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Cabarrus Magazine's 2017 High School Football Preview Presented by CiCi's Pizza

Sep 01, 2017 04:38PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Photo courtesy of the Cannon High School website.

Football is a big part of our North Carolina culture, especially when it comes to local high school football. Here in Cabarrus and Rowan County there are some talented high school football teams. 

We've gathered up some key information about all local-area high school teams and which games to look out for. Keep an eye out for special game information, as well as a few season expectations from team coaches. We also included some tasty spots to grab some grub after the big game. Presented by CiCi's Pizza.


High School Teams

J. M. Robinson High School

Courtesy of Monika Heather Photography.

 

Mascot: The Bulldogs 
Head Coach: Joe Glass 
Rivalry: A.L. Brown Wonders

Notable Games
  • Sept. 22, 2017 at 7:30pm @ Mount Pleasant
  • Oct. 13th, 2017 @ Concord
  • Oct. 27th, 2017 at 7:30pm @ A.L. Brown; This is a rivalry game!

Recent League Championships:
  1. 2016 (3A Southern Piedmont)
  2. 2003 (tied for 1st; South Piedmont)
For their game schedule, you can visit their website. To view their full roster, visit this website.


Mt. Pleasant High School

Courtesy of Tricia Shirah via the Mount Pleasant High School Facebook page

Mascot: The Tigers 
Head Coach: Michael Johns
Rivalry: Central Cabarrus Vikings

Notable Games
  • Sept. 8, 2017, 7:30pm @ Concord
  • Oct. 13, 2017 at 7:30pm vs. Anson
  • Nov. 3, 2017 at 7:30pm @ West Stanly; This is the final game of the season!
Team Strengths: Depth. Physical & Quick Defensively.

Coach Johns' goals for the season:
"We have a veteran team, a lot of returning starters, a lot of players with a lot of experience. It's actually the most veteran team I've had since since coaching. I have high expectations, but we won't know the legacy until the end of the year."

Top Players:
  1. Gage Redmond 6'2" 270 Senior DT/OL, 
  2. Dustin Barnhardt 6'2" 275 Senior OL/DL
  3. Landon Parker 6'2" 180 Senior WR/FS

For their game schedule, you can visit their website. To view their full roster, visit this website.


Central Cabarrus High School

Courtesy of Michael A Anderson Photography via the Central Cabarrus High School Facebook page

Mascot: The Vikings 
Head Coach: Kenneth McClamrock
Rivalry: Hickory Ridge Ragin' Bulls

Notable Games
  • Sept. 8, 2017, 7:30pm vs. East Rowan
  • Oct. 13, 2017 7:30pm vs. Northwest Cabarrus
  • Oct. 27, 2017, 7:30pm @ Cox Mill

Toughest 2017 Regular Season Opponents:

  1. A.L. Brown (Kannapolis, NC); Rating: 27.4
  2. Jay M. Robinson (Concord, NC); Rating: 23.4
  3. Hickory Ridge (Harrisburg, NC); Rating: 20.5

Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 


Cox Mill High School

Courtesy of Joan Buchanan Dodson via the Cox Mill High School Facebook page

Mascot: The Chargers 
Head Coach: Craig Stewart
Rivalry: Northwest Cabarrus Trojans

Notable Games
  • Sept. 15, 2017, 7:00pm vs. North Mecklenburg
  • Oct. 20, 2017 7:30pm @ Jay M. Robinson


Coach Stewart's goals for the season: "
We are looking forward to the 2017 season. We had good workouts this summer and want to continue building as a team. We have a young team, but our young players do have some experience, and along with our seniors we feel that we can compete for a championship. Our goal is to continue improving each week and become the best team we can be."

Toughest 2017 Regular Season Opponents:
  1. Huss (Gastonia, NC); Rating: 28.7
  2. A.L. Brown (Kannapolis, NC); Rating: 27.4
  3. South Iredell (Statesville, NC); Rating: 25.7

Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Concord High School

Courtesy of the CHS Athletics Twitter page

 

Mascot: The Spiders 
Head Coach: Glen Padgett
Rivalry: A.L. Brown Wonders

Notable Games
  • Sept. 8, 2017, 7:30pm vs. Mount Pleasant 
  • Oct. 13, 2017, 7:30pm vs. Jay M. Robinson
  • Nov. 3, 2017, 7:30 @ A.L. Brown; This is the Battle for the Bell rivalry game! 

