Myers Park's Senior Night game with Garinger has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 30.
Myers Park athletics director Rick Lewis called Garinger officials last week to ask about changing the date. Garinger agreed.
So kickoff is tonight at 7 p.m.
Other CMS teams play Friday.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Myers Park's Senior Night game with Garinger has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 30.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
West Charlotte High School will hold a special memorial during halftime of Friday night’s football game to honor coach Mo Collins.
Denada Jackson, community engagement coordinator for the Project LIFT district that includes West Charlotte, said several special guests will offer remarks about Collins, who passed away suddenly Sunday. Collins was 38.
Collins, who graduated from West Charlotte in 1994, is a former Florida Gator and Oakland Raiders offensive lineman. This season, his first as head coach, he had guided the Lions (4-5) to their most wins since 2010. Collins, who did not coach in last week’s 35-7 loss to Hough, had been receiving dialysis treatments for kidney failure. He wass the second area football coach to pass away in recent weeks. Piedmont football coach Ron Massey died two weeks ago of a heart attack.
West Charlotte plays MECKA 8 conference opponent A.L. Brown from Kannapolis Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Click here to read the Observer's obit on Collins
West Charlotte High football coach Mo Collins, a former NFL lineman who had guided the school to its most wins since 2010, passed away early Sunday morning.
Collins, who did not coach in Friday's 35-7 loss to Hough, had been receiving dialysis treatments for kidney failure. Collins is the second area football coach to pass away in recent weeks. Piedmont football coach Ron Massey died two weeks ago of a heart attack.
West Charlotte High principal John Wall is notifying school staff Sunday afternoon, said Denada Jackson, Community Engagement Coordinator for Project L.I.F.T. School officials plan to have additional guidance counselors at school Monday to talk with students and staff to provide support. Collins' family has asked for privacy at this time.
Collins, 38, was one of 10 new football coaches in Mecklenburg County this fall. Players and school officials said he brought hope and discipline to the school.
"We are in the NFL former players chapter together," said former Carolina Panther and Victory Christian high school coach Dee Brown, "and I know he had a big heart to help kids and really wanted to turn West Charlotte High School around. I know he was taking great pride in that. Charlotte, West Charlotte High School, the NFL and the entire community has just lost a good man, but I'm sure his legacy will remain in the hearts and lives he touched."
Charlotte Christian assistant coach Eugene Robinson, who is a radio announcer for the Carolina Panthers, said Collins would be missed. Robinson said Collins played a pivotal role in helping get a new artificial turf field for West Charlotte via a grant from the Panthers.
"He's a guy that tried to include everybody," Robinson said. "Mo's a motivator and a guy that gets things done. He's one of those guys that says, 'There's a need,' and he gets things done. He's real passionate and impresses upon you his passion....He's one of those guys when you talk to (him), he's so lovable because he's such a big guy. The first thing you think of is a big teddy bear. He'll bust you in the mouth on the football field. But when he's talking to you, he's real kind and compassionate."
For the past several years, Collins kept a close eye on West Charlotte, where he once donated money to build a new weight room. He said he didn’t like where the program was headed.
From 1973 through 2008, West Charlotte had four losing seasons. In those 35 years, West Charlotte reached the 4A state championship game seven times.
From 2008-13, West Charlotte had four losing seasons.
Collins joined the school’s coaching staff just before the 2013 season. He coached offensive linemen. Collins had an up-close view of perhaps the worst season in school history.
The Lions finished 0-11 and were outscored 532-146. Near midseason, Collins said he knew he wanted to be head coach. West Charlotte is 4-5 this season under Collins, the most wins the Lions have had since 2010. West Charlotte is scheduled to play A.L. Brown at home Friday.
“West Charlotte is where it all started,” he said in an interview with the Observer before the season began. “You hear how bad it is and what’s happening. All you hear is negative things. I wanted to find out what it was myself. When I got in there, these were still kids and they deserve some positive people to see and be around, especially people their color.
“Me coming back was saying, ‘I care about you.’ I’m not doing it for money or status, by no means. I’m not trying to stay relevant. I have a job to show them what it is to be a man, to have a strong work ethic. Instead of me donating money – and money is always good for a program – but giving these boys this type of attention and male leadership, I think, I hope, will be invaluable to them.”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Academic Magnet is a public school in Charleston, where football coach Bud Walpole was dismissed by the Charleston County School District Monday night after an opposing team's parent contacted a Charleston County School Board member out of concern for Academic Magnet's postgame celebrations.
The complaint came after Academic Magnet beat Military Magnet 53-30 on Sept. 5
The Charleston Post and Courier reported that the school system investigated and found that the coach and some of his players would smash watermelons and have some players pick up parts of the fruit and eat them while making "ape-like noises."
The noises were offensive to black players on the Academic Magnet team and its opponents, according to the complaint.
Walpole has led the team to a 6-2 record in his 10th season, the second-best start in school history. There is an online petition signed by 1,400 people to keep Walpole in his job as coach. He will remain as a teacher. An interim coach will finish the season.
Walpole, according to the report, has received support from other area coaches. They include Military Magnet's Gene Ross, who said he did not see a "watermelon celebration" after the 53-30 loss.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Prep football video preview: Mallard Creek's Mike Palmieri talks Hough comeback, Vance rivalry and about Friday's big games
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Ron Massey, who coached high school football at Piedmont, A.L. Brown and Kings Mountain, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday.
Massey, 56, was hired as Piedmont’s head coach in March 2012. This was his third season. Massey coached in Piedmont’s 74-58 loss to Sun Valley Friday. Piedmont is 3-4 this season. It was 8-3 in 2013 and 5-7 in 2012 under Massey.
Massey had a 120-32 record at A.L. Brown, where his teams won or tied for nine conference championships in his 11 seasons. His 2008 team at Kannapolis reached the N.C. 3AA state finals. Prior to Brown, Massey was head coach at Kings Mountain or five years starting in 1995. His teams were 48-15-2.
Massey also was head football coach at Fayetteville’s 71st high school from 1992-94. His teams were 32-14. Massey began his coaching career in 1988 at Raleigh Enloe. His career coaching record is 221-101-3.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Four Mecklenburg County prep football players made the N.C. Shrine-Bowl team, which was announced Monday afternoon.
Rocky River defensive back Jaire Alexander, Butler defensive lineman Jalen Cousar, Hough tight end Carl Tucker and Ardrey Kell offensive lineman Mason Veal will play in the game. The Shrine-Bowl kicks off Dec. 20 in Spartanburg and will match some of the best seniors in North Carolina against their S.C. counterparts.
Six area players were also named to the N.C. team: Nate Mullen, WR, Hickory Ridge; Tanner Muse, DB, South Point; Akease Rankin, RB, Mooresville; Rocky Reid, RB, Concord; Darian Roseboro, DL, Lincolnton; Chazmyn Turner, DL, Mooresville
Rock Hill Northwestern receiver Dupree Hart and teammate Christopher Bouyer, a defensive lineman, made the S.C. team along with York's Daurice Simpson.
Click here for NC roster
Click here for S.C. roster