QB Kendall Hinton Southern Durham
RB Rocky Reid Concord
RB Albert Funderburke Sun Valley
RB B.J. Emmons Freedom
WR Cornell Powell J.H. Rose
WR Michael Bowman Havelock
WR Nate Mullen Hickory Ridge
OL Logan Tisch Chapel Hill
OL Ryan Matson Cox Mill
OL Marley Conley Douglas Byrd
ATH William Cameron Southern Durham
ATH Moe Neal Forestview
DL Malik Douglas South Brunswick
DL Sterling Johnson Cleveland
DL Houshun Gaines Nash Central
DL Paris Black Terry Sanford
LB Keion Joyner Havelock
LB Tanner Muse South Point
LB Timothy Perkins Patton
DB Cameron Harris Northern Guilford
DB Dominique Roseboro Crest
DB Mook Reynolds Northern Guilford
DB Isaiah Stallings Terry Sanford
DB Jarius Morehead Eastern Guilford
ALL-CLASS 3A TEAM
TOP 5 TEAMS
1CRES T: The Chargers could be unstop- pable this fall. They have that lethal
combination of great speed, strength and
coaching that will be hard to stop. Add in the
bitter taste from last year’s state finals and
that makes Crest a scary opponent.
2SOUTHERN DURHAM: The defending 3AA champions are every bit as talented
as last year.
3NORTHERN GUILFORD: The Night- hawks could be poised to return to their
4HAVELOCK: Jim Bob Bryant’s squad is 47-1 over the last three seasons.
5EASTERN ALAMANCE: 2014 is haping up to be a special season for the
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Last year’s 3AA state championship game
between Southern Durham and Crest was an
instant classic. It was like two heavyweight
boxers battling it out until the final bell. We
could see that same matchup this December
as both squads return a great deal of talent.
However, the one constant in the 3A and
3AA classifications in recent years is that
anything can happen because of just how
competitive these teams are and how small
the margin for error is.
Three teams from Gaston County could
easily find themselves in the championship
hunt as South Point, Ashbrook and Forest-
view will all be among the best in the state.
Concord should also emerge as a 3AA con-
tender after back-to-back runner-up finishes
in the 3A bracket.
Another team that can’t be overlooked is
Northern Guilford, as longtime head coach
Johnny Roscoe returns to the sideline. The
question mark for the Nighthawks isn’t the
talent returning, but instead the loss of solid coaches leaving to
head up other programs.
After some early season struggles in 2013, Statesville will also
be back in championship contention form. While the Hounds are in
a tough conference and could enter the playoffs with a few losses,
Travis Ramseur is a dynamic quarterback that could cause teams fits.
Lee County could also emerge as a title contender along with
Wilson Hunt, Wilson Fike, or Fayetteville Terry Sanford.
EVERYONE STILL CHASING THE RAMS
Havelock should once again be the heavy favorite to win it all
in the 3A classification. A title this year would be four in a row for
head coach Jim Bob Bryant and his Rams. Bryant has led the Rams
to a 47-1 mark over the past three seasons and could extend that
remarkable record for the foreseeable future with some very strong
As has been the case in recent years, Eastern Alamance could be
a team on track to collide with Havelock in the late rounds of the
playoffs. Now in the twilight of his coaching career, Eastern’s John
Kirby sees 2014 as possibly his best shot to get that elusive state
In the western bracket, Asheville could be in great position to
make a long awaited return trip to the state championship game.
Head football coach Danny Wilkins and his Cougars are in great
shape to make a title run.
Standing in their way though could be Hibriten, West Rowan,
Freedom, Burns, North Forsyth or Jacksonville.
MICHAEL BOWMAN, HAVELOCK