University City

3 Mavericks football players named all-state

Three players from Mallard Creek’s state championship team were named to the Associated Press’ all-state football team that was announced Dec. 30.

All-purpose athlete Jaylen Samuels was named as a tight end. He was joined on the AP all-state team by offensive lineman Omar Todman and defensive lineman Ikeem Allen.

Samuels, who has committed to N.C. State, was named to the AP all-state team for the second straight year. He accounted for a county-record of 55 touchdowns in leading the Mavericks to an undefeated record and their first N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA state title. Samuels caught 49 passes for 932 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he ran for 1,406 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Todman was the top pulling guard in a Mallard Creek offense that rushed for more than 5,000 yards, had more than 7,000 yards total offense and averaged more than 50 points per game.

Allen, who has committed to Ball State, had 13 sacks, 41 tackles for a loss and 89 total tackles to lead a Mavericks defense that allowed just four points per game on the way to the 4AA state title game. He also had five forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and an interception return for a touchdown. Bill Kiser