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January 5, 2014

VirginiaPreps.com 6A All-State Team

4A All-State Before we announce the 2013 VirginiaPreps.com 6A 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 6A ALL-STATE OFFENSE

QB: Travon McMillian, Hylton, Sr. (Offensive Player of the Year)

In leading his team to their fourth consecutive double-digit wins season, the senior put together a spectacular year as he proved to be the most dangerous dual-threat quarterback in the state completing 97 of 169 passes for 1,472 yards and 17 touchdowns against only nine interceptions while rushing for 1,537 yards and 20 scores on 166 attempts.  On the year, he totaled 3,009 yards and 37 touchdowns for the Bulldogs. 

RB: Nick Scott, Fairfax, Sr.

In winning seven of their eleven games this season, the Rebels posted their best season of this century and their senior leader was a huge part of that as he rushed for 1,582 yards and 17 touchdowns.  Late in the season, the future Penn State Nittany Lion stepped in at quarterback and connected on 37 of 73 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns, as well.

RB: Brandon Simmons, Ocean Lakes, Sr.

The Dolphins senior was a workhorse on the ground for an offense that ranked #1 in the state in Class 6A averaging over 47 points per contest.  On the year, the senior carried the ball 211 times for 1,829 yards and 25 touchdowns with another two scores added on receptions.

WR: Jaylen Bradshaw, Oscar Smith, Sr.

The future Virginia Tech Hokie was the go-to receiver when the Tigers threw the ball and, more often than not, he delivered big plays by hauling in 65 passes for 1,102 yards and 18 touchdowns leading the classification in yards receiving.  The Tigers offense was one of the tops in Virginia averaging 42.8 points per game, good for fifth among 6A programs.

WR: Mike Alston, Ocean Lakes, Sr.

Outside the hashes, few players in the state could match the productivity of the Dolphins senior who collected 50 passes for 1,091 yards and 12 touchdowns in helping his team notch a 12-1 season.  His productivity is a major reason that the school ended the season as the highest-scoring offense in the classification.

WR: Raeshawn Smith, Chantilly, Sr.

Among the most versatile playmakers in the state, the Chargers senior was all over the field getting touches as he collected 47 passes for 868 yards and 13 touchdowns while also totaling 475 yards rushing on 72 attempts (6.5 yards per carry).  A top-notch playmaker, Smith was named a first team performer at wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner by the coaches in Conference 5 this season.

OL: Kainoa O'Conner, Centreville, Jr.

Voting unanimously to the coaches Conference 5 first team, the Wildcats junior was a key blocker for a team that totaled over 5,000 yards of offense rushing for over 3,000 and throwing for nearly 2,000 en route to a perfect 15-0 season that saw them collect the state championship in Class 6A.

OL: Kidus Woldeyes, South County, Sr.

The Stallions senior was the key blocker for an offensive line that headed up one of the most potent units in the state as South County rolled up over 45 points per game, ranking third in the state for Class 6A.  In just twelve games, the offense totaled nearly 4,000 yards on the ground and just under 1,500 yards passing.  "Kidus was the top offensive lineman on one of the top offenses in the state," says head coach Gerry Pannoni.

OL: Reece Burnett, Lake Braddock, Sr.

A standout on both sides of the line of scrimmage, the senior anchored the offensive line of the state's second-best offense in Class 6A as the Bruins averaged 45.8 points per contest.  In notching a 12-1 record, the Bruins rode an offense that rushed for over 3,000 yards and threw for over 2,200 in 2013.

OL: Thomas Coleman, Western Branch, Sr.

A first team Conference 2 selection by the coaches, the Bruins senior guard was the lead blocker for an offense that rushed for nearly 3,900 yards on the season as the 10-2 Bruins ranked among the top ten units in the state scoring almost 40 points per contest.  He will play his college football at Hampton University.  "Thomas was the best lineman from a team that lead the region in rushing and he is one of the team captains," says head coach Greg Gibson.

OL: Matt Burrell, Hylton, Jr.

The Bulldogs offense ranked among the top ten in the state by scoring 35.1 points per contest mixing a strong ground game with an explosive aerial attack.  The junior is a highly recruited player who was the key blocker on a line that opened up big holes for Travon McMillian, our offensive player of the year who totaled over 3,000 yards of offense.

ATH: Greg Stroman, Stonewall Jackson, Sr.

