Gibson, Anderson on 2nd team defense
The Virginia High School League announced its 2023 Class 2 all-state football team and Glenvar had three players honored. Senior Nate Johnson was named first team on the defensive line and second team on the offensive line. Senior Shane Gibson was named second team at linebacker and senior Dawson Anderson is a second team defensive back. Radford, who edged Glenvar 29-24 in the final seconds of the Region 2C final, dominated the team after going on to win the Class 2 state championship.
The Bobcats filled eight spots on either the first or second team while Radford’s Landen Clark was named Class 2 Offensive Player of the Year, teammate Charlie Davis is the Defensive Player of the Year and Radford head coach Michael Crist is the Class 2 Coach of the Year. Those three won the same honors in Region 2C and the Three Rivers District.
Glenvar players on the All-Region 2C first team included Johnson on the offensive line, sophomore Cooper Mullins at running back and senior Reed Hutchison at receiver. First team Highlanders on the all-region defense are Johnson on the line, Gibson and junior Jack Camper at linebacker and Anderson in the secondary. Second team all-region selections from Glenvar are senior Ben Holiday on the offensive and defensive lines, Gibson as all-purpose on offense, junior defensive back Carl Muse, sophomore punter Brody Dawyot and junior Peyton Deel at both punt return and defensive all-purpose.
On the All-Three Rivers District team first team offense went to Johnson and Holiday on the line and Mullins at running back. Defensive nods went to Johnson and Holiday on the line, Camper and Gibson at linebacker, Anderson and Muse in the secondary and Dawyot at punter. Dawyot is second team All-3RD at quarterback and joining him on the second team offense are senior Anthony LaRosa at center, Hutchison at receiver and Bryce King at kicker. Deel made second team punt return on the alldistrict defense.