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Hickory Ridge Uses Strong 2nd Half To Win CLT Showcase

Hickory Ridge defeated Rocky River 27-13 in the first game of the CLT Showcase at UNC Charlotte. Please enjoy these game highlights courtesy of Charlotte Football Insiders
We spoke with Hickory Ridge Head Coach Jupiter Wilson after his Ragin Bulls won 27-13 in the CLT Showcase over Rocky River
Inside The Huddle - Hickory Ridge Football & Jupiter Wilson Postgame after their victory over Rocky River at the CLT Showcase
Nolan Carey had 3 touchdowns in the Hickory Ridge 27-13 victory over Rocky River at the CLT Showcase at UNC Charlotte
We spoke with Hickory Ridge DB Tyrell Davis after their victory over Rocky River at the CLT Showcase at UNC Charlotte

Pictures from this game can be seen at the link below:

https://charlottefootballinsiders.smugmug.com/Rocky-River-vs-Hickory-Ridge/

Huskies Defeat #1 3A Kings Mountain

Hunter Huss moves to 5-1 on the season with an impressive 21-16 victory over the #1 3A team in the state, Kings Mountain
We speak with Hunter Huss Head Coach Jamar McKoy after their victory over Kings Mountain 21-16
We spoke with Huskies RB Lamagea McDowell after their 21-16 victory over Kings Mountain
We spoke with Hunter Huss QB Zo Wallace after their 21-16 victory over Kings Mountain

For ALL pictures from tonight’s big game, please click the link below. A few of our best ones are right here:

https://charlottefootballinsiders.smugmug.com/Kings-Mountain-at-Hunter-Huss

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Mallard Creek JV Dominant In Victory

We spoke with the Mallard Creek JV Playmakers after their 58-0 victory over West Charlotte in the Week 8 JV Game Of The Week

The Mallard Creek Mavericks were named the #1 JV Team in Charlotte in the latest CFI JV Rankings, and they went out and backed it up in a dominant 58-0 victory over West Charlotte. What makes it even more impressive is this game had a running clock starting in the 2nd quarter. The Mavericks future is very bright, and more stars are being born on Thursday Nights.

A few pics from the action can be seen below, for ALL pictures from the game please follow the link below:

https://charlottefootballinsiders.smugmug.com/JV-Football/Mallard-Creek-at-West-Charlotte/

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CFI Game of the Week Coverage - Rocky River at Hickory Ridge

Matt Morrow and Shiree Glenn preview our Week 8 Game Of The Week - Rocky River vs. Hickory Ridge as part of the Charlotte Kickoff Showcase at UNC Charlotte

Game Preview From Shiree Glenn

Rocky River (0-5) travels to UNC Charlotte to take on Hickory Ridge (5-1) for CFI’s week eight game of the week. In Hickory Ridge’s last game, they won over the Garinger Wildcats. Rocky River lost their last matchup to the Myers Park Mustangs.

The Ravens are still looking for their first win of the season and if they want to get it against the Ragin’ Bulls, they’re going to have to “get big” against them. Hickory Ridge has a ton of size up front while Rocky River has the exact opposite problem. Rocky River football coach, Orlando Gray, has a tall task ahead of him. 

Hickory Ridge has only lost one game this year, against Northwest Cabarrus. It seems like they have the tools to win games, but how will that translate during this game? Although Rocky River may not have a ton of size, they have some speedsters both at the quarterback and receiver positions. That could work against Hickory Ridge if they aren’t careful. Head coach Jupiter Wilson trusts that his guys take care of business Saturday against Rocky River. They have a balanced passing and rushing game, along with a stuffy defense. 

Who wins this contest? Join CFI Saturday night for all the action and to find out!

Kickoff will be at 5 p.m. at UNC Charlotte. 

