A quartet of McDowell Titan seniors made the All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference team as voted on by the league’s coaches, the most all-conference picks for the Titans since they had seven in 2012.
Tailback J.C. Olivo and linebacker/defensive tackle Andrew Davis were named to the team for the second consecutive season, while the Randolph twins, quarterback Adam and wide receiver Andruw, made the team for the first time.
All four players put up outstanding season and career numbers.
Adam Randolph set a handful of new McDowell single-season passing records and became the first Titan signal caller to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. Randolph was 148-of-227 passing for 2,050 yards and 18 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, setting new MHS marks for completions, yards and completion percentage (65 percent), and tying the record for touchdown passes. He also ran for 359 yards and five more scores on 89 carries.
Randolph threw for 100 or more yards in nine of 12 games, and his 300-yard effort against South Caldwell and 298-yard game against R-S Central are the second and third highest totals of all time at MHS.
A four-year varsity starter who only played quarterback part time until his senior year, Randolph finished his career No. 4 on McDowell’s all-time passing list. He was 187-for-296 passing for 2,435 yards and 22 TDs. His career completion percentage (63 percent) is the highest in school history. Randolph also ran for 788 yards and 10 touchdowns on 179 carries, and caught three touchdown passes. He accounted for 35 TDs in his career.
Olivo led the team in rushing for the second consecutive season, piling up 950 yards and nine touchdowns on 203 attempts. He also caught 25 passes for 344 yards and two more TDs.
A three-year varsity performer, Olivo finished his career with 1,782 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 369 carries. He caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three TDs, and returned 49 kicks for 1,151 yards and two more scores. He finished with 3,492 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns.
Davis, who began the year at inside linebacker and later saw time with his hand on the ground, led the team in tackles for the second straight season with 96 stops. He made three tackles for losses, and added a quarterback sack, a caused fumble and an interception.
A three-year starter who played outside linebacker as a sophomore, Davis finished his career with 220 tackles, the third-best total in the last 18 years (MHS defensive stats are not available for all seasons). He also had eight tackles for losses, three sacks, four caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries, a block kick and an interception.
Andruw Randolph led the Titans with 45 receptions for 643 yards and seven touchdowns. It was the third best season for a receiver in school history. Randolph also ran the ball seven times for 78 yards and another score, and made 46 tackles as a defensive back.
Randolph, another four-year varsity player, finished his career as the school’s third-leading receiver, trailing only Ethan McMahan and senior teammate Dakota Effler. Randolph made 90 career catches for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns, the latter number second all-time to Adrian Pearson (14). Randolph also had 127 tackles in his career.
In addition to their four all-conference selections, Titans head coach Andy Morgan said the team had three players who received enough votes to qualify as honorable-mention choices, even though the league doesn’t officially recognize honorable-mention status. They were seniors Bryce Allison, Brycen Seymore and Effler.
Effler finished his three-year varsity career as the school’s No. 2 all-time receiver with 90 catches for 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns. As a senior, Effler caught 36 passes for 560 yards and six scores. He also picked off a pass on defense.
Allison, a senior defensive lineman, made as many impact plays as anyone on the defensive side of the ball for McDowell. Allison was fifth on the team with 61 tackles and led the club in tackles for loss (8) and sacks (6), and tied for the team lead in fumble recoveries (2). He also had a caused fumble.
Seymore, a senior who played football for the first time at the high-school level, was third on the team in tackles with 70. Seymore started the season at safety and then moved to linebacker later in the year. He was tied for the team lead with two interceptions and was second on the squad in tackles for loss (5). He also had a caused fumble and a fumble recovery.
Conference champs Watauga led the way with 14 selections, and also had the Player of the Year in backup quarterback Jackson Greene. Greene took over at quarterback after starter Anderson Castle went down in the season opener, and helped lead the Pioneers to an unbeaten conference season and a 13-1 overall mark. In his six games under center, Greene ran for 649 yards and six touchdowns and threw for 612 yards and seven scores with only one pick. As a defensive back, Greene picked off five passes and made 59.5 tackles.
Pioneers coach Ryan Habich was named the league’s Coach of the Year after guiding Watauga to the league title and into the third round of the State 3AA Playoffs.
The league also named a Defensive Player of the Year, Alexander Central lineman Isaac Chapman; a Special Teams Player of the Year, Hickory’s Harrison Boston; and an Offensive Player of the Year, Freedom quarterback Jayden Birchfield.
Freedom had 12 all-conference picks, Alexander Central 10, Hickory nine, Saint Stephens eight, South Caldwell four and West Caldwell two.