BC-FBH--NC AP All-State Ballot, 8 Takes, ADVISORY
Following are the North Carolina prep football players and coaches nominated for The Associated Press 2018 postseason honors.
Please select ONE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, ONE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND ONE COACH OF THE YEAR when casting your vote. NOTE that your player of the year selections must be on your all-state team.
For the all-state team on offense, please select ONE QUARTERBACK, TWO RUNNING BACKS, THREE WIDE RECEIVERS, ONE TIGHT END and FIVE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN.
For the all-state team on defense, please select FOUR LINEMEN, THREE LINEBACKERS and FOUR DEFENSIVE BACKS.
For special teams, select ONE PLACE-KICKER, ONE PUNTER and ONE KICK RETURNER.
In addition, please select ONE ATHLETE. Note that your selection for athlete CANNOT appear anywhere else on offense or defense on your ballot. However, your athlete selection can also appear at kick returner.
Please choose only from the list of nominees. Write-in votes will not be counted.
Ballots are due by THURSDAY, JAN. 3 AT 3 P.M. by email. Please send your votes to Aaron Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org and Joedy McCreary at email@example.com.
The all-state team, coach of the year and players of the year will all be released together on FRIDAY, JAN. 4. It will likely be released between noon and 2 p.m.
If you have questions, contact Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
COACH OF THE YEAR
MIKE BRODOWICZ, Charlotte Catholic _ Led team to 15-1 record and school’s second 3-A championship in a row. Was school’s third such title in four seasons. Catholic shut out 3-AA champion Weddington 20-0, handing that school its only loss behind a defense that allowed less than a touchdown per game.
KENNEDY TINSLEY, Southeast Guilford _ Led team to 14-2 record, a conference championship and a trip to the school’s first NCHSAA state title game. Team lost 27-14 to Weddington in 3-AA final under second-year coach. Other loss came 28-27 in overtime at 4-A playoff team Northwest Guilford. Has 23-5 record in his two seasons after serving as an assistant at Eastern Guilford, including as offensive coordinator on a 3-A finalist in 2016.
LANCE WARE, Shelby _ Led Golden Lions to 12 straight wins and the 2-AA championship after starting 1-3. Ware has led Shelby to five state titles in six years, and school has won 17 state championships.
TODD WILLERT, East Forsyth _ Led team to a 15-0 record and its first 4-A championship since 1992 in his 16th season at the school.
BEAU WILLIAMS, Jacksonville _ Led team to 11-2 record and second straight 11-win season, before losing to Charlotte Catholic in 3-A final. Team had three games canceled due to Hurricane Florence.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DONAVON GREENE, Mount Airy, WR, Sr., 6-2, 190 _ Caught 56 passes for 1,257 yards with 15 touchdowns, averaging 22.45 yards per reception. Shrine Bowl pick. Ranked as No. 10 prospect in state’s senior class by 247sports. Signed with Wake Forest.
SAM HOWELL, Indian Trail Sun Valley, QB, Sr., 6-2, 220 _ Threw for 3,241 yards and 36 touchdowns. Also ran for 1,392 yards and 17 touchdowns. Ranked as the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 5 quarterback overall by 247sports. Two-time MaxPreps and US Army All-American. Set state’s career record for total offense (17,036). Ranked as No. 2 prospect in the state’s senior class by 247sports. Originally committed to Florida State before flipping to UNC.
ZONOVAN KNIGHT, Southern Nash, RB, Sr., 6-0, 188 _ Ran for school-record 2,058 yards on just 124 carries for a 16.6 per-carry average. Ran for 26 touchdowns and scored 30 overall. Helped team to their third straight conference title and a 10-1 season. Set school’s career rushing record of 5,073 yards. Ran for season-high 353 yards and six TDs on 15 carries in first-round playoff win. Had more than 100 yards in every game until exiting with a first-quarter injury in a 57-56 second-round playoff loss to Eastern Alamance. Averaged 50.8 yards on six kickoff returns, with one returned for a score. Averaged 51.0 yards on two punt returns, both for TDs. Repeat winner as offensive player of the year for The Wilson Times. Conference offensive player of the year. Shrine Bowl pick. Committed to N.C. State.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
POWER ECHOLS, Charlotte Vance, LB, So., 6-1, 200 _ Had 160 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. Conference player of the year. Charlotte Observer defensive player of the year, becoming the first sophomore to win the award. Also had nine sacks, two touchdowns and a blocked field goal in the 4-AA final. Coach Aaron Brand calls him the best player he’s ever coached. Holds 15 power-conference offers.
TRAVEON FRESHWATER, Elizabeth City Northeastern, DL/LB/RB, Sr., 6-3, 210 _ Had 120 tackles and 20 sacks, despite missing three games with an injury and did not play in the second halves of blowouts. Also rushed for 1,327 yards, eight touchdowns. All-conference pick. Two-time AP all-state pick. Shrine Bowl pick. Committed to East Carolina.
KHALID MARTIN, East Forsyth, DB, Sr., 6-1, 205 _ Had 287 tackles, including 153 solo stops, with 13 interceptions and four forced fumbles. Catalyst for strong defense on 4-A champions. Also rushed 73 yards on a fake punt in the 4-A regional final. Team went on to win state title. Shrine Bowl pick. Signed with N.C. State to be an early enrollee.