Category Archives: Football

Images from Bell Game

A.L. Brown beat Concord 14-12 to keep the Bell at Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis. Photographer Todd Maulden captured these images.

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Playoffs set

Here are the pairings for the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs which begins Friday, Nov. 10. Radio Free Cabarrus expects to broadcast three games in the first round. We will announce which one later this week.

1A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 North Duplin (11-0), BYE

#8 Southside (6-5) vs. #9 Northside-Pinetown (5-6)

#5 Pamlico County (7-4) vs. #12 Albemarle (4-7)

#4 Columbia (5-4), BYE

#3 South Robeson (3-8), BYE

#6 Plymouth (6-5) vs. #11 North Edgecombe (4-6)

#7 Southeast Halifax (7-4) vs. #10 South Creek (5-6)

#2 Northampton County (10-1), BYE

West

#1 Mitchell (10-1), BYE

#8 South Stokes (5-6) vs. #9 Community School of Davidson (5-6)

#5 Robbinsville (7-4) vs. #12 Rosman (2-9)

#4 Mountain Island Charter (8-3), BYE

#3 Thomas Jefferson (10-1), BYE

#6 Elkin (5-6) vs. #11 Hayesville (3-8)

#7 Union Academy (7-4) vs. #10 Alleghany (4-7)

#2 Cherokee (10-1), BYE

 

1AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Tarboro (11-0), BYE

#8 Riverside-Martin (6-5) vs. #9 Princeton (7-4)

#5 West Montgomery (9-2) vs. #12 Rosewood (5-6)

#4 Granville Central (5-6), BYE

#3 East Carteret (7-4), BYE

#6 Lakewood (9-2) vs. #11 Pender (4-7)

#7 Manteo (8-3) vs. #10 Gates County (6-5)

#2 John A. Holmes (10-1), BYE

West

#1 Mount Airy (11-0), BYE

#8 Polk County (7-4) vs. #9 North Rowan (8-3)

#5 Swain County (7-4) vs. #12 Cherryville (4-7)

#4 Bessemer City (10-1), BYE

#3 North Stanly (10-1), BYE

#6 Murphy (9-2) vs. #11 South Stanly (5-6)

#7 East Surry (7-4) vs. #10 Starmount (6-5)

#2 East Wilkes (9-2), BYE

 

2A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Northeastern (11-0) vs. #16 Bertie (4-7)

#8 First Flight (8-3) vs. #9 Clinton (5-5)

#5 Wallace-Rose Hill (9-1) vs. #12 Ayden-Grifton (6-5)

#4 Beddingfield (7-4) vs. #13 Farmville Central (5-6)

#3 Southwest Onslow (8-3) vs. #14 Goldsboro (6-5)

#6 SouthWest Edgecombe (9-2) vs. #11 Hertford County (6-5)

#7 Kinston (9-2) vs. #10 Greene Central (7-4)

#2 East Bladen (10-1) vs. #15 James Kenan (3-7)

West

#1 Reidsville (11-0) vs. #16 West Lincoln (4-7)

#8 East Rutherford (7-4) vs. #9 East Montgomery (9-2)

#5 Graham (3-8) vs. #12 Lincolnton (5-6)

#4 South Columbus (10-1) vs. #13 Wheatmore (9-2)

#3 Hendersonville (8-3) vs. #14 Brevard (6-5)

#6 Salisbury (7-3) vs. #11 Red Springs (8-3)

#7 Whiteville (10-1) vs. #10 North Wilkes (8-3)

#2 Mountain Heritage (10-0) vs. #15 Lexington (6-4)

 

2AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 East Duplin (11-0) vs. #16 St. Pauls (5-6)

#8 Bunn (8-3) vs. #9 West Stokes (8-3)

#5 Nash Central (9-2) vs. #12 T.W. Andrews (4-7)

#4 Randleman (9-1) vs. #13 Roanoke Rapids (8-3)

#3 South Granville (11-0) vs. #14 Washington (4-7)

#6 West Craven (6-5) vs. #11 Richlands (8-3)

#7 Ledford (8-2) vs. #10 Anson (4-7)

#2 North Davidson (10-1) vs. #15 Forest Hills (3-8)

West

#1 South Point (11-0) vs. #16 West Iredell (5-6)

#8 Shelby (9-2) vs. #9 Newton-Conover (9-2)

#5 Maiden (11-0) vs. #12 Fred T. Foard (8-3)

#4 Mount Pleasant (9-2) vs. #13 East Lincoln (6-5)

#3 Franklin (11-0) vs. #14 Smoky Mountain (5-6)

#6 Wilkes Central (9-2) vs. #11 Pisgah (6-5)

#7 North Surry (10-1) vs. #10 Patton (8-3)

