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Cabarrus Magazine's 2018 High School Football Preview Presented by Juanita Boger-Allen for Judge

Aug 17, 2018 02:05AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
It's here, high school football season!

Football is a big part of our North Carolina culture, especially when it comes to local high school football. Here in Cabarrus 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. 

Be sure to listen to the High School Game of the Week every Friday night on Memories, 98.3 FM. The Game of the week will be announced on the morning show (6-9 am) each Monday! Presented by the Committee to Elect Juanita Boger-Allen Judge.

High School Teams

Courtesy of the J. M. Robinson High School Facebook page.
Mascot: The Bulldogs 
Head Coach: Rich Williams
Rivalry: A.L. Brown Wonders

Notable Games
  • Aug. 31, 2018 at 7:30pm vs. Hickory Ridge
  • Oct. 26th, 2018 at 7:30pm vs. A.L. Brown; This is a rivalry game!

Notable Alumni:

R.J. Mattes (2008). An NC State alum, Mattes went on with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

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

Notable Games
  • Nov. 2, 2018 at 7:30pm @ West Stanly; This is the final game of the season!

Toughest 2018 Regular Season Opponents:
  • Shelby (NC) - 29.5 Rating
  • Jay M. Robinson (Concord, NC) - 27 Rating
  • Northwest Cabarrus (Concord, NC) - 18.3 Rating

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


Central Cabarrus High School

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

Notable Games
  • Oct. 5, 2018, 7:30pm vs. A.L. Brown
  • Oct. 19, 2019 7:30pm @ Concord
  • Nov. 2, 2018, 7:30pm @ Jay M. Robinson; This is the last game of the season! 

Toughest 2018 Regular Season Opponents:

  1. Mount Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant, NC); Rating: 28.2
  2. Jay M. Robinson (Concord, NC); Rating: 27
  3. A.L. Brown (Kannapolis, NC); Rating: 23.1

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

Notable Games
  • Aug. 31, 2018, 7:30pm @ Parkwood
  • Nov. 2, 2018, 7:30pm @ Northwest Cabarrus; This is a rivalry game!

Their 2017 Overall Record was 3-8-0, their League Record 1-4-0.

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

Notable Games
  • Oct. 19, 2018, 7:30pm vs. Central Cabarrus
  • Nov. 2, 2017, 7:30 @ A.L. Brown; This is the Battle for the Bell rivalry game! 

Making History:
 Concord High School and A.L. Brown High School participate in an historic Battle for the Bell game at the beginning of each season.

Recent League Championships:
  1. 2015
  2. 2014
  3. 2013 (3A Conference 7)
  4. 2006 (South Piedmont)
  5. 2004 (South Piedmont)
  6. 2003 (tied for 1st; South Piedmont)

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. 

This year's Battle for the Bell will take place November 2nd 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


A.L. Brown High School 

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

Notable Games
  • Aug. 24, 2018, 7:30pm @ Marvin Ridge; This is one of their toughest opponents.
  • Oct. 19, 2018, 7:30pm vs. Northwest Cabarrus; This is one of their toughest opponents.
  • Nov. 2, 2018, 7:30 vs. Concord; This is the Battle for the Bell rivalry game! 

Team Strengths
: Backfield Experience, Top Defenders At Each Position Group Return, Great Group Of Players Moving Up From JV

Top Players:
  1. Jordan Medley 6'3" 200 Senior QB/DB
  2. Jaran Cooper 6'0" 225 Senior RB
  3. Jnaz Jordan 5'10" 175 Senior DB
Visit this website for the full roster. Visit their website for this season's game schedule. 


Hickory Ridge High School

Courtesy of the Hickory Ridge Bulls Athletics Facebook page.

 

Mascot: The Ragin' Bulls 
Head Coach: Sam Greiner
Rivalry: Jay M. Robinson Bulldogs

Notable Games
  • Aug. 31, 2018, 7:30pm @ J. M. Robinson; This is a rivalry game!
  • Oct. 19, 2018, 7:30pm vs. David W. Butler; This is one of their toughest opponents.
  • Nov. 2, 2018, 7:30pm vs. Porter Ridge; This is one of their toughest opponents.

2017 Overall Record: 11-3

Toughest 2018 Regular Season Opponents:

  • David W. Butler (Matthews, NC); 48 Rating
  • Porter Ridge (Indian Trail, NC); 39.9 Rating
  • Myers Park (Charlotte, NC); 37.5

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

Northwest Cabarrus High School, along with 3 other teams, are participating in the
 2nd Annual Charlotte Kickoff Showcase! The event takes place at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

McColl–Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium is the home field of the Charlotte 49ers football team. The venue hosted its first major event on August 31, 2013 when the 49ers defeated the Campbell Fighting Camels. The horseshoe-shaped stadium has a capacity of 15,314 people and the field is named for major donors, Hugh McColl, former CEO of Bank of America, and Jerry Richardson, owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

Games:

Hickory Ridge vs. Independence @ 5:00pm

Mallard Creek vs. Vance @ 8:00pm

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: Brad Lamb
Rivalry: Hickory Grove Christian Lions

Notable Games
  • Aug. 31, 2018, 7pm vs. Hickory Grove Christian; This is a rivalry game!

2017 Overall Record: 6-6

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

Notable Games
  • Oct. 5, 2018, 7:00pm vs. High Point Christian Academy
  • Oct. 26, 2018 7:00pm vs. Forest Hills (Marshville, NC); This is the last game of the season!
2017 Overall Record: 7-5

Visit their website for the full roster and game schedule.



The 2018 High School Football Preview was made possible by the Committee to Elect Juanita Boger-Allen Judge!



 

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