University of Virginia-bound quarterback leads a talented Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) squad into tonight’s contest against Beach District rival Salem. Both teams enter the game undefeated, with the Dolphins 5-0 and the Sun Devils 4-0.
Cutler, a 6’3″, 190-pound senior, has been terrific so far this year. He has thrown for 1,095 yards and 14 touchdowns, and through five games he has yet to throw an interception. The last two games combined, Cutler has completed 25 of 34 passes for 473 yards and six scores.
“This year, he is a little bit more confident because he has more command of our offense,” Dolphins head coach Chris Scott said of Cutler, who threw for 1,703 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior last season, which was his first at Ocean Lakes. “He has a real rhythm because the mental aspect is better this year. Last week, we had two receivers with over 100 yards receiving. He is throwing the ball all over the field.
“Turtle’s biggest asset is he can throw the ball so well. He has such a strong arm. He can beat great coverage. He also has great athletic ability in the pocket, but he’s not a guy that’s going to do quarterback power runs… that’s not his game.”
Tonight’s game features a handful of major Division 1 prospects. A pair of Dolphins defensive tackles — senior Demitri McGill and junior Derrick Nnadi — boast major FBS offers (Nnadi has an offer from UVa). And Ocean Lakes sophomore athlete Jaason Lewis has received verbal offers from ODU, UNC, UVa and Virginia Tech. On Salem’s side, the Sun Devils boast a pair of Virginia Tech-bound prospects in quarterback Bucky Hodges and linebacker Andrew Motu-apuaka. Wide receiver Kwamane Bowens has major FBS offers as well.