 

Providence Dominates Berry On 30th Anniversary

Panthers Win On Homecoming; Get 1st Conference Win

Game Highlights With Commentary From Pepman Matt Morrow

We speak with Providence ATH Jake Snapp who made plays all over the field in their 45-6 victory over Berry
We speak with Jamar Price who scored 2 touchdowns in the 45-6 win over Berry
We speak with Coach Ward after the Panthers 45-6 victory over Berry
Head Coach Wes Ward speaks to his Panthers after their victory over Berry

All pictures courtesy of Charlotte Football Insiders can be found at the link:

https://charlottefootballinsiders.smugmug.com/Berry-At-Providence/

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Weddington drops 45 and a rare shut out on Charlotte Catholic

WEDDINGTON, NC  10/4/19, Michael McArver    Going into Friday night’s game, the Weddington Warriors were 0-6 versus Charlotte Catholic since 2004.    That record includes 2 big loses in 2017, and another loss in 2018.    Weddington came into this year’s match up riding a 5-0 record and a seasoned crew of seniors who had played through a few of those previous loses.  Catholic on the other hand had not lost a regular season conference game in their last 66 attempts. However, the Cougars suffered 2 early non-conference losses in their first four games this season, and at 2-2, the Cougars are in unfamiliar territory early in the season. The big question in this one for most of the Charlotte area media was simple. Is this the year that Weddington gets over the hump and takes down Charlotte Catholic?

The 5-0 Weddington Warriors take the field in front of a packed house.

The 5-0 Weddington Warriors take the field in front of a packed house.

On Friday night, under the lights, Weddington showed up and answered the question. And they showed up BIG.  Big Dub “W” Football, came out with a conservative, yet determined ground and pound run game and controlled the line of scrimmage from the start.  Conservative play calling in the first half was a theme for both teams, but Weddington moved the ball with more consistency and took a 10-0 lead into the half.  #9 Will Shipley took a wildcat formation direct snap in for 6 for the first half’s only touchdown, and the Weddington Kicker #15 Ian Williams added a FG.

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Weddington’s #9 Will Shipley

Weddington’s #9 Will Shipley

In the second half, Weddington’s constant grinding, relentless ground game spiked with a few swing passes mixed in, began to wear down the Charlotte Catholic defense.  After back to back Weddington touchdowns created by a Catholic turnover deep in their own territory, the Warrior defense took over the game and it was lights out from there. 

Weddington’s DE/OLB #33 Trey Alsbrooks delivers a big blow sacking the Catholic QB #11 Jake Smith

Weddington’s DE/OLB #33 Trey Alsbrooks delivers a big blow sacking the Catholic QB #11 Jake Smith

The always potent Charlotte Catholic big red machine stalled drive after drive, giving up 3 turnovers and a long pick 6.  When it was all said and done, Weddington scored 5 touchdowns in the second half making the final score 45-0.  Weddington is now 1-6 against the Cougars.   Charlotte Catholic is now 2-3, and will travel to Sun Valley next week.   The Weddington Warriors are 6-0 and will travel to Piedmont.  

Charlotte Catholic Head Coach Mike Brodowicz

Charlotte Catholic Head Coach Mike Brodowicz

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Weddington Head Coach Andy Capone talks to his offense.

Weddington Head Coach Andy Capone talks to his offense.

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Queen City Senior Bowl Looking For Senior Stars!

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The inaugural Queen City Senior Bowl is now live! We are looking for the BEST Senior players from Mecklenburg County, so if you think you deserve a spot, fill out our application right here!

https://charlottefootballinsiders.com/queen-city-senior-bowl-application

Players MUST be in the Class of 2020, and play for an eligible school in Mecklenburg County. Please see the picture below for eligible schools in our selection process.

Head Coaches have received an email with further details; for any coaches wanting more information please send an email to matt.morrow6164@gmail.com. Thank you!

Eligible Schools For Queen City Senior Bowl

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Week 7 CMS Game Previews Show

Matt Morrow and Shiree Glenn preview all of the CMS Football action here in Week 7! Please click the timestamp of the game you would like to hear about in the comments!

