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January 5, 2014

VirginiaPreps.com 5A All-State Team

4A All-State Before we announce the 2013 VirginiaPreps.com 5A All State team, let's take a quick moment to review the standards that we've put into place around the all-region and all-state team that we name each season.

First, we limit ourselves to just twelve players on each side of the ball with four specialists and one coach of the year. We also will not name co-players of the year on either side of the ball forcing us to make very difficult decisions. Last but not least, because we limit the team to just 28 players overall, we want to honor as many as possible, therefore we will not name a player at more than one position.

On the defensive side of the ball, we name four defensive linemen, four linebackers, three defensive backs and one 'wildcard' position that we generically name 'athlete'.

Offensively, we name a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, four offensive linemen and one 'wildcard' position that we generically name 'athlete'. Naming three wide receivers is a notable change from past seasons when we named two wide outs and one tight end, but the trend for spread offenses has led us to believe that it is the right time to make that move. However, when applicable, we will name a tight end as the third wide receiver, so that position is a bit of a flex spot.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 5A ALL-STATE OFFENSE

QB: Trace McSorley, Briar Woods, Sr.

In leading his team to their fourth straight state championship game and a 13-2 record, the Falcons senior quarterback earned our Offensive Player of the Year honors in the 5A North region by connecting on 210 of 338 pass attempts for 3,252 yards and 36 touchdowns while simultaneously leading the team in rushing with 892 yards and 13 scores on 112 attempts.

RB: Anthony Scott, Green Run, Sr.

The Stallions posted a 9-4 record and made a run to the regional semifinals riding the talents of their senior running back who posted eye-popping numbers by totaling 1,313 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing to go along with his 915 yards and eight scores receiving hauling in 37 passes.

RB: Earl Hughes, L.C. Bird, Sr., (Offensive Player of the Year)

Simply put, the Skyhawks go-to senior was the most dominating player in the state with the ball in his hands this season as he carried the ball 370 times for 3,128 yards and 37 touchdowns while also hauling in 22 passes for 567 yards and seven touchdowns as a target out of the backfield. As if that were not enough, Hughes also returned 25 punts on the season for 566 yards including nine for touchdowns. "His stats say it all," says L.C. Bird coach David Bedwell.

WR: Jordan Coneys, Falls Church, Sr.

The Jaguars senior led the state in receptions as he hauled in 88 passes for 1,151 yards and ten touchdowns in helping his program notch their first winning season since 2005 as they won eight of their twelve games including their first postseason win this century. "He is a great character young man," says coach Said Aziz. "He will be successful at the next level."

WR: Melvin Holland, Briar Woods, Sr.

As McSorley's go-to target out wide, the senior wide receiver was one of the most electrifying playmakers in the state as he hauled in 64 passes for 1,032 yards (16.1 yards per catch) with 17 touchdowns for an offense that averaged nearly 40 points per game, second-best in the state in Class 5A.

WR: Rasheed Worsham, L.C. Bird, Sr.

The Skyhawks do-it-all athlete was a first-teamer on both sides of the ball on the coaches Conference 12 team and he was on the field for special teams as well serving as the team's punter and holder on extra points and field goals. As a receiver, he pulled in 47 passes for 986 yards and 17 touchdowns.

OL: Jared Coker, Briar Woods, Sr.

The Falcons offense rushed for over 2,000 yards on the year and threw for over 3,000 in totaling 597 points in fifteen games collecting the 5A North regional title along the way. Anchoring their unit up front was Coker who has committed to playing his college football at Bowling Green University.

OL: Marius Young, Hermitage, Sr.

The Panthers big man anchored an offensive line that opened up holes for running back Nate Roscoe who rushed for nearly 1,900 yards on the year as the school notched a 9-3 record on the season. The senior also served as the team's long-snapper and has committed to playing college football at the University of Richmond.

OL: Quadrick Barnes, L.C. Bird, Sr.

The Skyhawks were the third-highest scoring team in the state and, by far, the most explosive 5A offense as they totaled 669 points in fifteen games (44.6 points per contest). The senior was a key blocker up front for running back Earl Hughes who rushed for over 3,000 yards on the year and for quarterback Terrance Ervin who threw for over 2,000 yards.

OL: Nate Davis, Stone Bridge, Sr.

