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Country Day At Providence Day Game Of The Week Coverage

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Head Coach Adam Hastings - Providence Day Chargers

CFI will be at Providence Day this Friday night as they take on Country Day. 

The Chargers are looking to add to their perfect 3-0 record by knocking off the Buccaneers. They are led by head coach Adam Hastings and their senior quarterback Cody Cater. Country Day should watch out for freshman running back/wide receiver Jt Smith who through 3 games has already tallied five touchdowns (two rushing, three receiving) and 190 all-purpose yards.

Country Day comes into the game with positives of their own starting with a 4-0 record. Junior quarterback Russell Tabor likes to throw his fair share of touchdowns with six already this year. The Buccaneers are led by head coach Drew Witman who took over for his father Bob, in 2015. Witman was quarterback at Charlotte Country Day where he won a state championship his junior year and graduated in 2006.

Offense is the common denominator for both teams as they get set to play on Friday night. Both coaches have their hands full as they make a game plan against one another. Both teams have talented quarterbacks with promising weapons around them. 

This looks to be a promising match-up. 

 Kick-off is at 7 p.m. at Overcash Stadium.

Harding Rams Win Bounce Back Game

Harding won this non-conference match 20-14, please enjoy these select highlights from this game courtesy of Shiree Glenn of Charlotte Football Insiders

The Harding Rams held on to beat Rocky River Ravens 20-14, last Friday night.

The Ravens have now fallen to 0-3 for the season and have a ton of questions to answer. Rocky River was not without scrap though—they hung in with Harding until the very end. Senior wide receivers Antjuan Collins and Isaiah Mcilwain were the stars that night as they each grabbed touchdowns from fellow Senior QB Korey Hailey.

The Rams did not disappoint scoring on both the offense and the defense. Junior defensive end, Tylon Dunlap and senior running back Maleik Faust scored the two on offense while senior Dekerius Thompson posted an interception for a touchdown on defense. This win at home for the Rams was a great bounce-back win and one that was much-needed. 

The Ravens have a bye this week so let’s see how they use the time off to regroup themselves for their game against Butler High School on Sept 27. They have had a couple of close games and have the formula to convert those into wins. It will be a hostile crowd for them as they travel to their second straight away game.

Harding will play the North Mecklenburg Vikings this Friday night at North Meck. The Vikings are 0-3 for the season and will be looking for some get back against the Rams. This will be another test for Harding. Will they prevail?

 Kick-off for both games will be at 7 p.m.

CFI’s Week 4 GOTW Preview

Independence at Ardrey Kell is our Week 4 CFI Game Of The Week, stay tuned for more coverage about these talented teams all week long from Charlotte Football Insiders!

This week’s feature game will be between the Independence Patriots and the Ardrey Kell Knights.

Both teams come into this match-up 2-1; the Patriots lost last week to Olympic High School 29-28 while Ardrey Kell defeated Marvin Ridge 36-33 in a great game. Which team will edge this one out?

Independence will be led by third year head coach, Mike Natoli and junior quarterback Arnold Taylor. The pass attack is led by the hands of senior wide receiver Trevor Bryan who has scored four touchdowns in just three games. Add to it their run attack led by junior back, Davion Nelson, and it might be a long day trying to stop them.

On the other side, Ardrey Kell handed the reigns over to Greg Jachym—former defensive coordinator and brand-new head coach. At 34, Jachym will not be without his challenges. His senior quarterback Jared Joseph is dangerous on both sides of the ball—acting also as a free safety. He’s already proved that not only can he throw touchdowns, but he can also be a key player in the AK secondary. 

The task for both teams will be how they handle themselves in the face of the opposing teams defense. The Patriots played well in their two wins against two teams who are struggling a bit early in the season, but had a slow start to put things together against an Olympic team that had a great gameplan coming into the game. Ardrey Kell, on the other hand, after losing to Weddington, has seemed to have gotten it together. Playing a team like Independence will be a good test for them and it should be close.

 Who wins this one? Stay tuned to find out.

 Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Week 3 Game of the Week Preview: Huss at Zebulon B. Vance

Hunter Huss goes on the road to take on Vance in their home opener in the Week 3 CFI Game Of The Week!

