Monday marked the start of high school football in the state of North Carolina.
This morning at Kings Mountain High School, the Mountaineers hit the field at 9 AM.
2017 was an outstanding season for Kings Mountain as they went 12-2, won the Big South Conference title for the first time since 2008, and made a deep playoff run to the 3AA Western Regional Semifinal.
"We'd love to duplicate what we did last year," said head coach Greg Lloyd. "Our 2 losses were both overtime losses so we were in every game. Going undefeated in the conference last year was quite a feat. We just have to build on that."
This year has the potential to be another good one for coach Lloyd's squad as they have 9 starters back on offense led by all conference quarterback Kayon Wade and all conference running back Rikaylen Mack who was also the Big South Conference player of the year.
The defense will have 7 starters back led by all conference defensive tackle Jeremiah Brown and linebacker Dameon Wilson who as a sophomore already has offers from South Carolina and Charlotte.
Players will get in full pads on Saturday with first scrimmages starting next Wednesday August 8th. The start of the regular season for most team will be on August 17th with the exception of Freedom and Shelby who start their season on Wednesday August 15th with a game in Shelby. Their kickoff is pushed up 2 days because the American Legion World Series is being played on the campus of Shelby High School that weekend.