PREVIEW OF THE WOODBERRY FOREST GAME

 The Bears have beaten the Tigers of Orange, VA five out of their past seven games; however, WFS has won two of the last three games. Saturday’s home team is 3-2, having started the season 1-2. The team’s record after 5 contests is better than the odds makers might have forecast for two reasons:

(1) their 1st three opponents have a collective win-loss record of 14-1 [ and the one loss was Benedictine’s sole L against  5 W’s] and

(2) the Tigers lost their heavily recruited junior quarterback, Jacob Rainey,  to a freak injury in a preseason scrimmage. The young man had to have his leg amputated; such an event would be expected to dishearten any group of HS football players. [there is an article at the end of this post on the accident and an update on his recovery, which includes a reference as to where donations may be made.]

The 2011 Tigers return 5 offensive and 8 defensive starters from last year’s 8-1 team (only loss to McDonogh). Headlining the WFS defense is Safety CJ Prosise (6’1”, 202#; 4.5 in the 40; 4.4 shuttle; bench 205#) who committed to play for the University of Notre Dame last spring. According to VaPreps.com , CJ is the #15 prospect in the Commonwealth and likely to help the Irish on all returns of opponents’ kicks. The other safety, Carlson Milikin is 6’, 184# with a 4.48 time in the 40 and reported offers from the US Naval Academy, Ohio University and William & Mary. Rogers Clark, a 6’1” 210# OLB, is also listed as a college prospect.

The WFS roster (see below; HIGHLIGHTED NAMES are mentioned in articles as starters or significant contributors) is deep in numbers and heavy in the weight column (28 players with weights greater than 200# and 5 tipping the scales at 250# or above).

 

