The move also strengthened the Comets' defense, because it allowed projected center Cheldon Simon to shift to the defensive line.

On the right side of Faircloth is Dixon, and his veteran leadership and fiery demeanor makes him special.

"He is just extremely intense and he is goes 100 miles per hour all the time," Youngberg said. "It doesn't matter if it's a drill in practice or he is running against (blocking) bags, his intensity is really unmatched by most kids I've ever seen at the high school level."

Dixon just wants to see his running backs gain a lot of yards.


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Last year, Dixon (5-10, 235) and senior Antoine Wright were selected to the All-County Team after helping the Comets rush for over 3,626 yards.

DeAndré Lane, who gained 1,728 yards rushing and scored 21 touchdowns, also earned All-County honors and over the summer made a verbal commitment to play football for the University of Maryland.

This season, Lane missed part of three games with a hamstring injury and still rushed for 917 yards.

"This is a great offensive line," Lane said. "They are blocking and making great holes for the backs."

Senior Joseth Hylton led the team with 926 yards rushing and he has scored 17 touchdowns.

"We all like to see the running backs go far," Dixon said. "We don't care if our name gets in the paper, and we don't care how the line is viewed, as long as the ball goes down the field and as long as we score, then we are all happy."

Fullback Julian Singletary rushed for 332 yards and reserve fullback Devin Ray and reserve halfback Keon Webb have combined for 294 yards.

Left tackle Robinson (6-2, 240) had a taste of success last season when he was brought up from JV to varsity for the playoffs.

He's earned his starting spot this season.

"We run a majority of our plays to the right, but most of our big hitters are on the left. Julian is an integral in that scoring process," Youngberg said.

Tight end Teddy Crayton has been more than just a key blocker.

He leads the team in receptions (9), receiving yards (173) and touchdown catches (5).

"He is a tremendously strong kid, phenomenal athlete and he likes the physicality of the game," Youngberg said. "Everybody evolves and with his capabilities, he is going to be split wide more and more on routes and force the defense to adjust to what we are doing."