Cabarrus County has long been one of the top areas for high school football, as A.L. Brown and Concord have been perennial state contenders for decades.
This year, the Wonders and Spiders were again among the best, advancing to their respective state quarterfinals.
But they weren't the only teams to succeed, as First Assembly won its second straight NCISAA Division II state championship under Mike Minter. Cannon also made big strides, winning five games in its first year as a varsity program.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Ron Massey, A.L. Brown
In 11 seasons as the head coach of A.L. Brown's football team, Ron Massey has guided the Wonders to 120 victories.
Despite losing his top player in tailback Travis Riley for most of this season, Massey led the Wonders to a 12-2 mark, including a fourth straight SPC title and a perfect 7-0 record in conference play.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Brian Baltimore, Hickory Ridge
The Hickory Ridge offense has had a simple game plan for most of the last two seasons: Brian Baltimore left, Brian Baltimore right, Brian Baltimore up the middle.
But despite knowing this, Baltimore's opponents haven't had much success stopping him. This year, the senior tailback rushed for a career-best 1,932 yards and 19 touchdowns to lead the Bulls to their second playoff berth in as many years.
Baltimore finished his Ragin' Bulls career with more than 4,500 yards and 40 touchdowns.
All-Cabarrus News football team
QB - B.J. Beecher, Concord: Sophomore threw for 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns.
RB - Brian Baltimore, Hickory Ridge: Rushed for 1,932 yards and 19 touchdowns.
RB - Michael Minter, First Assembly: Another sophomore sensation rushed 1,587 yards.
RB - Jhaquille Hankerson, Cox Mill: 1,793 yards and 24 touchdowns to lead Chargers.
WR - Jacquise Moore, Concord: Missed first four games, but finished the season with 9 TDs.
WR - Teven Jones, A.L. Brown: Top receiver had 39 catches for 688 yards, 9 TDs.
WR - Aaron Johnson, Central Cabarrus: Vikings' multi-sport star was a standout despite team's 0-11 record.
TE - Terrence Knox, Concord: 6-foot-3, 240-pounder had 7 touchdowns.
UTIL - Justin Redfern, Cannon: Cougars' QB one of area's best runners, passers.
OL - Sheldon Saddler, A.L. Brown: Helped stabilize running game when Riley went down.
OL - Dylan Kluttz, Concord: Senior was top lineman for potent Spiders' offense.
OL - Chris Blakeney, Cox Mill: Massive lineman gave Hankerson a lot of room to run.
OL - Nelson White, Jay M. Robinson: Paved way for solid Bulldogs' rushing attack.
OL - Christian Little, First Assembly: Massive tackle major reason for rushing success.
DL - D.J. Bostick, Northwest Cabarrus: SPC defensive Player of the Year had a great season.
DL - Dillon Burdette, Hickory Ridge: Senior's 122 tackles, seven sacks speak for itself.
DL - Noble Ajakaiye, Hickory Ridge: 92 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 forced fumbles.
DL - Jericho Rivers, A.L. Brown: Short but stocky lineman was major force for Wonders.
LB - Andrew Leslie, A.L. Brown: Steady linebacker was big-time for Wonders.
LB - Jalen Brown, Concord: Spiders' defensive playmaker had 93 tackles, 3 INTs.
LB - Tristian Green, Cox Mill: Junior had an SPC best 16.5 sacks.
LB - Christian Cannon, Mount Pleasant: Had 104 tackles and 2 INTs to lead Tigers.
LB - Easton Spraybary, First Assembly: All-state linebacker's 132 tackles led defense.
DB - Kaleel Hollis, A.L. Brown: Standout in a deep, talented Wonders' secondary.
DB - Colby Mason, Concord: Spiders' playmaker had 6 INTs to lead SPC.
DB - Ryan McGill, Hickory Ridge: Bulls' best DB had 5 INTs.
DB - Tyler Rhyne, First Assembly: All-state corner was standout for Eagles.
K/P - Bradley Pinion, Northwest Cabarrus: 6-foot-5 junior kicker had another standout season and should have a bright future .