Week 5 broadcasts: Concord-South Rowan, Cox Mill-Hickory Ridge, West Stanly-Central Cabarrus

South Piedmont Conference play continues in high school football. Here are our broadcasts this week.

Concord at South Rowan

Cox Mill at Hickory Ridge

Non-conference game: West Stanly at Central Cabarrus

Other games include:
West Rowan at Northwest Cabarrus 7:30 p.m.
cfa Academy at High Point Christian
Here are this week’s coaches’ interview by the Independent Tribune:

The Battle of Highway 49 coming up Saturday

The Tigers and Vikings square off Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers and Vikings square off Saturday at 7 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Alumni tackle football game between Mount Pleasant and Central Cabarrus, “The Battle of Highway 49,” will be held Saturday, Sept 20th, at Mount Pleasant High School. Kickoff is at 7 pm. Admission is $10 and advance tickets are on sale in the main office at Mount Pleasant High School and Central Cabarrus High School . Proceeds from advance ticket sales will benefit the athletic departments at each high school. For more information, please contact Athletic Director Phil Furr at Mount Pleasant or Athletic Director Kevin Bryant at Central Cabarrus.

Charlotte 49ers go to 3-0, Davidson falls at VMI, EZ Smith honored

Phillips big again in 40-28 win over N.C. Central

Former A.L. Brown Wonder Kalif Phillips rushed for 102 yards and two TDs in the Charlotte 49ers win in Durham. He did not play the fourth quarter after suffering  a bruised shoulder.  Charlotte built a 40-0 lead before the Eagles came back in the second half.

Charlotte (3-0) travels to Elon Saturday at 7 p.m.

VMI drops Wildcats despite offensive explosion

Davidson junior wide receiver William Morris caught a career-high 16 passes for 208 yards, but miscues proved costly as VMI defeated the Wildcats, 52-24.

Morris’ 16 catches were one shy of the single-game Davidson (1-2) record of 17, shared by Mike Mikolayunas ’70 and Lanny Funsten ’13, and his 208 yards ranked as the fifth-most in a single game in Davidson history. Likewise, senior quarterback J.P. Douglas also enjoyed a career day, as he completed 28 of 41 passing attempts for 317 yards – all career highs – and threw one touchdown to Morris along with one interception when he was hit as he threw.

Junior running back David Rogers gained 103 yards on 10 rushes with two touchdowns, helping Davidson rack up 531 yards of offense, it’s most since racking up 566 against Johnson C. Smith in 2011.

However, VMI (1-2) started fast and made big plays to maintain the lead throughout the contest, gaining 597 yards of offense. Davidson was only able to come away with one field goal in three red zone trips in the first half, and surrendered a pair of turnovers in the second half to nullify promising drives.

Davidson opens PFL play Saturday, hosting Morehead State at 1 p.m.

In a defensive struggle, South Rowan beat Northwest Cabarrus 18-13
In a defensive struggle, South Rowan beat Northwest Cabarrus 18-13

Cabarrus high school scores week 4

Concord  32 Hickory Ridge 29

Central Cabarrus 28 Jesse Carson 21

A.L. Brown 42 Berry Academy 21

Mount Pleasant 32 Jay M. Robinson 0

East Rowan 46 Cox Mill 43

South Rowan 18 Northwest Cabarrus 13

Concord wins on E.Z. Smith Night

Check back later this weekend for some of the top performances of the weekend and more.

EZ Smith Field dedication, SPC openers highlight busy weekend of football

Concord High School is naming the field at Robert C. Bailey Stadium in honor of the legendary coach.
Concord High School is naming the field at Robert C. Bailey Stadium in honor of the legendary coach.

Radio Free Cabarrus will have coverage on the Sundrop Pregame Show at 7 p.m. followed by the South Piedmont Conference opener between Hickory Ridge and Concord. Both teams are undefeated on the young season.

South Rowan at Northwest Cabarrus

J.M. Robinson at Mount Pleasant

Other games Friday:
Berry  Academy at A.L. Brown 7:30 p.m.
Central Cabarrus at Jesse Carson 7:30 p.m.
Cox Mill at East Rowan 7:30 p.m.
Cannon School at Asheville School 4:30 p.m.
cfa Academy at North Raleigh Christian
Here are these week’s coaches’ interview from the Independent Tribune:
Charlotte 49ers (2-0) at North Carolina Central Saturday 5 p.m.
Davidson (1-1) at VMI Saturday 1:30 p.m.

