Tuesday, September 18, 2007

West Charlotte will be in the hunt

A loss isn’t always devastating.
West Charlotte split the most arduous two-week football schedule in the state, losing 49-32 to seven-time reigning 4A champ Independence and beating No. 2 Butler 20-14.

"When you play Independence, they’re going to expose any weakness you might have and need to work on," coach Maurice Flowers said. "They showed us some things we needed to work on. We went and worked on it, and Butler got to see it."

West Charlotte’s two-week test served notice that it remains a state title contender, after reaching the 4A title game last December.

"This helps tremendously getting us ready for conference play, and the state playoffs," Flowers said. "We’re not going to play two tougher teams in the state. One thing we know is we go into every game knowing we have a chance to win."

West Charlotte (4-1) will open ME-CA 6 4A at home against Hopewell (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. It will be a 4A team in the playoffs - and miss 4AA foes like Independence and Butler.

But the Lions know they can hang with the best.

"The best football in the state right now is being played in Charlotte," Flowers said. "If we’re one of the best teams in Charlotte, we know we’re one of the best teams in the state." -- Cliff Mehrtens