#2 Hibriten (11-0) vs. #15 Bandys (5-6)

 

3A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Western Alamance (11-0) vs. #16 Eastern Wayne (6-4)

#8 Fike (8-3) vs. #9 Triton (6-5)

#5 Jacksonville (9-2) vs. #12 Northside-Jacksonville (6-5)

#4 Terry Sanford (10-1) vs. #13 Rocky Mount (4-6)

#3 Southern Nash (10-1) vs. #14 Westover (4-7)

#6 Eastern Alamance (9-2) vs. #11 Northeast Guilford (7-4)

#7 E.E. Smith (8-3) vs. #10 West Carteret (8-3)

#2 Havelock (10-1) vs. #15 Williams (5-6)

West

#1 Charlotte Catholic (11-0) vs. #16 West Caldwell (6-5)

#8 Stuart Cramer (7-4) v.s. #9 Concord (5-6)

#5 Weddington (8-3) vs. #12 Hickory (6-5)

#4 Hunter Huss (7-4) vs. #13 West Rowan (6-5)

#3 Jay M. Robinson (9-2) vs. #14 Tuscola (7-4)

#6 Crest (7-4) vs. #11 Monroe (5-6)

#7 Rockingham County (8-3) vs. #10 Freedom (7-4)

#2 Kings Mountain (10-1) vs. #15 Forestview (4-7)

 

3AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Clayton (11-0) v.s #16 Northwood (7-4)

#8 Cleveland (7-4) vs. #9 Northern Durham (8-2)

#5 D.H. Conley (10-1) vs. #12 Northern Guilford (6-5)

#4 Eastern Guilford (9-2) vs. #13 Hillside (5-5)

#3 Lee County (11-0) vs. #14 Ben L. Smith (5-6)

#6 Orange (8-2) vs. #11 Cape Fear (8-3)

#7 Southeast Guilford (9-2) vs. #10 Dudley (9-2)

#2 New Hanover (10-1) vs. #15 West Brunswick (4-7)

West

#1 Mount Tabor (9-2) vs. #16 Ashbrook (4-7)

#8 Watauga (9-2) vs. #9 Asheville (7-4)

#5 Marvin Ridge (10-1) vs. #12 Sun Valley (8-3)

#4 Alexander Central (10-1) vs. #13 Cuthbertson (4-7)

#3 South Iredell (9-2) vs. #14 Northwest Cabarrus (6-5)

#6 A.L. Brown (9-2) vs. #11 Clyde A. Erwin (6-4)

#7 Southwest Guilford (8-3) vs. #10 Statesville (9-2)

#2 A.C. Reynolds (10-1) vs. #15 Parkland (6-5)

 

4A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Scotland County (9-1), BYE

#8 Jordan (6-5) vs. #9 Seventy-First (8-3)

#5 Overhills (8-3) vs. #12 Knightdale (6-5)

#4 South Central (9-2), BYE

#3 Cardinal Gibbons (11-0), BYE

#6 Heritage (10-1) vs. #11 Purnell Swett (5-6)

#7 Ragsdale (7-4) vs. #10 South View (8-3)

#2 Hoggard (11-0), BYE

West

#1 Harding University (10-1), BYE

#8 Porter Ridge (7-4) vs. #9 Davie County (5-6)

#5 East Forsyth (7-4) vs. #12 Mooresville (4-7)

#4 West Mecklenburg (8-3), BYE

#3 Glenn (10-1), BYE

#6 Vance (8-3) vs. #11 R.J. Reynolds (6-5)

#7 Hickory Ridge (9-2) vs. #10 West Charlotte (5-6)

#2 South Caldwell (1-10), BYE

 

4AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Wake Forest (11-0), BYE

#8 Jack Britt (6-5) vs. #9 Millbrook (5-6)

#5 Middle Creek (8-3) vs. #12 Laney (7-4)

#4 Sanderson (8-3), BYE

#3 Garner (7-4), BYE

#6 Pinecrest (7-4) vs. #11 Athens Drive (7-4)

#7 Leesville Road (7-4) vs. #10 Fuquay-Varina (7-4)

#2 Green Hope (9-2), BYE

West

#1 Mallard Creek (11-0), BYE

#8 Richmond County (7-4) vs. #9 North Mecklenburg (8-3)

#5 Providence (8-3) vs. #12 South Mecklenburg (2-9)

#4 Page (10-1), BYE

#3 Butler (8-2), BYE

#6 Myers Park (10-1) vs. #11 East Mecklenburg (5-6)

#7 Hough (8-3) vs. #10 Ardrey Kell (3-8)

#2 West Forsyth (11-0),  BYE

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Rivalry Friday

Battle for the Bell – Live on Memories 98.3

Concord at Kannapolis, 7 p.m. pregame, kickoff at 7:30 with Ken Anderson and Coach Soupy Campbell.

