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Louisa County's Brandon Smith.

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.


FIRST TEAM

Cornerback

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.


Safety

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.


Linebacker

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.


All-purpose

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.


Defensive line

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.


Second 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


HONORABLE MENTION

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.

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John Harvey covers Central Virginia high school sports for The Daily Progress and CVille Varsity. He can be reached at jharvey@dailyprogress.com or (434) 978-7250. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnNHarveyIII

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