Cabarrus County has long been one of the top areas for high school football, as A.L. Brown and
Concord have been perennial state contenders for decades.
This year, the Wonders and Spiders were again among the best, advancing to their respective state quarterfinals.
But they weren't the only teams to succeed, as First Assembly won its second straight NCISAA Division II state championship under Mike Minter. Cannon also made big strides, winning five games in its first year as a varsity program.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Ron Massey, A.L. Brown
In 11 seasons as the head coach of A.L. Brown's football team, Ron Massey has guided the Wonders to 120 victories.
Despite losing his top player in tailback Travis Riley for most of this season, Massey led the Wonders to a 12-2 mark, including a fourth straight SPC title and a perfect 7-0 record in conference play.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Brian Baltimore, Hickory Ridge
The Hickory Ridge offense has had a simple game plan for most of the last two seasons: Brian Baltimore left, Brian Baltimore right, Brian Baltimore up the middle.
But despite knowing this, Baltimore's opponents haven't had much success stopping him. This year, the senior tailback rushed for a career-best 1,932 yards and 19 touchdowns to lead the Bulls to their second playoff berth in as many years.
Baltimore finished his Ragin' Bulls career with more than 4,500 yards and 40 touchdowns.