Central’s Tyler Forbes runs for yardage as King William’s Aiden Schools makes the tackle.

1. Riverheads (14-0, 6-0 Shenandoah): The Gladiators finished the season in the way many thought they would, winning their sixth consecutive state title and 50th straight game. Movement: —

2. Central (11-2, 4-1 Bull Run): As one of the hottest teams in the state late in the season, Central made its first-ever appearance in the state semifinals and gave King William a solid push. Movement: +3

3. Stuarts Draft (9-3, 5-1 Shenandoah): Despite coming up short of another trip to the state tournament, it was another strong overall season for one of the area’s most consistent programs. Movement: -1

4. Clarke County (10-2, 7-0 Bull Run): A blowout loss to Stuarts Draft in the Region 2B semifinals was a disappointing end, but Clarke County’s overall season was extremely impressive. Movement: -1

5. Strasburg (8-3, 4-2 Bull Run): The Rams battled back to win a tough first-round playoff game against Buckingham County before falling short to rival Central in the second round. Movement: +1

6. Broadway (7-5, 3-1 Valley): Despite falling to a loaded Liberty Christian Academy squad in the Region 3C semifinals, it was a season to remember for the Gobblers and coach Danny Grogg. Movement: -1

7. Buffalo Gap (8-4, 4-2 Shenandoah): In their first season playing at the Class 1 level, the Bison surprised folks and put together one of the better overall resumes of the entire area. Movement: +2

8. Turner Ashby (6-5, 3-1 Valley): The Knights battled through in-season adversity to win the first Valley District title since 2001, but fell to rival Broadway in the opening round of the playoffs. Movement: +2

9. Rockbridge County (5-6, 1-3 Valley): It was an up-and-down year for Rockbridge County and ended with a first-round playoff loss that could start a bit of a rebuild for Mark Poston’s team. Movement: -1

10. Wilson Memorial (5-6, 3-3 Shenandoah): A strong start to the season ultimately fizzled out, but the Green Hornets have a strong foundation placed to build upon for next year. Movement: +1

11. Harrisonburg (5-5, 2-2 Valley): A season-ending upset loss to Spotswood in the regular-season finale eliminated Harrisonburg’s chances of reaching the Region 5D playoffs. Movement: -4

12. Waynesboro (5-6, 2-4 Shenandoah): The Little Giants had an impressive late-season run against their former Valley District foes to sneak back into the Region 3C postseason this year. Movement: +2

13. East Rockingham (3-6, 3-3 Bull Run): In its first season under coach Scott Turner, East Rockingham showed glimpses of a dynamic offense and a hard-hitting, disciplined defense. Movement: -1

14. Luray (4-6, 2-4 Bull Run): After starting the season hot and appearing to be one of the area’s best teams, the Bulldogs fell apart in the second half of the year and have a lot of issues to fix. Movement: -1

15. Page County (4-6, 1-5 Bull Run): There was a lot of noise around the Panthers being the Bull Run District favorite early, but injuries ultimately cost them a chance at making the playoffs. Movement: —

16. Spotswood (2-8, 1-3 Valley): It was a long, frustrating season for the young Trailblazers, but an upset of Harrisonburg in the regular-season finale may have been the offseason boost needed. Movement: +1

17. Staunton (3-7, 1-5 Shenandoah): The Storm had promising talent on both sides of the ball, but adversity struck early, and often, and it derailed any playoff hopes they had this season. Movement: -1

18. Madison County (3-8, 1-5 Bull Run): Despite a surprise appearance trip to the Region 2B playoffs, significant improvement defensively will be needed for this team to make serious noise. Movement: —

19. Fort Defiance (1-9, 0-6 Shenandoah): An upset win over Rockbridge County was the highlight of the year, but this young team should be much improved next season. Movement: —

20. Mountain View (0-1, 0-1 Bull Run): The season was cancelled after just one game due to a lack of players, but there’s optimism Mountain View will be able to return to the gridiron next year. Movement: —

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