Marvin Ridge: The Mavericks (8-4, 5-0) will look to build off the momentum after winning the SCC in 2015 but fell in the first round of the state playoffs 28-20 to Concord Robinson. Coach Aubrey Carter will look to the highly explosive trio of senior QB Austin Colonna, senior WR Emeke Emezie and junior RB Caleb Deveaux. Colonna threw for 3066 yards and 24 TDs in 2015. Emezie, a recent commit to NC State had 69 catches for 1101 yards and 11 TDs. Deveaux ran for 1312 yards and 15 TDs. Senior WR Alex Leshock returns and will take pressure off Emezie after a 64 catch 809 7 TD junior season. The offensive line is anchored by 6’3 300lb tackle Dmitri Emmanual. Emmanual is another highly recruited Maverick with D-1 offers from UNC, App State, Wake Forest and Syracuse.
On defense the Mavs will lose Chandler Castleberry (108 tackles) to graduation but Emezie and senior Ben Cook, 4 interceptions each will return to the defensive backfield. Cook led the Mavs in 2016 with 123 tackles. Cole Hopkins returns after registering five quarterback sacks as a sophomore. The Mavs open the 2016 season on the road at South Mecklenburng on August 19th.