More info:
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. There will also be a Kickoff Event Friday September 8th, 2017. Read on to learn more.

Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

A.L. Brown High School

Courtesy of Jason Smith via
the A. L. Brown High School
Facebook page

Mascot: The Wonders 
Head Coach: Mike Newsome
Rivalry: Concord Spiders

Notable Games
  • Sept. 22, 2017, 7:30pm @ Davie
  • Oct. 6, 2017, 7:30pm vs. Central Cabarrus
  • Nov. 3, 2017, 7:30 vs. Concord; This is the Battle for the Bell rivalry game! 

Team Strengths
: Good Core Of Offense Returns, Most Of OL Is Back, Talent Moving Up From JV

Top Players:
  1. Equarius Baldwin 5'10" 160 Senior DB
  2. Jordan Medley 6'3" 200 Junior QB/DB
  3. Cordarius Butler 6'1" 180 Senior QB
Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Hickory Ridge High School

Courtesy of Kim Bisson Thompson via the Hickory Ridge High School Facebook page

Mascot: The Ragin' Bulls 
Head Coach: Jason Seidel
Rivalry: Jay M. Robinson Bulldogs

Notable Games
  • Sept. 22, 2017, 7:30pm @ Independence
  • Oct. 27, 2017, 7:30pm vs. East Mecklenburg



Toughest 2017 Regular Season Opponents:
  1. David W. Butler (Matthews, NC); Rating: 35.1
  2. Porter Ridge (Indian Trail, NC); Rating: 28.6
  3. Jay M. Robinson (Concord, NC); Rating: 23.4

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

Notable Games
Courtesy of the Cabarrus County Schools Facebook page

According to the Cabarrus County Schools Facebook page: The inaugural Charlotte Kickoff Showcase powered by OrthoCarolina will take place at UNC Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson Stadium on Friday, September 8th. The double-header will involve four Cabarrus County Schools programs and will mark the first ever high school football games played at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

The first game of the double-header will start at 6pm and includes Northwest Cabarrus High School versus Hickory Ridge High School. Hickory Ridge looks to build on its state semifinal run from last year under second year Head Coach Jason Seidel. Northwest Cabarrus’ Head Coach, Brandon Gentry, is also in his second year at the helm. The Trojans have high aspirations as well and decisively won their opener over West Stanley by a score of 61 to 19.

The night cap scheduled to kickoff at approximately 9pm will pit old rivals Mount Pleasant High School against Concord High School. Like in the opener Cabarrus County pride and bragging rights will be at stake when these two programs led by Michael Johns and Glen Padgett square off on the turf at UNCC.

Tickets and parking passes can be purchased in advance online: $10 for Friday’s double-header. For more information, please visit www.CLTKickoffShowcase.com.
 
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

Notable Games
  • Oct. 13th, 2017, 7pm vs. Christ the King
  • Oct. 27th, 2017 7pm @ Southlake; This is the final game of the season!

Toughest 2017 Regular Season Opponents:
  1. Statesville Christian (Statesville, NC) 26.2
  2. High Point Christian Academy (High Point, NC) 13.7
  3. Cannon (Concord, NC) -3.3
Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

Cannon High School

Courtesy of the Cannon High School website.

Mascot: The Cougars  
Head Coach: Brad Hoover

Notable Games
  • Sept. 8, 2017 7:00pm vs. Pine Lake Prep
  • Oct. 6, 2017, 7:00pm vs. High Point Christian
  • Oct. 20, 2017 7:00pm vs. First Assembly
Notable Players: 

According to the Cannon High School Facebook page, "Will Exson '18 [has been] featured in both The Charlotte Observer and Independent Tribune. Will was named by Langston Wertz Jr as one of Cabarrus County's top 10 players. He'll also grace the cover of the Indy Trib's high school football publication." Way to go, Will! 

Visit their website for the full roster and game schedule.

