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The 2016 Cabarrus County High School Football Preview Presented by CiCi's Pizza & Gerber Collision

Aug 16, 2016 12:11PM, Published by Melanie Heisinger, Categories:


The A.L. Brown Wonders. Photo courtesy of the Max Preps website.



It's no secret that North Carolina is known for it's football. Luckily, here in Cabarrus County, there are some fantastic high school football teams. We've gathered up some key information about all local-area high school teams, what games to look for, some history, as well as a few tasty places to consider stopping by after the game. Presented by CiCi's Pizza and Gerber Collision & Glass!

High School Teams

J. M. Robinson High School

Mascot: The Bulldogs 
Head Coach: Joe Glass 
Rivalry: A.L. Brown Wonders
First Game: August 19th 
NC Rank: 56th

Notable Home Games:
  • Oct. 7th, 2016 at 7:30pm vsA.L. Brown; This is a rivalry game!
  • Nov. 4th, 2016 at 7:30pm vs. Concord
For their game schedule, you can visit their website

To view their full roster, visit this website.


Mt. Pleasant High School

Mascot: The Tigers 
Head Coach: Michael Johns
Rivalry: Central Cabarrus Vikings
First Game: August 19th @ Central Cabarrus
NC Rank: 104th

Notable Games

Team Strengths: Many Skill Position Players Return, Quick Defensively

Top Players:
  1. Jacob Irby 6'4" 195 Senior QB
  2. Adam Johns 5'8" 165 Senior CB/WR
  3. Paul Sherrill 6'5.5" 300 Senior OL/DL

For their game schedule, you can visit their website

To view their full roster, visit this website.

Team StrengthsMany Skill Position Players Return, Quick Defensively.

Top Players: 
  1. Jacob Irby 6'4" 195 Senior QB
  2. Adam Johns 5'8" 165 Senior CB/WR
  3. Paul Sherrill 6'5.5" 300 Senior OL/DL
For more information about the team and their standings, visit MaxPreps

Central Cabarrus High School

Mascot: The Vikings 
Head Coach: Donnie Kiefer
Rivalry: Hickory Ridge Ragin' Bulls
First Game: August 19th vs. Mount Pleasant
NC Rank: 179th

Notable Games
  • Sept. 9, 2016, 7:30pm @ Carson
Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 


Cox Mill High School

Mascot: The Chargers 
Head Coach: Craig Stewart
Rivalry: Northwest Cabarrus Trojans
First Game: August 26th @ North Mecklenburg
NC Rank: 268th

Notable Games
Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Concord High School

Mascot: The Spiders 
Head Coach: Glen Padgett
Rivalry: A.L. Brown Wonders
First Game: August 18th vs. A.L. Brown
NC Rank: 39th

Notable Games

Concord High School and A.L. Brown High School participate in an historic Battle for the Bell game at the beginning of each season. For more information about the history, read on. For more information about the upcoming game, click on the event link below. 
Battle for the Bell  - start Aug 18 2016 0730PM

Battle for the Bell

Aug 18, 2016 7:30PM

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Top Returning Players

  1. Rick Sandidge  6'5", 273 Junior DE, DT
  2. Jadon Bell 6'3" 215 Junior QB

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

A.L. Brown High School

Mascot: The Wonders 
Head Coach: Mike Newsome
Rivalry: Concord Spiders
First Game: August 18th vs. Concord
NC Rank: 18th

Notable Games
Team Strengths: Many Defensive Returners, Stronger/Faster Than Team Has Been In Years, Fast/Experienced Defense

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Hickory Ridge High School

Mascot: The Ragin' Bulls 
Head Coach: Jason Seidel
Rivalry: Jay M. Robinson Bulldogs
First Game: August 19th vs. Peidmont
NC Rank: 202nd

Notable Games
Fun Facts: Tied for 2nd place in league last year

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 


Northwest Cabarrus High School

Mascot: The Trojans  
Head Coach: Brandon Gentry
Rivalry: Central Cabarrus Vikings
First Game: August 19th vs. J.M. Robinson
NC Rank: 269th

Notable Games
 
Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Concord First Assembly Academy

Mascot: The Eagles  
Head Coach: Craig Kean
Rivalry: Hickory Grove Christian Lions
First Game: August 19th vs. Metrolina Christian Academy
NC Rank: 197th

Notable Games
  • Aug. 26h, 2016, 7pm vs. Cannon
  • Sept. 23rd, 2016, 7pm vs. Hickory Grove Christian; This is a rivalry game!
  • Oct. 28th, 2016, 7pm @ Victory Christian
Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Cannon High School

Mascot: The Cougars  
Head Coach: Brad Hoover
First Game: August 19th vs. North Raleigh Christian Academy
NC Rank: 266th

Notable Games
  • Oct. 21, 2016, 7:30pm vs. Metrolina Christian
  • Oct. 28, 2016 7:00pm vs. Mountain Island Charter School

Visit their website for the full roster and game schedule.