#

Name Pos Yr Ht Wt

1

Wallace Branch E TE Sr. 6-4 206

2

Ty Abdul-Karim WR, DB Jr. 5-9 149

3

C.J Prosise (C) FS, WR Sr. 6-2 206

4

Haynes Zayton QB Jr. 5-8 156

5

Carlson Milikin (C) DB, WR Sr. 6-0 187

6

Henry Holmes TE Sr. 6-3 195

7

Doug Randolph OLB, WR Jr. 6-3 214

8

Heys McMath QB Jr. 6-4 190

9

Jacob Rainey QB, TE Jr. 6-3 213

10

Christian Asher SS, RB So. 6-1 192

11

George Sutherland DB Sr. 5-9 171

12

Sean Spector RB Sr. 5-11 175

14

Spencer Taylor WR Sr. 5-10 150

15

Vance Spilman QB So. 6-0 182

16

Reid Swearingen WR Sr. 6-3 183

17

Allen Jones WR Jr. 5-9 153

18

Matt Sheehan FS Jr. 6-2 182

19

Ben Pugh FS Jr. 6-1 160

20

Baba Adejuyigbe RB, P, K Jr. 5-11 186

22

David Little DB Sr. 6-1 174

23

Hunter Faulconer RB Sr. 5-6 142

24

Sam Russell WR Sr. 5-6 146

25

Michael Armstrong K So. 5-9 141

26

Justin Hash DB Jr. 5-6 156

27

Gordon McAlister SS Jr. 5-10 144

28

Alec Kendall K, P Sr. 5-8 162

29

Dow Perkins RB Sr. 5-8 165

30

Tucker Jackson WR Sr. 5-10 166

31

Will Tucker DB Jr. 6-2 171

32

Harrison Cozart FB Jr. 6-0 194

33

Taylor Reuss SS Sr. 5-10 176

35

Gibson Montgomery FB Sr. 6-1 207

36

Trey Roberson RB Jr. 5-9 164

37

Wood Nesbitt SS, WR Jr. 6-2 171

38

Nikolas Gjika FS Jr. 6-1 181

39

Roman Pivovamik OLB Jr. 6-2 161

40

Edwin Borden ILB Sr. 6-2 192

42

Trice Moore SS Jr. 5-10 152

43

Volodymyr Silchenko OLB Sr. 6-0 180

44

Jack Sewell (C) TB, ILB Sr. 6-2 200

45

Sam Miller FB Jr. 5-8 174

46

Thomas Doughty SS Sr. 5-11 186

47

Greer Martini ILB So. 6-2 207

48

John C. Williams DL Jr. 6-0 207

49

Cameron Wooster DL Sr. 5-11 253

50

Walker Smithson ILB Sr. 5-11 202

51

Teddy Szyperski DL Sr. 6-2 209

52

Wilson Craig DL Sr. 5-11 175

53

Israel Arana DL Sr. 5-8 224

54

Grigs Peterson DL Sr. 5-10 194

55

Mark Petrone DL Sr. 6-3 218

56

Nate Ripper OLB Sr. 6-2 206

57

Walt Whitehead OLB, P Sr. 6-0 180

58

Rogers Clark (C) ILB, DL Sr. 6-1 222

59

Collier Connell OLB Sr. 6-1 170

60

Edward Bailey OLB Jr. 6-1 167

61

Spencer Bibb OG So. 6-0 236

62

Charles Blaydes C, LS Sr. 5-11 222

63

Hank Krebs OT Jr. 6-3 242

64

Will Figg OG Jr. 5-8 175

66

Nelson Williams DL Sr. 5-11 181

67

Sam Sari OG Sr. 6-0 230

68

Addison St.John OG Sr. 6-0 250

69

Thomas Eden OLB Sr. 6-3 173

70

Denton Stockseth OG Jr. 5-10 196

73

Andrew Shofner OT So. 6-4 271

75

Phillip Berry OT Jr. 6-5 284

76

Peter Bristow DT Jr. 5-11 176

77

Brandon Gilbert OT Sr. 6-1 232

79

John Moses OT Jr. 6-2 272

80

John Taylor TE Jr. 6-1 167

81

Reid Williamson WR Jr. 6-3 186

83

Jake Willis TE Jr. 6-3 207

85

McKenzie Folan DL Jr. 5-11 176

86

Benjamin Carson TE, FB So. 6-1 216

87

William Dossett OLB Jr. 6-4 190

88

Greg McIntosh TE Sr. 6-3 217

89

Drew Meeks TE Sr. 6-3 211

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – His teammates gave him the nickname “Tebow.”

A big, strong quarterback who played like a fullback who completed 40-yard passes, Woodberry Forest (Va.) junior Jacob Rainey was poised to enter the season as one of the state’s top QB prospects in the class of 2013. That all came to an end on one tragic and shocking play during a preseason scrimmage on Sept. 3.

What appeared to be a routine tackle resulted in a broken knee cap, a severed artery and other complications. Saturday, at Fairfax Inova hospital in Northern Virginia, doctors were forced to amputate the lower portion of the leg, news that stunned and saddened the local football community.

“A young man playing at Woodberry Forest suffered a tragic thing where he lost his leg,” University of Virginia coach Mike London said in his weekly press conference Monday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Woodberry Forest football family and to this young man’s family in particular. Wins and losses are important, but sometimes the realities of what’s really important are the young men and the family members and the sons that we are responsible for.”

London, along with coaches at Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Duke, North Carolina and elsewhere, coveted Rainey, a 6-3, 215-pound dual threat QB who had been clocked at 4.61 in the 40-yard dash. Just a few plays before his injury, Rainey had dragged nine would-be tacklers down the field for first-down yardage.

Witnesses said the play that caused the injury appeared innocent enough, but the tackler’s legs slammed into the back of Rainey’s knee, crushing it against the turf.

Rainey remained in an intensive care unit last week while the Woodberry Forest traveled to play Benedictine High School in Richmond, where the Tigers won 16-13.

Woodberry was celebrating on the bus ride home when Rainey contacted a teammate to tell him the injury was worse than they originally thought. Tigers coach Clint Alexander gathered the team when they arrived back on campus and delivered the news that the star quarterback would lose the lower part of his leg.

