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Wake Forest recruit Thomas comes up BIG to lead Brookville Bees by Byrd

We were just talkig about this kid Logan Thomas and how that Wake Forest football was looking at him as an end or quarterback or whatever, and what does he do? He goes out and has a career-game against William Byrd last Friday night. Here’s the news on Thomas, called by many experts, “the top recruit in the state of Virginia”.

Logan Thomas may have outdone himself Friday night.

The quarterback, widely considered the best senior college prospect in Virginia, accounted for five touchdowns, including two in the decisive third quarter of Brookville’s 49-34 win over William Byrd.

The Terriers, who trailed by three touchdowns at halftime, cut the Bees lead to seven with 3:34 left in the third. But Thomas, a 6-foot-6 playmaker with scholarship offers from every college imaginable, led Brookville on two quick-strike touchdown drives to put the game away.

He hooked up with wide receiver Chad Mason for a 77-yard touchdown pass with 2:18 left in the third, and zig-zagged his way to a 66-yard touchdown run two minutes later

“That’s what you expect him to do. He’s a ballplayer, and we put the ball in his hands and expect things like that to happen,” Brookville coach Jeff Woody said. “He’s an unbelievable athlete. We’re glad he’s on our side.”

Thomas accounted for 337 total yards of offense (206 passing, 131 rushing). He passed for four touchdowns and ran for another.

“I wasn’t surprised by anything he did. You expect that from him … the way he’s rated across the country,” Terriers coach Jeff Highfill said. “He’s unbelievable, but he’s not the only weapon. … If you put 10 men on him, they’ve got some other people who will kill you.”

Brookville (5-0), the No. 1-ranked Group AA team in the Associated Press poll, allowed 329 rushing yards — 278 by Terriers quarterback Derrick Palmer — but came up with critical defensive stops in both the second and fourth quarters.

“I asked coach Woody to let me carry the ball, to just put it on my back and give me a chance to go out here and score some points and win this game,” Thomas said. “And he let me do it.”

Brookville’s first two drives of the second half resulted in punts, and the Bees had a third-and-14 from their own 24 on their third possession.

Thomas rolled to his left, saw Mason running down the left sideline with a big gap between him and the defensive back, and hit him in stride for a 77-yard scoring strike.

“It was probably more than a perfect pass. I didn’t slow down. I just went regular stride and got under it and caught it,” Mason said.

The Bees’ defense held the Terriers without a first down on their ensuing drive. Then Thomas struck again.

He faked a handoff to Houston, ran to his right and then cut all the way across the field. A stiff arm and a couple of stutter steps freed him from the grasp of William Byrd’s defenders, and he darted down the left sideline for a 66-yard run.

“I just saw it open on the right side. I was actually supposed to hand it off to Stacey, and I just saw it open on the right side, so I took it,” Thomas said. “I took my chance, and I ended up getting lucky. That’s all it is.”