2018 Preseason All-Gridiron Team Released

Carolina Gridiron is pleased to announce the 2018 preseason All-Gridiron team. Congratulations to each of the players chosen and best wishes for a successful 2018 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 Division I, II and III college football teams in the state of North Carolina every season. See how your favorite college team is doing on the gridiron this season.

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. We are beginning the 2018 list now. Be sure to check back for more scrimmages and jamborees.

Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings

Check out the Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings archives to see where your team has stacked up during past seasons. The 2018 rankings will be released once all teams have played at least one game against an NCHSAA opponent.

Championship Central

Look back at how the 2017 state championships unfolded for all eight North Carolina classifications.

Undefeated Teams Left in North Carolina - Week 5

After Week 5, there are currently 58 undefeated teams left in the state of North Carolina. Below is the list of teams who have not yet suffered a loss and their Week 6 opponent.

4A - 13 TeamsNext Game
East Forsyth4-0Home vs East Forsyth 9/21
Enloe4-0Home vs Sanderson 9/21
Fuquay-Varina4-0Home vs Knightdale 9/21
Hough4-0Away vs Hopewell 9/21
Mooresville4-0Home vs North Mecklenburg 9/21
Myers Park4-0Home vs Garinger 9/21
North Mecklenburg4-0Away vs Mooresville 9/21
South Central4-0Home vs J.H. Rose 9/21
South View4-0Home vs Pine Forest 9/28
Vance4-0At UNCC vs Mallard Creek 9/21
Wake Forest4-0Away vs Franklinton 9/21
Mallard Creek3-0At UNCC vs Vance 9/21
Overhills3-0Away vs Terry Sanford 9/21
3A - 18 TeamsNext Game
Franklinton5-0Home vs Wake Forest 9/21
Parkland5-0Away vs Southwest Guilford 9/21
Southern Alamance5-0Away vs Southwestern Randolph 9/21
Southwest Guilford5-0Home vs Parkland 9/21
Alexander Central4-0Home vs West Caldwell 9/21
Central Cabarrus4-0Home vs Carson 9/21
Havelock4-0Home vs Hunt 9/21
Huss4-0Home vs North Gaston 9/21
Lee County4-0Away vs Lee County 9/18
Northern Durham4-0Away vs Southern Durham 9/21
Northwest Cabarrus4-0Away vs East Rowan 9/21
Southern Nash4-0Away vs White Oak 9/21
Sun Valley4-0Home vs Weddington 9/21
Topsail4-0Away vs Hoggard 9/21
Watauga4-0Away vs South Caldwell 9/21
Weddington4-0Away vs Sun Valley 9/21
Jacksonville3-0Home vs Hertford 9/28
Rocky Mount3-0Away vs Nash Central 9/21
2A - 17 TeamsNext Game
East Rutherford5-0Away vs Polk 9/28
Eastern Randolph5-0Away vs Providence Grove 9/21
Hibriten5-0Home vs Bunker Hill 9/21
Reidsville5-0Away vs Northwest Guilford 9/21
Wheatmore5-0Home vs Randleman 9/21
Currituck County4-0Away vs SouthWest Edgecome 9/28
Kinston4-0Home vs South Lenoir 9/21
Maiden4-0Away vs Bandys 9/21
North Wilkes4-0Away vs East Wilkes 9/21
Randleman4-0Away vs Wheatmore 9/21
South Granville4-0Home vs Louisburg 9/21
Carrboro3-0Away vs East Wake 9/21
Northeastern3-0Away vs Holmes 9/21
Smoky Mountain3-0Home vs Tuscola 9/21
South Columbus3-0Home vs West Columbus 9/21
St Pauls3-0Away vs Fairmont 9/21
West Lincoln3-0Away vs North Lincoln 9/21
1A - 10 TeamsNext Game
Mount Airy5-0Home vs Surry Central 9/21
Holmes4-0Home vs Northeastern 9/21
Lakewood4-0Away vs Western Harnett 9/21
Tarboro4-0Away vs South Creek 9/21
Thomas Jefferson4-0Home vs Cherryville 9/21
Gates County3-0Home vs Pasquotank 9/21
Granville Central3-0Away vs Warren County 9/21
Highland Tech3-0Home vs Comm Sch of Davidson 9/21
Pamlico3-0Home vs Northside-Pinetown 9/21
Princeton3-0Away vs North Johnston 9/21

