We recently met with Butler Bulldogs OL Anthony Carter, OL Trey Richburg, WR Josh Barnette, and DL John Park, please enjoy these interviews right here!
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Timestamps for Game Previews
0:05 - Butler vs. Hough
1:05 - East Meck at Providence
2:17 - Hopewell at Harding
3:29 - Independence at North Meck
4:52 - Mallard Creek at Dutch Fork
7:08 - Olympic at Myers Park
9:11 - South Meck at Charlotte Catholic
11:08 - Vance at Berry
12:51 - Ardrey Kell at Weddington
14:47 - West Charlotte at Garinger
16:20 - West Meck at Rocky River
We recently visited Myers Park High School and Head Football Coach Scott Chadwick, and this is a team loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. The Mustangs had a great season last year ended in the state semifinals, and Chadwick states that the loss has motivated his team all offseason long. Chadwick shares that they have had a great offseason, and they simply have one goal this season, and that is a State Championship.
The key to the Mustangs success this year will be how fast the offensive line can come together, as they only have one starter returning, however in my observations during my visit, they definitely have the size up front to get it done, so it would not surprise me to see the Mustangs right there once again, deep in the playoffs with a shot to win it all.
We spoke with 4 players during our visit - QB Drake Maye, who has committed to the University of Alabama, S Cameron Roseman-Sinclair, who has committed to the University of North Carolina, WR Porter Rooks, who has committed to NC State University, and LG Parker Mendenhall, the lone OL returning starter. Please enjoy those interviews below, and look for much more coverage from the Mustangs as the season goes along!
We recently visited with new Ardrey Kell Head Coach Greg Jachym and the Ardrey Kell Purple Knights, and this is a team that I believe can contend for the So Meck 7 4A Conference Title once again this season. Coach Jachym has several years of good experience as a Defensive Coordinator for AK, and a big plus is that he comes in knowing the kids already, which is an advantage of being promoted from within.
Ardrey Kell has some very good talent returning, led by UNC Chapel Hill commit ATH Cedric Gray, who began his career starring exclusively as a do it all wide receiver, but has transitioned to defense and playing linebacker, and has excelled so well that this is his projected position at North Carolina on the next level. Please enjoy his interview with us right here:
Coach Jachym is also high on several other seniors returning this season - WR Michael Hetzel, who Jachym states will play all over the field on both sides of the ball, OL/DL Adam Szabo to help lead the offensive & defensive lines, and QB Jared Joseph - who is a dual threat playmaking athlete that will lead the Purple Knights on offense.
We also spoke with rising junior OLB Kaci Seegars, who looks to be a big time player coming up over the next couple of years, as he made All-Conference last season only as a sophomore - it will be exciting to see how he progresses over the next two years!
Please enjoy those interviews right here, and stay tuned for much more coverage from Charlotte Football Insiders as we are just starting up with the 2019 football season. GET INSIDE!
We recently sat down and spoke with legendary Butler Bulldogs Head Coach Brian Hales about his prospects for his team this upcoming season - and expect the Bulldogs to be another tough out as they always are every season!
On offense, Coach Hales is expecting some big things from two offensive linemen in Anthony Carter and Trey Richburg, both of which are Division 1 level players and both have the offers to back that up. Witnessing them in action last season, they have the ability to just take over a game up front and the running game just chews up clock and keeps other teams off the field.
Of course, most people know about big Bulldog Running Back Jamal Worthy, who holds a couple of college offers in his own right, and we also featured him in a recent Player Focus Breakdown article. Expect the offense to lean on Worthy a good bit as the Bulldogs break in a new starting quarterback in Parish Metzger, however he will have some weapons to get the ball to on the outside such as returning WR Josh Barnette.
Defensively, Coach Hales highlights a few players - namely CB Jacalyn Morrison, a very good DB with great physical abilities and a cold conscience to play outside against the best receivers in one on one situations. Two other players that should star on the defensive side of the ball are the brothers Darius and Donovan Law, who Hales states will play “all over the field, including special teams.” Up on the defensive line, expect John Park to be the guy that leads the charge, per Hales he did a very good job last season in that same area of the defense.
Butler opens up Week 1 against the Hough Huskies in the CLT Kickoff Game over at Matthews Sportsplex, and CFI will be there to bring you the pictures, highlights, analysis and more! We expect it to be a great game, and with the Bulldogs, we expect them to bring it as they always do, and we suspect it will be another good season down in Matthews.
Having a female football assistant coach is something that is not unheard of - multiple Charlotte Metro High Schools have had them in the past - however in getting to know Vance Running Backs Coach Alicia Cunningham - who goes by “AC”, her story may not be one that you would expect as a path to a position coach on one of the best teams in the state.
Coach AC is a cheerleading coach at another local school, and had some ambitions about coaching flag football at that same school. However, after not receiving the response she desired, it allowed her to have freedom to seek out some other opportunities.
