RALEIGH, N.C. — Class 4-A champion Charlotte Harding headlines the 2017 Associated Press all-state prep football team for North Carolina.

Running back Quavaris Crouch, offensive lineman Jovaughn Gwyn and defensive back Malik Dunlap made the 30-man squad after voting by 19 statewide media members in results released Thursday. The three selections were the most for any school this year, while third-year coach Sam Greiner was voted AP coach of the year after leading Harding to its first state title since 1953.

Greenville Conley quarterback Holton Ahlers was voted state offensive player of the year, while Shelby linebacker Dax Hollifield was named state defensive player of the year.

Conley, Charlotte Mallard Creek, Elizabeth City Northeastern and 3-AA champion New Hanover also had two picks each.

Ahlers, Hollifield, Crouch and Northeastern defensive lineman Traveon Freshwater led the team with 14 votes each.

Hollifield became a three-time AP all-state pick. Ahlers, Freshwater, Scotland County running back Zamir White and North Davidson kicker Chris Dunn made the all-state team for the second straight year.


The 2017 Associated Press all-state prep football team for North Carolina, as selected 19 media members from newspapers across the state. Number of votes is in parentheses.

OFFENSE

QB_Holton Ahlers, Greenville Conley (14)

RB_Quavaris Crouch, Charlotte Harding (14)

RB_Zamir White, Scotland County (12)

WR_C.J. Johnson, Greenville Conley (9)

WR_Wiz Vaughn, New Hanover (9)

WR_Reggie Bryant, Fayetteville 71st (7)

TE_Gary Williams, Charlotte Vance (7)

OL_Jovaughn Gwyn, Charlotte Harding (12)

OL_Michael Edwards, Hope Mills South View (9)

OL_Peyton Winstead, Raleigh Leesville Road (8)

OL_Katrel Shaw, Charlotte Mallard Creek (7)

OL_Larry Dowdy, Belmont South Point (6)

OL_Will McDonald, Indian Trail Porter Ridge (6)

ATH_Tye Mintz, Cherokee (3)

DEFENSE

DL_Traveon Freshwater, Elizabeth City Northeastern (14)

DL_Jordan Davis, Charlotte Mallard Creek (11)

DL_K.J. Henry, West Forsyth (11)

DL_Jacolbe Cowan, Charlotte Providence Day (6)

LB_Dax Hollifield, Shelby (14)

LB_Payton Wilson, Orange County (8)

LB_Jerome Bass, Red Springs (5)

DB_Miles Simon, Lenoir Hibriten (10)

DB_Francis Meehan, New Hanover (7)

DB_William “J.R.” Walker, Elizabeth City Northeastern (7)

DB_Malik Dunlap, Charlotte Harding (6)

DB_Tyus Fields, Cornelius Hough (6)

DB_Javon Terry, Wake Forest (6)

SPECIAL TEAMS

K_Chris Dunn, North Davidson (12)

P_Jacob Young, North Rowan (6)

KR_Jordyn Adams, Cary Green Hope (11)


COACH OF THE YEAR: Sam Greiner, Charlotte Harding (8)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Holton Ahlers, Greenville Conley (11)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dax Hollifield, Shelby (10)


Voters:

David Thompson, Citizen-Times of Asheville; Langston Wertz, Charlotte Observer; Malcolm Shields, The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City; Jaclyn Shambaugh, Fayetteville Observer; Jack Flagler, Gaston Gazette of Gastonia; Joe Sirera, The News & Record of Greensboro; Jordan Anders, The Daily Reflector of Greenville; Aaron Schnautz, Hickory Daily Record; Rodd Baxley, The Robesonian of Lumberton; Paul Schenkel, The News Herald of Morganton; Jordan Honeycutt, New Bern Sun Journal; J. Mike Blake, The News & Observer of Raleigh; Jessie Nunery, Rocky Mount Telegram; Mike London, Salisbury Post; Alan Ford, Shelby Star; Brian Meadows, Statesville Record & Landmark; Tim Hower, StarNews of Wilmington; Jimmy Lewis, The Wilson Times; Jay Spivey, Winston-Salem Journal.

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