Aaron Sparrow, who passed for 6,790 yards and 78 touchdowns in his career at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, heads the Associated Press All-Group AAA Virginia football team.
Sparrow threw for 1,417 yards and 27 touchdowns on 68-for-127 passing to earn Group AAA player of the year honors in voting by a panel of writers from across the state.
West Potomac's Dan Meier, who overcame the loss of most of his starters from last year's 14-0 team to lead the Wolverines back to another state title, was named coach of the year.
Sparrow is joined on the first team by a trio of talented running backs, two of whom broke the 2,000-yard mark.
Annandale's James Milliner rushed for 2,238 yards and 28 touchdowns, three of them on runs of more than 90 yards. Yorktown's 5-foot-5, 155-pound Andre Yates averaged more than 10 yards per carry and finished with 2,044 yards and 27 touchdowns. J.T. Morris of Heritage ran for 1,610 yards and 23 touchdowns, and returned two kickoffs for scores.
The ends are James Roe of Henrico and First Colonial's Joe Ruzzi. Roe averaged 18.5 yards on 32 receptions; he also scored five touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns. Ruzzi had 57 catches for 883 yards, including 13 receptions for 161 yards in a playoff loss.
Hampton's Anthony Cherry, who was voted the Peninsula District's defensive player of the year as a linebacker, is the first-team center. The guards are Robert Clayton of Highland Springs and Stephan Jamerson of Phoebus. At tackle are Pulaski's 6-1, 280-pound Brent Golden and Matt Serrano, a 6-2, 255-pounder from Maury.
The defensive line features Jon King of West Potomac, Ramon Estevez of Bayside and junior Dewayne Prater of Highland Springs. King led a defensive unit that yielded 45 points in 13 games, Estevez had eight sacks among his 76 tackles, and Prater had 99 stops, including 10 sacks.
Two big-play performers make up the defensive ends. Ricky Ross of T.C. Williams had nine sacks, 177 total tackles and scored three touchdowns. Deep Creek's John Meredith had 72 tackles, including 16 sacks that pushed his career total to 39.
GW-Danville's Al Shirley is joined at linebacker by Keith McAfee of Potomac and Green Run's Skeet Jones, who had 132 stops, three interceptions and recovered all four fumbles he caused.
The defensive backs are Hampton junior Sean Hamlet (nine interceptions), Huguenot's Carl Smith (50 tackles, eight interceptions) and Heritage's Herman Calloway, who had 121 tackles and two interceptions and caused four fumbles.
Gar-Field punter Ron Hicks averaged 39.2 yards and had 12 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. Junior kicker Scott Caparelli made eight of 13 field goal attempts, including three from beyond 40 yards.