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Rudolph, Seargent highlight Observer's all-region team

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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    ANDY BURRISS - aburriss@heraldonline.com
    Mason Rudolph threw for more than 4,000 yards and 64 touchdowns and helped Northwestern capture the S.C. 4A Division II state championship. Rudolph also ran for 543 yards and 16 touchdowns and has committed to Oklahoma State.
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    MELISSA CHERRY - mcherry@heraldonline.com
    Safety Corey Seargent led Northwestern with 148 tackles. He also forced three fumbles and intercepted four passes.
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    MARTY PRICE - MARTY PRICE
    08-23-13 Kannapolis, NC. Spiders head coach Glen Padgett talks to defensive lineman Dez Scott (72, left) after winning the Bell Game with a score of 33 to 20 at A. L. Brown Friday night. MARTY PRICE

Two teammates who led their team to a state championship in South Carolina are the Charlotte Observer All-Region Players of the Year.

A coach who led his team to a state championship game after it was decimated by graduation losses is the All-Region Coach of the Year.

The offensive player of the year is Mason Rudolph, a 6-foot-5 senior quarterback who threw for more than 4,000 yards and 64 touchdowns. Rudolph helped Northwestern to a win in the S.C. 4A Division II championship game. He completed nearly 73 percent of his passes. He has committed to Oklahoma State.

Rudolph’s teammate defensive back Corey Seargent is the defensive player of the year.

Seargent, a senior safety, led the team with 148 tackles. A Shrine Bowl pick, he forced three fumbles and intercepted four passes.

Concord’s Glen Padgett is the All-Region Coach of the Year after leading the Spiders to a second straight state championship game. He lost 16 starters from the 2012 team, which also reached the state final.

2013 Observer All-Region Football Team

The 2013 Charlotte Observer All-Region team was selected by the Observer’s high school sports staff. This team is comprised of the top players outside of Mecklenburg County in the newspaper’s 137-school coverage area in North Carolina and South Carolina. The All-Mecklenburg team will run Tuesday. On Christmas Day, the All-Observer team will run, listing the top overall players in the entire coverage area. Players had to be nominated by their coaches to be considered.

Offensive player of the year: Mason Rudolph, Rock Hill Northwestern

Defensive player of the year: Corey Seargent, Rock Hill Northwestern

Coach of the year: Glen Padgett, Concord

First-Team Offense

QB Mason Rudolph, Rock Hill Northwestern, 6-4, 212, Sr.: Threw for 4,377 yards, 64 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. An Oklahoma State signee and Shrine Bowl pick, Rudolph completed 72.6 percent of his passes and ran for 543 yards and 16 touchdowns. He led his team to an unbeaten season and the S.C. 4A Division II state title.

RB Rocky Reid, Concord, 6-1, 210, Jr.: Ran for a Cabarrus County record 3,355 yards and 39 touchdowns. He led Concord to a 15-1 record and a state championship appearance. He ran 41 times for more than 200 yards in the state final.

RB Kenny Purvis, Central Cabarrus, 6-0, 185, Sr.: Ran 264 times for 2,601 yards and 31 touchdowns. He averaged 9.9 yards per carry. Purvis had 3,367 all-purpose yards and was named South Piedmont Conference offensive player of the year.

OL Jamarcus Glenn, Monroe, 6-4, 260, Sr.: Anchored left side of the line for the N.C. state runner-up. Glenn was a four-year starter who graded 87 percent this season with 17 pancake blocks and 20 knockdown blocks. On defense, he led the team with nine sacks and had 71 tackles.

OL Patrick Ryan, Lake Norman, 6-1, 230, Sr.: Center graded 98.7 percent for the year and did not allow a sack. The North Piedmont all-conference star had 42 pancake blocks.

OL Chris Boykins, Shelby, 6-1, 250, Sr.: Boykins anchored Shelby’s offensive line and helped the Golden Lions to a state championship.

OL Raydonn McCloud, Rock Hill Northwestern, 6-2, 306, Sr.: North-South All-Star was a dominant tackle for the S.C. 4A Division II state champs. He helped the Trojans average 5.1 yards per carry.

OL Alex Gourley, South Iredell, 6-0, 260, So.: Invited to several national All-American camps, Gourley has interest from Clemson, Davidson, Duke, N.C. State and Ohio State.

TE Riley Hilton, Nation Ford, 6-3, 220, Sr.: Led the Falcons with 86 catches for 976 yards and 10 touchdowns. North-South All-Star also punted and played linebacker.

WR Dupree Hart, Rock Hill Northwestern, 5-7, 160, Jr.: Caught 115 passes for 1,655 yards and 26 touchdowns. He rushed for 245 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned one punt and two kickoffs for touchdowns.

WR Cory Joyner, Lake Norman, 6-0, 180, Jr.: Caught 86 passes for 1,708 yards and 21 touchdowns. He set Iredell County records for receptions and yards in a season. His yardage ranks fifth in state history.

ATH Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman, 5-10, 185, Jr.: QB ran 323 times for 2,069 yards and 29 scores. He completed 182 of 296 passes for 3,207 yards and 30 touchdowns. Ladowski is the Iredell County player of the year.

