All-Gridiron Team Nominations Being Accepted

Coaches, players, and media members are encouraged to nominate their favorite North Carolina high school football players for the 2015 Carolina Gridiron All-Gridiron team.

Check Out The Weekly Top 15 This Season releases Top 15 Rankings every week. Be sure to check back each Thursday duing the season to see where your favorite team is ranked.

College Football in North Carolina

Carolina Gridiron has expanded coverage to all Division I and II college football teams in the state of North Carolina. See how your favorite college team is doing on the gridiron this season.

Scrimmages and Jamborees

With your help, we were able to once again put together the most comprehensive statewide high school football jamboree/scrimmage list in North Carolina. Be sure to check back in 2016 for more scrimmages and jamborees.

2015 FAIR Rankings To Be Released

The 2015 Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings will be released soon. Be sure to check back to see where your team stacks up against the rest of the state.

VTO Sports Elite 100 Coming to Charlotte

VTO Sports is the industry leader in delivering Football Combines and Football Camp experiences that not only tests your athletic ability but provides valuable recruiting education.

VTO Sports provides valuable information on the recruiting process and the stages that need to be concentrated on to take advantage of the opportunities that may be presented. VTO’s Elite 100 Camps are known for meticulous execution and energy throughout the teaching and competition phases.

The VTO Sports Elite 100 is an invitation only camp where the top performers from the VTO Sports Combines are invited to compete against other top regional athletes.  The VTOSports Elite 100 gives top regional performers the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills against other top high school football players while being coached by a top notch staff.

The 2016 VTO Sports Elite 100 for North Carolina will be held at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte on March 20th. The cost of the invitation-only field is $85.


Coaches: Nominate a player here.

UNC's Elijah Hood Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Top-ranked Clemson and Virginia Tech led the way with two selections apiece as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its final Football Players of the Week of the 2015 season on Monday.

Clemson center Jay Guillermo was recognized as the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the third time following the Tigers’ 37-32 road win at South Carolina that secured an undefeated regular season. Tiger senior B.J. Goodson picked up his third Linebacker of the Week honor for his play against the Gamecocks.

Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford earned ACC Receiver of the Week accolades following his performance in a 23-20 win at Virginia that locked down the Hokies’ 23rd consecutive bowl bid under retiring head coach Frank Beamer.  Virginia Tech cornerback Chuck Clark was named the Defensive Back of the Week for his play in the road victory over the Cavaliers.

Eighth-ranked North Carolina, which faces Clemson in the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game this Saturday night at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, saw running back Elijah Hood recognized as the Offensive Back of the Week.  Also honored were Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker (Defensive Lineman), Miami placekicker Michael Badgley (Specialist) and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (Rookie).

This week’s honor is the second of the season for FSU’s Walker, and Louisville’s Jackson was recognized as the ACC Rookie of the Week for the third time.

ACC Player of the Week selections are determined by a vote of a 14-member media panel.

OFFENSIVE BACK – Elijah Hood, North Carolina, So., RB, 6-0, 220, Charlotte, N.C.

Hood recorded his first career 200-yard rushing yard game and his seventh 100-yard game of the season in North Carolina's 45-34 win at NC State. Hood rushed for 220 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns.  The 220 yards are the most ever by a Tar Heel versus NC State and ranks as the 14th highest single-game total in school history. He became the first Tar Heel to rush for 200 yards since Giovani Bernard had 262 vs. Virginia Tech in 2012. 

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Jay Guillermo, Clemson, Jr.-r, C, 6-3, 310, Maryville, Tenn.

Guillermo played 70 of Clemson’s 74 plays and graded 93 percent in the Tigers’ 37-32 win at rival South Carolina.  He added three knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack.  Guillermo had key blocks on three of Clemson’s four rushing touchdowns, including a drive up the middle by running back C.J. Fuller.  Clemson gained 515 yards of total offense, including 236 on the ground.

RECEIVER – Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech, So., WR, 6-2, 180, Jacksonville, Fla.

Ford hauled in six passes for 121 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception, as the Hokies posted a 23-20 win over Virginia in Charlottesville to secure bowl eligibility for the 23rd consecutive year. Ford’s 10 touchdown catches this fall are a Virginia Tech single-season record and ranks first among all ACC receivers.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – DeMarcus Walker, Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-3, 281, Jacksonville, Fla.

