Woodgrove Sends Three to All-State Football

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Photo by Jeff Vennitti, courtesy of Viva Loudoun

Written by Conor Forrest, The Woodgrove Outlander

Woodgrove football made their presence known around the state, sending three players to represent the Wolverines in the Virginia 4A All State Football team.

Senior Defensive End Clay Dean, Senior Linebacker Gunner Hilling, and Junior Kicker Cameron Gieseman led Woodgrove’s storming squad to the Division 4A State quarterfinals, and punched a ticket on the All State squad.

“It was an honor to be a part of a group of players I looked up to,” Dean said. “Starting as a freshman and idolizing the seniors who were selected into All-State made me want to work to get to be a part of that group. To be a part of it is truly an honor.”

Dean has verbally committed to play for the Hokies of Virginia Tech, and hopes to continue his success in the collegiate level.

Senior Gunner Hilling has been a part of the Woodgrove football squad for all four years of high school, and as a senior, getting chosen for the all-state team was a sign of all his hard work.

“It was definitely a great feeling. Coach pulled me aside and told me, and I felt like all the work I put in and the hours I put in was worth it. I was honored to join a group of really talented football players.”

Hilling signed to play football at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Junior Kicker Cameron Gieseman is the youngest player of the three to represent Woodgrove, and as a pivotal part of the Woodgrove special teams unit. Gieseman hit a 24 yard game winning field goal against Millbrook during the year in dramatic fashion, sending Woodgrove home with a win.

“I was really proud of myself, and so happy that all my work payed off,” Gieseman said, “It was something I worked so hard for.”