That news, understandably, was tough to take said Woodberry senior safety Carlson Milikin.

“I was on the verge of throwing up because I know how hard he had worked in the summer and during two-a-days,” Milikin said. “This adversity will make him stronger, and he’s going to do big things in this world. All of my teammates and I try to emulate his character and attitude. If there’s one person that will come back from this injury, it’s him.”
Rainey remained in good spirits after the surgeries, according to the Woodberry coaching staff, and posted a message on his Facebook page thanking supporters and well wishers.

“Thank you everyone so much for your thoughts and prayers,” the message read. “I truly do appreciate it.”

Last week at Benedictine, Rainey’s best friend Nate Ripper, a linebacker who postponed a recruiting trip to Georgetown over the weekend to remain with his grieving teammates, wore the quarterback’s No. 9 jersey in Rainey’s honor. A different Woodberry player will were No. 9 each game this season, beginning with the Tigers’ trip to Blair Academy in New Jersey on Saturday.

Woodberry Forest officials released a statement Monday afternoon.

“Jacob received prompt and appropriate medical attention, first at Fair Oaks Hospital, and later at Fairfax Inova, where doctors determined the injury had severed the main artery in his leg and that emergency vascular surgery was necessary,” the statement read. “Damage to the affected area was extensive, and doctors amputated the lower portion of Jacob’s leg on Saturday, September 10, in Fairfax. Jacob is still hospitalized.

“Film from the scrimmage indicates that the tackle was clean and the injury Jacob sustained was highly unusual.”

 

PICTURE OF JACOB AT LAST WEEK’S WOODBERRY GAME in Richmond, VA- great to see his resilience [he is seated with his back to the camera talking to his replacement at QB]:

Update on Jacob Rainey

We are pleased to report that Jacob Rainey is making steady progress in his recovery from the amputation of the lower part of his right leg. Jacob, a fifth-form quarterback on the Tigers varsity football team, suffered a severe knee injury during a scrimmage in Northern Virginia on September 3 that severed the main artery in his leg, damaging the surrounding tissue and making amputation necessary.
Jacob is currently at home in Charlottesville with his parents, Lee and Kathy, where he is resting and growing stronger after undergoing nine surgical procedures. Since successfully completing a short course of inpatient physical therapy at the University of Virginia, he has begun an aggressive, home-based PT program that will continue until he is fitted for a prosthetic device later this month. He must then learn to use his new artificial limb.
From all accounts, Jacob is in great spirits. He and his parents were in Richmond last week to watch the Tigers take on the Collegiate Cougars.  This was a wonderful surprise for his teammates as well as other members of the Woodberry community who were present. It is clear to all that Jacob is highly motivated and as eager to return to Woodberry as we are to welcome him back to the Forest.
Lee and Kathy Rainey are overwhelmed by and appreciative of the support they continue to receive, as indicated by their statement below:
“We have felt everyone’s thoughts and prayers, and they have lifted our family up. The brotherhood of the Woodberry community and the neighboring Prep League schools has been such a comfort and something we feel such gratitude for. We have known of Jacob’s deep connection to Woodberry Forest, but now we understand it, too. People have taken time to sit with our family in the hospital, at our home, and even on the football field. Their simplest gestures – shaking Jacob’s hand and hugging him, for example – have meant more than words ever could. Jacob does not feel alone in his journey; he knows that his Woodberry family is standing right behind him. “
In response to numerous requests, a fund has been established at Virginia National Bank to assist the Raineys with Jacob’s medical bills. This fund is separate and distinct from Woodberry Forest School and all money will go directly to the Rainey family. Donations to this fund are not tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to The Jacob Rainey Fund or Virginia National Bank (With Rainey in the note section of the check) and mailed to:
Virginia National Bank
102 East Main Street
Orange, Virginia  22960
The account also accepts electronic bill payments or electronic transfers using the following information:
ABA: 051408868
Account number: 1009596042
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