Berry At Providence - 0:09
Garinger At Hickory Ridge - 3:16
Harding At Ardrey Kell - 5:30
Hopewell At Vance - 9:39
Hough At Mooresville - 12:14
Independence At East Meck - 14:40
Lake Norman At Mallard Creek - 16:22
Myers Park At Rocky River - 19:19
North Meck At West Charlotte - 21:49
Porter Ridge At Butler - 23:58
South Meck At Olympic - 26:36

Week 7 GOTW Coverage: Phillip O. Berry at Providence

Video Preview Of Berry At Providence

Matt Morrow And Shiree Glenn preview the Week 7 Game Of The Week - Berry Cardinals At Providence Panthers!

Pre Game Hype Video From Charlotte Football Insiders

Hear from Berry and Providence as they play in our Week 7 CFI Game Of The Week!

Game Preview By Shiree Glenn

Welcome to Week 7 of high school football and the second week of conference play.

 This week CFI travels to Providence as they take on Berry in a So Meck 7 4A conference battle. Both teams need a win as they both remain winless against conference teams.

The Panthers (1-5) have a lot of work to do if they hope to make it into the playoffs. Their team is led by head coach, Wes Ward who has his work cut out for him if he plans to get his team a win this week. Their junior quarterback, Holland Stallings, has struggled to find any sort of rhythm this season. They came close in their game against West Meck but failed to close the game out. They lost by 11. They’re playing a Berry team in a similar situation as them. So, they have an opportunity to turn their season around with a win this week.

Berry (1-3) is looking to spoil Providence’s plans by hopefully getting a win of their own. The school got a new football stadium and needs a new team to go along with that. Andrew Howard, head coach at Berry, has to figure out how to get his guys motivated. Conference ball is always played differently than non-conference so look for Berry to come out inspired on Friday night.

This should be a pretty good matchup between two teams trying to add another win to their win column. Who will come out victorious? Come out Friday night with CFI and catch all the action.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Mallard Creek finds just enough offense to take down Vance. MC 17 - Vance 7

VANCE HIGH SCHOOL, Charlotte, NC 9/27/19, Michael McArver - With all the hype surrounding this game, I wondered if it could, or would live up to expectations. From my perspective, the game managed to deliver about half of the hype. I expected to see some really good defense. And we definitely got that. (From both.)

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I also expected to see some great football. Unfortunately we didn’t see much of that. I don’t have the numbers in front of me but I believe that both teams combined to rack up almost 30 penalties. The first quarter had so many penalties and game stoppages that it took nearly one hour to reach the second quarter. My goodness. The penalties definitely killed the flow of the entire game. I am surprised that no one was penalized during half-time. When it was all said and done, Mallard Creek proved once again they are a true second half team, as they outlasted rival Vance taking the win 17-7. Mallard Creek’s defense also kept Vance from scoring any offensive points.

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The Vance offense had many explosive plays and several long drives that could (and should ) have ended up with points. One huge Vance mistake was a 4th and inches play deep in MC territory when the ball was snapped over the Vance QB’s head. Vance had been gashing the MC defense with their ground game on several drives in the first half and that mistake was critical.

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But regardless, this game will go down as a defensive shut out for the Mallard Creek defensive unit. The Vance defense came in with a great deal of hype. Based on Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri’s comments after the game, maybe he was aware of that hype too.

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Palmieri spoke to reporters after the win and said “ we play defense too.” While there is no doubt Palmieri is correct, Vance has a great defense. If you hold Mallard Creek to 3 points for over two and half quarters of play, you are doing something right. Especially when your offense is giving you very little to feed on. Vance’s only score came off of a deflected pass that Vance’s #5 Stefon Thompson snagged out of the air and returned for the TD. Mallard Creek scored the game’s first offensive touchdown in the 3rd quarter. The Creek scored on a nice pass by MC QB #11 Dustin Noller to #13 Elijiah Metcalf. After swapping turnovers on the Vance side of the field early in the 4th, Mallard Creek’s #22 Trenton Simpson pulled in a nice one handed catch down the sideline, to put MC in position to score. Simpson took a big hit on the play that resulted in a flying somersault that put the ball on the 1 yd line.

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A short TD run a play later by Simpson ultimately put the game out of reach for Vance. The game wrapped up just before 10PM. Mallard Creek moves to 4-0-1 , and will play LKN next week at home. Vance now 3-1 will host Hopewell next week.

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