The south Charlotte region produces some of the top teams in North Carolina on a regular basis.
Within the last decade, seven different local schools – Butler, Independence, Charlotte Catholic, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day – have won at least one state title.
This year, there is no shortage of teams with championship potential.
Charlotte Christian comes in with the longest winning streak in south Charlotte, with 19 straight victories and two consecutive NCISAA Division I championships. With 12 starters returning, including all-state running back Elijah Deveaux, Jason Estep’s Knights are again loaded with talent.
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Butler has been the most consistent winner recently, winning three of the last five NCHSAA 4A titles in going 68-6. The Bulldogs return 14 starters from a team that made the 4A Western Regional final last year, led by senior quarterback Anthony Ratliff.
Charlotte Catholic has won 86 percent of its games in the past decade, with five appearances in the state finals, but the Cougars most prove they can win without legendary head coach Jim Oddo and All-American running back Elijah Hood.
First-year Charlotte Catholic head coach Mike Brodowicz, who spent 12 years as an assistant to Oddo, is one of three new coaches in the area, with Scott Chadwick at Myers Park and Barry Shuford at East Mecklenburg.