A year ago, Brad Meccariello played everywhere on the field to help lead Hilton Head Christian to their second straight SCISA championship. But gone are coach Tommy Lewis and his son Caleb, who quarterbacked the Seahawks.
But Meccariello is back to lead the team as they try to make another run to a championship. Meccariello played free safety, running back and receiver for the state champions. He had a total offense of 989 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Now as a senior he will play quarterback on offense, something he is looking forward to. "I love being a leader," said Meccariello. "I love being able to put people in the right positions. Last year I played receiver and safety and running back and I was able to do that but not as much as the quarterback position. So, I'm real excited to do that this year."
First year coach, Ryan Mitch, added, "He's a great athletic but I tell everyone that he's a better kid and he's a great leader. It's easy for me as a first year coach to step in here with him being a senior because the team does follow him."
With a new coaching staff led by Ryan Mitch, Meccariello will be growing into the new system, "I mean, obviously it's a different coach and obviously it's a different personality and different attitude towards everything."
MItch added, "The offense is similar to what we ran last year, but then again, it's different. It's hard to it into words. It's real fast and we're excited to start this new season."
Meccariello has interest in playing at Wofford or Furman but is keeping his options open, "I'm staying open until the last second, possibly even walking on somewhere. That's all in the future and I don't know what's ahead of me."
Mitch has faith that his team leader will be playing on Saturdays in the future, "The kid had a great work ethic, he really does. Even during the summer, he's out here 5 days a week. College coaches look for that, they really do. He's probably more instinctive on defense, being a safety. I probably see him playing there at the next level. He can definitely play in college."
The Seahawks open the season on August 23rd as they travel to Columbia to battle the Hammond School.
The Rest of the Super 11:
Raekwon McMillan - LB - Liberty County
Poona Ford - DT - Hilton Head High
Keynnard Campbell - QB/FS - Bible Baptist
Nick Fitzgerald - QB - Richmond Hill
KJ Ford - DE - Bluffton
Malique Jackson - QB/DB - Wayne County
Tra Hardy - RB/CB - Vidalia
Tyler Harris - QB - Pierce County
Milan Richard - TE - Calvary Day
Krenwick Sanders - WR - Wayne County
Brad Meccariello - QB/FS - Hilton Head Christian
Sherrodric Rawls - RB - Statesboro
D. J. Mincey - QB - Vidalia
Jeremy Patterson - DT - Wayne County
Taylor Hefflin - LB - Wayne County
Mike Huggins - RB/DB - Benedictine
Andre Wilson - DL - Calvary Day
Khaliq Hughes - WR - Calvary Day
Stirling Burns - OL - Bradwell Institute
Dalton Mydell - LB - Effingham County
Trey Dillard - RB - Savannah High
Willie Cooper - OL/DL - Beach
Stephen Baggett - TE - Beaufort
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