How is COVID-19 Impacting Football?

The COVID-19 Pandemic is constantly impacting the fate of the 2020 football season. Keep up to date with the latest news here.

Championship Central

Relive the 2019 North Carolina High School Football Playoffs and look back on how your favorite team did last season.

Check Out The Weekly Top 15 This Season

CarolinaGridiron.com 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 is expanding coverage of all college football teams in the state of North Carolina this season. See how your favorite college team is doing on the gridiron this year.

Carolina Gridiron Media Pick'Em

This season, Carolina Gridiron is launching a new media pick ‘em contest featuring some of the state’s top sports media. Each week, we will select a slate of ten games from across the state of North Carolina with a mix of high school and college games being thrown in.

Scrimmages and Jamborees

With your help, we are able to yearly put together the most comprehensive statewide high school football jamboree/scrimmage list in North Carolina. Thank you to all who helped put together the 2019 list.

2019 Preseason All-Gridiron Team Announced

Congratulations to all of the players who were selected to the 2019 preseason All-Gridiron team.

Big South Announces Spring 2021 Football Schedule

CHARLOTTE (www.BigSouthSports.com) – The Big South Conference today announced its 2021 spring football schedule will feature five teams playing a four-game conference slate to determine the Big South’s automatic qualifier to the FCS Playoffs.  The five teams competing will be Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Kennesaw State, Monmouth and Robert Morris.  Big South football members Campbell, North Alabama and Hampton will not compete during the spring season.

Robert Morris, which was added as an associate member on June 15 and was scheduled to begin play in the Big South in the fall of 2021, will instead be an official conference opponent in the upcoming spring campaign and will be eligible for the Big South championship and automatic berth to the postseason.

League play features two games a week starting Saturday, March 13 with defending Big South champion Monmouth at newcomer and former conference rival Robert Morris, while Charleston Southern will visit Kennesaw State.  Gardner-Webb will open its Big South season Saturday, March 20 at home against Monmouth.  The regular-season is currently scheduled to end Saturday, April 10 with GWU at RMU and KSU and MU.

Contingencies were built into the schedule to allow flexibility for completing the conference season in full, and the week of April 11-17 has been left open to allow any games impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to be made up.  Big South members are also permitted to play up to four (4) non-conference games during the spring.


Below is the 2021 composite league schedule, which is subject to change and other adjustments.

2021 Big South Football Conference Spring Schedule

Saturday, March 13

Charleston Southern at Kennesaw State

Monmouth at Robert Morris


Saturday, March 20

Robert Morris at Charleston Southern

Monmouth at Gardner-Webb


Saturday, March 27

Charleston Southern at Monmouth

Kennesaw State at Gardner-Webb


Saturday, April 3

Gardner-Webb at Charleston Southern

Robert Morris at Kennesaw State


Saturday, April 10

Gardner-Webb at Robert Morris

Kennesaw State at Monmouth

App State Rolls Past Texas State in Sun Belt Action

SAN MARCOS, Texas — A day of eye-catching firsts contributed to App State moving forward with no Sun Belt Conference losses on its record.

App State built a lead with first-time touchdowns from a trio of Mountaineers, who remained unbeaten in league play with a 38-17 victory at Texas State.

App State (5-1, 3-0) led 24-10 at the break thanks to first-half scores on a 32-yard catch from tight end Miller Gibbs, a 49-yard interception return from linebacker Brendan Harrington and a 1-yard reception from part-time fullback Caleb Spurlin, a starting defensive end.

Shemar Jean-Charles' third-quarter interception at the App State 9-yard line preceded a 91-yard touchdown march from the Mountaineers, capped by Zac Thomas' third touchdown pass of the day, a 9-yard connection with Jalen Virgil. Camerun Peoples closed the scoring on his 32-yard touchdown run with 5:59 left in the game against the Bobcats (1-8, 1-4).

"Any time you win in college football you take it, I don't care if it's 2-0 or 100-99," App State head coach Shawn Clark said. "We were down here a few years ago and won on a last-second play and celebrated like crazy. We're going to celebrate tonight and, road warriors, it's off for a week and we're back home at The Rock."

App State traveled to the Central time zone for the second straight week and followed up a 31-13 win at ULM with another one-sided victory. The Mountaineers used a balanced effort to maintain their unblemished Sun Belt record going into next weekend's home game against Georgia State (3-3, 2-3).

Daetrich Harrington accounted for 113 of App State's 258 rushing yards, and Thomas completed 18 of his 27 passes for 168 yards with no interceptions. He  hooked up with 10 different receivers while moving into third place on App State’s list for career touchdown passes (increasing his total to 60) and fourth place for career total offense (7,157 yards). On special teams, Chandler Staton made his only field goal try, a 33-yard attempt with 15 seconds left in the first half.

Demetrius Taylor and Jalen McLeod contributed sacks Saturday to help lead a defense that benefited from a career-high 10 tackles by D'Marco Jackson, who added 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups. The Mountaineers forced two turnovers, limited Texas State to four conversions on 12 third-down tries and no conversions on three fourth-down attempts — all in the second half. Those stops were made on snaps from the App State 28 (ending with Jean-Charles' interception), the Texas State 47 and the App State 19. 

"We gave up a couple opportunities, but all the mistakes, they're on us and they're things we can fix," Brendan Harrington said. "I think we played well as a defense. We got to the quarterback and pressured him a lot and closed a lot of gaps."

