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Cleveland County high school football: players to watch, notes, can’t-miss games

Shelby High quarterback Malik Surratt throws at practice. Led by All-American linebacker Dax Hollifield and coach Lance Ware, Shelby hunts a fifth straight state championship this season.
Shelby High quarterback Malik Surratt throws at practice. Led by All-American linebacker Dax Hollifield and coach Lance Ware, Shelby hunts a fifth straight state championship this season. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

10 Players To Watch

Name

School

Pos.

Year

Comment

Jeremiah Boykins

Crest

DL

Jr.

Nose guard had 65 tackles last season

JT Cash

Kings Mountain

LB

Sr.

3-year starter helped his team to 20 wins past two seasons

Jamaud Geter

Crest

WR/DB

Jr.

Could be next in a long line of explosive receivers at his school. Ditto senior TY Hosch

Dax Hollifield

Shelby

LB

Sr.

154 tackles, 18 sacks for All-American last season

Stormy Mosteller

Burns

DL

Sr.

76 tackles, 18 sacks, 14 tackles for loss last season

Jerdon Pressley

Kings Mountain

DE

Sr.

All-county as a junior; one of 12 starters back

Jaylon Scott

Shelby

LB

Jr.

51 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 INT as sophomore on state champion

Sanchez Spikes

Crest

LB

Sr.

Had 66 tackles last season for the Chargers

Will Stites

Shelby

LB

Sr.

One of three returning starters at his position for Shelby

Malik Surratt

Shelby

QB

Sr.

Threw for more than 3,500 yards, 44 touchdowns

Notes

▪ 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.

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