The landscape of the Lake Norman-area high school football has grown dramatically in the past decade.
Newer schools like Davidson Day and SouthLake Christian have emerged as NCISAA state championship level programs and long-established programs such as East Lincoln, Mooresville and South Iredell have been resurgent, contending for conference titles and NCHSAA state rings.
Hough and Lake Norman have also become contenders in their respective leagues, but have yet to make a big move in the postseason.
This year has the potential to be one of the best yet for area teams.
Mooresville, Lake Norman and South Iredell will compete for North Piedmont Conference bragging rights in what should be an exciting Iredell-heavy race.
Hough will try to get past Mallard Creek after finishing as the conference runner-up to the defending state champion Mavericks the past two seasons.
East Lincoln, which is 26-5 in the past two seasons, is the early favorite to win its third straight conference title.
Davidson Day, an NCISAA Division II school, will seek its fourth straight state title, but will have to do it without All-American quarterback Will Grier for the first time.
SouthLake Christian won its first NCISAA Division III title last season after finishing as the state runner-up in 2012.