2015 All-Area Football Defensive team

Ben Avery Rich Cooley/Daily

First team

Ben Avery, Sherando
Defensive line

The senior had 46 total tackles, including 10 solo for the Warriors. He also had 6.5 sacks. Avery was a first-team All-Conference 21 West selection.

Matt Edwards, Central

Defensive line

The senior finished the season with 64 tackles, including 40 solo. Edwards led the area with eight sacks. He was a second-team All-Conference 35 selection.

Jacob Helsey, Stonewall Jackson
Defensive line

Matt Edwards Rich Cooley/Daily

The senior had 44 tackles to lead the Generals this season, including 16 solo. Helsley had six sacks. He was a second team All-Shenandoah District selection.

Kyle Warren, Sherando
Defensive line

The senior finished with 38 tackles, including nine solo. Warren had six sacks. He was a first team All-Conference 21 West selection. Warren led the Warriors to a 9-2 record.

Justin Carr, Strasburg

The senior finished with 71 tackles, including 37 solo. Carr also had one interception. He was a second team All-Conference 35 selection and led the Rams to a playoff berth.

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Dylan Rivers, Sherando

The junior was named the Conference 21 West Defensive Player of the Year. Rivers finished with 43 tackles, including 16 for loss, and three interceptions.

Keith Sanker, Skyline

The senior led the Hawks with 118 tackles. Sanker was a second team All-Conference 28 selection. He led the Hawks to the sceond round of the playoffs.

Tyler Tinsman, Sherando

Kyle Warren

The senior had an area-best 124 tackles. He had two different games with 17 tackles. Tinsman also had 3.5 sacks and one interception and led Sherando to a district title.

Marcus Burke, Skyline
Defensive back

The senior had 69 tackles, including 40 solo. Burke also had a team-high three interceptions, including two in the Hawks’ playoff victory over Culpeper.

Trevin Howard, Strasburg
Defensive back

The senior had 42 tackles, including 30 solo. Howard had a team-best three interceptions. He led the Rams into the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Justin Carr

Cordell Peterson, Sherando
Defensive back

The junior finished the season with 29 tackles, including 10 solo. Peterson had two interceptions. He was a first team All-Conference 21 West selection.

Carston Shockey, Central
Defensive back

The junior had 31 tackles, including 18 solo. Shockey finished with three interceptions to lead the Falcons. Shockey was a second-team All-Bull Run District selection.

Josh Pritchett, Strasburg

Dylan Rivers Rich Cooley/Daily

The senior averaged 40.1 yards per punt for the Rams this season. Pritchett had a season-long of 53 yards. He was a first team All-Conference 35 selection.

Second team
Defensive line — Phillip Clark, Skyline
Defensive line — Josh Pritchett, Strasburg
Defensive line — Alex Sibert, Central
Linebacker — Brandon Braithwaite, Central
Linebacker — Bryan Davis, Central
Linebacker — David Eppard, Sherando
Linebacker — Austin Miller, Strasburg
Linebacker — Joey Norman, Skyline
Linebacker — Rhett Tierney, Warren Co.
Defensive back — Quayvon Doleman, Sherando
Defensive back– Travis Ferraro, Sherando
Defensive back — Jeremiah Hixson, R-MA
Defensive back — Jay Roy, Skyline
Punter — Chris Williams, Stonewall Jackson

Keith Sanker

Tyler Tinsman Rich Cooley/Daily

Marcus Burke Rich Cooley/Daily

Trevin Howard Rich Cooley/Daily

Cordell Peterson Rich Cooley/Daily

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Josh Pritchett Rich Cooley/Daily