The future Virginia Tech Hokie was the 6A South Offensive Player of the Year and earns his spot on the first team here after rushing for 1,233 yards and 15 touchdowns on 133 attempts while passing for 1,544 yards and 17 touchdowns on 92 of 167 passes.  In leading his team to an 8-5 record, the senior totaled 2,777 yards and 32 touchdowns.  "He is simply the most electrifying player that I have seen or coached in eighteen years," says head coach Mike Dougherty.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 6A ALL-STATE DEFENSE

DL: Andrew Brown, Oscar Smith, Sr. (Defensive Player of the Year)

The Gatorade National Player of the Year, the Tigers All-American defensive tackle headed up the top defense in the state as they allowed less than a touchdown per contest on the year.  The big man, who has committed to the University of Virginia, collected 92 tackles, 31 for loss with 16 sacks for the 6A South regional champions who finished 14-1 on the year.

DL: Josh Sweat, Oscar Smith, Jr.

Playing in the trenches alongside Brown, the Tigers junior matched the National Player of the Year play for play this season as the notched 94 tackles, 31 for loss, 22 sacks with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.  As a huge presence off the edge, Sweat was a key component for a defense that proved to be the stingiest in the state (along with L.C. Bird) allowing only 6.9 points per contest.

DL: Da'Shawn Hand, Woodbridge, Sr.

The top-ranked prospect in the nation and the jewel of the recruiting class for the University of Alabama, the Vikings big man did big things on the field this season by recording 90 tackles, 17 sacks, 11 hurries, four bat downs, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three blocked punts.

DL: Jordan Brooks, Centreville, Jr.

The Wildcats junior was a unanimous pick along the line of scrimmage by the coaches when naming their Conference 5 team this season as he headed up the defense in the trenches for the 15-0 state champion Wildcats who allowed only 169 points in fifteen games, good for second in Virginia for the 6A Class.

LB: Jahvonni Simmons, Ocean Lakes, Jr.

The Dolphins junior is a highly-recruited linebacker who registered 125 tackles and four interceptions on the season for the 12-1 Virginia Beach school.  The school's defensive unit ranked third in the state among Class 6A programs as they allowed only 151 points in thirteen games this season advancing to the regional semifinals.

LB: Chad Wiggins, Centreville, Sr.

The unquestioned leader of the state champion Centreville Wildcats defense, the senior was named the 6A North Defensive Player of the Year by this site and earned his first team spot on this roster by collecting 152 tackles, 34 for loss and 17 sacks on the season in leading his team to a perfect 15-0 season earning a spot in national rankings.

LB: Tyler Love, Centreville, Jr.

Playing alongside Wiggins in the middle of the Centreville defense, the junior helped the defense limit opponents to just 11.3 points per contest with eleven of their fifteen opponents scoring two touchdowns or less against the state champions.  On the year, the unit ranked a the #2 team in Class 6A getting hit for only 169 points in fifteen contests.

LB: Malik Carney, T.C. Williams, Sr.

The University of North Carolina commit was the top playmaker on both sides of the ball for a Titans team that notched their best record of this century winning seven of eleven games.  The defense was particularly stout in their wins as in each of their seven victories the opposing offense was limited to just two scores or less.

DB: Quin Blanding, Bayside, Sr.

The All-American defensive back, who is committed to the University of Virginia, ranked as one of the top playmakers in the state on both sides of the ball as he notched 118 tackles, seven pass break ups, three forced fumbles and one interception on defense while also totaling over 1,200 all-purpose yards on the other side of the ball.  "Quin is capable of playing any defensive spot on the field," says head coach Jon White.  "He is very physical at the point of attack."

DB: Charles Tutt, Centreville, Jr.

One of the Wildcats most versatile players, the junior totaled four interceptions this season while regularly being locked up with opposing teams' top wide receiver.  When the Conference 5 coaches met to name their all-conference team, Tutt's name came up quite a bit as he was a first team selection at wide receiver, defensive back and punt returner.

DB: Daniel Ezeagwu, Colonial Forge, Sr.

The Eagles top player, the highly-recruited senior led his team to the state semifinals this season by notching 128 tackles, 12 sacks and an interception.  On the year, the Colonial Forge defense pitched four shutouts and held six of their fourteen opponents to two scores or less in winning ten games.

ATH: A.J. Turner, Centreville, Jr.

The Wildcats standout was perhaps the top two-way playmaker in Virginia in 2013 as he was the go-to player for the state championship Wildcats who won all fifteen of their games by at least three touchdowns.  He was named first team all-conference by the coaches at running back, defensive back and kick returner in Conference 5 after picking off six passes on defense while totaling nearly 1,700 yards and 35 touchdowns on offense.  "A.J. is one of the most explosive players in the state," says coach Chris Haddock.  "He is very elusive and powerful."

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 6A ALL-STATE SPECIALISTS

K: Connor Feehan, Battlefield

The Bobcats senior totaled 57 points on the season connecting on 21 extra points and ten field goals including two game-winners late in the fourth quarter.  He booted field goals in six games during the season including two contest in which he successfully hit three field goals each.

P: John Magnusson, Westfield, Sr.

The first-team selection by the coaches in Conference 5, the Bulldogs senior put in outstanding work on the year punting the ball 48 times for an average of 35.5 yards per kick helping out a team built on eating the clock and controlling field position.

RET: Demornay Pierson-El, West Potomac

One of the most explosive playmakers in Virginia, the West Potomac star was selected a first team defensive back, kick return and punt returner in Conference 7 by the coaches and he turned in a brilliant season with the ball in his hands rushing for 1,007 yards and throwing for 876 yards accounting for 27 touchdowns.

RET: Isaiah Harper, Grassfield, Sr.

The Grizzlies running back / defensive back was among the most explosive playmakers in the state earning first team honors in Conference 2 as both a kick returner and running back.  He was also selected the co-Offensive Player of the Year after totaling nearly 1,500 yards of offense and 12 touchdowns. "Isaiah is just a great player," says head coach Marty Asprey.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 6A COACH OF THE YEAR

Chris Haddock, Centreville

Coming into the season the Centreville Wildcats were expected to be contenders for the state championship as VirginiaPreps.com ranked the program the #2 team in the state in initial polls and the top team in the 6A North.  Coach Chris Haddock and his staff had a special roster of kids who turned in one of the most dominating seasons in recent memory as they finished the season as the top-scoring Class 6A team in the state and the #2-ranked defense outscoring opponents 680-169 on the year winning all fifteen games that they played by at least three touchdowns.

The Wildcats opened the season scoring 40 or more points in each of their first five games before shutting out Westfield 28-0 in a torrential downpour that clearly established them as the team to be in the region.  Following that big win, they cruised through they next four games to enter the postseason as the #1 team in both the region and the state.  The playoffs became a mere formality in their march to a coronation as they bested South Lakes, South County, Stonewall Jackson and Westfield to set up a state championship rematch with Oscar Smith, a program that topped them 47-21 in the 2011 championship game.  After scoring on their first possession and getting a pick six on the Tigers first series, the 'Cats were off and running capturing a 35-6 victory to collect their first state championship since 2000.

2013 VIRGINIAPREPS.COM 6A ALL-STATE 2ND TEAM

QB: Caleb Henderson, Lake Braddock, Sr.
RB: Tyler West, Langley, Jr.
RB: Tyler Thrasher-Walker, Westfield, Sr.
WR: Garrett Collier, Langley, Sr.
WR: Nick Mathews, Patriot, Jr.
WR: Donovan Dowling, Varina, Sr.
OL: Brooks Norris, Langley, Sr.
OL: Josh Smith, Centreville, Sr.
OL: Ricky Walker, Bethel, Sr.
OL: Jahlil Bagby, Oscar Smith, Jr.
OL: Craig Rodwell, Varina, Sr.
ATH: Scott Walter, Centreville, Sr.

DL: Ethan Clark, South Lakes, Sr.
DL; Tim Settle, Stonewall Jackson, Jr.
DL: Jake Pinkston, Robinson, Sr.
DL: Derrick Nnadi, Ocean Lakes, Sr.
LB: Marquise Cooke-Payton, Oscar Smith, Sr.
LB: William Rush, Forest Park, Sr.
LB: Jacob Bradford, Colonial Forge, Jr.
LB: Mikail Vinson, South County, Sr.
DB: M.J. Stewart, Yorktown, Sr.
DB: A.J. Alexander, Lake Braddock, Jr.
DB: C.J. Reavis, Thomas Dale, Sr.
ATH: Monty Fenner, Oscar Smith, Sr.

K: Brad Davis, Oscar Smith, Jr.
P: Trevor Luke, Thomas Dale, Sr.
RET: Davion Taylor, Western Branch, Sr.
RET: Jordan Smith, Stonewall Jackson, Jr.

Coach: Rich Morgan, Oscar Smith


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