Even with a new coach in 2015, Marvin Ridge is a team to watch in 2015.
Glad you asked.
First, they finished last year strong winning 3 of their last 4 regular season games.
Next, they have a solid nucleus coming back as seven starters return on offense and nine return on defense. There are also 32 lettermen back. An even bigger plus is the talent is still relatively young, but still have varsity experience.
A big reason for optimism is the return of rising junior quarterback Austin Colonna. In his first season as starting signal caller, he threw for 18 hundred yards and 15 TD.
His favorite target is back as well in junior wide receiver Emeke Emezie. Last season, Emeke led the team in catches (57), yards (1014), and TD (9). He has numerous Division 1 offers from schools like Kentucky, West Virginia, Boston College, Charlotte, and Wake Forest.
Last season's leading rusher is back as well in senior running back Devin Adkins. He rushed for 500 yards, but was very effective in the passing game as well as he tallied 20 receptions. He was also explosive in the return game so he is a key returning player.
The offense line will also be a positive anchored by junior Dimitri Emmanuel. The 6 foot 3, 300 pound tackle has offers from North Carolina, Charlotte, Boston College, and Wake Forest. Others who will be up front will include senior tackle Cooper Donahue and junior guard Carter Williams.
The 9 starters back on defense is a real big reason Maverick fans should be excited about 2015.
Linebacker will be a big strength of this unit with the return of senior Chandler Castleberry. He racked up 52 tackles last season.
Fans can also look for Caleb Deveaux. Last year as a freshman, he played in only 8 games and should be a bigger factor in 2015.
On the defensive line, look for another big season from John Wells. Last season, the rising senior defensive end had 51 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 1 INT. He did it all and will be a player opposing coaches will have to game plan against each week.
What about their new coach? Aubrey Carter is in his first every head coaching position at the varsity level as he had been an assistant coach at Lake Norman High School since 2002. During his time with the Wildcats, he served as defensive coordinator and most recently offensive coordinator for a unit that averaged 41 points per game.
Of course he had last year's Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year Josh Ladowski at his disposal and Josh is a once in a lifetime kind of player. But Maverick fans hope coach Carter brings that offensive knowledge to Waxhaw and can get the Mavs to an explosive level as well. With the talent coming back, there is no reason he can't.
The start to the 2015 season will be tough as they host South Meck in week 1, then at Monroe, and then at Ardrey Kell. A slow start won't be the end of the world, but a good showing could be a sign of things to come for this upcoming team.