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This is the best night of the year for Mecklenburg County high school football fans. There are great games everywhere.

Hough High came into this season with some high expectations.

Charlotte Latin has a history of producing great quarterbacks. And coach Larry McNulty has another one in 6-foot-4, 200-pound Daniel Jones.

Last week, Butler lost a 15-point lead against Richmond Senior in the final 90 seconds of regulation and lost 55-54 in overtime.

In September 2001, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools moved high school football kickoffs up 30 minutes to 7 p.m. Turns out that was a brilliant move. I remember back in the ’80s, games started at 8 p.m.

Vance High first-year football coach Aaron Brand is not shy. He promised in July that he would have a quick and profound effect on the program.

Lightning: Forced delays around the area and also forced cancelation of the highly anticipated halftime battle of the bands between West Charlotte and Harding. In Union County, Sun Valley’s and Monroe’s scoreboards were hit by lightning and were knocked out of service.

After 33 years of being a head high school football coach, Charlotte Country Day’s Bob Witman is beginning to think about what life would be like without a whistle.

Believe it or not, Mecklenburg County football wasn’t always strong. After South Mecklenburg won a N.C. 4A championship in 1981, the county didn’t produce another public school champion until 1995, when West Charlotte won its first and only title.

Langston Wertz Jr.’s thoughts on the first night of high school football for most area teams centers on Rocky River’s title hopes, Davidson Day’s numbers, West Meck’s new stadium, the legend coming to Providence, Olympic’s big night and Sun Valley’s wicked schedule

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Langston Wertz Jr.
Langston Wertz Jr. writes about high schoool sports for The Charlotte Observer and charlotteobserver.com.
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