Coach: Andy Capone
2017 Record: 10-4, 5-2 Southern Carolina Conference
Returning Starters: Offense, 8; Defense, 9
Andy Capone takes over as coach after serving as an assistant the previous five seasons, and Weddington looks to have the experience and playmakers to make a deep run in the postseason.
The Warriors graduated just four players from a team that reached the third round of the Class 3A playoffs in 2017, and they return the bulk of their offensive weapons from last year’s team.
“We have a really good group of seniors,” Capone said. “We have 85 in our program this year, and we had 65 to start with last year.”
Senior Whitner Litton returns at quarterback after completing 195-of-334 passes for 3,117 yards and 30 touchdowns. Litton had just nine interceptions a year ago.
Seniors Max Brimigion and James Shipley will be Litton’s top targets. Brimigion had 60 catches for 1,366 yards and 16 touchdowns last season to earn all-state honors, while Shipley had 59 catches for 622 yards. Chazton Jordan will also work at receiver.
Sophomore Will Shipley will lead the ground attack after rushing 109 times for 690 yards and five touchdowns. Shipley, who is also a threat to catch the football, is already generating major college interest and lists Arkansas, Duke, N.C. State and South Carolina among his offers. Wayne Dixie will also log time in the backfield.
Seniors Bradley Moorehead and Sam Morrison and sophomore Alex McLaughlin will help anchor the offensive line. Morrison played on the defensive line the last three seasons.
Returning linebackers Alec Mock and Eamon Murphy will anchor the defense. Mock, who is a junior, had 145 tackles last season while Murphy, who is a senior, had 142 stops. Dixie and Ryan Goldstein will also play linebacker.
The defensive line is deep and as many as 10 players could see playing time up front. Trey Alsbrooks, Jake Wallace and Joe Zovistoski have all shown promise in practice heading into the season.
Will Shipley, James Shipley and Brimigion will all see time in the defensive secondary.
Junior Ian Williams will handle the kicking and punting duties. Williams hit field goals of 58 and 60 yards in practices leading up to the Aug. 17 season opener. Williams may also line up at receiver.