Fresh off its first state championship in football in 2012, East Lincoln had another incredible run this season behind a group of young players led by a sophomore quarterback in Chazz Surratt.
Surratt did everything offensively for the Mustangs in 2013. He threw for 2,532 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 61.4 percent of his passes, and when his young receivers weren’t open –– a group led by his younger brother, Sage, a freshman –– he ran for 1,619 yards and 34 touchdowns on 212 carries.
Behind Chazz Surratt’s 4,151 total yards (all unofficial) and 62 total touchdowns –– a Lincoln County single-season record –– East Lincoln won 12 games on the field (the Mustangs finished 9-5 with three forfeits for their use of an academically ineligible player) for the third time under ninth-year head coach Mike Byus, and for that many times in school history. They reached the third round of the state playoffs, won the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference title without losing a game, and led the league in total offense (384.9 yards/game) and scoring (38 points/game).
Surratt’s first year as a full-time starting quarterback –– he was a receiver for the Mustangs as a freshman during their 16-0 run to a state 2A title –– gives him more than 6,000 career yards and 83 total touchdowns.
2013 highlight reel: The sophomore went crazy against Bandys in the conference opener. Surratt ran for a career-high 260 yards and five touchdowns, and threw for 187 yards and two more scores in the 55-26 shellacking. In addition to being named the county’s most outstanding player in 2013, Surratt was also named the league’s offensive player of the year as voted on by its coaches. He was offered this season by Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State.
Coach’s thoughts: “Athletically he’s as versatile an athlete as I’ve ever seen. He’s a wonderful young man that puts as much effort towards his academics with a 4.6 GPA. … As far as this year, those numbers he put up are beyond what you could fathom. Sixty-two touchdowns? That’s unbelievable … and I only see him getting better. I’m excited to see the numbers he puts up in the next couple of years.” –– Mike Byus