A preseason look at Observer-area high school football teams from South Carolina:
Rock Hill Northwestern: 15 starters return for the 2012 S.C. 4A Division II state finalist, including senior quarterback Mason Rudolph, who threw for 4,000 yards last season, and Dupree Hart, who had 103 catches for 1,180 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Rock Hill South Pointe: South Pointe is almost always a contender for the state title, having reached the semifinals in 2012.
Nation Ford: The Falcons are trying to reach the playoffs for the third straight season behind senior quarterback Dalton Helms (2,440 yards, 24 TDs in 2012).
York: Coach Bobby Carroll once built South Pointe into a state power. He has visions of doing the same at York.
6 players to watch
Mustafia Love, Northwestern, WR, Sr. (6-4, 190): Division I recruit had 82 catches and seven touchdowns last year.
Ryan Moore, York, RB, Sr. (5-10, 202): Major-college prospect has interest from ACC, SEC and Big 12 schools along with Charlotte and Appalachian State. Runs 4.5 40-yard dash.
Shuler Littleton, York, OL, Sr. (6-7, 270): Great size on this offensive tackle, who has recruiting interest from several N.C. schools.
Josh Massey, Rock Hill South Pointe, DB, Sr. (5-11, 180): Major-college prospect has good size and 4.5-second 40-yard dash speed.
Jay Hood, Lancaster, WR (6-3, 180): Tall receiver has interest from Auburn, Duke, Minnesota, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Corey Sargent, Northwestern, DB, Sr. (6-0, 180): Three-year starter is defensive leader and has offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, East Carolina, Kansas State and Nebraska.
Game you shouldnt miss
Aug. 23 - Gaffney vs. Northwestern, District 3 Stadium, 7:30 p.m.: Northwestern is ranked No. 3 in the S.C. 4A preseason poll behind Byrnes and Dutch Fork. Its coached by former Independence High coach Tom Knotts. Gaffney is ranked No. 5. The game will be covered on ESPN3.
Langston Wertz Jr.
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