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December 20, 2012

VirginiaPreps.com 2012 AA All-State Team

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The 2012 season ended with Brookville and Briar Woods repeating as state champions in Division 3 and Division 4, respectively. Not surprisingly, the Bees and Falcons lead the way on the 2012 VirginiaPreps.com AA All State teams, with seven players from Briar Woods spread across our first, second and honorable mention teams and five Bees on the three teams. In total, 41 teams have a player named to either the first, second or honorable mention teams.

Some notes about our selection process: We select 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.

The 2012 VirginiaPreps.com AA All-State Team:


QB Kendall Becraft, Brookville, Sr.
Becraft led the Bees to their second consecutive Division 3 title and was the lone 3,000 yard passer in AA this season. He finished with 3,033 passing yards and 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions and was the Seminole District Player of the Year. After taking over as the starter midway through his freshman year, Becraft threw 106 touchdowns, good for third-place on the VHSL's all-time list and the highest of any AA quarterback in VHSL history.
RB Josh Tapscott, Kettle Run, Sr.
Tapscott was named the Region II, Division 3 offensive player of the year and led the Cougars to a second straight region title. The University of Wyoming commit missed two games due to injury, but ran for 1,278 yards and 16 touchdowns, had a 20-game touchdown streak that spanned 2011 and 2012 and also was a first-team all-Evergreen District selection as a kick returner.

Josh Tapscott highlights

RB T.J. Tillery, Monticello, Jr.
Tillery led all AA running backs with 29 touchdowns on the season and successfully transitioned from linebacker (first-team all-Jefferson District as a sophomore) to running back this year. Tillery led the Mustangs to the region II title game and finished the season with 1,613 yards on 255 carries, good for 6.3 yards per carry, to go along with his touchdown total. In the playoffs, Tillery made a full-time return on defense, as well, helping Monticello turn around a regular season loss to Western Albemarle in the second round of the playoffs.

T.J. Tillery highlights

WR Brad Szoka, Loudoun County, Sr.
Szoka had another fantastic season for the Raiders, catching 67 passes for 1,071 yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games. The senior led AA in receiving yards and was second in receptions and earned first-team nods in the Dulles District and region II. He was also the first-team return specialist on both of those coaches' teams, as well.

Brad Szoka highlights

WR Nic Drapanas, Western Albemarle, Jr.
Drapanas was the co-leader among AA receivers with 16 touchdowns this season and was a big play specialist on both offense, defense (had three interceptions against Monticello in the regular season) and special teams (returned a kickoff 100 yards against Charlottesville in 50-49 win) for the 10-2 Warriors. The junior finished with 45 catches for 889 yards, an average of 19.7 yards per catch.

Nic Drapanas highlights (HUDL link is private)

TE Cam Serigne, Briar Woods, Sr.
Serigne, a Wake Forest commit, expanded his role significantly for the Falcons this season, earning first-team all-Region II honors at tight end and defensive end. On offense, the senior was the team's leading receiver with 57 catches for 956 yards and 10 touchdowns and was versatile enough to line up wide, in the slot or on the line of scrimmage. Defensively, Serigne was most effective as a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end, but flexible enough to take some snaps at middle linebacker late in the season.

Cam Serigne highlights

T Dylan Brucki, Cave Spring, Sr.
Brucki earned first-team River Ridge and Region IV honors for the second consecutive season. After leading the way for Sam Wright, AA's leading rusher last season, Brucki showed his versatility in 2012 as Cave Spring moved to a pass-oriented spread attack this fall. Brucki is committed to Liberty University, where he will join former teammate Josh Woodrum, now the starting quarterback for the Flames.

T Nick Merletti, Briar Woods, Jr.
A two-way starter for the Falcons, Merletti was a force on the offensive line and played on both the left and right sides at various times during the season. During the playoffs, Merletti's work at left tackle opened up space for running back Cory Colder and quarterback Trace McSorley as the Falcons averaged 285 yards rushing in their five postseason wins. Merletti also finished with 10 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the defensive line.

Nick Merletti highlights

G A.J. Bolden, Millbrook, Sr.
Bolden was the anchor for the Pioneers' offensive line and the University of Toledo commit helped Millbrook average over 368 yards of offense per game this season. Bolden was effective as a pass blocker for the Pioneers, but really shone as a run blocker as he was able to overpower opposing defensive linemen with his size and strength.

