Sunday, September 27, 2020

Clarke County Sports salutes Ryan Kerrigan, the Washington Football Team All Time Sack Leader

Ryan Kerrigan applies the heat to Tom Brady               Doug Aylestock    / CCS  2019

LANDOVER, Md.- Ryan Kerrigan became the Washington Football Teams All Time Leader in Sacks on September 13, 2020 at FedEx Field. Kerrigan had two sacks of the Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz.

Kerrigan tied and then passed longtime Washington Legend Dexter Manley to take over the franchise record, a record that has held for thirty years and will most likely last for years to come.

Clarke County Sports is proud to present a photo presentation from our archives spanning 2012-2019.

Photos by Doug Aylestock & Moe Murphy  /  Clarke County Sports

Ryan Kerrigan delivers a blow to Joe Flacco    Moe Murphy  / CCS 2012

Ryan Kerrigan Stats provided by Pro Football

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Kicking Unit Remains a Solid Rock for Washington

Nick Sundberg at Mini Camp 2017  A constant in the Redskins lineup                Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
BLUEMONT, Va.- The Washington Football Team has went through many changes over the last 10 years, both on the field and off, with several head coaches, quarterbacks, management personnel but there has been one constant over the past 11 seasons.

Nick Sundberg, the Washington Football teams long snapper from California has been a starter from day one and has been one of the most consistent long snappers in the NFL and also one of the most generous players in the league when it comes to donating his time and effort to multiple charitable foundations and was last years representative from Washington for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Match that up with the fact Sundberg has been working punter Tress Way for 7 seasons and kicker Dustin Hopkins for 6 seasons, the 24 years of NFL experience together only gets better with time.

Dustin Hopkins and Tress Way have worked together for 6 seasons         Doug Aylestock  Clarke County Sports
Hopkins out of Florida State joined the Redskins in 2015 after being selected by the Buffalo Bills. Hopkins has been a steady force in both scoring and kick offs.

Tress Way was drafted by Washington in 2014 and has played every game (96) since joining the team and was a Pro bowl selection for Washington last year.

Tress Way has played in 96 consecutive games for Washington                Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports

Sunberg is the third most experienced player on the team behind Alex Smith and Thomas Davis Sr. who each have 16 years in the league. Way and Hopkins also fall within the top ten in experience and will likely have another successful year 

Nick Sundberg is as solid as they come                Moe Murphy/ Clarke County Sports

Friday, September 4, 2020

Washington Football Team releases Adrian Peterson

ASHBURN, Va.-  The Washington Football Team announced this morning that they were releasing future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson.

"First off made this decision today because Adrian deserves his day." Head Coach Ron Rivera said, "This is a first ballot Hall of Famer, you know for him to be treated any other way I was gonna struggle with that.  Really late yesterday we came to the conclusion that this was the direction we were gonna head.This is not about what he [Peterson] hasn't done or anything like that, it's about what this group of backs has shown us especially in the way this offense is headed."

    Adrian Peterson a huge day tying Walter Peyton for 4th all time TD's    Doug Ayletock / CCS

Image                 Tweet from Adrian Peterson after a recent practice.                                            Twitter

Peterson has made no a qualms about wanting to play another 5 seasons but was very humble in his response to the team after being told the news. He obviously did not fit into Rivera's rebuilding plan and was released in time that he could be signed with another team.

News of the move hit the internet around 7:15 this morning when the story was first broke by the NFL Network and ESPN. Facebook, twitter and other social media platforms lit up with traffic concerning Peterson.
      Tweet today from Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr                          Twitter

Tribute to Adrian Peterson by Clarke County Sports Photographer Doug Aylestock

BLUEMONT, Va.-  Today the Washington Football Team released future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson. Back for another showing. Leader of the Pack, a look at AP's fabulous 2019 season through the lens of Clarke County Sports Photographer Doug Aylestock.

Leader of the Pack   A look at Adrian Peterson in 2019

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Out of the Attic Minnesota 38 Washington 30 November 12, 2017

Washington Quarterback Kirk Cousins looks downfield                     Photo by Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
LANDOVER, Md.- Flashing back to November 12, 2017 in a hard fought battle the Minnesota Vikings pulled off a 38 - 30 win over Washington. In a twist of fate the two quarterbacks that day, Minnesota's Case Kenum and Washington's Kirk Cousins would swap teams after this season.