Cabarrus County Fair, Southern Women’s Show this week

The Cabarrus County Fair is this week at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center off N.C. 49 between Concord and Mount Pleasant. The fair runs through Saturday, Sept. 13.

The fair is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10;  3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11;  4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12; and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Get all the details at Cabarrus County Fair dot com

The Southern Women’s Show

The Southern Women’s Show runs Thursday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

“We’ll showcase the latest fashion trends and demonstrate how women can adapt expensive runway looks and make them work – at an affordable price,” said Tish Atkins, executive show manager. “But it’s not just about your wardrobe. Our definition of style includes lifestyle, and we’ve got plenty of lifestyle gurus on hand to entertain and delight our guests.”

Fashion. “We’re excited to introduce guests to Ashley Deramus, a 30-year-old clothing designer with Down syndrome,” continued Atkins. Deramus, an Alabama native, started The Ashley Deramus Foundation, which is dedicated to the education and  advancement of children and adults with Down syndrome. The activist and fashion designer tells people, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do. Let me show you what I can do.” Deramus has spoken on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and universities. She will host a live fashion show, Special Designs for Special People, on Thursday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Some of the runway models will have Down syndrome and other special needs.

Friday, Sept. 12 will be an exciting evening on the fashion stage.  The Concord Mills Fashion Show, “Great Looks at a Great Value” begins at 6 p.m. It’s followed at 7 p.m. with the popular 14th Annual Firefighter Fashion Show. (The firefighters are back on Saturday at 5 p.m.)

And there’s much more. Apricot Lane presents “Fall Must Haves” on Friday, Sept. 12 at noon, the Junior League of Charlotte presents “The Thrill of the Hunt: Fabulous Fashion Finds from the JLC Wearhouse” on Saturday, Sept. 13 at noon and 4 p.m. and Dillard’s of SouthPark presents “Awesome Autumn Styles” on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Dogs get their day on Sunday, Sept. 14 during The Fabulous Fido Fashion Show at 10:30 a.m.

Lifestyle and romance. Matchmaker and relationship coach Julie Wadley will appear on stage Friday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. to speak about “Bringing Love to Life.”

After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2002 and working in corporate America, Wadley realized she was unfulfilled. Ultimately, she decided she needed to combine her love of helping people with her career aspirations. Having been happily married for more than 15 years, it felt like a natural fit to help bring good people together for keeps. Her business, Eli Simone, was born.

Food and wine. The culinary arts are always a favorite feature of the show. Francine Bryson, a mom, homemaker and self-proclaimed “redneck,” has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was a runner-up on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. She’ll be at the show on Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her new cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen,will also be available.

The Beef Checkoff will offer beef recipes, hands-on activities and daily cooking classes. Chefs will share tips for preparing beef in everything from a slow cooker to the grill at the football tailgate. Demos will include delicious and healthy beef recipes including Cali-Avocado Steak Salad, Tzatziki-Sauced Greek Steak Wraps and Apricot Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry.

Taste the delightfully refreshing wines at the Turning Leaf Refresh exhibit. Fizzy, fruity and proud to be the Official wine of the Southern Women’s Show.

Fun. There will be plenty of entertainment at the show. The Love and Faith Christian Fellowship Mass Choir from Greensboro, N.C. will perform on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Find more details here: Southern Women’s Show

Week 3 of prep football, week 2 for colleges

 Cabarrus County Games of the Week

Radio Free Cabarrus broadcast Hickory Ridge at J.M. Robinson and Mount Pleasant at Cox Mill. Here are our broadcasts:

Mount Pleasant at Cox Mill 

Hickory Ridge at J.M. Robinson 


The Marching Bulldogs and the Marching Trojans played together for Military Appreciation Night at Northwest Cabarrus
The Marching Bulldogs and the Marching Trojans played together for Military Appreciation Night at Northwest Cabarrus

Scores for week 3:

Hickory Ridge 42 J.M. Robinson 0

Mount Pleasant 36 Cox Mill 34

Weddington 31 A.L. Brown 21

West Rowan 44 Salisbury 7

JV scores

Mount Pleasant 20 Cox Mill 13

J.M. Robinson 20 Hickory Ridge 13

A.L. Brown 28 Weddington 7

Results from last week are available on our High School Football Page.

