Anytime a team goes through a season of football and finishes up with 13 victories, there had to have been a number of individual standouts who helped make that happen.
This was certainly the case with the Mount Airy football team, whose 13-2 season in 2016 included the school’s first trip to the West Regional final in seven years, a share of the Northwest 1A Conference championship, a statewide ranking that reached as high as No. 2 in the state, and the top overall seed in its region for the 1AA state playoffs.
In addtion to the numerous all-conference and all-region citations that have been bestowed on the Granite Bears since last month, two members of the state were named to the NCPreps.com 1A All-State Team this week.
Honored by the organization were senior defensive lineman Gabriel King, and the team’s long snapper, center Corbin Robertson.
King led the Bears with 110 total tackles, including a team-high 23 for losses. He also had a team-high nine sacks, and forced two fumbles, one of which he recovered. The 6’1”, 240-pounder also played on the Mount Airy offensive line, and even found time to field one kickoff during the season, which he returned for 21 yards.
The honor makes King an all-state performer in two different sports. Last year, he won the individual 1A state championship in both the shot put and the discus, automatically earning him all-state honors in the sport of track and field. He was also the MVP of the championship meet after the Bears claimed the team championship in the final event of the meet.
For Robertson, the strongest testament to his success came in the achievements of his teammates. Although the 6’4”, 245-pound junior was credited with one tackle during the 2016 season, it was his skill with long-snapping that helped placekicker Robert Brown score 86 points for the Bears this season, including a 71-for-74 performance on extra points and five field goals, including a season long of 39 yards.