The Bulldogs offense once again ranked among the best in the state scoring over 35 points per game with their senior anchoring a line that opened up rushing lanes for Sterling Dailey who rushed for over 2,000 yards this season. In total, the unit totaled over 3,000 yards on the ground and threw for over 1,600 while winning nine of twelve ball games. "He is the best offensive lineman that we have had in years," says Coach Mickey Thompson. "He is just a tremendous run blocker."

OL: Tom Vukovich, North Stafford, Sr.

The Wolverines senior was the top lineman for a unit that opened up holes for running back Von Purvis who rushed for over 2,000 yards on the season helping his team advance to the state's final four for the third consecutive season while averaging over 32 points per contest posting an 11-3 record.

ATH: Von Purvis, North Stafford, Sr.

The senior was the go-to man in the offensive huddle for the 11-3 Wolverines who advanced to the 5A North regional title contest and ranked among the top teams in the state all season. In total, he rushed for 2,016 yards and scored 31 touchdowns on the year.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 5A ALL-STATE DEFENSE

DL: Trevon Hill, Salem, Jr.

The junior headed up a Sundevils defense that allowed only 163 points in fourteen games as the Virginia Beach school advanced to the state semifinals where they nearly toppled state champion L.C. Bird in a 7-3 ball game. On the year, the standout defensive end totaled 23 sacks for Coach Robert Jackson.

DL: Jae'Wuan Horton, North Stafford, Sr.

The Conference 15 Defensive Player of the year, per the coaches voting, was a disruptive force along the line of scrimmage all season for the 11-3 Wolverines as he notched 76 solo tackles with 17 sacks and five forced fumbles.

DL: Mike Harris, L.C. Bird, Jr. (Defensive Player of the Year)

The Skyhawks best, and most versatile, defender earns out Player of the Year honors as the notched 66 solo tackles, 39 assists, 18 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, two blocked kicks, one forced fumble and one pass break up. He headed up a defense that allowed only 103 points on the season in notching a perfect 15-0 mark.

DL: Aaron Crawford, Stone Bridge, Jr.

One of the top recruits in the state from the Class of 2015, the Bulldogs defensive lineman was a big-time playmaker in the trenches for a unit that ranked seventh in the state in Class 5A this season. He recorded 38 first hits and 24 assists for Coach Mickey Thompson along with leading the team with eight sacks. "He chases the football with energy," says Coach Mickey Thompson, "he is relentless and works to get better with every rep."

LB: Joey Slye, North Stafford, Sr.

The Wolverines defense ranked fourth in the state in Class 5A by allowing only 193 points in fourteen contests (13.8 per game) and their senior linebacker was their leading tackler notching 101 on the year. Additionally, he was one of the most accurate and effective kickers in the state for the Wolverines.

LB: Chris Larco, Briar Woods, Sr.

Heading up a defense that surrendered only 191 points in fifteen games (12.7 points per contest), the senior led a Falcons unit that ranked the third-stingiest in the state. He racked up 116 tackles, eight for loss, with three pass break ups, two forced fumbles and two interceptions for touchdowns on the year.

LB: Tye Burris, Atlee, Sr.

As the Raiders notched their first double-digit wins season of this century, the senior linebacker headed up a defense that allowed only 213 points in thirteen games by notching 83 tackles, 10.5 for loss, with two sacks,two interceptions, two pass break ups and one fumble recovery.

LB: Darius Gillus, L.C. Bird, Sr.

The leader on the second level of the state champion L.C. Bird Skyhawks defense, the senior totaled 25 solo tackles, 22 assists, three tackles for loss, two pass break ups, one sack and on fumble recovery. The unit led the state (along with Oscar Smith) in points allowed per contest as they were hit for only 6.9 points per contest.

DB: David Davis, Salem, Jr.

Backing up teammate's Trevon Hill's 23 sacks was junior Sundevil Davis who collected eight interceptions on the season for a unit that ranked second in the state in Class 5A allowing only 11.6 points per contest.

DB: Tyler Bailey, North Stafford, Sr.

The senior was one of the most dangerous playmakers in the state on the defensive side of the ball as he scored four touchdowns while on defense and helped head up a unit that was among the toughest in the state to score against allowing less than two touchdowns per contest.

DB: Mitch Krisfalusi, Briar Woods, Sr.

Drawing the opponents' top wide receiver every week, the senior play shutdown defense in the secondary for a unit that allowed fewer than 13 points per game on the year. In total, the Falcons standout notched 46 tackles, seven pass break ups, three tackles for loss, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

ATH: A.J. Forbes, Massaponax, Sr.