Here are this week coaches’ videos for the Independent Tribune:

Concord Spiders

A.L. Brown Wonders

Mount Pleasant Tigers

Cox Mill Chargers

Cannon School Cougars

Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls

J.M. Robinson Bulldogs

Northwest Cabarrus Trojans

Central Cabarrus Vikings

Charlotte looks for 2-0 start Saturday

After a 33-9 win at Campbell, the Charlotte 49ers host Johnson C. Smith Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.

The Golden Bulls are opening their season, while the 49ers look to move to 2-0.

Phillips’ 3 TDs lead 49ers in opening win

Davidson (1-0) hosts Catawba Saturday

The Davidson Wildcats (1-0) will host Catawba at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Stadium in Davidson. The Wildcats are coming off a 56-0 win over College of Faith-Charlotte. It will be the season opener for the Catawba Indians from Salisbury.

Lewis makes 49ers’ practice squad, Klugh on ESPN, Wildcats snap losing streak

Former Concord Spider makes San Francisco practice squad

Lance Lewis, who played for Washington and Dallas last season, was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad after the team made final cuts Saturday.

The former East Carolina star wide receiver caught a 49-yard pass during the 49ers final exhibition game.

Earlier this preseason Lewis was greeted by 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh after catching a 2-point conversion.
Earlier this preseason Lewis was greeted by 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh after catching a 2-point conversion.

 Central Cabarrus star on ESPN Sunday

North Carolina A&T freshman quarterback Hasaan Klugh played in the Aggies’ 47-13 win over Alabama A&M Sunday. The game was nationally televised by ESPN.

Klugh, the former Central Cabarrus, had a 12-yard run to highlight his work as a back-up quarterback.

Davidson Wildcats win over College of Faith

The Davidson Wildcats snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 56-0 win over College of Faith-Charlotte Saturday at Richardson Stadium. It was the first win for second-year head coach Paul Nichols.

Every player who was physically able to play on the Davidson roster did play. Here are stats and more information about the game from Davidson Wildcats dot com

Nelson White  (#75) from J.M. Robinson is the starting left tackle for the Wildcats. He started all 11 games in 2013.

The Wildcats host Catawba at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Stadium Stephen B. Smith Field.

Here is a shot from the second half with the Saints on offense (neon green) and the Wildcats on defense. Davidson won 56-0.
Here is a shot from the second half with the Saints on offense (neon green) and the Wildcats on defense. Davidson won 56-0.

College of Faith featured several Charlotte area players and a couple of Cabarrus County players. Gerald Carr (#70) from Concord High played on the line for the Saints. He was injured late in the game. Tony Wall Jr. of Harrisburg also played.

Spiders-Tigers and Trojans-Bulldogs highlight week 2 action

Concord  20 Mount Pleasant 14


Northwest Cabarrus 20 J.M. Robinson 13

Student broadcast: Cannon School 36 cfa Academy 10


Cabarrus Scores
Concord 20 Mount Pleasant 14
Northwest Cabarrus 20 J.M. Robinson 13
A.L. Brown 51 South Rowan 7
Central Cabarrus 28 Albemarle 9
Hickory Ridge 28 Cuthbertson 25
Charlotte Latin 65 Cox Mill 27
Cannon School 36 cfa Academy 10
South Piedmont Conference
North Rowan 42 Jesse Carson 28
West Rowan 48 Davie 36
East Rowan 54 Salisbury 28
Rocky River Conference
Weddington 35 Forest Hills 20
West Stanly 27 South Stanly 15
Parkwood 40 Union Academy 7
Monroe 41 Anson 0
Central Academy 30 Highland Tech 0
MeCKa Conference
West Charlotte 20 West Mecklenburg 16
Butler 28 Mallard Creek 27
Mooresville 38 Hough 7
Vance 53 Hunter Huss 7
Independence 28 North Mecklenburg 0
Lake Norman 38 Hopewell 7
Here are the junior varsity results from Thursday:
Mount Pleasant 28-14 Concord
Hickory Ridge 33-19 Cuthbertson
J.M. Robinson 28-8 Northwest Cabarrus
Central Cabarrus over Albemarle (no score available)
For more detailed coverage of Cabarrus County Sports check out the Independent Tribune’s high school section that includes the weekly coaches’ interviews.
If you are on Twitter, we use #cabarrussports with much of our coverage.

