Huddle Up!

After a long summer of workouts and practices, football season finally arrives in Cabarrus County Friday.

The all-county South Piedmont Conference should be as competitive as ever, with A.L. Brown a clear favorite to take the conference crown. The Wonders return a lot of talent from last season's 11-3 team and are looking to once again dominate the SPC.

But the Kannapolis team won't have an easy road. Hickory Ridge, Northwest Cabarrus and Concord should give A.L. Brown a run for its money, as they all return a combination of experienced and promising players that should help them be competitive in the conference.

Jay M. Robinson, Mount Pleasant, Cox Mill and Central Cabarrus should all be improved, but unless these teams pull off major upsets this season, they should finish 2010 in the bottom half of the SPC standings.

This year will also mark Cannon's first varsity football season, which should be exciting for the school. The team will play their first game under their brand-new lights Saturday.

First Assembly Christian Academy, under the direction of former Carolina Panther Mike Minter, will look to repeat as NCISAA Division II state champs. This time around, they will have to do it with new personnel that has arrived at FACS this offseason.