The River Hill Hawks were perfect this season and completed their goal of repeating as state champions. Their multipurpose star and future Wake Forest Demon Deacon Michael Campanaro says it wasn't just winning the championship that made the season fulfilling.
"It feels great to win back to back title," said Campanaro, "especially with the group of guys I did it with. I have known most of these guys since 6th grade and they are just a great group of guys. We are really like a big family. That makes winning even more special."
Due to a hamstring injury, Campanaro only played defense in the title game yet he still found the endzone. He had 10 tackles and two interceptions including one that was returned for a touchdown. On the season, Campanaro amassed over 1,900 yards rushing on offense to go with 70 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense. Overall, Campanaro totaled 37 touchdowns this season.
For all the work he put in on the field, Campanaro is now getting the honors he deserves. "I was recently named Washington Post Offensive Player of the Year. I also won conference Player of the Year and first team All Metro. I hope to make All State and that type of thing but it hasn't been announced yet. I am also very excited to be playing in the Under Armor All-Star Game. It will be January 4th in Orlando and I will be playing running back in that."
With his high school career behind him, Campanaro is now looking forward to the next chapter in his football career. "It is a bit bitter sweet now that high school football is over but I am ready to move on. I am going to keep working on getting stronger and faster and I want to put on some more muscle before I get to Wake. I can't wait to get down there with the guys and show the coaching staff what I can do. I couldn't ask for a better way to finish my high school career now it's time for the next challenge."
With all of his success, Campanaro says he is not content and is still highly motivated to get better. "Someone is always out there working hard and I want to work harder than that guy. There are always doubters that may say I am just a great high school player and I won't be successful in college. That kind of thing helps motivate me and I just motivate myself to get better. I love the game and want to push myself to be the best player I can be."
Besides his obvious football skills, Campanaro will bring a winning attitude with him to the Demon Deacon program. He is the type of positive, hard working player that Jim Grobe loves and will be a huge addition to the program.