By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- When Tommy Caison transferred from Strasburg at the beginning of preseason practice, Central coach Mike Yew knew he was getting a talented, athletic player.
This season Caison has done a little bit of everything for the Falcons and been even more than the Falcons expected.
"We were a little surprised, we didn't know he was as quite as talented," Yew said. "I also think he grew a coupe inches and probably put on a little weight. He's definitely matured into a pretty good, young athlete."
Caison showed more of his speed and athleticism last week in Central's 47-20 victory over Warren County.
He had three receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Caison also had a key interception late in the first half. His fine play earned Caison The Northern Virginia Daily's Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 20-26.
Caison scored on a 48-yard pass from Hayden Bauserman in the first quarter to give Central the lead for good (13-7). The pass was a screen pass. He added another touchdown on a 91-yard touchdown pass from Bauserman midway through the second quarter.
"On the screen pass he just used his athletic ability," Bauserman said. "On the 91-yard touchdown, he just burned the kid. When a guy is one on one with Tommy I have pretty good confidence in him. That was a play we had called and I just threw it up to him, and he ran underneath it."
Caison's speed has given the Falcons (6-2) another deep threat, and he and the team have made the most of it. He has 20 receptions for an area-best 677 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also leads the area with 33.9 yards per catch.
"He's definitely given us another aspect in terms of speed," Bauserman said. "We had Justin [Bauserman] last year, who's obviously really fast too, but now you put both of them out on the field at the same time -- it's tough to guard both of them.
"Tommy's really fast. He can run the ball. He can catch the ball. He can do whatever you need him to do."
Caison also has two punt return for touchdowns. Perhaps one of the biggest plays he made against Warren County came on defense. After Central had fumbled a kickoff, and with a 33-13 lead late in the first half, Caison intercepted Warren County quarterback Austen Butler in the end zone. Caison is tied for first in the area with four interceptions.
Yew said Caison didn't play as much on defense, because they are trying to keep him fresh for offense in the second half. Yew said they are trying to get the ball in Caison's hands more, which isn't always easy with so many talented players on offense.
"We're trying to find ways to get the ball in his hands," Yew said. "So many other guys made plays we didn't run a lot of offensive plays. Daniel [Molina] ran the ball really well. [Kolton] Poston had two or three big catches. Justin [Bauserman] had a couple nice catches. It makes it hard to try to give him the ball eight or 10 times when guys are making plays aside from him."
Hayden Bauserman said the whole team was very excited to have Caison, but because of his speed it took a little time to get used to throwing him the ball.
"When I first saw him come out it took a little bit to get the timing down, because he's definitely a fast receiver," Bauserman said. "Once we got it, we clicked. So, it's worked out really well."
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