2007 Intro: Henry Lawson

Despite the return of 12 starters, the move up from classification 2A to 3A created plenty of skeptics that Charlotte Catholic could win their second consecutive state championship. Defying the nonbelievers, the Cougars posted a perfect 16-0 season topped by a 21-13 victory over Burlington Williams for the 3A Crown.

"It was just so amazing," said Catholic offensive tackle Henry Lawson. "We came in and everyone was like it's impossible, you can't run with the big boys in 3A. We just took it to everyone we played. We all came together as a team and it was something special."

While Catholic lost 26 players from their NCHSAA Championship roster to graduation, they return tailbacks Ben Herlocker and Keith Poutier, in addition to Lawson. However, doubters still remain.

"Everyone doubted us last year and we won state and now they are doubting us again," said Lawson. "Everyone is kind of down playing us now [because of the loss of 26 seniors], and I think that's just going to make us stronger."

After anchoring a Catholic offensive line that blocked for 4,603 rushing yards in the wing-t offense, Lawson was named to both the all-conference and all-county teams and has made many college coaching staff's watch lists.

"I'm getting stuff from all the ACC schools – Wake [Forest], [North] Carolina, [N.C.] State, and Boston College," said Lawson. "Schools around this region, also [are sending me mail]."

Still in the assessment stages, Lawson is keeping his options opened.

"I've only been to a couple [of schools] so far, so I don't know enough to have any favorites," said Lawson.

Lawson has, however, attended junior days at both Wake Forest and North Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder left his first unofficial visit to Chapel Hill with a very good impression of the program.

"I liked it," said Lawson. "It's such a nice place and the atmosphere is great. The tradition in football, it's improving rapidly."

Junior days at Duke and N.C. State are next on Lawson's schedule, while his summer figures to include camps at North Carolina, Boston College, Furman, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and South Carolina.

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