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 one of its own student athletes on this particular day, gridiron warrior Wanya Allen.
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.