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Charlotte Catholic’s Hood repeats as All-Observer offensive player of the year; Mallard Creek’s Ikeem Allen earned top defensive spot

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood (34) was selected All-Observer offensive player of the year for the second time in as many chances. He ran for 3,690 yards and 53 touchdowns with each total besting his junior totals.

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    All-Observer Offense

    QB Will Grier, Davidson Day, 6-3, 190, Sr.: Completed 314 of 446 passes for 4,989 yards and a N.C. record 77 TDs. He ran 115 times for 1,252 yards and 13 TDs. Grier, a Florida commit, is a finalist for U.S. Army national player of the year.

    RB Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic, 6-0, 215, Sr.: Top 15 national recruit rushed for a Mecklenburg County record 3,690 yards and a county-record 53 rushing touchdowns. Like Grier, Hood is a U.S. Army national player of the year finalist.

    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.

    OL Bentley Spain, Providence, 6-6, 285, Sr.: Nationally ranked North Carolina recruit is a U.S. Army All-American. Had 82 pancake blocks and carries a 4.0 GPA.

    OL Tony Adams, Independence, 6-2, 310, Sr.: N.C. State recruit made the Southwestern 4A all-conference team for the third time this season. He graded 87 percent this season. Will enroll in college in January.

    OL James Brace, Butler, 6-3, 300, Sr.: Started 15 games for an offense that averaged 43 points. Had 34 pancake blocks and graded 93 percent for All-Southwestern 4A team.

    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 averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

    OL Jacob McCreary, Hough, 5-11, 284, Sr.: Four-year starter for the Huskies was a 2013 Shrine Bowl pick and all-conference player in the MECKA 8 4A.

    TE Jaylen Samuels, Mallard Creek, 6-1, 220, Sr.: Led unbeaten team to N.C. 4AA title. Ran 108 times for 1,406 yards and 39 TDs, fourth-most in county history. Also caught 49 passes for 932 yards and 16 TDs. The N.C. State commit’s 55 totals touchdowns is a season county record.

    WR Austin Proehl, Providence, 5-10, 175, Sr.: Had 89 catches for 1,190 yards and eight touchdowns. Was a SoMeck 8 4A all-conference pick and has committed to North Carolina.

    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 touchowns. He also returned one punt and two kickoffs for touchdowns.

    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 by the Statesville Record & Landmark.

    KR Dominique Heath, Hopewell, 5-8, 170, Sr.: Kansas State commit played wide receiver, running back and defensive back. He had 50 catches for 910 yards and 10 TDs . Rushed for 550 yards and five touchdowns. Had more than 1,900 yards total offense and was MECKA 8 special teams player of the year.

    K Tim Gawert, Hough, 5-10, 175, Sr.: Made eight of 11 field-goal attempts, with a long of 50 yards. Hough star also nailed 56 of 58 extra-point attempts.

    All-Observer Defense

    DL Ikeem Allen, Mallard Creek, 6-1, 280, Sr.: Defensive MVP of the N.C. 4AA state final was part of a starting unit that allowed four points per game. Finished with 89 total tackles, 41 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks. The Ball State commit forced five fumbles, recovered three fumbles and had an interception for a score.

    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 South Pointe, 6-1, 265, Sr.: Shrine Bowl pick had 77 tackles, 12 sacks, 27 QB hurries and 16 tackles for a loss.

    DL Robert Dinkins, Olympic, 6-2, 235, Sr.: North Carolina commit had 55 total tackles and three sacks while facing constant double teams. All-conference pick in the SoMeck 8 4A.

    LB Daishon Davis, Belmont South Point, 6-0, 215, Sr.: Big South 2A/3A Defensive Player of the Year had 204 tackles in 13 games, plus five pass breakups.

    LB: Cayson Collins, Berry, 6-2, 210, Sr.: North Carolina recruit was named SoMeck 8 4A Defensive Player of the Year. Collins had 139 tackles this season, with 16 for a loss. He recovered five fumbles.

    LB Tony Reid, Mallard Creek, 6-0, 192, Sr.: Reid had 90 tackles, 11sacks and four interceptions. He blocked six punts, scoring on two of them, and forced three fumbles.

    DB Corey Seargent, Rock Hill Northwestern, 6-0, 175, Sr.: Led the team with 148 tackles. Shrine Bowl pick forced four fumbles, recovered one and intercepted four passes. Observer All-Region team defensive player of the year.

    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.

    DB Jaire Alexander, Rocky River, 5-11, 165, Jr.: Southwestern 4A co-defensive player of the year had 48 tackles, seven interceptions, caused four fumbles and broke up 14 passes.

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

    PR Deion Washington, Independence, 5-7, 150, Jr: Southwestern 4A all-conference defensive back pick had 65 tackles and 13 pass breakups. On special teams, he had three punt returns for a score and one kick return for a score. He averaged 21 yards per punt return.

    P Corbin Daly, Ardrey Kell, 6-3, 200, Sr.: One of the nation’s top recruits at his position, Daly averaged 44 yards per punt with nine downed inside the opponents’ 10. Will play in U.S. Army All American game next month.



Elijah Hood repeating as the All-Observer high school football offensive player of the year probably is no surprise.

After all, Hood ran for 3,309 yards and 48 touchdowns, then Mecklenburg County records during his junior year. As a senior, Hood was even better. He ran for 3,690 yards and 53 touchdowns, leading Charlotte Catholic to the N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game. Hood has 8,981 career yards, which is fourth-most in N.C. history, and 147 career touchdowns, which ranks third. Hood, a North Carolina commit, is a finalist for a national high school player of the year.

Mallard Creek’s Ikeem Allen is the All-Observer Defensive player of the Year. He was defensive most valuable player of the 59-21 N.C. 4AA state final win against Wake Forest, the Mavericks’ first state final.

Allen finished the season with 89 tackles. Of those, 41 tackles were for a loss. The Ball State commit also had 13 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

Each year, the Observer’s high school sports staff names three all-star football teams.

All-Region is for the best players outside of Mecklenburg County who play in the newspaper’s coverage area of more than 100 schools North and South Carolina. That team ran in Monday’s editions.

The All-Mecklenburg is for the top players inside the county. That team ran in Tuesday’s editions. Both are available at charlotteobserver.com/preps

The All-Observer is for the best players, period.

The All-Observer coach of the year is Concord’s Glen Padgett. Coming off a 2012 state championship appearance, Padgett lost 16 starters. This season, he took a young Concord team back to the state final, coming up one foot short from potentially tying the score against Havelock on the final play. Havelock won 21-13.

Note: The 2013 Charlotte Observer All-Observer team was selected by the Observer’s high school sports staff. This team is comprised of the top players in the Observer’s coverage area, which encompasses 137 schools in North and South Carolina. Teams including the top players in Mecklenburg County (All-Mecklenburg) and outside Meck County (All-Region) also were selected. Those teams appeared earlier this week and are available at charlotteobserver.com/preps

Players had to be nominated by their coaches to be considered.

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