Best Passing Attack: Myers Park
The Mustangs are blessed to have their collection of skill guys that have them thinking this is the year they could win it all. Last season, Myers Park averaged nearly 36 points per game despite calling off the dogs in many of their blowouts. The scary part is this offense could even be better with (back, from left) tight end Logan Mauldin, receiver Moose Muhammad, quarterback Drake Maye and receivers Porter Rooks, Jordan Bly and (in front) Country Day transfer Twan Flip.
Best Running Game: Butler
Butler’s bread and butter has always been its ability to run the ball and oppose its will on opponents. That’s what the Bulldogs want to do, and perhaps no squad in the state is better equipped at running the ball than this 2019 team. The Bulldogs started linemen Anthony Carter (76) and Trey Richburg (73) as freshmen and Leo Arredando (52) joined them as a sophomore two seasons ago. They’re big and nasty and will open big holes for senior running backs (kneeling, from left) Lamont Brooks and Jamal Worthy.
Best Linebackers: Charlotte Catholic
In one of the craziest streaks in all of North Carolina high school football, Charlotte Catholic has posted an incredible 83-1 record in conference games since 2004. Since the 2017 conference realignment, the Cougars are 14-0 in the Southern Carolinas and have dominated mostly on defense. Over the past two seasons, they’ve allowed roughly 8.3 points per game, which led them to a 31-1 record and both 3-A titles. This year, linebackers (from left) Jacob Schachte, Liam Barbee, Billy Brewer and Ty Foley have each already posted over 100 tackles in a season and will lead another talented defense.