High School Sports

The 2017 Charlotte Observer high school football preview

South Pointe, the reigning S.C. 4A state champs, faces Byrnes for the second year in a row at the WRHI Football City USA Kickoff on Aug. 10, 2018.
South Pointe, the reigning S.C. 4A state champs, faces Byrnes for the second year in a row at the WRHI Football City USA Kickoff on Aug. 10, 2018. Special to The Herald

Below find the Charlotte Observer’s 2017 high school football preview

Rankings

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Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri’s team is ranked in the preseason Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 poll JASON E. MICZEK WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

The Charlotte Observer Preseason Sweet 16 poll

The Carolinas Top 50 high school football recruits

Nuts and Bolts

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New head coach Jeff Caldwell directs members of the Garinger football team during practice at the school on Monday, July 31, 2017. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

2017 Team-By-Team Schedules

This week’s schedule (games kick off Thursday)

Team-by-team previews, broken down by county

Conference predictions

Insider Looks

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Myers Park's Elijah Bowick in the school's weight room on Friday, February 10, 2017. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Here are closer looks at several counties in the Observer’s coverage-area, with top players, games to watch and more

Inside Mecklenburg County football: top players, key games, notes

Inside area private school football: top players, key games, notes

Inside Union County football: top players, key games, notes

Inside Cabarrus County football: top players, key games, notes

Inside Cleveland County football: top players, key games, notes

Preseason Profiles

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Harding High lineman Jovaughn Gwyn is tracking as a top national recruit. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Here are feature stories on area players/teams

What college football recruiters find so unique about Harding’s Jovaughn Gwyn

At Harding High, the nation’s No. 1 running back has one goal

Myers Park QB Brayden Hawkins has transferred twice, but don’t assume why

In Union County, Marvin Ridge RB Caleb Deveaux chose to lose weight to play more

In Cabarrus County, Concord DT Rick Sandidge has size, talent to make college coaches drool

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Charlotte Country Day LB Connor Fewin believes the Bucs can get back to their winning ways in 2017 lwertz@charlotteobserver.com Langston Wertz Jr.

After a few losing seasons, Charlotte Country Day believes this is the year to get back on top

In Cleveland County, Shelby High’s Dax Hollifield used basketball to be great

Why Hibriten believes it can bounce back from heartbreaking state semifinal shutout

In Morganton, Patton High and its star QB believe the football team is finally worth cheering for

At Richmond Senior, new coach determined to restore Raiders old magic and luster

Garinger tries to avoid state’s longest losing streak, change course of the program

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