Player of the Week: South County’s Charlie Miska

The Military Bowl Foundation and DC Touchdown Club are partnering with WTOP during the 2020-2021 high school football season to honor a Player of the Week. Read about this week’s Player of the Week below.

In his first two years of high school, Charlie Miska played quarterback, starting on South County’s freshman team and then its junior varsity. In 2019, as he moved up to the varsity where a senior was entrenched as the starter, the Stallions moved Miska to running back.

Although Miska was injured late in the season and did not participate in the playoffs, as the Lorton high school won the Virginia 6A championship, he still earned all-Patriot District honors and eventually accepted a football scholarship offer to play for the University of Virginia. And with the Stallions playing nearly an all-district schedule this spring, that is what opponents remember, even as Miska has returned to playing quarterback.

South County’s head coach says Charlie Miska has developed into a quarterback who can damage defenses not just with his legs, but with his arm. (Courtesy Aldo Razo)

“Most people, when they prepare for Charlie, they probably look at him as a running quarterback and not a quarterback, but he can throw the ball as well as anybody out there,” South County Coach Tynan Rolander said.

“His best asset is his ability to throw the ball. His ability to run just keeps people honest.”

That was the case again this past weekend. Miska completed 18 of 28 passes for five touchdowns and rushed 19 times for 66 yards and two more scores as the Stallions beat West Springfield, 47-24, in the Virginia 6A first-round playoff game.

In seven games so far this season, Miska has passed for 1,593 yards and 19 touchdowns with just two interceptions, and rushed for 648 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Stallions take a 7-0 record into this week’s playoff game against Robinson.

“Charlie has been the whole reason we’ve been as successful as we’ve been offensively,” Rolander said. “He’s 6 feet and 210 pounds of muscle. He’s strong as can be. He runs really well, and most teams already know he can run the ball. Looking at him, you wouldn’t think he would be a great throwing quarterback. But as the year has gone on, he’s become a really well-rounded quarterback.”

Others considered for this week’s Player of the Week award include:

Anne Arundel

Broadneck running back Davon White rushed 14 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns as the Bruins beat Arundel, 50-20, to improve to 3-0 this season.

Frederick

Linganore wide receiver Zach Keisling caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns as the Lancers beat Urbana, 21-18.

Howard

Glenelg quarterback Bisi Owens passed for 145 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns as the Gladiators beat Howard, 26-21.

Loudoun

Tuscarora running back Bryce Duke rushed 20 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns as Tuscarora beat Handley, 54-0, in a Virginia Region 4C semifinal game.

Montgomery

Churchill wide receiver Mitchell Dove caught touchdown passes of 70 and 30 yards and returned a kickoff 75 yards for another score as the Bulldogs opened their season with a 44-7 win over Whitman.

WCAC

St. John’s running back Jamar Curtis rushed 17 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns as the Cadets beat Good Counsel, 27-20.

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