Jay M. Robinson at Hickory Ridge
The Battle for the Bell kicks off the season
Opening week is right around the corner for high school football. Our first broadcast will be the Battle for Bell with Concord at A.L. Brown.
Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast audio only for the game. The game will be broadcast live on TV by Time Warner Cable. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will call the action for RFC. They will broadcast Concord games all season long.
Our regular broadcasts (live audio with delayed video) will begin on Friday, Aug. 21, with two games.
Northwest Cabarrus visits Jay M. Robinson in a South Piedmont Conference game. The Bulldogs are rejoining the 3-A ranks after two season at 4-A. Perry Gabriel and Coach Soupy Campbell will call the action.
The Highway 49 Rivalry will be the other broadcast with Central Cabarrus visiting Mount Pleasant. It will be the first game since the Cabarrus County School Board approved naming the field. It is now Larry Honeycutt Field at Tiger Stadium. Mark Plemmons and Shaked Bar-Tal will call the action.
Independent Tribune’s coach’s videos
The Independent Tribune’s Pigskin Preview coach’s videos are now available for all 10 Cabarrus schools that play football. Links to the videos are below. The newspaper will also publish its Cabarrus gridiron guide Aug. 19 and the Battle for the Bell section Aug. 16.
More local sports coverage is available on our sister site Greater Cabarrus Sports
2-A Playoffs: Mount Pleasant at Owen
Mount Pleasant trailed 7-0 but battled back for a 42-21 win over previously unbeaten Owen. Cody Reece rushed for 246 yards and four TDs. Robert Johns intercepted three passes and returned a kickoff for a TD.
Mount Pleasant will play at Shelby Dec. 5 for the 2-A Western Regional title.
It’s a battle of two of the top running backs in North Carolina as Cody Reece and his Mount Pleasant Tigers travel to Black Mountain to play Jager Gardner and his Owen Warhorses.
The Tigers are 12-2 and have won 12 straight. The Warhorses are 12-1. Both are conference champs.
Owen beat Mount Pleasant 13-0 in the first round of the playoffs in 2013.
Shaked’s Sundrop Scoreboard
Live streaming video by Ustream
Here are the weekly coaches’ interviews from the Independent Tribune:
The Tigers, coached by Mike Johns, beat North Rowan to advance to the Round 3 of the 2-A playoffs. They play at Owen Friday. Here is a link to Coach John’s weekly interview:
Concord Senior Night versus Garinger
Central Cabarrus at Northwest Cabarrus
Hickory Ridge at West Rowan
Central Academy at Mount Pleasant
Cox Mill at Central Cabarrus
Cox Mill at Concord
Hickory Ridge 21 Central Cabarrus 17
Mount Pleasant wins at Carson behind Reece, defense
The Mount Pleasant Tigers won 31-15 at Jesse Carson behind a strong defense and another big performance from running back Cody Reece. He carried the ball 28 times for 280 yards and two touchdowns. It was the Tigers’ third straight win. Here is the Charlotte Observer’s top performers list along with other regional highlights: Charlotte area round-up
Reid, Black help Spiders remain unbeaten
The Concord Spiders’ star running back Rocky Reid carried the ball 34 times for 209 yards as the Spiders beat East Rowan 29-12. Quarterback Keenan Black was nine of 15 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Black left the game in the second half with an injury. Right now his status for next week is in doubt.
The Spiders (5-0, 3-0) travel to Central Cabarrus for a big South Piedmont Conference next Friday.
Reid, who is now the all-time leading rusherfor Concord, is about 520 yards behind Nick Maddox of the A.L. Brown for the Cabarrus County record. Right now we don’t have the official rushing total for Reid and there have been different reported rushing totals in recent weeks.
Perry comes up big Wonders’ win
Daveon Perry scored the A.L. Brown Wonders’ first two touchdowns in a 33-12 win over North Mecklenburg to open MeCKa Conference play. Perry returned a fumble 42 yards for a TD and later returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. He later picked off a Viking pass.
