- 1987 North Carolina University NCSU Wolfpack Football Calendar Schedule 29" x 21Pre-owned
High school sports in North Carolina are still more than a month away from the return to official competition.
I have looked in the past to try to deliver content for the dedicated fans who are used to seeing their favorite sports right now.
Sports preparation seasons end with athletes nominated to teams from all conferences, region and even state to recognize the best players in a respective sport. Likewise, I hope to bring together athletic teams from across the decade using some of the most talented local student-athletes from the past 10 seasons.
The All-Decade series began with an in-depth review of players at Surry Central High School, followed by North Surry and more recently East Surry. Now is the time to look back a few years and shine a light on some of Mount Airy’s best football players of the past decade.
The Mount Airy Granite Bears attended the Northwest 1A / 2A dual conference from 2010 to 2012 and have remained at the Northwest 1A conference since the 2013 realignment.
Kelly Holder became the most successful coach in football history at Mount Airy before hanging up his whistle after the 2017 season. JK Adkins joined the program after Holder’s retirement and was head coach for two. seasons.
The Bears hold an overall record of 104-28 over the past 10 seasons. Meanwhile, Mount Airy has enjoyed six seasons of 10 or more wins, with a 14-1 record in 2017 that saw the team reach the NC High School Athletic Association State Championship game 1AA. .
Mount Airy has won five outright conference championships in the past decade and one shared championship.
Players are listed by position with their year of graduation in parentheses.
Quarterback – Ian Holder (2018)
Selection of the 2017 East-West All-Star Game, 2017 Northwest 1A Conference Offensive Player of the Year, selection of all offensive conferences in 2016 (as receiver) and in 2017 (as quarterback), 3,138 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, 129.3 career QBR, 1991 rushing yards, 26 rushing touchdowns, 760 receiving yards, 11 receiving touchdowns, only player in MA history to throw 1,000 yards and run 1000 yards in the same season, 5889 total yards
Signed with Morehead State University
Half-runner – Johnathon Smith (2020)
Holds Mount Airy School records for career points, career touchdowns, single game points (44) and single game touchdowns (7), All-Conference selection in 2017, 2018 and 2019 , # 2 in school history and # 2 in school history and # 2.47 in NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) history for career yards at Ground (5352), No.2 in school history and No.71 in NCHSAA history for single-game rushing yards (364), also recorded 644 carries, 79 rushing TDs , 26 games of at least 100 yards rushing, 6 games of at least 200 yards rushing, 2 games of at least 250 yards rushing, 470 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns, 3 fumbles recovered for a TD , 1 punt return, 2 kickoff returns, 2 conversions to 2 points, 1 passing TD
Signed with Winston-Salem State University
Running Back – Shay Wilson (2015)
2013 Northwest 1A Conference Offensive Player of the Year, pick of all conferences in 2013 and 2014, recorded 3,113 rushing yards on 407 carries, 38 touchdowns, 15 games of 100 or more rushing yards, 4 games of at least 200 yards rushing, 2 games of at least 250 yards rushing, 2 receiving touchdowns
Running Back – Malik Frost (2017)
Selection of all conferences in 2015 and 2016, recorded 2,501 rushing yards on 312 carries, 32 rushing touchdowns, 14 games of 100 or more rushing yards, 529 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns, 1 kickback sending for a TD, 1 conversion of 2 points
Signed with Mars Hill University
Wide Receiver – Donavon Greene (December 2018)
AP All-State selection in 2018, Shrine Bowl selection in 2018, NC Preps All-State selection for all classifications in 2018 and 1A only in 2017, Northwest Conference 1A Offensive Player of the Year 2017 in 2017, All- selection Conference in 2017 and 2018
Recorded 2,395 receiving yards on 102 receptions, 31 receiving touchdowns, 9 games of 100 or more receiving yards, 132 rushing yards, 3,026 all-purpose yards, 2-pick-6, 2 return kickoff for a TD , 1 fumble recovered for a TD, 1 Conversion 2 points, 1 safety
Signed with the University of Wake Forest
Wide Receiver – Caleb Horton (2015)
Selection of all conferences in 2013 and 2014, 1,368 yards received on 69 receptions, 10 touchdowns received, 3 games of at least 100 yards received, 2,004 all-purpose yards, 14 total touchdowns, 3 conversions of 2 points. Also won all basketball conferences.
Signed with Wingate University
Offensive Line – Isaiah King (2014)
NC Preps 1A All-State Selection in 2013, All-Conference Selection in offense and defense in 2012 and 2013, helped lead an offensive line that blocked for: 2,088 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013 – led by a rusher nearly 1,000 yards (Shay Wilson), 1,100 yard passer with 9 touchdowns in 2013 (Logan Holder), 3,441 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2012 – led by five players with at least 400 rushing yards and a 900-yard passer with 10 touchdowns in 2012 (Austin Taylor)
Signed with Campbell University, where it was used at DT. In four years, he had 142 career tackles, 8.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles.
Offensive Line – Zach Smith (2018)
NC Preps 1A All-State selection, All-Conference selection in 2016 and 2017, helped lead an offensive line that blocked for: 3,642 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns in 2017 – led by a 1,500-yard rusher (Johnathon Smith) and a 1,000-yard runner (Ian Holder), 2,000-yard passer in 2017 (Ian Holder), 2,931 rushing yards and 42 TDs in 2016 – led by a 1,300-yard runner (Malik Frost) and a 1,700-yard passer in 2016
Signed with Wofford College
Offensive Line – Benji Hicks (2013)
The All-Conference selection in 2011 and 2012 helped lead an offensive line that blocked for: 3,441 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2012 – led by five players with at least 400 rushing yards each (Zaquan Dobson, Austin Taylor, Andrew Jones , Devontae Dobson, Shay Wilson), a 900-yard passer with 10 touchdowns in 2012 (Austin Taylor), 2,834 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns in 2011 – led by three pitchers with at least 750 yards each (Kashous Martin, Austin Taylor, Ty Simmons), and a 1,200-yard passer with 14 TDs in 2011 (Austin Taylor)
Signed with Ferrum College
Offensive Line – Ryan Edwards (2018)
The All-Conference selection on offense in 2017, All-Conference selection on defense in 2016 and 2017, helped lead an offensive line that blocked for: 3,642 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns in 2017 – led by a 1,500 rusher yards (Johnathon Smith) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Ian Holder), a 2,000-yard passer in 2017 (Ian Holder), 2,931 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns in 2016 – led by a 1,300-yard rusher (Malik Frost) and a 1700 yard passer in 2016
Signed with Catawba College
Offensive Line – Sihem Smith (2015)
The All-Conference selection on offense in 2014, All-Conference selection on defense in 2013 and 2014, helped lead an offensive line that blocked for: 2,837 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns in 2014 – led by a 1,700 rusher yards in 2014 (Shay Wilson), a 1,300-yard passer in 2014 (Logan Holder), 2,088 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013 – led by a nearly 1,000-yard rusher (Shay Wilson), a 1,100-yard passer with 9 affected in 2013 (Logan Holder)
Signed with Jireh Prep
All Purpose – Ben Hinson (2011)
2010 All-Conference selection, 3,327 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, 110.2 career QBR, 858 rushing yards, 13 rushing yards, 4,185 total yards, scored 2 2-point conversions, was kicked 31 times for 967 yards. He died in February 2019