East Lincoln quarterback Chazz Surratt was named N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year for football.
Surratt, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, has led the Mustangs to a 14-0 record and a berth in Friday’s N.C. 2AA semifinal at Monroe.
Surratt, who will play next season at North Carolina, holds the state’s career record of 16,590 total yards, breaking the mark formerly held by former Independence High All-American Chris Leak (2000-02).
Surratt’s 229 touchdowns – running and passing – is also state record. This season, he passed for 3,546 yards, 48 touchdowns and five interceptions on 209-of-290 passing (72.1 percent). He also rushed for 1,342 yards and 15 touchdowns on 134 carries.
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Surratt, the 2014-15 N.C. High School Athletic Association Athlete of the Year, was an all-state basketball player last season, when he helped lead the Mustangs a 24-1 record and a berth in the N.C. 2A state final.
He has maintained a 4.75 weighted grade-point average in the classroom. Surratt also has volunteered on behalf of a literacy-outreach program and participated in multiple fundraising campaigns for an area elementary school and East Lincoln’s athletic department.
“I’ve coached against him in six football games over the past four years, and he is by far the best player I’ve ever coached against,” said Trent Lowman, head coach at rival Bandys. “Not only that, but he carries himself with high character and dignity and is a true example of how an athlete is supposed to act on and off the field.”