Stephen Varanko III: VMI Football and Basketball
Welcome everyone! I’m Stephen Varanko III, and you have just reached my fan page for the Keydets of the Virginia Military Institute. The VMI Keydets aren’t exactly the most popular collegiate sports team out there, so I figured this would be a great way to get others interested and, hopefully, support the Keydets. If you’re a fan, great! Feel free to leave me a comment below to discuss the men’s team.
Stephen Varanko III: VMI Football
The Keydets men’s football team are still at the bottom of the ladder, finishing 0-11, dead last at 9th place in the Southern standings. While most of the season saw the Keydets getting slobbered, they at least had one close call game. In the game against Catawba last September, the Keydets were leading 10-7 leading to the 4th, but they lost steam at the very end. Catawba rallied 10-0 to end the game with an upsetting 27-20.
As for new recruits, VMI reportedly signed five new talents last month. First is Jaelen Adkins, DB, 6-0, 185, Richmond, Va./Henrico; Adkins is an All-Region and All-Academic first team defensive back who had 94 tackles, four interceptions, and two sacks in 2017.
Next is Nick Hartnett, OL, 6-3, 285, Springfield, Va./West Springfield; the team captain of West Springfield, Hartnett had 17 solo tackles and 32 tackles. He was named Second Team All-Conference in his junior year.
The Keydets also signed Ayden Jilson, OL, 6-5, 305, Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge, an All-Region first team center who was likewise elected for 2017 second team All-Conference; and Carter Johnson, LB, 6-3, 210, Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville. Johnson had 72 tackles including one tackle for loss and one forced fumble, four interceptions, and 78 interception return yards including one touchdown.
Finally, the Keydets signed Jacob Peace, OL, 6-6, 300, Berryville, Va./Clark County; Peace was named first team All-Conference and second team All-Region honors in 2017. The year prior, he was elected to second-team All-Conference. He plays both defensive and offensive tackles.
Stephen Varanko III: VMI Basketball
On the other hand, the Keydets men’s basketball team are faring somewhat better, currently 9th in the Southern Standings with 5-10. The Keydets last faced East Tennessee State where they were dominated 89-48. ETSU was successful at limiting the Keydets, allowing only 5 of 26 of their shooting. The Keydets’ Bubba Parham posted 16 of the 48 points.
In one of the better games this season, the Keydets overpowered Southern Wesleyan last December 90-52. They hit the ground running and never let Southern Wesleyan come close. Southern Wesleyan shot a poor 29 percent from the floor. Sarju Patel had 12 points while Tyler Creammer added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Keydets. It’s one of those rare games where VMI’s bench pulled their weight and made a difference.
Be sure to check in on this page again for more updates about the Keydets’ football and basketball team. I’m Stephen Varanko III signing out for now!
Thanks for reading,
Stephen Varanko III