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Dear DC Touchdown Club members and supporters,
I was at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium a few days ago for the football team’s weekly luncheon with Coach Ken Niumatalolo and key players. The Midshipmen are getting ready for one of their biggest games this season, as they host Air Force on Saturday in the first leg of the battle for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
Air Force, of course, currently holds this Trophy.
It has been a special start to the season for Navy, which is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in its new American Athletic Conference. Also, standout quarterback Keenan Reynolds – the 2014 DC Touchdown Club Local College Player of the Year – continues leading a prolific offense and chasing NCAA records. He is five scores away from being the NCAA Division I all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and already holds plenty of school records. After posting his NCAA record 14th game with at least three rushing touchdowns, Keenan was again selected the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
But what impresses me most is not the success of Navy and its start quarterback on the field – the Midshipmen have played in bowl games in 11 of the past 12 seasons – but rather their poise and composure off the field. There is no question that Coach Ken, his staff and players comprise a first-class team.
I will be in attendance Saturday and look forward to the game. We also look forward to hosting Navy in this year’s Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.

Yours in football,

Steve Beck

Week 4: DC Touchdown Club High School Player of the Week
South County quarterback DeAndre Clayton is the High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour. Clayton threw six touchdown passes in the first half as the Stallions held on for a 42-40 win over West Springfield in a meeting of previously undefeated teams.
J.R. Purnell
1996 Prep High School Player of the Year
J.R. Purnell currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is a strategic account executive for Humanscale, working with different companies to create the most efficient workspace.
Since finishing his football career at Georgetown Prep 
and the University of Richmond, Purnell has enjoyed great deal of success in the corporate world. He has worked at Humanscale for seven years. As an account executive, J.R. develops big-picture strategies and networks and builds relationships to penetrate new markets.
A three-sport letterwinner at Georgetown Prep, Purnell played four years at running back for the University of Richmond before graduating with a degree in business administration. He was inducted into the Georgetown Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
These days, besides working, Purnell still finds time for fun and loves exploring Los Angeles.

“L.A. has so much culture and things to experience," he said. "So every weekend I make time to try new things."
Sat., 8 p.m.
Air Force
Sat., 3:30 p.m.
Sat., noon

Sun., 1 p.m.

DeMatha (4-0) at St. John’s (3-1), Saturday, 3: Fresh off their 29-23 triple-overtime victory over Good Counsel, the Cadets take on another Washington Catholic Athletic Conference heavyweight. While the teams have played close games the past two seasons, St. John’s has not beaten DeMatha since 1994.


Northwest (3-1) at Sherwood  (4-0), Friday, 6:30: Since a 14-7 loss to Seneca Valley in Week 2, the Maryland 4A two-time defending champions have gotten their offense going, scoring 100 points in a pair of lopsided victories. Sherwood has had little difficulty in its strong start, averaging nearly 39 points per game.

Centreville (2-2) at Lake Braddock (4-0), Friday, 7: After dropping consecutive games for the first time since 2010, the Wildcats go on the road hoping to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2008. The task won’t be easy; Lake Braddock’s defense has posted a pair of shutouts and its offense scores plenty of points.

Harvard Running Back
Noah Reimers
Harvard freshman running back Noah Reimers, the 2015 Virginia High School Player of the Year, scored his first two collegiate touchdowns this past week. The Tuscarora High graduate rushed eight times for 60 yards and scored on runs of 16 and 27 yards in a 53-27 victory over Rhode Island.
DC Touchdown Club members have access to exclusive hospitality for the game on Dec. 28: Click here for more information and to purchase a ticket package.
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