Charlotte Catholic: Only six starters back, but Catholic has been very impressive in preseason.
No. 5 in Sweet 16.
Olympic: 15 starters back from 6-6 team, including nine on defense. Four defensive players were all-conference in 2010.
Berry: Moving up from 2A and loaded with skill position talent. Twelve starters back from 11-3 team.
Five To Watch
Germone Hopper Germone Hopper
View Full Profile (6-0, 170), RB/WR, Sr., Berry: Clemson commit has great speed; had nearly 2,000 total yards and 23 TDs last year.
Nick Dawson Nick Dawson
View Full Profile (6-3, 228), LB/RB, Sr., Berry: SEC/ACC offers for speedy star who had 103 tackles and five sacks last year.
Mark Harrell Mark Harrell
View Full Profile (6-6, 260), OL/DL, Sr., Charlotte Catholic: Notre Dame recruit was all-conference, all-state and all-county as a junior.
Elijah Hood (6-1, 203), RB/DE/LB, So., Charlotte Catholic: Has 4.6 speed and will be a rare sophomore starter. Had great preseason.
Keith McAfee, Olympic (6-0, 220), LB, Sr.: MEGA-7 defensive player of the year had 127 tackles, including 15 for loss last season.
Hood has been special for Catholic in preseason and will run behind a big offensive line highlighted by Harrell, the All-American. The Cougars look like a 3AA state title contender. Olympic's defense should pose problems for everyone in the league. Garinger will try to back up its breakthrough 7-5 season from 2010, and how will Berry do moving up to 3A?