A.J. Bolden highlights
G Jared Coker, Briar Woods, Jr.
Coker, a first team all-Region II and Dulles District selection this year, was a key piece of Briar Woods' run to a third straight Division 4 state championship. The junior used his size to overpower most defensive linemen and showed a strong ability to seal blocks on the inside or to pull from the left side and lead for the Falcon backfield.

Jared Coker highlights

C Sam Marshall, Monticello, Sr.
Marshall repeated as the first-team all-Region II and Jefferson District choice at center, following up a solid 2011 season with an excellent 2012 campaign. Marshall was the man in the middle of a veteran Mustang offensive line that opened up running room for T.J. Tillery and Jhalil Mosley, who finished with 37 touchdowns and over 2,300 yards rushing combined this fall.

Sam Marshall highlights
ATH and Offensive Player of the Year Trace McSorley, Briar Woods, Jr.
McSorley has now compiled a 42-3 record as the starting quarterback for the Falcons in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. His 2012 tally includes 2,506 passing yards, a 67% completion rate and 34/6 touchdown to interception ratio to go along with 745 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground. In addition to his offensive efforts, McSorley was a key part of the Falcon secondary this season, finishing with 34 tackles, 6 interceptions and 7 pass breakups.

Trace McSorley highlights
DE and Defensive Player of the Year Wyatt Teller, Liberty (Bealeton), Sr.
The Virginia Tech-bound Teller turned in another dominant season on the Liberty defensive line, despite facing double teams and game plans designed to run away from his side of the field. Teller still managed to total over 120 total tackles, 11 sacks and forced four fumbles and also saw some action in the offensive backfield as the Eagles advanced to the regional semifinals and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in Region II and the Evergreen District.

Wyatt Teller highlights
DE Todd McGlothlin, Richlands, Sr.
McGlothlin had an outstanding season for the Blue Tornado, earning the Southwest District player of the year honors and playing a key role on both offense and defense. The senior was a force on the outside for Richlands, totaling 80 tackles (17 behind the line of scrimmage), 14 sacks and three forced fumbles and chipped in over 500 yards receiving and six touchdowns on offense.

Todd McGlothlin highlights

DL Cody Hendrickson, York, Sr.
The Region I Defensive Player of the Year was dominant on both sides of the line of scrimmage for the Falcons. On defense, the James Madison commit finished with 52 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and had five sacks and two forced fumbles and was a constant problem for opposing linemen and backs. On offense, Hendrickson was a first team selection on both the Bay Rivers and Region I teams as a tackle.

Cody Hendrickson highlights

DL DeAnthony Muse, Northside, Jr.
Muse was the best player on a talented defensive line for Northside this season, finishing with 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks from the nose guard position. The junior was the Blue Ridge District's defensive player of the year and the co-player of the year on the all-Region III team.

DeAnthony Muse highlights (HUDL link is private)

LB Matt Rolin, Briar Woods, Sr.
Rolin was impossible to miss on the field this season, though he missed the final four games of the Falcons playoff push after suffering a knee injury against Powhatan. The senior used his speed and instinctual play to his advantage as the main blitz threat for the Falcons and he finished with 14 tackles for loss. Rolin, who is committed to the University of Florida, also had four pass breakups and caught four touchdowns for the state champion Falcons.

Matt Rolin highlights

LB Uriah Hammond, Heritage (Lynchburg), Sr.
Hammond transferred to Heritage from Rustburg over the offseason and made the most of his one season as a Pioneer, leading a defense that forced three shutouts and held all but three opponents to less than 16 points. The senior finished with 80 solo tackles and 1.5 sacks and earned co-defensive player of the year honors in Region III and player of the year honors in the Seminole District.

Uriah Hammond highlights (HUDL link is private)

LB Kyon Croker, Smithfield, Sr.
Croker was the heart of the Smithfield defense that improved dramatically from 2011 to 2012 under new coach Clark Harrell. The senior finished with 70 tackles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns en route to earning the Bay Rivers Defensive Player of the Year award and Smithfield's defense allowed just 10.8 points per game, one year after giving up 28.9 per contest. Croker also led the Packers in rushing on offense, running for over 600 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Kyon Croker highlights
LB Tony Scott, James Monroe, Sr.
Scott was the defensive leader for the two-time state finalist Yellow Jackets this season, finishing with over 80 tackles, three interceptions, three blocked kicks and two defensive touchdowns. Scott was also one of the few Yellow Jackets to avoid the injury bug for most of the year. On offense, the senior averaged six yards per carry, primarily as a short yardage specialist and scored five touchdowns on just 29 carries.

