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Diggs and others look back at their youthful football days for inspiration


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Published on: Thursday, September 12, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Throughout the years, the Montgomery Village Sports Association youth football league has become a bastion for area football talent.

In fact, the MVSA Chiefs have won back-to-back 14U Maryland state championships the past two seasons and will be seeking a three-peat this year.

The youth league program, which hosts games at Montgomery Village’s South Valley Park during the fall, has also served as a fertile recruiting hotbed for many of the area’s top high school programs including Good Counsel and DeMatha.

Maryland wide receiver and former Good Counsel standout Stefon Diggs is a product of the MVA Chiefs youth league program where he was coached by his father, Aron Diggs.

“He always yelled at me a lot,” Stefon told me about his father who died of congestive heart failure in 2008.

Like most fathers, the elder Diggs wanted the best for his son and Stefon wanted to make him proud.

“He wasn’t too much of a congratulator,” said Diggs. “He always told me what I did wrong to shape my game.”

Last weekend, Diggs was honored as the ACC Receiver of the Week for his performance in the Terrapins’ 47-10 victory over Old Dominion in College Park. The sophomore snagged six receptions for a career-high 179 yards including a 41-yard touchdown.

Diggs’s touchdown run was a highlight reel play that has already garnered more than 2,000 views on youtube.com. With Maryland ahead 17-3 in the second quarter, the wide receiver took a screen pass from quarterback C.J. Brown and raced down the sideline with a high-step before diving into the end zone for the touchdown.

“I didn’t really think I was going to get all the way there, and that’s why I dove,” said Diggs. “Luckily, I got there.”

When Montgomery County public school football teams opened their season last weekend, a number of former MVSA Chiefs played significant roles in helping lead their teams to victory.

Stefon’s brother, Wootton sophomore wide receiver Trevon Diggs – who already holds offers from Virginia and Maryland – was a key factor in the Patriots’ 41-0 victory over Walter Johnson.

Trevon Diggs, an All-Sentinel performer during his freshman campaign, registered four receptions for 47 yards including a 15-yard touchdown catch from Sam Ellis in the win over Walter Johnson.

Wootton also boasts sophomore running back Daqwan Hill who rushed for 129 yards on 18 carries and scored on a four-yard run. Hill, a Good Counsel transfer who once played in the MVSA Chiefs youth league program, also caught a touchdown pass from Ellis against WJ.

Gaithersburg senior running back Solomon Vault along with Quince Orchard senior playmaker Kevin “Twos” Joppy are among the many MVSA alumni playing high school football in Montgomery County.

I’ve been told that Seneca Valley freshman running back Adrian Platt will be one to watch in the coming years. The former MVSA standout made his high school debut on Friday and scored a pair of touchdowns in Seneca Valley’s 42-6 win over Wheaton.

After watching Platt’s highlights on youtube.com, I now see why this young man is so highly regarded.

You can contact Brandy at: blssports@hotmail.com

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