Mullen and Bulls’ D key win over Central Cabarrus
Nate Mullen scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to help the Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls rally from a 17-7 deficit to defeat Central Cabarrus 21-17. Jaylen Rudisell also had a 59-yard TD run for the Bulls. Rudisell had 20 carries for 130 yards. Hickory Ridge, known for its explosive offense, held the Vikings to just 12 first downs. Kyle Tyson had 18 tackles to lead the defensive effort.
Daiyann Fuller led the Vikings with 148 yards rushing on 12 carries, including a 51-yard TD run. Xavier Harris had 22 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Cox Mill wins the Coddle Creek Cup
The Cox Mill Chargers rolled up big numbers and held the Northwest Cabarrus offense in check for a 56-0 win. The win gives the Chargers the Coddle Creek Cup.
North Carolina scores from Friday
Here is the scoreboard from Carolina Preps.
Charleston Southern claims 47-41 OT win over the Charlotte 49ers
The #25 ranked Buccaneers scored a touchdown in overtime for a win over the Charlotte 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium Saturday afternoon. Here is the game story from Charlotte49ers.com
Davidson falls at Princeton
The Davidson Wildcats fell 56-17 to Princeton in New Jersey Saturday night. One of the highlights on the tough night was a 23-play drive in the third quarter for a touchdown. Here is the game story from DavidsonWildcats.com
Week 6 includes Battle for Coddle Creek Cup and MeCKa openers
Here are this week’s Cabarrus County high school games with links to the coaches’ videos:
Ragin’ Bulls 21 Vikings 17
East Rowan at Concord 7:30 p.m. (broadcast below)
Spiders 29 Mustangs 12
Chargers 56 Trojans 0
Mount Pleasant at Jesse Carson 7:30 p.m.
Tigers 31 Cougars 15
J.M. Robinson at Vance 7 p.m.
Cougars 56 Bulldogs 12
A.L. Brown at North Mecklenburg 7 p.m.
Wonders 33 Vikings 12
Winston-Salem Prep at Cannon School 7 p.m.
Hickory Grove at cfa Academy 7 p.m.
Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge broadcast video will be uploaded later
Hickory Ridge 20 Central Cabarrus 18
A.L. Brown 14 North Mecklenburg 12
Vance 24 J.M. Robinson 13
West Rowan 46 South Rowan 0
Davidson at Princeton, Charlotte at home Saturday
Concord 20 Mount Pleasant 14
Northwest Cabarrus 20 J.M. Robinson 13
Student broadcast: Cannon School 36 cfa Academy 10
Fall high school official practices began Friday
N.C. High School Athletic Association teams began official fall practices on Friday, Aug. 1. That included Cabarrus County teams. The heavy rain forced most Friday’s workouts inside.
I had a chance to visit practices at Mount Pleasant, A.L. Brown and Northwest Cabarrus Friday. The teams were working hard, like I’m sure all the teams in the county were. The Independent Tribune will have more in Sunday’s edition. Here is the Google picture and video story from some of the photos and videos shot Friday:
Central Cabarrus field turf is complete!
All the fund-raising and work at Central Cabarrus has resulted in a brand new turf field at Central Cabarrus. Congratulations to the Vikings! Here is the Independent Tribune story about the turf:
Hundreds of cyclists race in Kannapolis
The Giordana Crossroads Classic rolled into Kannapolis and the N.C. Research Campus Thursday for the Cabarrus Creamery Criterium. 216 cyclists raced in the races around a .7 mile D-shaped course.
The event was moved from Concord, where it has been for several years, because of construction of the new Concord City Hall. Here is the story in the Independent Tribune about the races and the winners:
Daniel Hermic leads the champions at the Summer Shootout
Daniel Hermic won the Jack In the Box Summer Shootout Legends Pro title for a third time. He and dozens of other racers competed in the 10-round Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Champions were crowned after the final races Tuesday. Here are the winners and the final race results:
Hemric, a racer from Kannapolis, also had a big win the super late models in the Southern Super Series in Pensacola, Fla. Here are details in this week’s Short Track Racing Report:
Preseason Pigskin Previews
The Cabarrus Pigskin Previews are being published in the Independent Tribune. Here are links to those videos. More links will be added as the coaches’ interviews are completed:
These are the first in a series of preseason interviews. Check back later for more interviews.