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Football Class 3A | VirginiaPreps.com | last sorted on 7/15/2015

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1Magna VistaRidgeway0-0
Establishing themselves as players on the state level since the beginning of the 2007 season, the Warriors finally broke through to win a state championship last season topping Lafayette 25-19 in the title contest capping a 14-1 campaign last year. Several of their most significant contributors from last season return for another season this fall including quarterback Shoalin McGuire, electric running back Jacquez Hairston and offensive lineman Blake Hankins. The defense is just as experienced and dangerous, especially on the back end where Traveon Redd and Devin Johnston roam the secondary. Up front, linebacker Trey Brunson and defensive end Jason Scales make a strong one-two punch.
With two state championships collected since 2009, the Vikings are always one of the first programs to review when compiling preseason rankings and the 2015 squad appears to be in great shape to make another run at the title. Things shape up really well on the offensive side of the ball, especially at the skill positions, as Coach Burt Torrence sees six returning starters including quarterback Josh Hardister, tailback Corey Williams and wideouts Tra Jackson and Hayden Porterfield. Seven returning starters on the defensive side of the ball gives the Vikings outstanding balance. The entire defensive line, including Wake Forest commit Carlos Basham, comes back with linebackers Philly Bartkiowicz, Stephen Webb and defensive back Jo Jo Wampler backing them up.
For only the second time in fourteen seasons, the Phantoms failed to notch ten or more wins last season finishing with an 8-4 mark after being blanked in their second round playoff game against Monacan. The 2014 squad was pretty young which means that there will be a lot of experienced talent on the field this fall including four-star defensive back Robbie Robinson and talented defensive end Andre Smith heading up one side of the ball and running back Jomari Becnel, wide receiver Elijah Nelson and offensive lineman Tyquan Johnson headlining the other.
4James MonroeFredericksburg0-0
Since the beginning of the 2010 campaign, the Yellowjackets have notched an impressive 46-11 mark including three trips to the state championship game where they were toppled each time. With three-year starting quarterback Jay Scroggins gone due to graduation, the temptation will be to expect a rebuilding season, but Coach Rich Serbay and company have more than enough talent to make yet another run. Returning Wade Olson, Kodi Headrick, Ian Jeffers and Brandon Martin along the offensive front should make life easy on the skill position players including running back Jewan Davis. On the defensive side, Antonio Wynn-Coleman comes back up front along with Edwin Young and they will be backed by returning starters Deontae Nelson and strong safety Gary Boxley.
5Western AlbemarleCrozet0-0
Posting a 31-7 mark over the course of the last three seasons, the Warriors have emerged as one ot the top programs in the state in Class 3A and the 2015 squad is built to maintain their momentum and possibly even take them to the next level. A defense that returns seven starters including defensive lineman Osiris Crutchfield and linebackers Stephen Kuzjak, Oliver Herndon and Matthew Mullin should be one of their strongest in recent memory. Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Sam Hearn comes back with a full arsenal of weapons including wideouts Henry Kreiebaum, Michael Vale and Derek Domecq. Up front, the o-line will be anchored by senior Sam Carey, a scholarship-level talent.
6Lord BotetourtDaleville0-0
Three consecutive runs to the postseason has brought the Cavaliers program to a higher level and the 2015 squad may have an opportunity to take the program higher than any other time in recent history. Running backs Bradley Lythgoe and Noah Fletcher both return to the gridiron giving defensive coordinators grief. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Grant Leonard and defensive back Ryan Fralin, both seniors, return to lead a strong unit.
After winning the state championship in both 2011 and 2012, the Bees hit a bit of a down cycle in 2013 when the finished with a 5-6 mark. They bounced back well last year by winning seven of their first eight games before dropping three of their final four. Quarterback Dylan Ofnuffer returns for his senior at the helm of the offense and he'll get plenty of support from a strong defense that features a standout player at each level with defensive end Danny Adcock manning the line of scrimmage, linebacker Dayton Trent shoring up the middle and defensive back Jamil Nappier holding down things on the back end.
Competing in one of the toughest districts in the state against several programs from higher classifications, the Blue Devils can be at a bit of a disadvantage during the regular season as they were 4-6 through their first ten last year before notching a playoff win over Skyline then falling to state runners up Lafayette. Head coach Ricky Irby will have 20 players on the roster with starting experience from the 2014 team which could help propel the program deeper this year. Four starters along the offensive line -- Ravon Baugh, Michael Griffin, Neemo Nunez and Lavon Cottemond -- is a great foundation on which to build. Six returning starters from the defensive front seven, headlined by lineman Reggie Jones, should make them tough to run against and three returners in the secondary should help them lock down passing attacks.
The Greyhounds have made six straight trips to the playoffs, but have suffered losses in the first round in each of the past three seasons, so they could be a major beneficiary from a move down to Class 3A, where they can flex their muscles a bit more. They'll be dealing with some big graduation losses, but a winning culture is in place. Wide receivers Wae'lene Riddick and Kavante Dawson will give Coach Larry Archie and company some nice playmaking options on offense while offensive lineman Juwan Callines and Tishawn Cherry anchor things up front. On the defensive side, Josh Elliott heads up the 2015 unit from his secondary spot.
The Pioneers have made five straight trips to the playoffs but, after making runs to the title game in 2012 and the state semifinals in 2013, last year's first round exit in a one-point game against Christiansburg has not likely sat well in the locker room during the offseason. The graduation losses were heavy but head coach Brad Bradley has some talent upon which to lean with wide receiver Kameron Harsley heading up the offense and all-purpose athlete Weldon Thorpe providing leadership on the defensive side.

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