Myers Park and West Mecklenburg, both billed as Charlotte-area high school football powers, didn’t disappoint.
Providence Day looks the part of a CISAA title contender.
And Vance, a power in recent seasons, has work to do but has the potential for big things this autumn.
Those were some takeaways from Saturday’s Charlotte Kickoff Night, a high school tripleheader at Memorial Stadium.
West Mecklenburg, ranked 16th in the Sweet 16 poll, opened the day by ripping eighth-ranked Vance 42-19. Hawks’ quarterback Preston Brown accounted for 321 yards’ offense, running for a touchdown and passing for two more.
Then Providence Day got big plays from Jacolbe Cowan, Nickel Fields and Cody Cater, subduing Olympic 41-26.
And in the nightcap, seventh-ranked Myers Park looked all the part of a 4AA state powerhouse with a 31-0 rout of neighborhood rival Country Day.
West Mecklenburg 42, Vance 19: The Hawks’ victory was impressive, considering standout wide receiver Khafre Brown didn’t play, and West Mecklenburg committed eight penalties and lost a pair of fumbles.
“We’re still learning, still making a few mistakes,” head coach Jarvis Davis said afterwards. But he smiled, adding, “This team has the potential to do really well.”
Dyami Brown, named the game’s most valuable player, accounted for four TDs. He had one receiving, one rushing and two passing. Brown has committed to North Carolina.
Vance coach Aaron Brand said the Hawks “had a better football team,” adding, “I thought we had a chance early. But we made a mistake, the play got called back, and we didn’t recover.
Trailing 28-13 in the second quarter, Vance’s M.J. Williams ran 18 yards for a touchdown, but a penalty negated the score. The half ended 28-13, and West Mecklenburg scored twice in the third quarter to pull away.
West Mecklenburg 28 0 14 0 – 42
Vance 7 6 0 6 – 19
WM – Tyler Barnes 15 pass from Preston Brown (Christian Alvarez kick)
WM – Dyami Brown 12 run (Alvarez kick)
V – Kalen Clark 12 run (James Palacios kick)
WM – P. Brown 11 run (Alvarez kick)
WM – Barnes 33 pass from P. Brown (Alvarez kick)
V – M.J. Williams 15 run (kick failed)
WM – D. Brown 3 run (Alvarez kick)
WM – Joshue Hudson 1 pass from Brown (Alvarez kick)
V – Jaylon Riley 29 pass from Nigel Summerville (no PAT)
Providence Day 41, Olympic 26: Freshman Nickel Fields made an auspicious start for the Chargers, returning an interception 59 yards for a touchdown and catching a 10-yard pass from Cody Cater for another score.
Cater threw for three touchdowns, and game most valuable player Jacolbe Cowan harassed Olympic throughout the game from his defensive end position.
The Trojans, playing for the first time under head coach Jason Fowler, who moved to Olympic from Rocky River in the offseason, got a big game from running back Jamik Edmunds. He accounted for more than 200 yards’ offense, scoring on a 69-yard run and a 65-yard pass from Dylan Earney.
Olympic 0 14 6 6 – 26
Providence Day 13 14 0 14 – 41
PD – Colin Ravin 6 run (Thomas Gelorme kick)
PD – Nickel Fields 59 interception return (kick failed)
O – Jamik Edmunds 69 run (Keyshawn Taylor kick)
O – Edmunds 65 pass from Dylan Earney (Taylor kick)
PD – Porter Rooks 2 pass from Cody Cater (Chad Ayers pass from Cater)
PD – FG Gelorme 32
PD – FG Gelorme 37
O – Damon Rouse 43 run (kick failed)
PD – Fields 10 pass from Cater (Gelorme kick)
O – Shamar Winborne 11 run (kick failed)
PD – Carter Dowling 1 pass from Cater (Gelorme kick)
Myers Park 31, Charlotte Country Day 0: It was the Mustangs’ new faces who accounted for much of the scoring in this route.
Khamal Howard, a two-time all-Southwestern 4A running back who transferred from East Mecklenburg, carried for two first-half touchdowns. Quarterback Brayden Hawkins, a transfer from Dillon (S.C.), threw for a touchdown. And that scoring pass went to Muhsin Muhammad, a transfer from Providence Day.
Country Day opened the game by driving to the Myers Park 33 but missed a long field goal. The Mustangs responded with a long scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard Howard touchdown run.
The victory was entirely smooth for Myers Park. The Mustangs were held scoreless in the second half and were hurt by two lost fumbles. But their defense stopped the Buccaneers three times in Mustang territory.
Country Day 0 0 0 0 – 0
Myers Park 7 17 0 7 – 31
MP – Khamal Howard 1 run (Tyler Dameron kick)
MP – Muhsin Muhammada 4 pass from Brayden Hawkins (Dameron kick)
MP – FG Dameron 27
MP – Howard 3 run (Dameron kick)
MP – Emanuel Alston 11 pass from Hawkins (Dameron kick)