Maury DE Darien Varner (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Eastern District competition gives Darien Varner a leg up when the game is on the line
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The recruit757/Sparta Science Showcase at Redskins Park was an opportunity for several Maury Commodores to show why they advanced so far in the VHSL Class 5 playoffs.
The Commodores have a multitude of weapons on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Darien Varner’s role is as a relentless pass rusher and a run stopper for the Maury defense. He showed off those skills in Saturday’s position group work and one-on-one session.
“I don’t get invited to a lot of things, so it helps me out to be put on the spot a little bit,” Varner said. “You have no choice but to work. Everybody gets 24 hours, so you gotta spend those 24 hours wisely. I take mine wisely.”
In the video here, you can not only see Varner’s feedback about the showcase, but you can also see some of his work in the one-on-ones. In the camp review session, Coach John Harris remarked about Varner’s burst of speed coming off the line and how he uses his hips to his advantage against offensive linemen.
“You have to beat the man in front of you,” Varner commented.
On his team’s aspirations this fall?
“We have to go farther. Expectations are higher. That’s it.”
The Commodores had a shootout with the Highland Springs Springers for two quarters in the VHSL Class 5 State Semifinals. The Springers pulled away in the second half, but getting one step away from the state championship game in 2018 should give the Commodores a hunger to get back. Highland Springs went on to win their fourth straight state championship. The Maury boys basketball team won their first state championship since 1927, just a few weeks ago. Could the football team be next?
– Andy Hilton