Eleven Observer-area players made the 2016 N.C. Preps preseason all-state football team.
The team is comprised of 28 players total.
Reigning N.C. 4AA champion Mallard Creek had three players named to the offensive team and two on the defensive team.
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Area special teams players selected: Hamsah Nasrildeen, ATH, Concord; Jonathan Doerer, P, South Mecklenburg; Eric Gallman, KR/PR, Mountain Island Charter.