KR Jalin Moore, Crest, 5-11, 190, Sr.: Two-time all-conference star was the 2013 South Mountain Conference player of the year. Ran 215 times for 1,456 yards and 23 touchdowns, leading Crest to the N.C. 3AA state final. He averaged more than 41 yards per kick return and returned two for scores.

K Tyler Cochran, Marvin Ridge, 5-9, 150, Sr.: Made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts with a long of 46 yards; made 16 of 17 PATs and 82 percent of his kickoffs we touchbacks. He also averaged 34 yards per punt.

First-Team Defense

DL Omar Brooks, Crest, 6-1, 238, Jr.: Two-year all-conference star had 135 tackles, 14 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss. He also caused three fumbles, blocked a punt and had an interception at defensive end.

DL Darian Roseboro, Lincolnton, 6-4, 275, Jr.: National recruit had 125 tackles, 10 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss. He also batted down seven passes.

DL Zeek Rodney, Rock Hill Northwestern, 6-1, 265, Sr.: Shrine Bowl pick had 77 tackles, 12 sacks, 27 QB hurries and 16 tackles for a loss.

DL Myquon Stout, Carson, 6-1, 250, Sr.: Appalachian State commit was a N.C. Shrine Bowl pick in 2013.

LB Daishon Davis, South Point, 6-0, 215, Sr.: Big South Conference defensive player of the year had 204 tackles in 13 games, plus five pass breakups.

LB Xavier Robinson, North Rowan, 6-1, 215, Sr.: 140 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. Ran for eight touchdowns on offense. Rowan County defensive player of the year.

LB Logan Sedegren, Concord, 6-3, 195, Sr.: 118 tackles and five sacks for N.C. 3A finalist. Had two interceptions, four caused fumbles and four recoveries.

DB: Corey Seargent, Rock Hill Northwestern, 6-0, 175, Sr.: Led team with 148 tackles. Shrine Bowl pick forced four fumbles, recovered one and intercepted four passes.

DB Josh Massey, Rock Hill South Pointe, 6-0, 170, Sr.: North-South All-Star game pick had 85 tackles, including nine for a loss, along with two sacks and four interceptions.

DB: Kasaun Coney, North Rowan, 5-10, 185, Sr.: 75 total tackles with eight pass breakups, six interceptions and three tackles for a loss. Ran 60 times for 348 yards and five touchdowns and caught six passes for 163 yards and two scores.

DB Tre’Shun Wynn, Monroe, 6-0, 170, Sr.: Shrine Bowl pick played all secondary positions. Had 44 tackles and a team-high 18 passes defended. On offense had 85 carries for 933 yards and 16 touchdowns.

PR: Khris Gardin, Freedom, 5-9, 160, Sr.: Caught 55 passes for 1,033 yards and 15 scores; had 38 tackles and six interceptions at DB; returned three punts for TDs with a long of 85 and averaged 20 yards per attempt. Averaged 42.4 yards per kick return.

P Austin Parker, Mount Pleasant, 6-1, 175, Jr.: Punted 49 times for 44.7-yard average. He had 24 punts inside the opponent’s 20. He had a long punt of 61 yards.

Second-Team Offense

QB RJ George, Shelby, 6-0, 215, Jr.

RB Tyler Bray, South Point, 6-0, 190, Sr.

RB Albert Funderburke, Sun Valley, 6-1, 195, Jr.

OL Malik Covington, Monroe, 6-1, 295, Jr.

OL Chris Jones, Crest, 6-2, 230, So.

OL Kaleb Spry, A.L. Brown, 6-3, 270, Sr.

OL Ryan Ennis, York, 6-4, 260, Year NA

OL Cory Smith, East Lincoln, 6-0, 200, Sr.

TE Anthony Mullis, Central Cabarrus, 6-4, 230, Sr.

WR Quadarious Fair, Rock Hill Northwestern, 6-4, 190, Sr.

WR Mykelti Armstrong, Forestview, 6-1, 175, Sr.

KR Jahiz Linebarger, Hickory, 6-0, 190, Sr.

K Colton Chapman, Bunker Hill, 6-0, 180, Sr.

ATH Chazz Surratt, East Lincoln, 6-2, 200, So.

Second-Team Defense

DL Matt Newman, Rock Hill South Pointe, 5-10, 185, Sr.

DL Lee Autry, Albemarle, 6-3, 290, Jr.

DL Tyrone Allen, Shelby, 6-1, 210, Sr.

DL DeQuavis Allen, Monroe, 6-3, 305, Sr.

LB Derick Weber, Ashbrook, 5-11, 200, Sr.

LB Kyrell Washington, A.L. Brown, 6-2, 220, Sr.

LB Nick Vagnone, Porter Ridge, 6-0, 200, Sr.

DB Tanner Muse, South Point, 6-4, 210, Jr.

DB Damarius Valentine, East Lincoln, 5-9, 160, Jr.

DB Jaquavious Mackey, Northwestern, 5-10, 165, Sr.

DB Quinlyn Harris, Lincolnton, 5-9, 160, Jr.

PR Sam Mobley, Parkwood, 6-0, 185, Sr.

P Shea Rogers, Indian Land, 6-0, 170, Jr.

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