Boaz, Echols headline AP all-state prep football team for NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Quarterback Jefferson Boaz of East Surry and Charlotte Vance linebacker Power Echols are The Associated Press offensive and defensive prep football players of the year in North Carolina for the 2019 season.
Vance’s Glenwood Ferebee was named the AP coach of the year. He joined Echols — named the state’s top defensive player by the AP for a second straight season — and all-state defensive back Marqui Lowery in leading the Cougars to the Class 4-AA championship for their first state title in school history.
Echols, a junior who recently committed to North Carolina, was the only unanimous selection on the 31-player squad released Monday after voting from 16 sports writers at newspapers around the state.
Of the offensive side, Boaz led East Surry to the state 1-AA title along with receiver Stephen Gosnell, who also made the AP all-state team. Both have signed with UNC.
Weddington, which won the 3-AA title, had the most all-state picks with three in running back Will Shipley, defensive back Malik Mustapha and punter Ian Williams. Greensboro Dudley and 2-AA champion Shelby each had two all-state picks.
Matthews Butler offensive lineman Anthony Carter and Western Alamance kicker Joshua Karty joined Echols in making the AP all-state team for the second straight season.
The 2019 Associated Press all-state prep football team for North Carolina, as selected by a panel of 16 sports writers at newspapers across the state. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically with name, school and class. “u-” denotes unanimous selection:
QB_Jefferson Boaz, East Surry, sr.
RB_Quinton Cooley, Southern Nash, sr.
RB_Will Shipley, Weddington, jr.
WR_Stephen Gosnell, East Surry, sr.
WR_Muhsin Muhammad III, Charlotte Myers Park, sr.
WR_Ja’Hari Mitchell, Shelby, sr.
TE_Michael Frogge, Northern Guilford, sr.
OL_Mitchell Mayes, Raleigh Leesville Road, sr.
OL_Jared Wilson, West Forsyth, jr.
OL_Anthony Carter, Matthews Butler, sr.
OL_Malik McGowan, Charlotte Catholic, sr.
OL_Jaquaez Powell, SouthWest Edgecombe, sr. (tie)
OL_Jaden Lindsay, East Forsyth, jr. (tie)
ATH_Ja’Qurious Conley, Jacksonville Northside, sr.
DL_Desmond Evans, Lee County, sr.
DL_Malaki Hamrick, Shelby, so.
DL_Aeneas Peebles, Knightdale, sr. (tie)
DL_Myles Murphy, Greensboro Dudley, sr. (tie)
DL_Kaveon Freshwater, Elizabeth City Northeastern, so. (tie)
u-LB_Power Echols, Charlotte Vance, jr.
LB_Trenton Simpson, Charlotte Mallard Creek, sr.
LB_Milan Summers, Greensboro Dudley, jr. (tie)
LB_Shane Whitter, Burlington Williams, sr. (tie)
DB_Devan Boykin, Jamestown Ragsdale, sr.
DB_Marqui Lowery, Charlotte Vance, sr.
DB_Adam Akins, Southeast Guilford, sr.
DB_Sam Brady, North Lincoln, sr. (tie)
DB_Malik Mustapha, Weddington, sr. (tie).
K_Joshua Karty, Western Alamance, sr.
P_Ian Williams, Weddington, sr.
Returner_Breon Pass, Reidsville, jr.
Coach of the year — Glenwood Ferebee, Charlotte Vance.
Offensive player of the year — Jefferson Boaz, East Surry.
Defensive player of the year — Power Echols, Charlotte Vance.
Rodd Baxley, The Fayetteville Observer; Paul Durham, Wilson Times; Justin Epley, The News Herald of Morganton; Patrick Ferlise, Winston-Salem Journal; Jackson Fuller, StarNews of Wilmington; Joe Hughes, Gaston Gazette/Shelby Star; David Kehrli, The Times-News of Burlington; Mike London, Salisbury Post; Josh McKinney, Hickory Daily Record; Brian Meadows, Statesville Record & Landmark; Jonas Pope IV, The Herald-Sun of Durham/The News & Observer of Raleigh; Malcolm Shields, The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City; Joe Sirera, The News & Record of Greensboro; David Thompson, The Citizen-Times of Asheville; Langston Wertz, The Charlotte Observer; Brandon White, The Daily Dispatch of Henderson.
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