Coach: Justin Frashier, third season (12-13)
2017 Record: 8-5, 4-3 in Southern Piedmont
Returning Starters: Offense, 9; Defense, 8
The Cardinals had their first winning season in school history last year and will look to keep that momentum going with what should be a high-scoring offense with lots of team speed. Union Academy is rallying behind coach Frashier’s young daughter, Ansley, who is battling cancer.
Hayden Gosnell returns at quarterback after throwing 20 touchdowns last season. Adam Plyler will back him up.
Isaac King will lead the charge at running back, and Brandon McCrorey will line up at fullback in certain sets.
Colson Honeycutt will work at tight end and can slide inside in certain sets.
On the outside, Carson Malone and Derek Young are talented weapons who will both creatively get the ball in their hands. Enrique Padilla returns at receiver as well, and the Cardinals are very excited about a pair of newcomers.
Eli Marlow is the center with McCrorey and Tyler Way at the guards. Phifer Griffin will return at tackle alongside Lucas Hollingsworth, Gavin Melton and Bayden Baucom.
Sophomore Hayden Bradley has all the makings of a star up front, and he joins Griffin as the headliners of the defensive linemen. Way, Hollingsworth, Baucom and Melton will platoon in the other two spots. The Cardinals would love to develop more depth on both lines.
Chris Morgan recorded 179 tackles last season and is back at linebacker along with McCrorey and Honeycutt.
Young will play some linebacker and some end. Malone will play some linebacker and some at free safety. Josh Harris will be one corner along with Hayward and King.
Carson Green is a weapon who will handle all of the kicking and punting duties. Harris, Young and Malone will field kicks.