South Charlotte

Weddington gets new head coach

Weddington has a new head football coach, and he is no stranger to the Southern Carolinas Conference after spending the last 22 years coaching in Union County.

Tim Carson will lead the Warriors after spending the previous eight seasons at Sun Valley, the last seven as the Spartans' top assistant and defensive coordinator.

Carson's introduction to players and parents was July 13. He replaces Justin Hardin, who accepted a position to become the South Pointe (S.C.) offensive coordinator and strength coach.

"The seniors on this team have been through three coaches now," Carson said, "so early on we are trying to build trust between the players, the coaches and the staff we have in place. Once they know we are here for them and get our style in place, we will be fine."

Carson, who played defensive end and was the long snapper at Mars Hill College, said he plans to stay at Weddington for a number of years. Before his eight years as a Sun Valley coach, Carson spent 14 years at Parkwood in Union County - six as an assistant and eight as head coach.

The Warriors started strong last season, building a 8-0 record before staggering to a 9-4 finish. One of those losses came at the hands of Sun Valley and Carson's defense.

"There are some great pieces here to build around. Drew (Podrebarac) did a great job at quarterback and he is coming back," Carson said. "I think the defensive line is a strength, and we have some weapons on offense."

Podrebarac threw for more than 2,000 yards and accounted for 27 touchdowns, 20 by passing.

Running backs Connor Graham (978 yards and 12 touchdowns last year) and Brandon Little (752 rushing yards and seven touchdowns) are back. Receivers Colin Lisa (636 receiving yards and seven touchdowns) and Jake Yurek (11 receiving touchdowns and 613 yards) also return.

"Like everyone's goal should be, we are trying to win the conference championship and go from there," said Carson. "We should be pretty good, and we will compete at every practice and on every play. That is what I ask of my players."

The Warriors open the season at home Aug. 19 against Cuthbertson.