DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brandon Smith, Louisa County, Senior
An all-state performer as a junior, Smith turned in another masterful season in his final year in a Louisa County uniform. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound middle linebacker posted a team-high 135 tackles, including 60 solo stops for a Lions team that won back-to-back Jefferson District titles. He forced nine fumbles, posted 14 quarterback pressures and added five sacks.
Prophett Harris, Fluvanna County
Harris developed into a true shutdown cornerback in the Jefferson District. The senior standout led the team in interceptions and wasn’t afraid to help defensively against the run. He was an all-district selection and also picked up regional honors.
Noah Robinson, Louisa County
The junior developed into the top shutdown cornerback for Louisa County. He tallied 51 tackles, including 28 solo stops, with 13 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery. He also garnered all-district honors.
Alex Washington, Louisa
He developed into one of the rising stars in the Jefferson District. Washington posted 44 tackles and led the team in pass break-ups (15) and interceptions en route to earning all-district honors.
Mathieu Masse-Pelletier, Woodberry Forest
Masse-Pelletier was a game-changer as the last line of defense for the Tigers this season. The junior safety led his unit in tackles and was a big presence against the run to garner Prep League honors for Woodberry Forest.
Brandon Smith, Louisa County
The Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year was the centerpiece of a Louisa County defense that extended its Jefferson District winning streak to 22 games. The Penn State commit led the team in tackles, tackles for loss and forced fumbles.
Jack Lesemann, Western Albemarle
The senior middle linebacker was a tackling machine for the Warriors this season. Lesemann led the team in tackles and forced fumbles and was a mainstay of a defense that was one of the district’s top units. He garnered district and regional honors.
Aaron Aponte, Louisa County
Aponte quietly shined for the Louisa County defense. The junior outside linebacker posted 96 tackles and seven sacks for the Lions. He also led the team with 16 quarterback pressures.
Jonas Sanker, Covenant
The sophomore linebacker flourished as a versatile standout in 8-man football for the Eagles. He posted more than 40 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and a pair of interceptions to garner all-state honors.
Nic Sanker, Covenant
The junior registered 45 tackles, including 18 for loss, and led the team with nine sacks and a defensive touchdown as Covenant took home its first state title.
Derek Barbour, Louisa County
The junior defensive end posted 84 tackles, including 50 solo stops for a dominant Louisa County defensive front. He led the team with 11 sacks and 13 quarterback pressures and added a defensive touchdown for the Lions.
Bronson Brown, Western Albemarle
Brown was a disruptive force inside for Western Albemarle this season. The senior defensive tackle was stout against the run and the pass and was the anchor for one of the top units in the district. He was a first-team, all-district performer.
John Harris, Woodberry Forest
Harris dominated the line of scrimmage for the Tigers this season as both a run stopper and pass rusher. Despite facing routine double teams, he managed to lead the defensive line in tackles and sacks and was named to the All-Prep League team.
DB: Malachi Fields, Monticello
DB: Marquan Jones, Albemarle
DB: Colby Martin, Fluvanna County
DB: Hylton Hale, Orange County
LB: Reggie Cosby, Louisa County
LB: Aidan Saunders, Western Albemarle
LB: Kyrie Carter, Orange County
LB: Malachi Hill, Fluvanna County
LB: Jon Barber, Albemarle
DL Jake Rombach, Albemarle
DL: Joey Vandyke, Fluvanna County
ATH: Xavier Kane, Blue Ridge
ATH: Sammy Fort, Blue Ridge
ATH: Thomas Harry, St. Anne’s-Belfield
ATH: Austin Sims, Louisa County
ATH: Sabias Folley, Charlottesville
Elijah Lewis, Madison County; Dalton Dodson, Madison County; Devonta Hargrove, Monticello; Nathan Smith, Fluvanna County; Dequan Johnson, Louisa County; Cole Ramsey, Monticello; Eric Taylor, Albemarle; Wyatt Hull, Western Albemarle; Wyatt Thomas, Western Albemarle; Bill Clark, Woodberry Forest; Rick Weaver, Covenant; Will Edelson, St. Anne’s-Belfield; Gabe Decker, St. Anne’s Belfield.