North Rowan High School

Mascot: The Caveliers   
Head Coach: Jo Nixon
Rivalry: Salisbury Hornets
First Game: August 19th vs. East Rowan
NC Rank: 149th

Notable Games
  • Oct. 21, 2016, 7:30pm vs. East Davidson
  • Nov. 4, 2016 7:30pm vs. Salisbury; This is a rivalry game!

Fun Facts: 
  • Finished 2nd place in the 2015 League
  • League Champions in 2014

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit this website for this season's game schedule. 

South Rowan High School

Mascot: The Raiders   
Head Coach: Daniel Yow
Rivalry: Carson Cougars
First Game: August 19th vs. Salisbury
NC Rank: 289th

Notable Games
  • Sept. 16, 2016 7:30pm vs. Concord
  • Oct. 7, 2016, 7:30pm vs. CarsonThis is a rivalry game!

Top Players:
  1. Sayquan Anthony 5'11" 185 Senior RB/CB
  2. Austin Chrismon 5'10" 180 Senior QB/SS
  3. Deavonne Harris 6'3" 200 Junior WR

Team Strengths: Experience, Improved Maturity, Depth Coming Up From JV

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

East Rowan High School

Mascot: The Mustangs   
Head Coach: Kenneth Mcclamrock
Rivalry: West Rowan Falcons
First Game: August 19th vs. North Rowan 
NC Rank: 169th

Notable Games
      • Oct. 14, 2016, 7:30pm vs. West RowanThis is a rivalry game!

Fun Facts: Had a 1 game winning streak last season 

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

West Rowan High School

Mascot: The Falcons   
Head Coach: Joe Nixon
Rivalry: East Rowan Mustangs
First Game: August 19th vs. Mooresville
NC Rank: 76th

Notable Games
  • Oct. 14, 2016, 7:30pm vs. East RowanThis is a rivalry game!

Fun Facts: Tied for 2nd in league last year

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Jesse C. Carson High School

Mascot: The Cougars   
Head Coach: Joe Pinyan
Rivalry: South Rowan Raiders
First Game: August 26th vs. North Rowan
NC Rank: 154th

Notable Games
  • Oct. 7, 2016, 7:30pm vs. South RowanThis is a rivalry game!

Fun Facts: Tied for 2nd in league last year

Visit this website for the full roster.

Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

The Battle for the Bell

Photo courtesy of the Battle for the Bell Facebook Page.

 A long-running tradition, The Battle for the Bell is a football game between A.L. Brown and Concord High School. The teams play for a coveted railroad bell that was donated to the schools in 1950; after an initial game in 1924 the two schools have played continuously since 1931. 

The Kannapolis/Concord game is the 15th oldest rivalry nationally, and longest continuous high school football rivalry in the state of North Carolina. Concord leads the series at 42-38–4, but since 1975 Kannapolis has won 24 out of 38. At the end of each game, the losers of the game perform the traditional exchange of the bell which occurs at midfield. 

A week before the Concord game A.L Brown will display the bell in the courtyard for all students to ring in spirit of the Wonders. The winning team paints the bell transom in their school colors for display during the entire school year. In the '08 season Kannapolis beat the Concord Spiders 56–6, 2011 season, 28-21, and 2012, 31-26, this biggest defeat in the series for 3 consecutive years. 

The following upsets were the 3 consecutive years: In 2009 Concord upset Kannapolis 10-13, possibly the biggest upset in the series history. In the '12 season, Concord upset Kannapolis 21-14, in the '13 season, 33-20, In the 2014 season, 20-14, this marks the third upset for Kannapolis in history. (Source)

This year's Battle for the Bell will take place August 18th at 7:30pm at Bailey Stadium, Concord High School's football stadium. 

When: 
August 18th, 7:30pm

Where:
Bailey Stadium
Brookwood Ave NE 
Concord , NC 28025


Local Eats

Looking for a tasty place to stop by before the game? Or maybe you are looking to celebrate a team win afterwards? We've compiled a few local-area eateries that are sure to satisfy both your appetite for the game, as well as for food. 

CiCi's Pizza

Contact:
(704) 795-7400

Location: 
1000 Cloverleaf Plaza 
Kannapolis , NC 28083

Enjoy a full buffet of delicious food, and of course, pizza at CiCi's Pizza. 



Foster's Grille

Contact
704-979-3663

Location:
8520 Pit Stop Court, Suite 10
Concord, NC 28027


Grab a burger, a classic game choice, and head to the game with a happy stomach.





Fresh Off the Grill

Contact
(704) 933-0380

Location:
2630 Dale Earnhardt Blvd
Kannapolis, NC 28027

Located in Kannapolis, Fresh Off the Grill offers the basics that are sure to satisfy.


Whataburger

Contact
(704) 932-8851

Location:
926 S Main St.
Kannapolis, NC 28081


Offering an old-school drive-in service, Whataburger will take you back in time, while satisfying your hunger. 






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 Information courtesy of MaxPreps and affiliate sites. 


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