Riverheads sweeps top awards for 1A all-state football

Riverheads sweeps top awards for 1A all-state football

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Riverheads sweeps top awards for 1A all-state football

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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Riverheads took all three top awards — Coach of the Year and Offensive and Defensive players of the Year — as the VHSL released the Group1A all-state team on Thursday.

The Gladiators, who rolled over Sussex Central 49-6 to win the 1A state crown last Saturday, placed four players on first-team offense and two on first team defense, and one each on second-team offense and defense.

Harrison Schaefer, who rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the final, was named the 1A Offensive Player of the Year, while Ridge Stokes was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Robert Casto, who guided the program to its fourth state title since 2000, was named Coach of the Year.

Schaefer was voted to the first team as a running back, while Stokes was the tight end. Joining them on the first team were James Rea at offensive lineman and Chandler Branch at center.

Jeffrey Maddox was on first-team defense as a lineman. Stokes was at first-team linebacker, as well as being named second-team punter.

Rinaldo Martina, who was on Riverheads’ state-champion boys soccer team in the spring, was voted to the second team as a kicker.

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The Group 1A state championship trophy is on the ground at the feet of the Riverheads' football team as they gather for a group photo after they defeated Sussex Central to win the state championship, 49-6.

The Group 1A state championship trophy is on the ground at the feet of the Riverheads’ football team as they gather for a group photo after they defeated Sussex Central to win the state championship, 49-6.

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