ROANOKE CO., Va. -

One reason a lot of things have bounced Northside's way this season has been the play of defensive tackle DeAnthony Muse.

Muse has been a disruptive force all season. Last week in the win over Loudoun Valley he racked up seven tackles, including three sacks, eight quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble.

“I just like hitting people. That is my favorite part,” Muse said.

DeAnthony Muse has been hitting Northside opponents all season. He has 90 solo tackles, including 24 for loss. The senior is also one sack from the single season record of 12 and one away from the career total sack record of 21.

“Have to play hard. Coach has been preaching that we have a championship defense. Just very special,” Muse said. “It's not very often that you get to compete for a state championship. I'm just very blessed to be in my spot right now.”
Muse is bound for Richmond next year earning a full scholarship from the Spiders, a feat that may not have seemed possible four years ago.

“To see his transformation from a freshman when he first walked in at about 200 pounds to where he is now, and I'm not talking physically,” Northside coach Burt Torrence said. “I'm talking about emotionally, as a student, spiritually. He is a kid that you never forget. He is like my son and I've spent tons of time with him in the car driving down the road to one day camps and what have you. He's the reason you get into teaching and coaching, a young man that completely changes his life and to be a small part of that is just more touching than words could ever express.”

Muse said of Torrence: “He's been like a father figure to me. At first I didn't really trust him. That's why I didn't really speak to him. But I got over it and we became like a father and son. He's always been there for me.”