How the Week 5 Top 15 Fared

Hurricane Florence played havoc with the high school football schedule this week. Some schools were able to get games in earlier in the week while others were forced to postpone or cancel. With the games that were played, let's see how the Week 5 Carolina Gridiron Top 15 fared. As always, we look forward to your thoughts about these rankings. Interact with us on Twitter using the #CGTop15 hashtag or on our Facebook page.

TeamRecordWeek 5 Results
1Wake Forest(4-0)Idle
2Mallard Creek(3-0)Won vs Harding 52-7
3Page(4-1)Lost vs Reagan 14-7
4Hough(4-0)Won vs Ardrey Kell 38-6
5Vance(4-0)Won vs South Mecklenburg
6Myers Park(4-0)Idle
7East Forsyth(4-0)Idle
9North Mecklenburg(4-0)Won vs Cox Mill 43-24
10South View(4-0)Postponed vs Westover (TBA)
11Mooresville(4-0)Won vs South Iredell 38-7
12Fuquay-Varina(4-0)Plavs vs Cleveland 9/14
14Butler(2-2)Won vs Providence 42-21
15West Mecklenburg(3-1)Cancelled vs Scotland
TeamRecordWeek 5 Results
1Havelock(4-0)Cancelled vs Rocky Mount
2Crest(3-1)Lost vs #7 Weddington 31-21
3Sun Valley(4-0)Won vs Olympic 40-6
4Jacksonville(3-0)Postponed vs New Bern (TBA)
5Kings Mountain(4-0)Plays vs Shelby 9/14
6Charlotte Catholic(3-1)Idle
7Weddington(4-0)Won vs #2 Crest 31-21
8AC Reynolds(4-1)Won vs Enka 56-0
9Clayton(3-1)Postponed vs Fike (9/27)
10Southern Nash(4-0)Idle
11Cape Fear(3-1)Postponed vs Overhills (TBA)
12Hunter Huss(4-0)Idle
13Central Cabarrus(4-0)Idle
14Northern Durham(4-0)Idle
15Lee County(4-0)Postponed vs West Carteret (TBA)
TeamRecordWeek 5 Results
1Hibriten(5-0)Won vs Newton-Conover 63-19
2Northeastern(3-0)Postponed vs Northern Nash (9/17)
3Reidsville(5-0)Won vs Magna Vista (VA) 34-12
5East Duplin(3-1)Postponed vs Ashley (TBA)
6Hendersonville(4-1)Lost vs Burns 56-55
7North Davidson(3-1)Won vs East Davidson 52-0
8Pisgah(4-1)Lost vs Greeneville (TN) 41-7
9South Granville(4-0)Idle
10East Rutherford(5-0)Won vs Patton 34-7
11South Columbus(3-0)Postponed vs East Bladen (TBA)
12Southwest Onslow(2-2)Idle
13Kinston(4-0)Postponed vs Southern Wayne (TBA)
14Wallace-Rose Hill(2-2)Postponed vs Cardinal Gibbons
15South Point(3-2)Won vs Stuart Cramer 33-7
TeamRecordWeek 5 Results
2Mount Airy(5-0)Won vs North Surry 41-10
3Edenton Holmes(4-0)Postponed vs Currituck (TBA)
4East Surry(4-1)Lost vs West Stokes 26-19
5Thomas Jefferson(4-0)Won vs Calhoun Falls (SC) 49-18
6Mitchell(4-1)Won vs Franklin 42-20
7Murphy(3-1)Cancelled vs Greenwood Raptors (SC)
8Cherokee(2-2)Lost vs Smoky Mountain 28-12
9North Stanly(2-2)Lost vs Northwest Cabarrus 28-24
10Mountain Island(3-1)Idle
11Pamlico(3-0)Won vs Washington County 58-7 (Mon); Postponed vs Kipp Pride (TBA)
12North Rowan(3-1)Idle
13Northampton(3-1)Postponed vs Washington County (TBA)
14Riverside-Martin(3-1)Postponed vs Camden (TBA)
15Princeton(3-0)Postponed vs Wake Christian (TBA)

