10 Players To Watch
Nose guard had 65 tackles last season
3-year starter helped his team to 20 wins past two seasons
Could be next in a long line of explosive receivers at his school. Ditto senior TY Hosch
154 tackles, 18 sacks for All-American last season
76 tackles, 18 sacks, 14 tackles for loss last season
All-county as a junior; one of 12 starters back
51 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 INT as sophomore on state champion
Had 66 tackles last season for the Chargers
One of three returning starters at his position for Shelby
Threw for more than 3,500 yards, 44 touchdowns
▪ After winning seven games in 2014 and ’15, Burns rebounded to go 10-3 last season. The Bulldogs move to the Big South conference this season.
▪ Crest won 32 straight games and two straight N.C. 3AA state championships in 2014 and ’15. The Chargers were 9-4 last season and start under a new coach, Nick Eddins, this season. Crest returns 14 starters and 30 lettermen.
▪ Shelby returns eight starters and 35 lettermen from unbeaten state champ. Shelby is 59-7 the past four years.
3 Can’t-Miss Games
Crest at Shelby, Sept. 8: Rivalry game divides families in some cases. One of the best rivalries in the Carolinas.
Shelby at South Pointe, Sept. 22: Shelby, the small-school power, steps up in class to take on a large-class state champion.
Crest at Burns, Oct. 27: Another one of those long-standing county rivalries that always draws a big crowd.