack.
Perhaps the most intriguing team of the event comes from the North as prospects from several Prince William County schools have formed a team called Collegeprepworld. The squad is expected to feature Osbourn Park's Dominique Terrell, perhaps the #1 prospect in the state from the Class of 2011, Chris Mason, and Travis Marion. They'll be joined by brothers Thomas and Timmy Keith who helped lead the Osbourn Eagles to the D6 championship game last season as did teammates Vidal Greene, Rodney "Lucky" Whitehead, and C.J. Jackson who are expected to attend. Three Woodbridge Vikings join the squad in quarterback Frank Buckley, the Northwest All-Region signal caller in 2008, defensive back Demetrius Quarles, a second team All-State selection and linebacker Daryl Haley. Others expected to play include Potomac's Desmond Spades and Hylton's A.J. Grady and Iric Harris who will be a highly-recruited defensive back from the 2011 class.
Other prospects expected to play include: Keenan Lambert (ATH, Maury), Montrell Johnson (RB, Smithfield), Lamonte Williams (QB, Warwick), Aaron Evans (QB, Woodside), and Ben Edwards (QB, York).