Tyrie Adams Leads Western Carolina to 28-10 Victory Over Gardner-Webb

BOILING SPRINGS – Friday nights are usually reserved for high school football in North Carolina. Hurricane Florence, however, has thrown that idea into the wind. News of game postponements or cancellations filled news feeds throughout the week. For Gardner-Webb and Western Carolina, two FCS programs separated by only 116 miles, getting an intrastate game in this week before the storms rolled in was a high priority. While the upcoming weather forecast was uncertain, the Western Carolina offense was not, totaling 475 yards in a 28-10 win over Gardner-Webb Friday night at Ernest Spangler Stadium.

Gardner-Webb's game against Western Carolina was moved up to Friday night due to Hurricane Florence, which was approaching the area on Friday evening. The edge of the storm could be seen in the distance from the stadium.
Shaking off an injury that required stitches in the first half, dual-threat QB Tyrie Adams paced the WCU offense, leading the Catamounts with his arm and his feet. The redshirt junior was 13 of 24 for 108 yards and two scores through the air. He also ran twelve times for 106 yards. Running back Connell Young churned out the yards as well, giving coach Mark Speir two 100-yard rushers for the night. "That was something we worked on all week in anticipation of this weather. We had to make sure we had a rain plan, and more importantly, a wind plan ready and I think our guys did a good job. We knew we were going to have to come in here and run the football. We've got a veteran o-line and they did a good job tonight," Coach Speir mentioned after the game.

When it seemed like the Gardner-Webb offense was trying to gain momentum, Western Carolina's JerMichael White and the Catamount defense stepped in and shut the Runnin' Bulldogs down. The senior from Tennessee picked off Gardner-Webb twice on the evening, which helped Western hold Gardner-Webb to only 73 yards in the second half.

Notable North Carolinians
Connell Young (Dudley) – ran for 105 yards and a touchdown; also caught six passes for 66 yards and a score
Donnavan Spencer (Vance) – ran nine times for 69 yards, including a big 46-yard run to get WCU out of the shadow of their own end zone in the third quarter
Jayln Cagle (Brown) – ran twenty-five times for 83 yards and a touchdown

Other notes and observations
Even with the game being moved up to Friday night, there were still a decent number of fans attending the game.
Neither team took advantage of the new fair catch rule and only totaled 64 kick return yards on the night.
When Tyrie Adams went out with an injury for part of the first half, freshman QB Will Jones (Page) stepped in and connected on three of his four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
With the win tonight, Western Carolina is 2-0 for the first time since 2006.

Up next
Western Carolina (2-0) opens its Southern Conference schedule with a game against VMI next week at E.J. Whitmire Stadium while Gardner-Webb (1-2) travels to Boone's Kidd Brewer Stadium to take on FBS Appalachian State (1-1).

Total Yds
Pass Yds
Rush Yds
1st Downs
3rd Downs
4th Downs
Total Plays
Red Zone
Time of Poss
0 (0)
Turnovers Pts Off)
2 (7)
5 (31)
Sacks (Def Yds)
1 (6)
11 (49)
TFL (Def Yds)
3 (13)

Carolina Gridiron Week 5 Top 15 Announced

Carolina Gridiron ranks the top fifteen teams in each classification weekly during the football season. Teams are ranked based on a number of factors including strength of schedule, wins, and quality losses. Interact with us on Twitter (@NCGridiron and @NCGridironNews) and let us know your thoughts using the hashtag #CGTop15.