A group of 15 seniors played a huge role in Ripley High football returning to the postseason for the first time since the 2009 season.
And one of those seniors was recognized on Sunday as a Class AAA First Team All-Stater.
Caydan Keeler, who is a sure bet to play college football somewhere, was chosen as one of the defensive lineman for the AAA dream team that was selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Keeler was a two-way starter for Eddie Smolder’s Vikings, who reached the second round of the Class AAA playoffs last month.
Ripley won nine straight games in the regular season to finish 9-1 and earn the No. 5 spot of Class AAA’s Top 16 field. After a win over Greenbrier East at home, the outstanding campaign came to a close with a road loss to Musselman.
In addition to Keeler, Ripley also had a pair of Second Team honorees.
Andrew Dolin was picked as an offensive lineman while senior R.J. Evans, a 1,000 yard rusher, earned a utility spot on the offensive side of the ball.
Another Viking senior standout, defensive back Josh Kay, earned Special Honorable Mention.
Martinsburg defeated Spring Valley in the Class AAA state title game for a third straight year at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Those two programs dominated First Team spots. Spring Valley had four First Teamers while Martinsburg had three. Spring Valley had three Second Teamers and Martinsburg four.