@Olympic High School, August 11, 2017
Charlotte Catholic vs. East Mecklenburg
Game Time: 6:00
Although the Charlotte Catholic Cougars and the East Mecklenburg Eagles have both played football for over 60 years and only separated by 11 miles, these two proud programs have only played once during the regular season on the gridiron. For those of you interested, in 2009, East Mecklenburg prevailed over Charlotte Catholic by a score of 20 to 14.
East Mecklenburg has been playing in the 4A classification since 1959 (the very first year of the 4A classification). The Eagles were one of the most successful 4A programs in the 1970's, accumulating an overall record of 76-30-2. While the Eagles lost to Rose in the 1975 4A state championship game (14-13), they came back and won the 4A state championship in 1977, defeating Rocky Mount by a 28 to 9 score. Several coaching legends across the state have coached at East Mecklenburg, including Don Hipps, Rudy Abrams, Scott Stein, and the present Eagles coach, Barry Shuford.
Barry Shuford has been the Eagles head coach since 2014. 2017 will be the 27th year Coach Shuford has been a head football coach in North Carolina. Previous stops include Bessemer City, Garinger, Butler, Parkland, and Olympic. Widely respected among the coaching ranks, Coach Shuford has made every team he has coached better than what he had inherited. With 155 wins on his resume, Coach Shuford is a proven winner.
Charlotte Catholic started playing football in the mid 1950's. In 1971, the Cougars joined the NCHSAA and played in the 2A Little Five Conference. Starting in 1973, Charlotte Catholic started its 20 year run in the 2A Rocky River Conference (they would later rejoin the Rocky River Conference in 1997 through 2004). In 1977, the Cougars would win their first 2A state championship. 27 years later, the Cougars would win the 2AA state championship trophy. In 2005, Charlotte Catholic would move up to the 3A classification. However, the Cougars were unfazed, winning the 3AA state championship crown. In 2013, the Cougars would move up to the 4A classification. Two years later (2015), the Cougars would win the 4A state championship crown.
Several legendary coaches have been the Charlotte Cougars head coach. While many will remember Jim Oddo (358-145-2 in 41 seasons at Charlotte Catholic), Will Campagna would also coach the Cougars (1959 to 1968). The current coach, Mike Brodowicz, has an overall record of 42-4 with one state championship.
Butler vs. South Mecklenburg
Game Time: 7:00
The Butler Bulldogs and the South Mecklenburg Sabres last met on the gridiron during the 1st round of the 2014 4AA state playoffs with Butler prevailing 55 to 20. In fact, after South Mecklenburg defeated Butler 28 to 12 in the Bulldogs' inaugural season, Butler has won the last 16 games in this series.
South Mecklenburg has been playing 4A football since 1959. Several stellar football men have been the Sabres' head coach over the years, including Jim Seacord, Steve Shaughnessy, and Rocky White. The Sabres' best season was in 1981 when the Sabres won the 4A state championship with a 27 to 14 victory over Terry Sanford.
Coach White, the current Sabres head coach, has been the South Mecklenburg head coach since 2012. Coach White had a previous successful tenure as the head football coach of West Mecklenburg. Coach White's father, Joe White, was a successful head coach at Olympic during the late 1960's through the 1970's.
The Butler Bulldogs have been playing football since 1997. During this time, three men have been the Bulldogs' head coach: Barry Shuford, Mike Newsome, and Brian Hales. The most successful Butler Bulldogs football period would be 2009 to 2012 when the Bulldogs would win 3 4AA state championships (2009 and 2010 under Coach Newsome, 2012 under Coach Hales).
In 2011, Coach Hales became the Bulldogs' head coach, and during this period of time he would lead his troops to a 67-13 record and the 2012 4AA state championship crown.
Myers Park vs. Olympic
Game Time: 8:00
The Myers Park Mustangs and the Olympic Trojans have played 48 times since 1967 with the Mustangs leading the series 29-19. The last time these two teams met was in September of 2014 (Myers Park prevailed 21-7).
While Myers Park has not won an outright state championship, in 1965 the Mustangs won the 4A West Regional Championship (The NCHSAA did not have a unified state championship in 1965 and 1966). The 1965 Mustangs team won 11 games which has not been surpassed by any succeeding Mustang team. However, the 2016 Mustangs matched the 11 win record, and under the watchful eye of Coach Scott Chadwick, Myers Park has a realistic chance of breaking this record in 2017.
Coach Chadwick has been the Mustangs' head coach since 2014. Along with his success at Myers Park, Coach Chadwick had a very good tenure at Marvin Ridge. Coach Chadwick's overall record is 64-35.
Olympic first started playing football in 1966. Coach Joe White (Rocky White's father) was the first Olympic football coach. Other good football coaches have run the Trojans' program over the years. These coaches include Scott Braswell, Scott Stein, Pete Gilchrist, Maurice Flowers, Barry Shuford, and Keith Wilkes.
During the off-season, Jason Fowler was named the head football coach of the Olympic Trojans. Coach Fowler was the inaugural head football coach at Rocky River, compiling a 38-45 record over the program's first 7 years.
$5 covers admission for all three games.
2 quarters of football for each game.
Full game action (kicking left to coaches' discretion for each game).
East Meck, South Meck, and Olympic will be the home teams.
Mom's Football 101 Clinic prior to the game, 4:30-5:45 pm. Time subject to change. Head coaches and official will speak at the clinic.