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December 4, 2012

2012 All-Northern Region Team

NR team Given the rather strict rules that we set for ourselves in picking all-region teams, there are tough choices to be made every season; but few years seemed to have brought as many tough decisions as 2012 as the depth of talent in the Northern Region made picking the squad seem especially arduous this year.

A quick review of the rules that we set for ourselves; the VirginiaPreps.com all-region teams feature twelve players on offense (QB, two RB, two WR, TE, five OL and one wildcard spot), twelve players on defense (four DL, four LB, three DB and one wildcard spot) and four specialists (K, P, two RET) along with a coach of the year from each division. Additionally, we do not allow for a player to be named in more than one spot which, along with the wildcard position, is our only concession to rewarding as many players as possible. Our ultimate goal is exclusivity which, naturally, leads to some deserving players being left off the list but also increases the weight of our selections as the chosen players needed to turn in exceptional seasons.

Unsurprisingly, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs lead the way on this year's squad with five players earning first team honors from the only team to advance through regional play undefeated. However, nine teams earned multiple spots on the first team with fourteeen programs in total placing a player on the first-team roster. Again, the depth of talent across theentire region was extraordinary this season.

All-Northern Region Offense

QB Kyle Downer, Oakton

The Cougars senior quarterback led his team to the Division Six regional crown topping the numbers one, two and three seeds along the way and the Couagars' main man (who holds an offer from JMU) shouldered the bulk of the load for the offense by accumulating 2869 yards and 37 touchdowns on the season by completing 116 of 187 passes for 1409 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 1460 yards and 25 scores. Click here for highlights

RB Joe Wilson, Robinson

The Rams junior running back led the region in rushing with one of the bigger seasons in recent memory totaling 2,358 yards and 33 touchdowns in eleven games with a stretch in the middle of the season when he totaled 238 or more yards in four consecutive games. In their postseason game, Wilson carried 31 times for 233 yards and scored two touchdowns.

RB Demornay Pierson-El, West Potomac

The Wolverines junior speedster ranked as one of the most dynamic playmakers in the region this season by totaling 1658 yards and 26 touchdowns rushing this season in ten games including three contests in which he totaled over 200 yards on the ground. All of this despite being the #1 option in the West Potomac offense that opponents gameplanned to defend. Click here for highlights

WR Aramis Alexander, Lake Braddock

The Bruins sophomore wideout led the Northern Region in receptions with 75 catches on the year for 741 yards and four touchdowns for the powerful Lake Braddock offense. Twice in the season he totaled more than 122 yards and, in seven other games, Alexander hauled in seven or more passes. Click here for highlights

WR D'Ante Yarborough, Stone Bridge

Though he collected only 38 passes on the year in regional action, the Bulldogs' junior led the Northern Region in receiving yardage with 1057 on the season for an incredible 27.8 yards per reception average. Additionally, in totaling 17 touchdowns on the season, Yarborough scored multiple times in seven games including a three-touchdown effort in the regional title game.

TE Tasi Mathias, Mount Vernon

The Majors' senior collected 16 passes for 220 yards with one touchdown on the season recording a catch in seven of his team's ten contests including a six-catch, 95-yard, one score effort against Centreville.

OL Chris Durant, Oakton

The Cougars' senior ranked among the most dominant blockers in the Northern Region for an Oakton team that both ran and threw the ball equally well from their option attack averaging 28.3 points on the season while collecting the regional championship. Click here for highlights

OL Ned Johnson, Westfield

The senior blocker was a key reason that the Bulldogs' offense was absolutely unstoppable throughout the course of the season never scoring less than 28 points in a game until the regional championship contest when oakton limited them to 13 points. Westfield rushed for over 3,000 yards and threw for over 1500 on the year. Click here for highlights

OL Jack Howerton, Langley

The Saxons' senior was an all-district lineman on both sides of the ball for a Langley team that notched a playoff victory for the first time since 2000 when they topped Hayfield in the quarterfinals. Howerton, a long time standout for the program, was a key reason for running back Philip Mun rushing for over 1800 yards and quarterback Nick Casso throwing for nearly 1200 on the year. Click here for highlights

OL Joon Yeo, Westfield

The Bulldogs' senior was a key blocker on a powerful offensive line that led a unit that scored over 38 points per ball game, on average. In the Westfield ground game, backs Dalaun Richardson and Tyler Thrasher-Walker, the team's two leading yard-gainers, combined to rush for over 2500 yards on the season. Click here for highlights

OL Connor Smith, Stone Bridge

Want a tough gig? Try being the center for the Stone Bridge Bulldogs in their single wing attack that requires you to snap to one of three different players lined up in the backfield. This junior took on that job and flourished as he helped the Division Five regional champions score at least 24 points in every regional game this season as they totaled over 2400 yards both on the ground and through the air.

