South Charlotte

Ready ... set ... RUMBLE

The temperature may still be more than 90 degrees in Charlotte, but for local football players, summer is officially over.

Players all over south Charlotte will be strapping on shoulder pads and buckling their chin straps Friday as the 2011 football season begins.

Butler is poised to be the class of the Southwestern 4A conference again this year despite being under the direction of a new head coach, Brian Hales. Second place in the conference is anyone's guess. Myers Park returns an experienced roster, Ardrey Kell should continue to improve this season and South Mecklenburg and Providence could also push toward the top of the conference.

Charlotte Catholic may lack experience this year, but coach Jim Oddo knows how to find and cultivate talent. And after losing in the semifinals last year, the Cougars are hungry to make it to the state title game.

Defending state champion Charlotte Country Day lost many starters to graduation but has a solid junior class ready to step up. Charlotte Latin and Charlotte Christian are extremely young this year, and Providence Day hopes to challenge for the state title with junior South Mecklenburg transfer Chase Ferguson at quarterback.

Go to for weekly stories about local football teams and players and visit our sports blog at for news and notes about all fall sports this season.

See you on Friday nights.