Sterling, VA (February 7, 2015) – For many student athletes, National Letter of Intent day is the biggest day of the year for many high school athletes to announce their intentions to compete at the collegiate level. The Potomac Falls Panthers honored two of their own student athletes on this particular day, gridiron warriors Wanya Allen and Ryan Tibbs, Jr.
In the presence of family, friends, faculty and team mates, head football Coach Jason Allen took the podium and shared the following words…
Wayna Allen is a very special young man. He has been a leader both on and off the field during his fours years at PFHS. He has excelled at three sports during his high school career earning several honors. Wanya played four years of football and basketball, and ran on year of track. Last year he was named Male athlete of the Year for PFHS. This past season was certainly his best in football. As a 6’3″ 208 lb WR/OLB Wanya anchored the first winning season in PFHS since 2008. Wanya earned 2nd Team All-State Honors, 1st Team All-Region Honors, 1st Team All-Conference honors and All-Loudoun honors as a wide receiver. He also earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors as a kick returner. Wanya started on both sides of the football this year, rarely coming off the field. He caught 54 passes for 867 yards, to average 16 yards per catch, and scored 6 touchdowns. He had 13 returns for 249 yards, averaging 19 yards per return. As a LB Wanya had 21.5 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 INT. Wanya was also one of our team captains this year. He earned the Team WR Award as well as Team Offensive MVP Award. Wanya holds the PFHS career record for single receptions in a game with 13 catches against John Champe HS.
Unfortunately, I have only known Wanya for two years. He is an incredible young man who not only has the God-given abilities to play the game, but also the competitive desire to achieve in everything he sets his mind to. Two things will always stick in my mind when I think of Wanya: One, his likability. Despite all of his success he stays humble and grounded. He is just a great kid. He seems to always have a smile on his face and is always surrounded by a lot of people. He is a yes sir, no sir kid that will do anything he can for the team. He has certainly represented PFHS in the best way possible. The second thing that I will certainly remember him by is his competitive passion. There are few people that compete like Wanya. He just has the “big time instinct.” In our biggest games this year Wanya came to play; his best catches and plays were against our toughest opponents. He is always out to prove he can compete. With these qualities I am convinced Wanya will certainly do well in his future at Sheppard University. I am proud to have not only coached him, but also know him as a man. Wanya, congratulations. I look forward to hearing your future accolades.
Ryan Tibbs is not only one heck of a football player; he is an outstanding young man. Ryan is one of the hardest workers and grittiest players I have coached. He is a leader on and off the field. Ryan is the type of player coaches love having because they never have to worry about him. He is going to show up on time, give you everything has, and represent you in the best possible way on and off the field. Because of Ryan’s leadership and abilities the PFHS football team definitely got better. Ryan led a defense that was ranked 5th in the Northern Region amongst Division 5 schools by the VHSL this past season. Ryan earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a free safety, Second Team All-Conference honors as a Defensive Utility Player, and All-Loudoun honors as a defensive back; he was all over the field. Ryan had 40 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions. He was also our Team Captain, and earned our Team Defensive MVP Award as well as our Panther Award that represents everything a PF football player should be. In addition to his defensive accolades, Ryan rarely came off the field. He also ran the ball for 198 yards on 45 carries, caught 8 passes for 81 yards, and scored 5 touchdowns. In addition to his on-field accolades, Ryan carried a 3.0 gpa thus earning him an academic scholarship to Shenandoah University. Though I have only known Ryan for 2 years, I am very glad to have gotten to know him. Because of Ryan’s passionate desire and work ethic, he will certainly represent Potomac Falls High School well. I am proud to have coached Ryan. Congratulations Ryan. Good luck at Shenandoah; I look forward to hearing about your accomplishments.