High School Sports

Inside Look: Hickory Ridge football

Head Coach: Marty Paxton (ninth year at Hickory Ridge)

2014 Record: 10-3

Key Returning Starters: Greg Waslo, Sr., QB (5-10, 195); Jaylen Rudisell, Sr., RB (6-1, 215); Will Putnam, Sr., OL/DL (6-2, 275); Jared Mincey, Sr., DB (5-9, 165); Darius Burley, Sr., DB (6-0, 175).

Key Newcomers: Carter Edwards, Sr., LB (5-10, 185); Cameron Monks, Jr., OL (6-3, 235).

Returning Starters: Nine

Returning Lettermen: 30

Outlook: The Ragin’ Bulls have a lot of reasons to believe they can compete for a South Piedmont 3A crown and more, starting with Waslo, Rudisell and a dominating Putnam.