Willie Drew | Smithfield | senior. Drew surpassed the millennium mark in passing yards (1,447) and rushing yards (1,154) this season. He also had a hand in 32 touchdowns, 14 through the air and 18 on the ground. The James Madison football signee will play defensive back for the Dukes next fall; as a starting DB for the Packers, he had 50 tackles and five interceptions.
Evan Branch | New Kent | junior. The leading rusher in the Bay Rivers District through the regular season, Branch dashed his way to 1,109 yards and served as the primary offensive weapon for the 4-6 Trojans.
Caleb Brodie | Smithfield | senior. Second only to Branch in the regular season, Brodie added to his total in two playoff games and ended the year with 1,192 yards and 12 touchdowns on 165 carries.
Bailey Green | Poquoson | sophomore. Green led the Islanders’ reliable stable of running backs with 973 yards and 10 touchdowns on 115 carries. His steady legs helped lead Poquoson to the VHSL Class 2 state semifnials.
D’Onte Chesson | Woodside | junior. Chesson surpassed 1,100 yards of offense for the Wolverines: He contributed 767 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 100 carries, as well as 385 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 18 catches.
Seth Osborne | Lafayette | senior. The leading blocker for the Rams, Osborne became their lone offensive honoree on the Class 4 all-state first team. Behind Osborne, Lafayette muscled its way to the state semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Hunter Schmidt | Poquoson | junior. The Islanders ran for more than 3,000 yards behind Schmidt, a Class 2 second-team all-state selection.
Jamel Waheed | Phoebus | senior. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound tackle not only cleared room for the Phantoms’ well-established running game but gave up-and-coming sophomore quarterback Chris Daniels the time and space he needed to make plays. Waheed was named to the Class 3 all-state second team.
Bryant Walker | Warhill | senior. At guard, Walker paved the way for the Lions’ potent rushing attack; at linebacker, he recorded 98 tackles, seven sacks, two blocked punts and two blocked field goals.
Nigel Simmons | Heritage | senior. Simmons came into the year as the leading defensive lineman for the Hurricanes. While he maintained that position, he also added offensive tackle to his repertoire, and he excelled in the new role.
Barry Hargraves | Phoebus | junior. The playmaker averaged 27.5 yards per catch. He caught nine touchdown passes, including his longest reception of the season, a 90-yard score in a 25-7 win against Lake Taylor. Hargraves was named to the Class 3 all-state second team.
Jaquarious Bellamy | Hampton | senior. Bellamy caught nine touchdown passes this season, all of 27 yards or more. The 5A all-region selection made defenders miss whenever he touched the ball.
Tim Payne | Heritage | senior. A nationally ranked track athlete, Payne won a gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the AAU Junior Olympics in August, then brought his speed to the football field in a stellar senior campaign. He finished the year with 13 touchdowns and more than 1,200 all-purpose yards.
Ish Roy | Lafayette | senior. The 4A all-region kicker received quite the workout this season, thanks to the Rams’ potent offense: Roy notched 59 extra points on 64 attempts. He also contributed four field goals, the longest from 43 yards, and booming kickoffs.
Isaiah Spencer | Gloucester | senior. Spencer led the Dukes to their first playoff season since 1988. While he played mainly at quarterback, he also mixed in at wide receiver and running back, and he racked up 1,126 passing yards and 1,048 rushing yards.
Cam Stevenson | Hampton | senior. The engine that drove the Crabbers’ offense, Stevenson finished the regular season with 1,150 passing yards, 703 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.
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