Middle Creek senior linebacker Tom Hartshorn and junior lineman Terry Patterson were among the 13 players named to The News & Observer All-Metro football team.
Hartshorn was the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the year. He recovered eight fumbles this year and his four in one game is second-most in NCHSAA single-game history.
Patterson made first team all-conference as an offensive and defensive lineman, becoming the first Mustangs player to be all-conference on offense and defense in the same year.
In the final News & Observer rankings, Middle Creek finished No. 3 in the greater Triangle area.
It was the second straight season that Middle Creek (12-3) finished No. 3 in The N&O rankings. Cardinal Gibbons (9-4) was No. 11, and Panther Creek (9-3) was No. 12.
Gibbons and Middle Creek have made the final rankings in each of the last four seasons.
Big Eight all-conference: Eight Cardinal Gibbons players made the Big Eight’s all-conference football team.
Quarterback Shawn Stankavage, receivers Dante DiMaggio and Earl Gill, offensive lineman Mac Donahue and John Mullan, kicker Brandon Loy, linebacker Chris Karazin and safety Jackson O’Korn were the Crusaders recognized by league coaches.
Gill, Karazin and Loy are juniors, while the other all-conference Crusaders are seniors.
Stankavage had 3,556 yards passing (31 TDs) and 1,088 yards rushing (16 TDs). DiMaggio had 1,134 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns, while Gill had 1,027 yards and seven touchdowns.