North Rowan High School

Courtesy of Jacqui Smith Watson via the North Rowan High School Facebook page

Mascot: The Caveliers   
Head Coach: Ben Hampton
Rivalry: Salisbury Hornets

Notable Games
  • Sept. 22, 2017, 7:00pm vs North Moore
  • Oct. 20, 2017, 7:30pm vs. North Stanly
  • Nov. 3, 2017, 7:30pm vs. South Davidson; This is the final game of the season! 



Recent League Championships
  1. 2016 (2A Central Carolina)
  2. 2014 (2A Central Carolina)
  3. 2013 (2A Conference 10)
Visit this website for the full roster. Visit this website for this season's game schedule. 

South Rowan High School

Courtesy of Chris Blumenthal via the South Rowan High School Facebook page

Mascot
: The Raiders   
Head Coach: Daniel Yow
Rivalry: Carson Cougars

Notable Games
  • Sept. 4, 2017, 7:00pm vsCarsonThis is a rivalry game!
  • Sept. 15, 2017 7:00pm vs. Ledford Senior
  • Nov. 3, 2017, 7:30pm @ Salisbury; This is their final game of the season!

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

Courtesy of the East Rowan Football Facebook page

Mascot: The Mustangs   
Head Coach: Kenneth McClamrock
Rivalry: West Rowan Falcons

Notable Games
  • Sept. 22, 2017, 7:30pm @ Northwest Cabarrus
  • Oct. 6, 2017, 7:30pm vs. West RowanThis is a rivalry game!
  • Nov. 3, 2017 7:30pm vs. North Iredell

    According to the East Rowan Football page, a notable aspect of the team "is the tremendous job blocking by our wide receivers. Gabe Hinceman. Peyton Lambert. Jax Fitz. Sam Wall. When stats come out next Thursday we will probably have the leading offense in the county. Our quarterback now leads all players in the county in total offensive yards. And we have 3 backs near the top as well."

    Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

    West Rowan High School

    Courtesy of Jacqui Smith Watson via the West Rowan High School Facebook page

    Mascot: The Falcons   
    Head Coach: Joe Nixon
    Rivalry: East Rowan Mustangs

    Notable Games
    • Sept. 8, 2017, 7:30pm vs. Davie
    • Sept. 22, 2017, 7:30pm @ Concord
    • Oct. 6, 2016 7:30pm vs. East Rowan; This is a rivalry game! 

    Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

    Jesse C. Carson High School

    Courtesy of Angelo DelliSanti via the Jesse C. Carson High School.. Facebook page

    Mascot: The Cougars   
    Head Coach: Joe Pinyan
    Rivalry: South Rowan Raiders

    Notable Games:
    • Sept. 22, 2017, 7:30pm vs. Central Cabarrus
    • Oct. 27, 2016, 7:30pm vs. West Rowan

      Fun Facts: Tied for 2nd in league in 2015

      On September 2nd, 2016  #2 Cole Sifford (offensive), #44 Isaac Bell (defensive) and #15 Austin Cain (special teams) were selected for the Jesse Carson Football Players of the Game.

      Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 

      The Battle for the Bell

      Courtesy of fridaynightsink-town.weebly.com

       

      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 November 3rd at 7:30pm at A.L. Brown High School's football stadium. 

      When: 
      November 3rd, 7:30pm

      Where:
      A.L. Brown High School Stadium
      415 E 1St St,
      Kannapolis, NC 28083


      Game-Winning Eats

      Looking for a tasty place to stop by before the game, or perhaps a place to celebrate the team win afterwards? Below are a few local-area eateries that are sure to satisfy.


      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. 



      Crispy's Bar and Grill

      Courtesy of Yelp's Greg H.

      Contact
      (704) 956-2831

      Location:
      3399 Cloverleaf Pkwy
      Kannapolis, NC 28083

      According to their website description: "We love serving the most delicious and creative bacon dishes in town to our wonderful customers!!"





      Charlie Graingers

      Courtesy of Yelp's JJ C.

      Contact
      (704) 795-3071

      Location:
      450 A Pitt School Rd NW
      Concord, NC 28027

      Located in Concord, Charlie Graingers is a family-run chain in the local area spcializing in all things hot dog. 



       
      Team information courtesy of 
      MaxPreps and affiliate sites. 


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