While visiting Vance on some other, non-related business, AC was approached by Coach Campbell, a former Vance assistant coach, about one of their open football assistant coaching positions, knowing her growing interest in the sport. AC “was floored and accepted” the opportunity on the spot.
AC then later with then Head Coach Aaron Brand, which AC stated “who loved my energy and told me he wanted me apart of his coaching staff”. AC then spent time with Coach Jack, another Vance assistant coach, further learning the technical details of the game and the schemes the Cougars run, preparing for the upcoming season.
However, we all know the story as Coach Brand and the majority of his coaching staff moved on to Irmo HS in South Carolina. Coach Glenwood Ferebee was hired from Virginia, however he heard about AC and some good things. Per AC “Coach Ferb reached out to me and said he had heard about me and wanted to know if I was interested in staying and coaching which I said yes.”
The great thing about this is that in speaking with AC for this story and witnessing her in action, I don’t believe this is something for show or for the limelight, her passion for the sport is absolutely legitimate, and with a great support system in place I’m excited to see her growth in the future. This final quote from AC says a lot:
“Honestly I just have a passion for people development and seeing people do their best in what they do.” Simple, yet I totally agree - the best of all of us can make a huge difference in this world today.
The State Champion Charlotte Catholic Cougars are one of the top programs in the state of North Carolina, and a big reason why is their strength & conditioning program. We met with their Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Hazel, who gave us great insight into the things they focus on in building their athletes not only for football, but across all programs at Charlotte Catholic.
We also spoke with assistant football/strength coach Derek Miller, and LB Billy Brewer so please enjoy those interviews below as well! We want to thank Coach Hazel, Coach Miller, and all of the players at Charlotte Catholic for being so accomodating and allowing us access to get an INSIDE look at how they are successful year in and year out!
We also have pictures from our visit right here at the link below:
We spoke with talented Mallard Creek OL Arabee Muslim who recently committed to Charlotte - Arabee tells us why he chose the 49ers, as well as shares a bit about what kind of lineman he is, and how to be successful on and off the field, please enjoy:
We also spoke with Mallard Creek hybrid DE/OLB JT Whitmore who stated he is currently interested in Akron and NC Central to play on the next level, and holds an offer from NC Central. JT shares an inside look at how hard Mallard Creek works in the offseason, and what it’s like to play for Head Coach Michael Palmieri, take a listen below:
For a link to ALL pictures from our coverage of the 2019 VTO All American Challenge, please click the link below:
Additional pictures from VTO Sports can be seen at the following links:
The Hopewell Titans are a hard working group of young men who have taken their share of lumps in the state’s toughest football conference in the I-Meck. However, this year you have seen their improvement through hard work in the weight room and their performance in preseason 7 on 7 scrimmages, which is a reflection of their leadership on their coaching staff overall.
Head Coach Jamelle Byrd is very high on his 2021 class, who will be juniors this season. There appears to be a ton of talent in that group, and Byrd feels they can take a step this season to being a respectable football team on the gridiron. The Titans do have some college prospects as well, notably WR Julian Gray who is a blazing fast prospect and holds a couple of offers from ACC schools currently because of that special talent.
Please enjoy our interviews with the Titans below, and as always Hopewell is one of our favorite places to visit because of the great kids, the welcoming coaches, and the hard work that permeates the atmosphere of this program!
The Providence Day Chargers have shown steady improvement under the leadership of Head Coach Adam Hastings the last few years, making the Division 1 NCISSA Playoffs, the highest division in the state where the best teams play for a State Championship.
Hastings has some very good leadership coming back in QB Cody Cater, a left handed pocket QB who thrives on his pro-style delivery, but has some ability to run as well. LB Giorgio Antonacci has progressed well throughout his career in the middle of the PD defense at linebacker, paired with Spencer Wood who displayed some very good athletic traits in 7 on 7 work. S Mac Hale is a well spoken and respected leader of the back end of the Chargers defense as well.
Coach Hastings shared with us that among the 4 major private schools in Charlotte that the rivalries are very intense, and CF I plans to attend one of those rival games this season! Coach Hastings and his players were absolute class acts; please enjoy our interviews with them as well as some pictures from their recent 7 on 7 against Cuthbertson HS out of Union County.
Please enjoy our pictures from the Cam Newton 7 on 7 Tournament held at Northwestern High School, and for a link to ALL pictures, please click the link below:
Kalvin McCollum lost his girlfriend and former North Mecklenburg cheerleader En'Joneah Reel in a serious car accident in 2016 and suffered severe injuries that kept him off the field for several weeks that season.
McCollum has had to battle to keep playing the game he loves since that time, and has a compelling story and testimony in our interview with him, please take a couple of minutes and support Kalvin as he continues to overcome adversity and set an example for future football players to follow.