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Inside Cabarrus County high school football: 10 top players, notes, can’t-miss games

Concord High’s players run onto the field before the start of the 91st Battle for the Bell game against Kannapolis’ A.L. Brown on Aug. 18, 2016 at Robert C. Bailey Stadium in Concord.
Concord High’s players run onto the field before the start of the 91st Battle for the Bell game against Kannapolis’ A.L. Brown on Aug. 18, 2016 at Robert C. Bailey Stadium in Concord.

10 Players To Watch

Name

School

Pos.

Class

Comment

John Brosnahan

Cox Mill

K

Sr.

Kicking game matters, and Brosnahan was all-conference last season

Jeremy Davis

A.L. Brown

OL/DL

Sr.

All-conference star will anchor the lines in Kannapolis

Will Exson

Cannon School

WR/DB

Sr.

All-state star one of 28 lettermen back from state semifinalist

Jarett Garner

Hickory Ridge

WR

Sr.

Had 60 catches for 1,300 yards, 14 TDs as a junior

Jalan Miller

Concord Robinson

OL

Sr.

6-3, 320-pounder will help anchor line for team that was 10-3 last season

Matthew Quates

Concord Robinson

OL

Sr.

6-1, 305-pounder will pair with Miller to create a massive line

Gage Redmond

Mount Pleasant

DT/OL

Sr.

Team has won 27 games in three seasons; had 108 tackles last year

Rick Sandidge

Concord

DE

Sr.

Top 150 national recruit will also play some TE

Seth Sturdivant

Concord First Assembly

QB

Sr.

1,800 yards passing and 20 TDs, and has all-state WR D’Wayne Crawford back, too

Najee Williams

A.L. Brown

DE

Sr.

Quick end had 24 tackles for losses last season plus 10 sacks

Notes

▪ A.L. Brown returns to the Cabarrus-based South Piedmont 3A after several seasons in a 4A Mecklenburg County league. The Wonders, who return nine starters and 33 lettermen, should be a league favorite.

▪ Coached by former Carolina Panther Brad Hoover, Cannon School was 6-6 last season and reached the N.C. Independent Schools Division II semifinals for the second straight season. Hoover has 14 starters back with plans to reach the finals.

▪ Concord First Assembly was 8-3 last season, its best since 2011. The team averaged 40 points per game and has key skill players returning. ... Hickory Ridge, a 2016 3AA semifinalist, moves into the Mecklenburg County-centric Southwestern 4A but returns 12 starters and 28 lettermen, including RB Jeremiah Boyd (1,328 yards, 14 TDs) and LBs Connor Helm (180 tackles) and Cal Wallerstedt (160).

Can’t Miss Games

Concord at Hough, Sept. 1: Concord steps up in class to face one of Mecklenburg County’s better 4A programs.

Concord Robinson at AL Brown, Oct. 27: Two South Piedmont 3A favorites will face off.

Concord at A.L. Brown, Nov. 3.: What’s changed? One of the nation’s oldest rivalries returns to the end of the regular season, where it belongs. What’s not changed? Winner gets the Victory Bell and bragging rights.

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