Throughout the football season, six area players turned in electrified plays and dazzled fans.
Wednesday, they were rewarded for their efforts.
Maidenâ€™s Petey McClain (Sr.), Lincolntonâ€™s Demery Brewer (So.), Bandyâ€™s Matt Woodlief (Sr.) and East Lincolnâ€™s Thomas Huntley made the Associated Press All-State Football Team.
McClain finished the year for the Blue Devils having reeled in 1,449 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns in helping Maiden advance to the third round of the 2A State Playoffs.
Brewer, a tight end, helped the Wolves advance to the 2A State Championship, where he turned in a four-catch, 77-yard performance.
For the season, Brewer caught 46 passes for 881 yards and 11 touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Woodlief anchored the Bandysâ€™ defense and was an all-conference performer three of the four years he played.
Woodlief, a Wake Forest signee, and the Trojans advanced to the third round of the 2AA State Playoffs where they fell to Forest Hills.
Huntley, who was the Southern Piedmontâ€™s leading receiver, used his receiving ability to pick off 11 passes from his corner position for the Mustangs.
He also helped East Lincoln advance to the second round of the 2AA State Playoffs where they fell to Forest Hills, who advanced to the Western Regional Final.
On the NCPreps.com all-state team, which includes all classifications, Lincolntonâ€™s record-setting quarterback Zack Gibson and phenom sophomore running back C.J. Wilson, as well as Woodlief and McClain garnered all-state recognition.
Gibson passed for 3,120 yards and 37 touchdowns in leading the Wolves to their first state championship game since 1994.
Against the Darkhorses, Gibson threw for 224 yards and one touchdown.
Wilson, exploded on the scene for 1,390 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.
The 6 foot one inch, 185-pound Wilson served as a double threat as he reeled in 42 receptions for 1,002 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He also broke Anwar â€˜Gooâ€™ Wyattâ€™s all-purpose yardage record for Lincoln County in the process.
by John Mark Brooks