Hunter Huss travels to Zebulon B. Vance this week for Charlotte Football Insiders’ game of the week. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Vance, ranked number 3 in the North Carolina Maxpreps State Poll, is led by head coach Glenwood Ferebee and quarterback Austin Grier. They lost Head Coach Aaron Brand to a coaching job in South Carolina at Irmo High School. Under Brand’s leadership, Vance went 14-2 last season, losing only to Mallard Creek during the regular season and Wake Forest in the state championship. 

Last week Vance traveled to Virginia and beat Heritage, 35-7, ending their 13-game win streak. They look to build on that momentum against Hunter Huss. Can they have another offensive showing against a team who, one week ago, held their opponent to just 3?

On the other side, Hunter Huss High School out of Gastonia, is ranked just five spots behind Vance in the North Carolina Maxpreps State Poll. Their sole loss last season came to Charlotte Catholic High School during the third round of the playoffs. 

Last week was a defensive game of sorts that left them winning just 7-3. Huss is really going to have to bring that defense again this week if they hope to keep Vance at Bay. 

It’s clear that both teams have strong defenses so I’m looking for this to be a low-scoring game. 

Harding Rams Win Second Game in Short Week

The Harding Rams defeated the Garinger Wildcats 69-8 in Week 2 Action. Highlights courtesy of CFI's Shiree Glenn

The Harding Rams trounced the Garinger Wildcats 69 to 8 for their second game in just one week.

The very beginning of the game showed promise of a shootout thanks to an interception by Garinger’s Jah Overby that turned into a quick eight for their offense. But the Rams had a different agenda.

Harding’s offense, led by senior quarterback, Jarret Robinson, put on an offensive clinic the rest of the game. They went on to score 69 unanswered points and left Garinger scratching their heads trying to figure out how to stop them. Robinson connected with multiple receivers including Tyquez Johnson and Yashiya Freeman.

Defense didn’t disappoint either as Tylon Dunlap came up with key plays of his own including sacking Garinger quarterback, Elias Bethea.

The game got chippy at times—partially due to the lopsided score—but both teams were able to maintain themselves as the game went on.

There are so many questions left for the Wildcats to answer as they prepare to take on the Hawks of West Meck. The Hawks won a defensive battle against West Charlotte but look to improve on their spread-type offense. Can the Wildcats contain them for another week? 

The Harding Rams face West Charlotte—call it the battle of the maroon and gold. Harding is pumping on all cylinders with offense and defense working well together. West Charlotte has fallen to 1-1 so look for them to play inspired football. Can the Rams improve to 3-0?

Kickoff for both games at 7 p.m. 



CFI Week 2 Game of the Week Preview

West Charlotte at West Meck is the Week 2 Charlotte Football Insiders Game Of The Week! Look for stories, analysis, highlights, photos, & interviews all week long!

West Charlotte travels to West Mecklenburg this week as part of the Westside Championship. This will be West Charlotte’s second game in one week, thanks to inclement weather last Friday that left most of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools postponing their games. 

 West Meck is led by head coach, Nick Mata, former offensive coordinator who was promoted to head coach after Jarvis Davis’ resignation back in January. 

Now, the focus for West Meck will be trying to build an offense off the mind of their new head coach. They went 9-3 last season, according to MaxPreps, and lost in the third round of the playoffs to Porter Ridge

West Meck’s game against Rocky River High School was cancelled and will not be replayed, so this game will be their first of the season. Look for the spread type of offense the Hawks will run against the Lions this week. Mata’s offensive mind should be the highlight of this game.

On the other side, West Charlotte looks to improve on the season they had last year. Led by Josh Harris, , the Lions look for him to lead them back to the playoffs. A year ago, this team went 7-6 overall, according to MaxPreps, and also lost in the second round of the playoffs to West Meck, so there is plenty of motivation for the Lions here.

They’re coming off a 28-8 victory over Garinger High School, so they’ll be a little more settled. This should be an interesting match-up between the two teams.

 Kickoff is at 7 p.m.