ATH and Offensive Player of the Year, M.J. Stewart, Yorktown

In helping Yorktown record their second straight 12-1 season, the Patriots' junior was an unstoppable force rushing for 1842 yards and scoring 36 touchdowns with 274 yards receiving and he even completed both of his pass attempts on the season for 46 yards. When the competition got stiffer in the regional postseason, Stewart's star shone even brighter totaling 607 yards of offense in three games with ten touchdowns helping the Pats down Jefferson and South County before falling to Stone Bridge in the regional final. Click here for highlights

All-Northern Region Defense

DL and Defensive Player of the Year, Jonathan Allen, Stone Bridge

Simply put, the Bulldogs' senior and University of Alabama commit is the single biggest wrecking force on the defensive side of the ball in the region. A dominating player against both the run and the pass, Allen helped the Division Five regional champions limit all but two teams that they played to two scores or less. ON the season, despite being double-teamed on nearly every play, Allen collected over 80 tackles and near double-digit sacks. Click here for highlights

DL Brian Deely, Westfield

Though a bit undersized compared to other defensive ends, the Bulldogs' senior takes advantage of his active feet, plays with strong leverage and chooses outstanding pursuit angles from the edge to make plays for the Westfield defense allowing them to win tweleve straight contests to open the season and to advance to the Division Six regional title game winning a Concorde District title along the way. Click here for highlights

DL Jesse Mizell, Stone Bridge

Teams looking to run away from Defensive Player of the Year Jonathan Allen from Stone Bridge found the sledding nearly as rough in the other areas of the field and this Bulldog senior was usually to blame either through getting early disruption off the snap or by chasing down anything that came his way. When Allen missed some time due to nagging injuries, the Stone Bridge d-line barely missed a beat; Mizell was a big reason for that.

DL Chad Wiggins, Centreville

The Wildcats' junior all-purpose defender is a terror in the middle of the field capable of making big plays with his hand in the dirt at defensive tackle or when he's standing up at middle linebacker. His emergence as a playmaker on the defensisve side of the ball was one of the primary reasons that a rebuilding Centreville team finished 8-4 on the season with three of those losses coming by a touchdown or less. Click here for highlights

LB Sean Huelskamp, Chantilly

The Defensive Player of the Year in the Concorde District, Huelskamp was a leading playmaker on both sides of the ball for a Chargers team that finished the season with an 8-4 record with two of their losses coming by a touchdown or less. Capable of playing both inside and outside linebacker, the senior had to be accounted for on every play by any opposing offense. Click here for highlights

LB Tyler Donnelly, Yorktown

The Patriots linebacker earned the Defensive Player of the Year honors in the National District in leading a Yorktown defense that allowed only 16 points per game in notching a perfect 10-0 regular season before winning their first two postseason contests falling only to Stone Bridge in the regional championship contest. Click here for highlights

LB Dan Schwab, Madison

The Warhawks senior was a leader on the defensive side of the ball for a Madison team that lost only two games during the regular season, one to Division Six regional champion Oakton and the other to Division Five regional champion Stone Bridge. The team's leading tackler, Schwab was selected by the coaches as a first team all-district backer in the Liberty and earned first team honors as a tight end. Click here for highlights

LB Oren Burks, South County

The Stallions outstanding linebacker was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot District as the senior was the top playmaker for a South County team that recovered from a 1-5 start to win five straight advancing to the regional semifinals where they were ousted by Yorktown. During their late season run, the defense limited five straight opponents to two touchdowns or less. Click here for highlights

DB Raeshawn Smith, Chantilly

One of the top playmakers in the Concorde District on both sides of the ball (and as a return man), the junior was a lockdown corner for a Chargers team that advanced to the regional semifinals for the second time in three seasons. He also earned second team honors on the offensive side of the ball as a wide receiver. Click here for highlights

