2016 Preseason All-Gridiron Team Announced

Carolina Gridiron is pleased to announce the 2016 preseason All-Gridiron team. Congratulations to each of the players chosen and best wishes for a successful 2016 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 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.

Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings

The 2016 Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings will be released a few weeks into the high school football season. Be sure to check back to see where your team stacks up against the rest of the state.

NCHS Football Spotlight (Week 2)

By Patrick O'Brien

Carolina Gridiron heads into the second week of high school football, with already some early upsets that shook up the preseason rankings.  Heading into Week 2 though, there are even more intriguing matchups on paper that should have high school football followers salivating beforehand.

Check out some of the top games going on Friday night, along with Carolina Gridirons Top 15 for each class and where they will be on Friday night.

Top Games:
Mallard Creek @ Butler
Middle Creek @ Rocky Mount
New Bern @ Havelock
Hibriten @ Maiden
Laney @ J.H. Rose
Franklin @ Murphy
Plymouth @ Riverside-Martin
Independence @ Scotland County
Lincolnton @ South Point
Cleveland @ Garner

Check out the rest of the Top 15 for each class below, as most of them will be in action on Friday night.  With several Top 15 matchups, there will be a few shake-ups heading into Week 3.

4A Top 15 Teams vs Opponents
#1 Mallard Creek @ #6 Butler
Independence @ #2 Scotland County
Ragsdale @ #3 Dudley
#4 East Forsyth @ R.J. Reynolds
#5 Middle Creek @ Rocky Mount
#1 Mallard Creek @ #6 Butler
#7 Hough @ Mooresville
Anson County @ #8 Richmond County
Apex @ #9 Wake Forest
Ledford @ #10 North Davidson
East Meck @ #11 South Meck
South Rowan @ #12 A.L. Brown
#13 Northwest Guilford @ Western Guilford
Ardrey Kell @ #14 Myers Park
Providence Day @ #15 Charlotte Catholic

3A Top 15 Teams vs Opponents
New Bern @ #1 Havelock
Middle Creek @ #2 Rocky Mount
East Gaston @ #3 Kings Mountain
E.E. Smith @ #4 Terry Sanford
#5 Southern Durham Lost to Cardinals Gibbons 55-42 (Thursday)
Lincolnton @ #6 South Point
#7 Western Alamance @ S. Alamance
#8 Cleveland @ Garner
Ashbrook @ #9 Crest
#10 Sun Valley @ North Stanly
Cummings @ #11 Eastern Alamance
Albemarle @ #12 Concord
#13 J.M. Robinson @ Central Cabarrus
#14 West Rowan @ Davie County
Manteo @ #15 Jacksonville

2A Top 15 Teams vs Opponents
#1 Shelby @ AC Reynolds
Southwest Onslow @ #2 Clinton
Northwest Halifax @ #3 Bunn
#4 Lincolnton @ South Point
#5 Northeastern @ Northern Nash
#6 Reidsville @ Rockingham
#7 East Lincoln – OFF
#8 Andrews @ Tellico Plains TN
#9 Monroe @ Marvin Ridge
Hibriten @ #10 Maiden
#11 Mountain Heritage @ Erwin
Wallace Rose Hill @ #12 East Duplin
#13 Greene Central @ C.B. Aycock
Perquimans @ #14 Holmes
#15 Kinston @ North Pitt

1A Top 15 Teams vs Opponents
#1 Wallace Rose Hill @ East Duplin
#2 James Kenan – OFF
Washington @ #3 Tarboro
#4 Mitchell @ Cherokee
West Stanly @ #5 West Montgomery
Franklin @ #6 Murphy
#7 East Carteret @ West Carteret
#8 Walkertown @ West Forsyth
#9 Plymouth @ Riverside-Martin
#10 Mount Airy @ West Stokes
Surry Central @ #11 East Wilkes
Eastern Randolph @ #12 East Montgomery
Plymouth @ #13 Riverside-Martin
#14 Pine Lake Prep @ West Wilkes
#15 Robbinsville @ Charlotte Country Day

Carolina Gridiron Thursday Preview

By Patrick O'Brien

We are just a day away from Friday Night high school football in North Carolina, as teams gear up for Week 2 of the season.  However, there are a few games that you want to take notice of on Thursday night, as Carolina Gridiron previews two, one of which we will be the field for.

Southern Durham at Cardinal Gibbons
-          Both teams come in 1-0 on the season after winning their opening game last week.  Now, the Spartans of Southern Durham travel to Raleigh to take on Cardinal Gibbons Thursday.  Southern is coming off a 35-19 win over E.E. Smith last week, a game in which the Spartans racked up 223 rushing yards led by senior running back Joey Strong Jr. (140 yards rushing on 15 carries).  The Spartans hope to have the same success on the ground against Cardinal Gibbons while Ja-quez Harrell looks to find ways to move the ball through the air.  Gibbons is coming off a 49-27 win over Athens Drive last week, a game in which quarterback Anton Stoneking threw for 194 yards and four touchdowns.  Along with the passing game, the Crusaders racked up 288 rushing yards, led by Dalen Spruill who had 15 carries for 161 yards in the win.  The Crusaders are hoping to use a balanced offense in both the run and passing game against a defense that only gave 217 total yards last week. 
-          Carolina Gridiron will be on the field for this game, as you can follow Patrick O’Brien (@RivalsPOB) for updates.

Hendersonville at West Henderson

-          Both teams are coming off close games, with Hendersonville coming in a 0-1, while West Henderson secured the 17-15 win last week to start the season. Hendersonville’s quarterback Alex Williford threw for 182 yards last week but is hoping for a bounce back game in which he threw three interceptions.  The run game didn’t work as well as they wanted to, as the Bearcats averaged 2.9 yards per rush last week, something the coaching staff would like to see increase.  The Falcons of West Henderson secured a hard fought win last week using the ground attack, as Ricky McKenzie, Landon Owen, and quarterback Brandon Whitaker helped the Falcons to 158 yards on the ground last week.  West Henderson will again look for the ground game again this week in the rivalry game.  Last year, West Henderson took home the 42-14 win behind 478 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Week 2 Top 15 (All)

Carolina Gridiron ranks the top fifteen teams in each classification weekly during the football regular 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.

Week 2 Top 15 (4A)

Carolina Gridiron ranks the top fifteen teams in each classification weekly during the football regular 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.