Four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletes have been named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to be held in San Antonio next January:
Berry's Nick Dawson and Germone Hopper will join Mallard Creek's D.J. Humphries in the senior game. West Charlotte's Elijah Jett was named to the All-Freshman team.
Representatives from the Bowl and the U.S. Army present athletes with a special recognition and jersey presentation at school to celebrate the honor. Jett, of West Charlotte, was recognized Sept. 29 among teammates and friends.
Humphries, who has committed to Florida, will be recognized on Oct. 4 at 1:45 p.m. at Mallard Creek. Hopper, who has committed to Clemson, and Dawson will be recognized on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Berry at a celebration with the senior class.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be held Jan. 7, brings 90 of the nation's top high school football players in an East versus West matchup. In addition to the game, there is the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, which comprises 125 of the nation’s top high school marching musicians who perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
-- The CISAA conference championship race and the N.C. Independent Schools state race got a little more interesting last week. Providence Day, which nearly upset No. 6 Porter Ridge, showed it's ready to challenge Country Day or Charlotte Latin, which always seem to play for the conference and state title.
-- Mecklenburg County football is obviously down this year and local teams may not feel the effect until the playoffs. Stronger teams like Butler, Mallard Creek and Independence normally are tested throughout the season, which helps come playoffs. That likely won't happen much this year.
-- Independence and Butler play each other Oct. 28. Mallard Creek will have to find other ways to stay sharp.
-- Providence Day's Sam Frye kept up a family tradition when he committed to the Citadel this week. His four brothers all played college football.