Tony Scott highlights
DB Jake Kite, Hidden Valley, Sr.
Kite was named the Region IV defensive player of the year for the second consecutive season and was a key player for the Titans all over the field. Defensively, the Duke-bound senior finished with 86 solo tackles and 34 assists from his safety position and also forced four fumbles this year. Offensively, Kite caught 33 passes and scored six touchdowns and he also had a kickoff and punt return to his credit, which garnered him first-team honors as a return specialist in the River Ridge District and Region IV.

Jake Kite highlights

DB Evan Huffman, Tunstall, Sr.
Huffman was the heart and soul of Tunstall's run to the state semifinals in 2012. The senior, who spent most of the past three seasons as the Trojans' starting quarterback, handed over the reins of the offense in 2012 and that unselfishness paid immediate dividends. On defense, Huffman finished with seven interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns against Marion in the playoffs), 23 passes defended, 74 total tackles and two forced fumbles. He also had a crucial pass breakup late against Cave Spring to clinch the Trojans first regional title in school history. Offensively, Huffman had 900 total yards and 16 touchdowns for Tunstall.

Evan Huffman highlights

DB Demonte Elliott, Heritage (Lynchburg), Sr.
Elliott was a ball hawk on both sides of the ball for the state finalist Pioneers. Defensively, the senior intercepted seven passes and had 55 solo tackles and 28 assists against the tough Seminole District schedule. On offense, Elliott was the Pioneers' big play threat, finishing with 32 catches for 516 yards and nine touchdowns and his combination of height and speed was tough for most opposing cornerbacks and wide receivers to combat.

Demonte Elliott highlights (HUDL link is private)

ATH Chad Fisher, Salem, Sr.
Fisher rarely spent time on the sidelines for the region IV, division 4 champion Spartans this year. The senior led Salem with 74 solo tackles (4 for loss), assisted on 31 more tackles and had seven interceptions, 4 pass breakups and a fumble recovery on defense. On offense, Fisher had 70 catches for 958 yards and 9 touchdowns and was a special teams leader as well, with one return touchdown and a 36 yard punting average. Fisher was named to the all-Region IV team on both offense and defense.

Chad Fisher highlights

P Mitchell Ludwig, Abingdon, Sr.
Ludwig was a virtual lock for a spot on this team as either a kicker or punter after a strong junior season in 2011. In 2012, the senior averaged 42.5 yards per punt and dropped 48% of his punts inside the 20 yard line with just four touchbacks. As the Falcons placekicker, Ludwig was good on 11 field goals and also put 40 of his 46 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks.

Mitchell Ludwig highlights (HUDL link is private)

K Alan Gutierrez, Brookville, Jr.
Gutierrez led AA kickers with 12 field goals despite missing two games early in the season with a broken wrist. A year after kicking a game-winning field goal in the state championship game, Gutierrez made five field goals in this year's postseason and had a long of 43 yards against Turner Ashby in the second game of the season. The junior also finished 54 of 58 on extra points.
RET Darryl Dyson, James Monroe, Sr.
Dyson, an undersized but quick senior, figured to be a contributor for James Monroe this season and ended up playing a big role on offense, defense and special teams. He opened the season against Tabb with a punt return and kickoff return for touchdowns and added a second punt return touchdown later in the season and contributed to both the running and passing attacks for the Jackets.

Darryl Dyson highlights
RET Anthony Calloway, Brookville, Sr.
Calloway was outstanding for the Bees this season as they were able to defend their division 3 state championship en route to a 14-0 finish. The senior took a kickoff 88 yards for a score in the season opener against Martinsville and had a punt return for a score against Turner Ashby and was first-team all-Seminole as a kick returner, running back and defensive back. Offensively, Calloway finished with over 1,500 total yards and 18 touchdowns.

Division Three Coach of the Year Richard Serbay, James Monroe
The Yellow Jackets fell short of their fifth state championship under coach Serbay, but the 2012 season represented one of his best coaching efforts.

