The 2014 high school football season will open with Kickoff Night Aug. 21 and 23, headlined by a matchup between defending public school and private school state champions.
The event, in its second year, will feature a doubleheader Thursday night at Memorial Stadium and a third game Saturday at Providence Day.
The first game of the Thursday night doubleheader is between Sun Valley and Hough at 5:30 p.m. Sun Valley played in the event last season, losing to Charlotte Christian 28-19.
The late game Thursday night, scheduled for 7:45 p.m., will be between N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state champions Charlotte Christian and N.C. 4AA state champions Mallard Creek, a rare contest between Charlotte public and private school teams.
The Mavericks and Knights finished undefeated last season.
Its great for the city, Charlotte Christian coach Jason Estep said. Youre taking the best public school in the state of North Carolina versus the best private school in the state of North Carolina and you see what happens. Itll draw some attention.
Providence Day will host Charlotte Catholic at 7 p.m. Saturday in the event's final game.
Three of the six teams will have new coaches when they kick off the season: Mike Brodowicz at Charlotte Catholic, Miles Aldridge at Hough and Tad Baucom at Sun Valley.
You can put that up on the bulletin board, that were going to be in a showcase game, Brodowicz said. Weve come to really embrace these games and enjoy them and I think these kids really rise to the occassion.
Inscoe: 704-358-5923; Twitter: @CoreyInscoe
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less