The Providence Day football team had never won a NCISAA state championship on the field.After claiming the 1986 state title because Harrells Christian forfeited the game, the Chargers finally earned their second championship (after state runner-up finishes in 1991, 1992 and 2005), beating rival Charlotte Country Day 20-14.Charlotte Catholic was a perfect 13-0 again going into the 3AA state semifinals before falling to Crest for the second straight year in the postseason.In class 4A, Myers Park may have been the most surprising squad, going 9-5 overall, advancing all the way to the state quarterfinals with upset road playoff victories over Olympic and South Caldwell.Ardrey Kell (8-4) finished second behind Butler in the SW4A standings.Player of the Year: David Herlocker, Charlotte Catholic - David Herlocker can do just about anything on the field for Charlotte Catholic. This year, the senior rushed for 1,019 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 468 yards and six scores. Herlocker also had 751 yards and two touchdowns on kick and punt returns to help lead his Cougar team to a 13-1 record and second consecutive 3AA state semifinal berth.Herlocker is currently considering Charlotte, Duke, Elon and Wofford.Coach of the Year: Bruce Hardin, Providence Day - Bruce Hardin has won nearly everything in his 47 years as a football coach. This year, the N.C. Hall of Fame coach led the Chargers to their first state championship in 25 years and first the team has won on the field.Hardin led Providence Day to a 10-2 record, beating Country Day 20-14 in the final game to clinch the NCISAA 3A title.Hardin, in his fourth year at Providence Day (25-20 in that span) is now 312-114 in his head coaching career.Hardin has led his team to the playoffs 28 times and now has three state championships after stints at A.L. Brown, Harding, Marvin Ridge, Providence High and West Charlotte.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
Providence Day stands out this season
All-South Charlotte News football
QB Jonah Duggan, Ardrey Kell: Multithreat quarterback had 1,193 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground and 1,305 yards passing with 10 scoring tosses.
RB Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic: Sophomore rushed for school-record 1,982 yards and 35 touchdowns.
RB Adam Nix, South Mecklenburg: Senior had 1,243 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns, also standout defensive back and return man.
RB Shaqore Harrington, Myers Park: Senior had 1,018 yards rushing and eight scores to help Mustangs to 4AA state quarterfinals.
ATH David Herlocker, Charlotte Catholic: ME-GA 7 Offensive Player of the Year had 2,238 yards of total offense (1,019 rushing, 468 receiving, 751 yards in returns) and 21 touchdowns.
WR Kennedy Barkley, Myers Park: Senior had 52 catches for 803 yards and six touchdowns.
WR Bryan Erb, Charlotte Country Day: Bucs all-state receiver was teams top playmaker on offense.
WR Matt Yates, Providence High: Panthers top offensive weapon had 698 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
TE Mark Harrell, Charlotte Catholic: Notre Dame commit was a big reason the Catholic offense produced 5,197 yards of total offense and 42 points per game.
OL Casey Blaser, South Mecklenburg: Duke commit and Shrine Bowl pick also an All-SW4A selection and three-year starter.
OL Matt Carrick, Ardrey Kell: All-SW4A senior received highest grade on offensive line and did not allow a sack in last two years.
OL Swancy Murphy, Charlotte Catholic: 6-foot-1, 315-pound senior plowed big holes for Cougar offense that averaged 333 yards rushing per game.
OL Alex Pourlos, Providence Day: All-state junior tackle led Chargers with 11 pancakes.
OL Harrison Monk, Providence High: Furman commit was two-time All-SW4A pick, co-captain.
K Paul Griggs, Charlotte Latin: Purdue commit broke Mecklenburg County record with a 57-yard field goal. Also all-state, Shrine Bowl and U.S. Army All-American game pick.
RET Tyler Morgan, Ardrey Kell: Had two punt returns for touchdowns in the biggest moments including a 23-21 win at Independence.
**Butler and Independence are not included in the South Charlotte News coverage area.
DL - Romeo Okwara, Ardrey Kell: Notre Dame commit, Shrine Bowl selection and All-SW4A pick led Knights with 76 tackles, 14 sacks and 27 tackles for loss.
DL - Ian Dibble, Ardrey Kell: SW4A Defensive Player of the Year had 74 tackles, 10 sacks, 26 tackles for loss.
DL - Brian Duncan, Charlotte Country Day: All-state and Shrine Bowl pick had 58 tackles and three sacks to help lead Bucs' defense.
DL - Zeron Hubbard, Myers Park: Senior All-SW4A selection had 71 tackles and 13.5 sacks.
LB - Mychal Turner, Myers Park: Senior had 126 tackles, 4.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.
LB - Matt Cincotta, Charlotte Catholic: Marshall signee had 100 tackles including 10 for loss, also a All-ME-GA 7 pick.
LB - Spencer Ball, Charlotte Latin: Shrine Bowl and all-state pick led Hawks with 87 tackles, 10 sacks.
LB - Daniel Stack, Providence Day: Two-time all-state selection a major force for stingy Charger defense.
DL/LB - Matt Blanton, Myers Park: Senior paired with Turner to form dynamic duo had 125 tackles of his own.
DB - Bryon Fields, Providence Day: All-state junior and team MVP had 43 tackles, five interceptions and was major factor on offense (five TD catches) and in the return game.
DB - Jack Brodowicz, Charlotte Catholic: ME-GA 7 Defensive Player of the Year had 66 tackles and six interceptions while also doubling as Cougars' starting quarterback.
DB - Jeremiah Rainey, Myers Park: All-SW4A senior had 43 tackles, two interceptions and 19 pass break ups.
DB - Sam Dexter, Charlotte Christian: All-state pick led Knights' secondary with four interceptions.
P - Wes Medeiros, Charlotte Christian: Junior averaged more than 42 yards per punt in first full year as punter. Also exceptional kicker.
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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