Beginning in the offseason when returning starting quarterback DeMontaz Brown suffered a knee injury and defensive lineman Ryheem Perrin not back for his junior season, and continuing into the regular season with injuries to Julian Bumbrey, Adrian Boone, Brad Davis and others, the Yellow Jackets fought injuries for most of the year. Still, coach Serbay and staff plugged sophomore linebacker Jay Scroggins in at quarterback and relied on a bevy of running backs and a spirited defense to finish 9-1 and earn a share of the Battlefield District title in the regular season.

In the playoffs, the Jackets fought back from a 20-10 fourth quarter deficit against Kettle Run in the semifinals before falling to Brookville in the state championship for the second straight year.

Division Four Coach of the Year Charlie Pierce, Briar Woods
Coach Pierce has turned Briar Woods into one of the top programs in AA in just seven years as the Falcons claimed their third consecutive state title with a 52-0 victory over Heritage in the state championship in Lynchburg. The title was not unexpected, given the Falcons returning players this year, but a 15-0 mark and average victory of 41.8 to 6.5 show just how far ahead of the pack the Falcons were in 2012.

Coach Pierce has now compiled a 65-21 mark in seven years at Briar Woods, including a 15-2 playoff record. The Falcons will head into the 5A ranks in 2013 riding a 29-game winning streak overall and a 15-game postseason winning streak.


VIRGINIAPREPS.COM AA ALL-STATE 2ND TEAM
VIRGINIAPREPS.COM AA ALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Kent Henry, Western Albemarle, Jr. QB: Jake Lokey, Loudoun County, Sr.
RB: Hilson Atkins, Brookville, Sr. RB: Trevor Bostic, Broadway, Sr.
RB: Ethan Richardson, Marion, Sr. RB: Dominic Kaopua, Chancellor, Sr.
WR: Devonte Dedmon, Warhill, Jr. WR: Daniel Kuzjak, Western Albemarle, Sr.
WR: A.J. Johnson, Richlands, Sr. WR: T.J. Bruce, Millbrook, Sr.
TE: Geo Feggins, Park View (South Hill), Sr. TE: Jordan Bryant, Cave Spring, Sr.
T: Steven Moss, Chancellor, Jr. T: Josh Mason, Brookville, Jr.
T: Darrius Anderson, Tuscarora, Sr. T: Alex Light, Salem, Jr.
G: Peter Hurst, Lafayette, Sr. G: Curtis Fridley, Rockbridge County, Sr.
G: Brandon Chirinos, Tuscarora, Sr. G: Cody Shifflett, Fort Defiance, Sr.
C: Dallas Harper, Broadway, Sr. C: Brian McKelvey, Briar Woods, Sr.
ATH: Jevontae Parrish, Heritage, Sr. ATH: Porter Abell, Rockbridge County, Sr.
DE: Nick Helmick, Skyline, Sr. DE: Deshaun Faltz, Smithfield, Sr.
DE: Demetreus Ferebee, Northside, Sr. DE: Chris Smith, Sherando, Sr.
DL: Trei Germany, Briar Woods, Sr. DL: Sammie Harper, Chancellor, Sr.
DL: C.J. Brownlow, Kettle Run, Sr. DL: Tarren Clayton, R.E. Lee, Jr.
LB: George Aston, Sherando, Jr. LB: Ethan Upperco, Chancellor, Jr.
LB: Zack Blair, Skyline, Sr. LB: Tommy Mullin, Western Albemarle, Sr.
LB: Timmy Meador, William Byrd, Sr. LB: Ezra Waddey, Northside, Jr.
LB: Toney Green, Amherst County, Jr. LB: Michael Horton, Richlands, Sr.
DB: She'Mar Ellis, James Monroe, Sr. DB: Rze Culbreath, Millbrook, Sr.
DB: Atem Ntangtang, Woodgrove, Sr. DB: Marcus Spearman, Grafton, Sr.
DB: Chris Carpenter, Courtland, Sr. DB: Ray Buckner, Chancellor, Sr.
ATH: Jahlil Green, Lafayette, Jr. ATH: Tyler Post, Warren County, Sr.
P: D.J. Helkowski, Fauquier, Jr. P: Jacob Braeutigam, Lafayette, Sr.
K: David Dit, James Monroe, Jr. K: Carson Wise, Blacksburg, Jr.
RET: Marquis Childress, Smithfield, Sr. RET: Bryce Hankins, Magna Vista, Jr.
RET: Denzel Terry, Monticello, Sr. RET: Khalil Davis, Spotswood, Soph.


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