Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”
This week’s DMV Star of the Week is Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson.
First off, I have to acknowledge that I did not even mention Gibson in my Commanders season preview last week and I regret that. He is a huge part of the team and is a big reason why Washington is 1-0 after a 28-22 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was hospitalized just two weeks ago after being shot in D.C. in an attempted car-jacking. The rumor swirling out of camp prior to the shooting was that Robinson had surpassed Gibson on the running-back depth chart.
Now, with Robinson sidelined at least four weeks and likely longer, Gibson is the main option in the backfield for the Commanders.
In Sunday’s victory, Gibson had 14 carries for 58 yards rushing and added 7 receptions for 72 yards. His 130 total yards led the team, even though he ended the day without getting into the endzone.
The Washington back will surely remain a focal point of the offensive scheme as the team travels to Detroit for a Week 2 date against the darlings of Hard Knocks.
The DMV saw five teams in action this past week, including The Washington Commanders, Washington Nationals, Washington Spirit, and Maryland and Howard Football teams.
Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:
The Nationals pitching staff allowed just 3 hits in a 6-0 win over the Cardinals on Sept. 5 in St. Louis (Anibal Sanchez, Hunter Harvey, Mason Thompson).
Nationals right-fielder Joey Meneses batted .323 with 6 RBI’s in 31 AB’s, appearing in every game this past week.
Commanders rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson caught 3 passes in his NFL debut Sunday, two of which were for touchdowns, including the game winner, which was perhaps the best catch in Week 1 across the league.
Amber Brooks, an 8-year defensive veteran for the Washington Spirit, scored two goals just 14 minutes apart in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the San Diego Wave. Prior to the match, Brooks had not scored all season in 13 appearances.
The Maryland football team had 13 different players catch a pass on Saturday in a 56-21 road victory over Charlotte
Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was 27-31 (87%) passing in the victory for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception.