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Football Class 5A | VirginiaPreps.com | last sorted on 7/15/2015

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1Lloyd C BirdChesterfield0-0
The three-time defending state champions are the easy pick at the top especially when they have 13 starters returning from last season's team including Notre Dame commit Jalen Elliott at quarterback and four offensive lineman along with tight end D'Marco Scott. The defense is just as loaded bringing back six starters including state defensive player of the year Rayshard Ashby, a junior already holding an offer from Virginia Tech. They outscored opponents 39-11, on average, last season and they might have enough talent this year to dwarf those numbers on both sides of the ball.
2Highland SpringsHighland Spgs0-0
The Springers notched eleven wins last season, their first double-digit victory campaign since 2007 and, if not for a come-from-behind victory by L.C. Bird in the second round of the playoffs, they may have made a run for the state championship last year. The talent on both sides of the ball is out of this world headed up by quarterback Juwan Carter, a three-year starter under center, and wide receivers Greg Dortch and K'Von Wallace on offense. Things don't get any easier for opponents on the defensive side of the ball either as they will have to deal with safety Earl Anderson and a host of speed demons who rally quickly to the ball
3Stone BridgeAshburn0-0
The Bulldogs recorded double-digit wins for the twelfth time in thirteen seasons last year advancing to the state quarterfinals before being knocked off by Massaponax in a 29-25 contest. The graduation losses are almost always heavy at Stone Bridge but Coach Mickey Thompson and company continually keep the ball rolling. Things should be no different this year with offensive lineman Andrew Vastardis, an Old Dominion commit, and Max Weis protecting quarterback Joe Thompson. The defense may take a little bit of time finding their footing early as they lost some major playmakers last season, but the offense can carry them through the early part of the regular season.
Always one of the strongest teams in the state collected double-digit wins in six of the last eight seasons, the Panthers once again appear to be in the hunt for a deep postseason run. Eight players who saw starting or significant time return on the offensive side of the ball headed up by quarterback Eli Odom and wideouts Kaelin Snead and Ty Bates. The defense sees seven starters returning including six in the front seven led by linebacker John Kinney and defensive tackle Sulaiman Kamara.
Winners of 23 of their last 25 games losing only in the state quarterfinals in 2013 and in the state semis in 2014, the Panthers program, always one of the best in the state, seems to be hitting an even plateau right now. The 2015 squad is talented on both sides of the ball as the defense will be headed up by returning starters Trajan Anderson at linebacker and Trey Watkins at defensive back. The headline-grabbing unit will be the offense, however, as quarterback Joey Benden, one of the top playmakers in the state will be protected by returning linemen Louis Mihota and Zach Wilcox while running back Tristan Medina joins the signal caller in the backfield.
Making their fourth consecutive trip to the postseason last year, the Huskies advanced to their first state championship game but were felled by L.C. Bird 22-19 in a classic contest. Whispers around the state will be that they'll take a giant step backwards without Gatorade Player of the Year Noah Reimers, but people buying that will be missing the fact that this program is here to stay now. Returning starter Daniel Smith at quarterback will be turned loose this season changing the Huskies offensive attack. he'll be protected up front by Anson Brasselle and Adam Benalayat, both returning starters, and the go-to guy out wide, Duron Norris, is explosive. One of the better secondaries in the state spotlights a strong defense led by cornerbacks Eli Moore and Jonathan Roebuck.
7Indian RiverChesapeake0-0
From 2009 through 2013, the Braves compiled an 11-29 record, but in coach Glen Ferebee's first season heading up the school, they notched an 8-4 mark changing the culture around the Chesapeake program. Quarterback Tyre Givers-Wilson returns and is joined by running back Tyain Smith from Great Bridge, a 1,000-yard candidate. The bigger names reside on the defensive side of the ball though as Alabama commit Jaquan Yulee at middle linebacker is joined by five-star prospect Devon Hunter at safety and Oscar Smith transfer Tavante Beckett giving the unit exceptional athleticism in the middle of the field.
8Briar WoodsAshburn0-0
After winning thirteen or more games each season from 2009 through 2013, the Falcons produced an uncharacteristic 8-4 campaign last year including losses in three of their final four games. They've got some rebuilding to do this year but Coach Charlie Pierce and company have some nice pieces in the foundation including tight end Mark Birmingham, a Duke commit, defensive back Jacob Rosen, offensive lineman Jake Serigne and athlete Ben Maffe.
From 2009-2013, the Pilots notched only one winning season, but things turned around for them in a big way last year under head coach Dealton Cotton who led the program to an 11-2 mark, their best since the turn of the century. The 2015 squad looks ready to make a deep postseason run despite some tough graduation losses. Quarterback D.J. Mack takes over the reins of the offense and he'll be protected up front by lineman Jermaine Taylor. The defense will be the spotlight unit though as defensive lineman Charles Garrett will be backed by linebacker Devon Watford and secondary mates Anton Ashby and Elijah Blue, both scholarship-level cornerbacks.
10Broad RunAshburn0-0
The Spartans will enter the season coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons advancing to the state quarterfinals in both 2013 and 2014. Linebackers Matt Meier and Demetrius Henbry return to anchor a defense along with returning starter Brandon Steel up front and defensive back Chris Moore, a University of Virginia commit, leading the secondary. There is a lot to replace on the offensive side of the ball, but given that Coach Matt Griffis has gotten over 35 points per game from the group the past two seasons, getting points on the board shouldn't be an issue.

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