Charlotte 49ers open Thursday, Davidson Wildcats Saturday

49ers’ second football season begins at Campbell

Thirteen players with ties to Cabarrus County will be on the rosters for Campbell and Charlotte when the Niners travel to Buies Creek.

Campbell’s team, led by former First Assembly coach and Carolina Panther Mike Minter, have five former Eagles: Damon Simmons, Donte Simmons, Tyler Rhyne, Ugonna Awuruonye and David Larson. All played for Minter at First Assembly, now cfa Academy. Chris Beaty of Northwest Cabarrus is also on the Camels’ roster.

The 49ers have Kalif Phillips of A.L. Brown, Blake Brewer of Cannon School, R.J. Rhinehart of Northwest Cabarrus, Quintin Gay of Central Cabarrus, and Danny Book and Jason Eury from Hickory Ridge. They all played a year ago for Coach Brad Lambert. Joining the Cabarrus County contingent this season is Weston Smith of Northwest Cabarrus. Smith had played baseball for the Niners but decided he would rather play football.

The game will be broadcast on WFNZ-AM 610 in Charlotte. The pregame show begins at 6 p.m. with kickoff at 7.

More information about Campbell is available here: Go Camels

For all the 49ers details visit: Charlotte 49ers dot com


Davidson hosts College of Faith at Richardson Stadium

Year two of the Paul Nichols coaching era begins Saturday with Charlotte-based College of Faith playing at Richardson Stadium Stephen B. Smith Field. Faith is a second year football program.

Earlier this week Davidson and College of Faith served at the Charlotte Men’s Shelter in a service project together.

Senior offensive lineman Nelson White from J.M. Robinson is the only Cabarrus County player on the Wildcats’ this season.

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s game, listen to all the action on the Davidson Radio Network anchored by WHIP-AM 1350 in Mooresville or listen or watch streaming video on-line at Davidson Wildcats dot com 

Mark Plemmons, general manager of Radio Free Cabarrus, is the play by play voice of Davidson football.

Several former Cabarrus County players are on NCAA Division II teams, which don’t start their seasons until after Sept. 1.

Cabarrus County Game of the Week broadcasts

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast two games this Friday. Links will be posted on this site later. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will provide play by play of Concord at Mount  Pleasant. Plemmons and Shaked Bar-tal will call the action as J.M. Robinson travels to Northwest Cabarrus on Military Appreciation Night at Trojan Stadium.

Other games Friday include:

Central Cabarrus at Albemarle

Cannon School at cfa Academy

South Rowan at A.L. Brown

Charlotte Latin at Cox Mill

Cuthbertson at Hickory Ridge


Hot action from football opening Friday night

Concord keeps the Bell in a thriller

Cox Mill wins at home against J.M. Robinson 42-17

Central Cabarrus 40 Mount Pleasant 34

 Cabarrus scores

Concord 20-14 A.L. Brown

Central Cabarrus 40-34 Mount Pleasant

Cox Mill 42-17 J.M. Robinson

Hickory Ridge 35-28 Piedmont

West Stanly 34-20 Northwest Cabarrus

Cannon School 33-13 North Raleigh Christian

Metrolina Christian 61-0 cfa Academy

South Piedmont Conference

South Rowan 31-21 South Iredell

Mooresville 49-21 West Rowan

North Rowan 43-21 East Rowan

Jesse Carson 42-35 Salisbury

MeCKa Conference

Mallard Creek 28-21 Charlotte Christian

Hough 34-20 Sun Valley

Vance 47-0 West Mecklenburg

Butler 54-6 West Charlotte

Lake Norman 35-28 North Mecklenburg

Hopewell 39-0 Garinger

Rocky River Conference

Cuthbertson 34-9 Parkwood

North Stanly 26-24 CATA

Monroe 50-7 Lexington

Forest Hills 7-6 Anson OT

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