Loudoun County, Va. – In an effort to better recognize student-athletes who positively affect high school sports in Loudoun County, Gymnaze and LoCoSports have teamed up to announce Woodgrove High School junior Tony Cammarota as the Gymnaze and LoCoSports Athlete of the Month for October 2021.
During the month of October, Cammarota led the Wolverines to a 4-1 record, including wins over Briar Woods, Independence, Potomac Falls, and Riverside with their only defeat coming in a 34-14 loss to VHSL Region 5D No. 1 Stone Bridge on October 22.
“He’s never once asked for the football; a rare, if almost nonexistent, attribute for a skill position,” Woodgrove head coach Derek Barlow said. “Whatever the play call is, he goes out and performs his blocking, fakes, etc. with maximum effort, which is why I believe we’ve had so much success and overachieved this year. The rest of the team feeds off of that team-first mentality that Tony exhibits.”
During that same stretch, Cammarota added to his already impressive 1300+ rushing yards—averaging nearly 7 yards per carry—and 12 touchdowns.
“As a running back he has a great initial burst, hits the hole, and then has an uncanny knack for finding daylight with his field vision,” Barlow said. “The most impressive thing is he seems to enjoy battering the north-south, downhill runs more than the outside runs.”
While Cammarota has excelled on the field this fall, it is his work ethic and leadership off the field that make him stand out among his peers.
“Tony’s a great kid who leads by example. He’s the first one in the weight room and the last to leave,” Barlow said. “He has that rare leadership quality where he is cordial and respectful to all of his teammates, yet not afraid to exert his voice amongst his peers when he feels something needs to be done.”
The Gymnaze and LoCoSports Athlete of the Month is selected from nominations based on student-athletes having great success, hustle, work ethic, attitude and heart.