A collision between two defenders on a deep throw helped Texas State connect for a 75-yard touchdown pass on the third play from scrimmage, but App State responded with a touchdown drive that included a 14-yard catch by Gibbs on a third-and-3 pass to avoid a quick punt.

Four plays later, after tight end Henry Pearson had fallen on a teammate's fumble, Gibbs scored his first career touchdown.

"Miller Gibbs came in and gave us a shot in the arm," Clark said. "I thought our tight ends played excellent today, and Miller Gibbs was a big part of that. We're going to need more people, because as we get into this stretch, people are going to get banged up, but it's a next-man-up mentality."

App State took the lead for good late in the first quarter, when Harrington came up with his third interception of the season on a throw toward midfield. He found an opening along the Mountaineers' sideline and received help from Jackson's blocking to reach the end zone.

Jackson's defensive work turned a first down from the App State 21 into a short field goal for Texas State on its next possession, and the Mountaineers increased their advantage with an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

Christian Wells' 15-yard reception on a third-and-9 play extended the drive, and Spurlin entered the game as a fullback for a first-and-goal snap. Having blocked on short touchdown runs against Campbell and ULM, Spurlin leaked out to the right and was unguarded as he hauled in a short pass from Thomas.

"In high school, all four years, I played both sides of the ball, so I had played some fullback," Spurlin said. "It's pretty second nature to me at this point, so it wasn't anything really new or tricky for me."



Duke Trounces Charlotte in Intrastate Non-Conference Matchup

DURHAM - Charlotte lost to Duke, 53-19, in a non-conference football game, Saturday night at Wallace Wade Stadium in the 49ers fourth road game in five contests this season. Despite the loss, 49ers' redshirt safety Ben DeLuca tied Jeff Gemmell for the 49ers all-time career tackles record with his 306th career tackle.

Duke (2-5) scored on Deon Jackson’s 65-yard burst on the Blue Devils’ second play from scrimmage to ignite a decisive first-half attack. Duke built a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter before Charlotte’s offense got on the board.

“Give credit to Duke,” 49ers head coach Will Healy said. “Every opportunity I thought we had to sneak back in it, they were able to make a play and we weren’t. They got after us.  They out-physicalled us, they outrushed us. They attacked our quarterback. And they dominated us in the special teams game.”

Charlotte (2-3) used a season-long 17-play drive to move 91 yards for its first score of the game, coming on Micaleous Elder’s five-yard run to cut the gap to 24-7 with 4:21 to play in the half. Charlotte then stopped Duke on a fourth-and-one at midfield, but was not able to turn that into points before the break.

Trailing 24-7 at the half, Charlotte started the second half with the ball but was unable to move on its first two possessions, the second of which ended with a blocked punt recovered at the Charlotte five. Jackson scored immediately on a five-yard run to put the Blue Devils ahead, 31-7.

“You have opportunities to end the first half and start the second half where you can come back and make it a football game,” Healy added. “We weren’t able to make enough plays.”

Charlotte answered with its second score of the night on an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by a six-yard catch by redshirt junior wideout Victor Tucker. The TD catch was the 11th of Tucker’s career, which ranks third all-time for the 49ers, one shy of second all-time (Trent Bostick, 12).

The two teams traded another set of TDs, with Charlotte scoring on a two-yard plunge by Tre Harbison III on fourth-and-goal to make it 39-19 with 10:06 to play.

Duke added a pair of scores in the final five minutes.

Duke had a pair of backs, Mataeo Durant (104) and Jackson (101), rush for over 100 yards and two touchdowns each.  Harbison led the 49ers with 57 rushing yards and a TD.

Reynolds was 18-of-34 passing for 171 yards and a touchdown. Elder led the 49ers with six catches and 86 yards to go along with his TD run.

Linebacker Tyler Murray led the 49ers defense with eight tackles and DeLuca had six tackles to tie Gemmell for the 49ers career record 306 takedowns. Nafees Lyon came up with his second career interception.

Charlotte plays at Middle Tennessee in Conference USA action, next week.




ACC Football Championship Game Set for Dec. 19

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game will be played Saturday, Dec. 19, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Game time will be announced no later than Dec. 7 and the game will be televised by either ABC or ESPN. 

This year, the ACC Championship Game will feature the league’s top two teams based upon the highest winning percentage in conference games. More information on the ACC’s tiebreaker procedures can be found here.  

Capacity for the event will comply with North Carolina state and local regulations, which currently allows for seven percent capacity at outdoor venues of greater than 10,000 fans. Further information on seating capacity and tickets locations will be updated on theACC.com as it becomes available. 

The 2020 ACC Football season began Sept. 10 with each of the 15 schools playing an 11-game schedule (10 conference games, one non-conference game) over a 13-week period. At the mid-point of the ACC season, 48 of the 52 scheduled games (92.3 percent) have been played. Three conference games were rescheduled and one non-conference opponent has been replaced. All 15 teams still have the opportunity to play an 11-game regular season.

Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, has been the site of nine of the last 10 ACC Football Championship Games. In 2018, the ACC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation reached an agreement to keep the game in Charlotte through 2030.

The winner of the conference championship game has gone on to play in the National Championship Game or compete in the College Football Playoff in each of the previous six seasons.