DB Charles Tutt, Centreville

A first team selection on both sides of the ball in the Concorde District at wide receiver and defensive back, the sophomore proved to be one of the more explosive playmakers in the district and one of the danger spots on the Wildcats defense to contest. Tutt also ranks as one of the better return men in the region as well. Click here for highlights

DB Aaron Jackson, South County

One of the most explosive players in the Patriot District and the Northern Region, the senior earned first team honors in the league as a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner. Along with linebacker Oren Burks, Jackson led a second-half resurgence that saw the state runners up move from 1-5 to earning a postseason berth where they won in the opening round before falling to Yorktown.

ATH Micah Gregory, Yorktown

Selected as a first team National District defensive back, Gregory was a major reason for the Patriots second consecutive run to the regional championship game as he and M.J. Stewart helped anchor one of the best secondaries in the region making the Patriots one of the toughest teams to beat throwing the ball. Click here for highlights

All-Northern Region Specialists

P Nick Dorka, Madison

The Warhawks kicker / punter was selected for both first team spots in the Liberty District then was unanimously honored by the coaches as the all-region punter while earning second team all-region honors at the kicker spot. On the season, the senior averaged nearly 43 yards per kick. Click here for highlights

K Chris Blewitt, West Potomac

Widely regarded as the most dangerous kicking leg in the region, the senior was a first-team honoree at both the punter and kicker spots in the Patriot District and earned first team all-region honors from the coaches as a kicker. On the season, he connected on eight field goals and 23 extra points while consistently pinning opposing offenses deep in their own zone with booming kickoffs. Click here for highlights

RET Harrison Craddock, Herndon

The unanimous first team choice as a kick returner in the Concorde District, the senior was a dangerous man with the ball in his hands this season with kickoff returns for touchdowns of 82, 83 and 90 yards against Oakton, Chantilly and Westfield, respectively. Click here for highlights

RET Rassaun Goldring, Stone Bridge

Opponents kicking the ball to the Bulldogs' senior found trouble as he proved to be a big play waiting to happened as evidenced by his 75-yard punt return for a score against South Lakes during the regular season. He turned his game up even more in the postseason returning both a punt and a kickoff for scores against Yorktown in the regional championship game which Stone Bridge won by 19 points.

All-Northern Region Coaches

Divison Five Mickey Thompson, Stone Bridge

After uncharacteristically losing in the regional semifinals in 2011, the Bulldogs came back this season with vengenance on their mind and the traditional powerhouse flexed their muscles all season in sweeping through the region undefeated with Chantilly playing them within two touchdowns until Hanover lost a 28-21 game in the state semifinals.

Division Six Jason Rowley, Oakton

Several coaches turned in remarkable jobs this season but, ultimately, this choice came down to Rowley and Westfield's Kyle Simmons. While the Bulldogs coach guided his team into the regional championship game undefeated, the Cougars' general earns the nod for their incredible postseason run that saws the #7 seed top the region's top three seeds in successive weeks to capture the regional crown.

All-Northern Region Second Team

QB Ryan Burns, Stone Bridge
RB Philip Mun, Langley
RB Dalaun Richardson, Westfield
WR Nick Yore, Yorktown
WR Devon Burns, Westfield
TE Ryan Antonellis, Lake Braddock
OL Hector Hernandez, Stuart
OL Kidus Woldeyes, South County
OL Bryan Jefferson, Annandale
OL Aiden Elkhatib, Robinson
OL Josh Smith, Centreville
ATH Deandre Harris, Chantilly

DL Jake Pinkston, Robinson
DL George Assante, Hayfield
DL Dean Doe, Lake Braddock
DL Patrick O'Connor, Jefferson
LB Phil Novacki, Langley
LB Cameron Reynolds, Stone Bridge
LB Bobby Lam, Oakton
LB Nat Trebach, Hayfield
DB Jason Hoskins, Lake Braddock
DB Lamar Hardy, Westfield
Db Malcolm Sherman, Edison
ATH Wes Scott, Hayfield

P Chris Mullins, Westfield
K Conner Bouverron, Westfield

RET Jake Hall, Madison
RET Lasalle Mensah, Edison

D5 Coach Bruce Hanson, Yorktown
D6 Coach Kyle Simmons, Westfield


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