As we enter the 2019 postseason, I thought it was the perfect time to recognize the players that sit atop the individual stat leader boards on offense and defense.
RB- Isaac King (Union Academy)- Rushing yards leader. The UA offense focused on the run, the Cards' opponents knew it, and yet the junior back slashed his way through defenses to gain1766 yards and 21 touchdowns.
RB- Sametrius Drakeford (Parkwood)- Rushing attempts leader. Parkwood's offensive workhorse that was a critical piece in the Rebels run to the playoffs. The senior running back carried the ball 40 times more than any other rusher in the county.
QB - Carson Black (Sun Valley)- Passing yards leader. An incredible achievement for the freshman who endured through a challenging first year behind center. Credit also to his young offensive line anchored by junior D1 recruit, Michael Gonzalez.
QB- Sully McDermott (Marvin Ridge)- Passing % leader. The junior quarterback connected on 67.5% of his passes during the regular season. Expectations were high on McDermott at the start of the season, and he delivered with pin-point passing and decision-making.
QB- Dante Casciola (Weddington)- QB rating leader. The junior completed 62-percent of his passes and threw 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. That says it all.
WR- Gavin Blackwell (Sun Valley)- Receiving yards & receptions leader. The D1 recruit finished as the receiving yards leader for the second straight year and adds the receptions leader. Impressive for the junior wideout working with a freshman quarterback.
DL- Derek Young (Union Academy)- Total tackles leader. The senior led all defensive players with 150 total tackles. Young lived in the opponent's backfield all season credited with 18 total tackles for a loss.
DL- Joe Zovistoski (Weddington)- Sack leader. One of the most unheralded defensive players in the county over the last two years. Last year, as a sophomore, Zovistoski recorded eight sacks, and this year netted 9.5 for the county lead.
WR/DB- Salen Streater (Monroe)- Interceptions leader & Yards per catch leader. The senior defensive back made it tough on opposing QBs all season long netting six interceptions to lead the county as the number one ballhawk. As a wideout, when Salen caught a ball he made it count, averaging 23.7 yards per catch.
Congratulations to all the players that finished in the Top 10 of the major offensive and defensive categories that I track during the season.