Hayfield senior Brian Cobbs was the unanimous selection for the Gunston District Offensive Player of the Year.
Players from Richmond Highway-area schools were well-represented on the 2017 All-Gunston District football team, with stars from Hayfield and West Potomac getting tapped for offensive and defensive player of the year awards, respectively.
There was little doubt about who the offensive player of the year would be. Hayfield senior Brian Cobbs did a little bit of everything for the Hawks this season, and did all of it exceptionally well.
Recruited to play wide receiver at the University of Maryland next year, Cobbs chipped in at running back and quarterback for Hayfield (8-2, 4-0) at various times. In the final three games of the season, as the Hawks wrapped up the Gunston District title and secured a berth in the regional playoffs, Cobbs started at quarterback and threw for 11 touchdowns while running for three more.
Cobbs finished the season with 30 touchdowns overall.
West Potomac senior linebacker Zach Monson was selected as defensive player of the year. One of the hardest hitters in the region, Monson was a punishing force for a West Potomac defense that faced one of the toughest schedules in the region.
Monson finished the season with 88 tackles, including seven tackles for losses and four sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered another. Monson was also a first-team all-district selection at tight end, finishing with 34 receptions for 496 yards and four touchdowns.
Among Monson’s biggest players were a critical fourth and goal stop during West Potomac’s season finale win against Mount Vernon, as well as another huge fourth and goal stop in the Wolverines early season win over Lake Braddock:
Hayfield’s Eric Henderson earned coach of the year honors for leading the Hawks to an unbeaten district record en route to a 8-2 finish. The Hawks will host a playoff game against Hylton this Friday.