Clash for the Coddle Creek Cup

Cox Mill at Northwest Cabarrus, 7 p.m. pregame, kickoff at 7:30 with Shaked Bar-Tal, Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons on Radio Free Cabarrus/The Cube.

Central Cabarrus at Jay M. Robinson

The SPC champion Bulldogs host the Vikings. 7 p.m. pregame, 7:30 p.m. kickoff with John Voncannon and Chris Hudson.

Other games tonight

Hickory Ridge at Porter Ridge

Mt. Pleasant at West Stanly

 

Images from an upset

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Hickory Ridge 43 Butler 42

Hickory Ridge won a thriller Friday night over Butler. Photographer Todd Maulden captured some of the excitement with his photos below.

 

LIVE SCOREBOARD

Under the Lights on Friday Nights

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The Radio Free Cabarrus crew will be covering several games in person and reporting scores from many others. Shaked Bar-Tal will be at Forest Hills for the Rocky River Conference match-up with Mt. Pleasant. John Voncannon will report from the Battle for Kannapolis with A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus. Henry Hutton will be doing double duty, covering the Hickory Ridge at Butler for the Independent Tribune and checking in with RFC gang. Chris Hudson will report live from Concord at Central Cabarrus. Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons will host the program live from the Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson game.

You can join in as well. Call or text 704-490-3715. Under the Lights on Friday Nights will be live from 7 to 10 p.m.

Our friends at Memories 98.3 and WTIX-AM will be broadcasting Hickory Ridge at Butler. Join Ken Anderson and Coach Soupy Campbell for the call.

A look back at Jay M. Robinson at Concord by Todd Maulden

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Central Cabarrus versus East Rowan video

Here is the replay of Central Cabarrus’ game with East Rowan.

This week’s Game of the Week will be live from Cox Mill as the Chargers battle North Mecklenburg.

Monday Night Football

Parkwood at Cox Mill

Mark Plemmons and Shaked Bar-Tal call the action.

Also Monday
Central Cabarrus at Mt. Pleasant (broadcast on Memories 98.3 FM, WTIX)

Back to Friday night football

Jay M. Robinson at Hickory Ridge

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action from Harrisburg. The Ragin’ Bulls come in with a 2-0, while the Bulldogs are 1-1. The game has been moved back to Friday at 7:30 p.m. weather permitting.

Central Cabarrus at Mt. Pleasant and Parkwood at Cox Mill have been moved to Monday night.

Thursday scores
A.L. Brown 50 Jesse Carson 0
Hough 28 Concord 14
Below are some Todd Maulden’s  photos from Week 1.

High School Football Week 2

Under the Lights on Friday Nights will be at Central Cabarrus for Vikings game with Hickory Ridge. Mark Plemmons and Perry Gabriel will co-host the show. Shaked Bar-Tal will be reporting from Cuthbertson at Jay M. Robinson and Chris Hudson will bring updates from Mount Pleasant at Northwest Cabarrus.
We welcome your calls (texts too) and updates at 704-490-3715. We expect to be on the air from 7 to 10 p.m.

Guest column

High school activities bring communities together

By Bob Gardner and Que Tucker

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games.  It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.

Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.

That’s why attending the activities hosted by your high school this fall is so important. It’s not only an opportunity to cheer for your hometown team, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our commonality. And that’s something our country needs right now.

The bond we share is mutually supporting the teenagers in our respective communities. We applaud their persistence, tenacity, preparation and hard work, regardless of the color of the uniform they wear. We acknowledge that education-based, high school sports are enhancing their lives, and ours, in ways that few other activities could. And we agree that, regardless of what side of the field we sit on, attending a high school sporting event is an uplifting, enriching, family-friendly experience for all of us.

Many of the high schools in our state lie at the heart of the communities they serve.   They not only are educating our next generation of leaders, they also are a place where we congregate, where people from every corner of town and all walks of life come together as one. And at no time is this unity more evident than during a high school athletic event.

This is the beginning of a new school year. Opportunities abound in the classroom and outside it. Let’s make the most of them by attending as many athletic events at the high school in our community as possible.

Turn on the lights, and let the games begin!

Bob Gardner and Que Tucker

Bob Gardner is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Que Tucker is Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Under the Lights on Friday Nights

Scores and highlights from across the area

Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons host this week’s scoreboard show from the site of Concord at Hickory Ridge.

Shaked Bar-Tal will provide live reports from the Cox Mill at Mount Pleasant game. Chris Hudson will report from Piedmont at Central Cabarrus.

We will follow other games and we encourage you to call your scores from across North Carolina live between 7:30 and 10 p.m. each Friday night. The number to call is 704-786-0001 to connect live on the air with Mark and Perry.

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