A standout on both sides of the ball for a Panthers team that notched a 12-1 mark this season, their best since 2005. The senior was selected the first-team all-purpose player for Conference 15 by the coaches after notching 32 tackles and three interceptions on the year.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 4A ALL-STATE SPECIALISTS

K: Chris Miller, Tuscarora, Sr.

In notching a 9-3 record and advancing to the second round for the third straight season, the Huskies relied on their senior kicker to put in good work on the year which he did by connecting on 41 extra points and three field goals.

P: Hunter Ford, Briar Woods, Sr.

Selected the Conference 14 first-team punter by the coaches, Ford was yet another key contributor for the Falcons who notched a 13-2 season in advancing to their fourth consecutive state championship game. He wasn't called on to kick much but, when he was, he was effective averaging 36.5 yards per punt.

RET: Terrell Whitaker, Meadowbrook, Sr.

A Conference 12 first-team utility player on offense, the Monarchs senior was also the second team returner behind only Earl Hughes. He was a key component for an offense that totaled 278 points on the season as his returns allowed them to play in short-field situations and he was a big playmaker outside the hashes from his wide receiver spot.

RET: Gordon Collins, Mountain View, Sr.

The Conference 15 Offensive Player of the Year on the coaches' team, the Wildcats senior was also selected as their first-team running back and first-team kick returner as he ranked among the best playmakers in the state in 2013. He returned two kickoffs for scores and totaled 1,284 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 5A COACH OF THE YEAR

David Bedwell, L.C. Bird

Coming into the season the L.C. Bird Skyhawks were expected to be contenders for their second straight state championship as VirginiaPreps.com ranked the program the #2 team in the state in initial polls and the top team in the 5A South. Coach David Bedwell and his staff knew that they had talent on the roster but few people saw them turning in such a dominating season as they led Class 5A in both points scored with 669 and in fewest points allowed surrendering only 103 on the year. Their 29-game winning streak represents the longest active streak in the state.

The Skyhawks opened the season with a 29-point win over Thomas Dale and that was their closest game until they traveled to Norfolk to face defending state champion Lake Taylor in an early October contest that they won 21-14. Six more dominating wins followed, including four shutouts, before they squared off with the Hermitage Panthers, a former postseason nemesis. A 28-14 victory advanced Bird to the regional semifinals where they blasted Atlee 46-10 before topping Salem 7-3 in sloppy field conditions. In a historic state title contest that saw two reigning state champions square off, the Skyhawks came from behind to win a 35-28 contest capturing the school's second championship.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 5A ALL-STATE 2ND TEAM

QB: Terrance Ervin, LC Bird, Sr.
RB: Noah Reimers, Tuscarora, Jr.
RB: Sterling Dailey, Stone Bridge, Sr.
WR: Ismail Murray, Green Run, Sr.
WR: Jonathan Duhart, Manchester, Sr.
WR: Quinton Gray, Mt. View, Sr.
OL: Alec Eberle, Atlee, Sr.
OL: Ben Blados, Hermitage, Sr.
OL: Army Motuapuaka, Salem, Jr.
OL: Anders Peterson, Tuscarora, Sr.
OL: Josey Davis, L.C. Bird, Sr.
ATH: Nathaniel Roscoe, Hermitage, Sr.

DL: Sulaiman Kamara, Hermitage, Soph
DL; Bryan Capozzoli, Briar Woods, Jr.
DL: Donald Kidd, Lee-Davis, Sr.
DL: Steven Sobczak, Massaponax, Sr.
LB: Daven Kim, Jefferson, Sr.
LB: K.C. Hinton, Highland Springs, Jr.
LB: Gus Little, Massaponax, Jr.
LB: Trent Young, Douglas Freeman, Sr.
DB: Justin Henry, Hermitage, Sr.
DB: Tramell Carey, Atlee, Jr.
DB: Da'Qwan Earl, Broad Run, Sr.
ATH: Maurice Thrower, Meadowbrook, Sr.

K: Cyrus Rohani-Shukla, Henrico, Sr.
P: Ryan Buzzard, Highland Springs, Sr.
RET: Tristan Miller, Briar Woods, Sr.
RET: Tyquon Wilkins, Hampton, Jr.

Coach: Charlie Pierce, Briar Woods


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