Marvin Ridge: The Mavericks (8-6 & 3-2) will lose a lot from last year’s team that lost in four OT’s to Hickory Ridge in the 3rd round of the state playoffs. Coach Aubrey Carter will have senior Bryce McLain under center. McLain saw limited action last year throwing for 393 yards and 2TDs in 7 games. He will have big shoes to fill after the graduation of Austin Colonna (2665 yds & 31 TDs). The Maverick offense will focus on senior tailback Caleb Deveaux. Deveaux, A Division-1 prospect ran for 1233 yards and 19 TDs last season. Senior WR/TE David Powell is the leading receiver that is returning in 2017. The Mavs will miss last years leaders Emeka Emezie and Alex Leshock. Powell had 25 receptions for 480 yards and 5 TDs.
Defensively the Mavs return two of their top 10 leading tacklers, led by in Will Smith (116) and Cole Hopkins (85) from last year. Hopkin, a UCHSF.com's D-Player of he year candidaate had 13 sacks as a junior and will anchor the defensive line. The Mavs lose Ben Cook who had 5 interceptions in 2016. Defensive backs James Mazzarell and Marcus Robitaille each return after recording two interceptions each last season. The Mavs open the 2017 season hosting South Mecklenburg on August 18th.