The All-State Class 3 football team was announced last week and Lord Botetourt had an unprecedented seven players on the team. The Cavs also had the Defensive Player of the Year in senior Noah Overstreet.
“I don’t think Lord Botetourt has ever had seven All-State players in the same season,” said LB coach Jamie Harless. “That’s a testament to how hard these boys have worked.”
Overstreet is first team All-State on the defensive line while taking the state’s top defensive honor. It adds to a long list of accomplishments for Noah, who is weighing his college options.
Jesse Hanson, a junior, was named first team on the offensive line. He’s another highly recruited Cavalier who will be playing on Saturday in a couple years.
A third first team selection was Dylan Maclachlan. A senior, he was selected at punt return.
Four Cavaliers made the second team All-State, two on offense and two on defense. Senior Carlton Emerson was selected at linebacker and junior Jake Dewease was named at defensive back. On offense junior Trey Rice was selected at place kicker and his younger brother, Hunter Rice, was named second team at running back. Hunter is just a freshman, and with four All-State players returning, the future is bright for LB.
“I guess we’ll be .500,” joked Harless, who guided the team to a 10-3 record and a trip to the regional final this fall. “What they do in the off-season is what will determine how we do, but the rising senior class is a pretty good class. It’s the first group I’ve had in the weight room for all six years.”
In addition, Overstreet and Emerson competed in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star game at the University of Virginia-Wise last weekend. Harless also participated as a coach.