Riverheads' Smiley, Casto earn major awards from VHSL

Riverheads junior running back Zac Smiley was named the Class 1 Offensive Player of the Year.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The VHSL announced the Class 1 all-state football awards Tuesday and Riverheads was well-represented.

Junior running back Zac Smiley was named the Class 1 Offensive Player of the Year. Smiley ran for 135 yards and scores three total touchdowns in Riverheads' 31-24 win over Galax Saturday to claim the Class 1 state title.

Riverheads head coach Robert Casto is the Class 1 Coach of the Year. He led the Gladiators to a 15-0 overall record and the program's fourth consecutive Class 1 state title.

The following Riverheads players earned VHSL Class 1 all-state honors:
First Team - Offense
Center - Gage Maxfield (Senior)
Offensive Lineman - Collin Armstrong (Junior)
Offensive Lineman - Spencer Hostetter (Junior)
Running Back - Zac Smiley (Junior)
Kicker - Peyton Skillman (Senior)
All-Purpose - Braeson Fulton (Senior)

First Team - Defense
Defensive Lineman - Jameson Shover (Senior)
Linebacker - Zac Smiley (Junior)
Defensive Back - Elijah Dunlap (Senior)

Second Team - Offense
Wide Receiver - Braeson Fulton (Senior)

Second Team - Defense
Defensive End - Dave Brooks (Junior)
Defensive Back - Isaiah Dunlap (Junior)