South Charlotte

Providence Day stands out this season

The Providence Day football team had never won a NCISAA state championship on the field.

After claiming the 1986 state title because Harrells Christian forfeited the game, the Chargers finally earned their second championship (after state runner-up finishes in 1991, 1992 and 2005), beating rival Charlotte Country Day 20-14.

Charlotte Catholic was a perfect 13-0 again going into the 3AA state semifinals before falling to Crest for the second straight year in the postseason.

In class 4A, Myers Park may have been the most surprising squad, going 9-5 overall, advancing all the way to the state quarterfinals with upset road playoff victories over Olympic and South Caldwell.

Ardrey Kell (8-4) finished second behind Butler in the SW4A standings.

Player of the Year: David Herlocker, Charlotte Catholic - David Herlocker can do just about anything on the field for Charlotte Catholic. This year, the senior rushed for 1,019 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 468 yards and six scores. Herlocker also had 751 yards and two touchdowns on kick and punt returns to help lead his Cougar team to a 13-1 record and second consecutive 3AA state semifinal berth.

Herlocker is currently considering Charlotte, Duke, Elon and Wofford.

Coach of the Year: Bruce Hardin, Providence Day - Bruce Hardin has won nearly everything in his 47 years as a football coach. This year, the N.C. Hall of Fame coach led the Chargers to their first state championship in 25 years and first the team has won on the field.

Hardin led Providence Day to a 10-2 record, beating Country Day 20-14 in the final game to clinch the NCISAA 3A title.

Hardin, in his fourth year at Providence Day (25-20 in that span) is now 312-114 in his head coaching career.

Hardin has led his team to the playoffs 28 times and now has three state championships after stints at A.L. Brown, Harding, Marvin Ridge, Providence High and West Charlotte.