Military Appreciation Day at FedEx Field

Photo's by Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports

Clarke County Sports Salutes all of our Veterans

Chopper squadron over Landover for Military Appreciation Day

Veteran DeAngelo Hall fires up the FedEx Crowd

Junior Galette makes a play on defense

D.J. Swearinger comes up with a turnover for Washington

Ziggy Hood deep in thought

Vernon Davis makes an effort but comes down out of the end zone

Friday, July 31, 2020

ODAC Updates Return to Athletic Competition Plans

FOREST, Va. --- After extensive deliberations, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Presidents Council voted to postpone conference competition and championships for fall and winter sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year (December 31). The ODAC remains focused on providing meaningful competition for all student-athletes in 2020-21, which includes an intention to sponsor conference competition for fall and winter sports in the spring semester.

“The ODAC is one of the nation’s premiere Division III athletic conferences precisely because of our long-standing commitment to the student-athlete experience at all of our institutions,” expressed Dr. David Bushman, President at Bridgewater College and chair of the ODAC Presidents Council. “In light of the broader public health concerns surrounding athletic competitions, the well-being of our campuses and everyone involved in athletic competition made this decision the right one. We have great athletic department leadership across the conference and a superb conference staff and we are all committed to hosting meaningful competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”

To help the ODAC and its member schools provide their student-athletes with the most complete athletic experience possible, NCAA Division III is considering a blanket waiver that would provide unprecedented scheduling flexibility. The scheduling change would supply all conference sports with more time for individual and team skill instruction, strength and conditioning, leadership development, and other athletically-related activities during the academic year as health and safety conditions allow.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Young returning home to ply his trade

BLUEMONT, Va.- The Washington Redskins first round draft pick will not need to travel to a new city to continue his football career. Chase Young, the best defensive player in the country grew up only miles away from FedEx Field in Upper Marlboro, MD and played high school ball at DeMatha.

He is expected to make an immediate impact on the defense just as another local Jonathan Allen in 2017, who grew up in the shadows of Redskins Park, another first round defensive pick that came in and made an immediate impact.

Chase Young at 2019 Rose Bowl Media Day                 Photo courtesy of Ohio State University Athletic Department

Ohio State Career Overview  (Provided courtesy of Ohio State University Athletic Department)

• Team captain and the dominant defensive player in college football during the 2019 season
• A unanimous All-American in 2019 and won six major individual awards
• Declared intentions to be eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft following his junior season
• A finalist for the Heisman Trophy … just the ninth defensive player out of 159 total finalists since 1982
• Won both the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which both recognize the nation’s outstanding defensive player
• Won the Ted Hendricks award as the nation’s outstanding defensive end in 2019
• Won three Big Ten Conference awards as a junior: the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten’s best player and the Big Ten’s Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year awards
• The nucleus of an Ohio State defense that ranked among the nation’s Top 5 statistically in six major categories, including No. 1 in total defense (259.7 yards per game), No. 2 in passing yardage (156.0 yards per game), red zone scores (66 pct.) and pass efficiency (97.50) and No. 4 in scoring (13.7 points per game)
• Led the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5) and sacks per game (1.38)
• No. 2 nationally in 2019 in tackles-for-loss (21.5) and TFLs per game (1.8)
• Led the nation in forced fumbles (six) and with .50 forced fumbles per game
• Set school records with 16.5 quarterback sacks and 117 sack yards
• Finishes second (to Mike Vrabel, who had 36.0 sacks and 245 sack yards) with 31.0 career sacks and 211 sack yards
• Had 99 career tackles, including 42.5 TFLs and 239 TFL yards, figures that rank 11t and fifth, respectively, at Ohio State
• Two-year starter who played in 38 games and started 23 times

Honors & Awards
2019: Unanimous All-American, Heisman Trophy finalist, Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, Chicago Tribune Silver Football, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, all-Big Ten Conference
2018: Second-team all-Big Ten

More on Chase:
• Was majoring in criminology at Ohio State
• A consensus 5-star prospect and one of the Top 10 players regardless of position in the nation as a high school senior
• The No. 1 player in the state of Maryland
• Helped DeMatha win the 2016 state championship with a 12-0 record by recording 118 tackles and 37 tackles-for-loss, including 19 quarterback sacks
• Played two seasons at DeMatha and two years at Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md.
• The son of Carla and Greg Young.