Walker keyed a dominating defensive performance in the Seminoles 27-2 road win at 10th-ranked Florida. Walker had game highs in sacks (1.5) and tackles for loss (2.5) and had a crucial third-quarter block of a field goal attempt – FSU’s first since 2010. Walker’s effort played a huge role in limiting Florida to its lowest point total since 1988 and secured the lowest output by a Top 10 opponent on the road in ACC history.

LINEBACKER – B.J. Goodson, Clemson, Sr.-r, 6-0, 240, Lamar, S.C.

Goodson was Clemson’s top tackler with 12 in the victory over South Carolina. The senior also had 1.5 sacks for 18 negative yards and had three tackles for loss for 22 yards as Clemson held off the Gamecocks’ rally to win 37-32.  Goodson had two of his tackles for loss in the first half, when Clemson held South Carolina to just three points and 150 yards.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Chuck Clark, Virginia Tech, Jr., CB, 6-0, 206, Suffolk, Va.

Clark led all tacklers with 12 in Virginia Tech’s win at Virginia and came up with a game-clinching interception on the Cavaliers’ final possession of the game.  Clark’s interception was his first of the season and secured the Hokies’ three-point victory.

SPECIALIST – Michael Badgley, Miami, So., PK, 5-11, 180, Summit, N.J.

Badgley scored 17 points Friday in Miami’s 29-24 win over Pittsburgh. Badgley tied a school record with five field goals, connecting from 33, 48, 23, 45 and 29 yards. Badgley made his sixth and seventh field goals  from between 40-49 yards this season. He also connected on two extra points and moved to a perfect 38-of-38 in extra points this season. Badgley has successfully converted a school-record 25 field goals this season.

ROOKIE – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Fr., QB, 6-3, 196, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Jackson accounted for 316 total yards versus Kentucky to set the school’s freshman record for total offense in a season. He rushed for a career-high 186 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 130 yards and another TD in Louisville’s 38-24 win. Jackson has nine rushing touchdowns this season, setting another single-season school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

Campbell's Jack Ryan Named Pioneer Freshman Defensive Player of the Year

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell’s Jack Ryan has been named the 2015 Pioneer Football League Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, in a vote of the conference’s coaches.

The Matthews, N.C. native totaled 66 tackles, including 11.0 stops for loss in his first collegiate season, adding 2.0 sacks and two interceptions.

Ryan led all PFL freshmen with 47 tackles (5.9 per game) in league play. He also ranked 12th overall in the league and tops among freshmen with 8.5 tackles for loss (1.06 per game).

Ryan finished the regular season ranked 77th nationally (sixth among FCS freshmen) in tackles for loss. He becomes the first Campbell student-athlete to receive one of the PFL’s annual postseason major awards.

The rookie played in all 11 CU games, making two starts at middle linebacker. He tallied a season-high 12 tackles with an interception at San Diego, posting five or more tackles in nine outings.

The PFL’s other major award winners included Stetson safety Donald Payne (Defensive Player of the Year) and Morehead State quarterback Austin Gahafer (Offensive Player of the Year), with Dayton cornerback Nick Kaczkowski and Butler wide receiver Guy DiBalsamo sharing Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

San Diego quarterback Anthony Lawrence received the Freshman Offensive Player of the Year award, while Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

The PFL will announce its All-PFL squads, Tuesday. The league then will announce its Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Wednesday, coinciding with the announcement of the Academic All-PFL teams.

Pairings Set for NCHSAA Regional Finals; Winners to Advance to State Championship Game

Teams who won their sectional finals advanced to the regional finals being played next Friday night at the higher seed. Teams winning next week will play in the state championship game for their respective classification. Interact with us on Twitter (@NCGridiron and @NCGridironNews) and let us know your thoughts using the hashtag #CGPlayoffs.

Check back with Carolina Gridiron for coverage of the NCHSAA regional finals next week.

State Championship Times and Locations Set:

1 Middle Creek 1 East Forsyth
6 Page 6 Mallard Creek
5 JH Rose 1 Dudley
2 New Hanover 3 Charlotte Catholic
13 Northern Guilford 1 Concord
3 Southern Durham 2 Crest
1 Eastern Alamance 8 Kings Mountain
3 Rocky Mount 2 South Point
4 Clinton 1 Monroe
2 Bunn 2 East Lincoln
1 Kinston 1 Shelby
2 SouthWest Edgecombe 6 Lincolnton
1 Wallace-Rose Hill 4 Mitchell
3 James Kenan 10 Walkertown
1 Plymouth 1 Comm School of Davidson
2 Southside 2 Robbinsville