Coach: Andy Capone, second season (15-1)
2018 Record: 15-1, 6-1 in Southern Carolinas
Returning Starters: Offense, 4; Defense, 6
Inside the Huddle
For the next two seasons, Will Shipley will continue to make the price of admission worth it. He is the No.1-ranked all-purpose running back in the country and is sensational on both sides of the ball.
He’s the biggest star on a team full of them even after the Warriors graduated 16 seniors that included at least eight starters.
Defensively, they allowed 12.5 points per game, and this team can come close to that with Elon commit Trey Alsbrooks and second-leading tackler and big Division I target Alec Mock at linebacker. Mock is a terror at middle linebacker and holds more than a dozen DI offers.
Shipley, Bryson Parker and Malik Mustapha help form an above-average secondary.
Offensively, Shipley will headline the bunch, but Dante Casicola filled in last year at quarterback and did a great job. He’ll have plenty of other weapons, including Chase Turner, Colby Barsz and Will Cobb. They will be heavily involved.
Although some of the names will be different, the Warriors will run the same offense that averaged 38 points a game last year and has won two of the past three titles. And they have Shipley and an above-average defense. Remember, the Warriors also boast Ian Williams who made 70 of 71 extra points, made 18 field goals and averaged 40 yards per punt. They will be just fine.
QB: Dante Casciola; RB: Will Shipley; FB: Will Cobb/Trevor McGee; WR: Chase Turner; WR: Jackson McClain; WR: Landyn Backey; LT: Austin Pronk; LG: Lucas Rogers; C: Alex McLaughlin; RG: Nick Aderholt; and RT: Will Owens.
DE: Joe Zovistoski; DE: Cole Wiseman; DT: Ronnie Watterson; DT: Noah Niemeyer; LB: Trey Alsbrooks; LB: Alec Mock; LB: Chase Turner; CB: Bryson Parker; CB: DJ Chao; S: Will Shipley; and S: Malik Mustapha.
LS: Will Cobb; K: Ian Williams; P: Ian Williams; P Ret.: Will Shipley; and K Ret: Malik Mustapha/Bryson Parker.
Dusty Mercer (QB/WR); Trey Jordan (RB); Kyle Parsons (RB); Chris Bernhard (RG); Zach Reda (RT); Tagrt Houghton (DL); Ecan Schwartz (LB); Cory Hennings (LB/WR); and Colby Barsz (WR/S).