Championship Central

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

Looking Back at the 2017 All-Gridiron Team

Look back at the 2017 Carolina Gridiron All-Gridiron team. The 2018 All-Gridiron Team will be named soon. Be sure to check back with us for exciting updates.

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.

49ers' Ben DeLuca Named Preseason All-CUSA

A trio of standouts headline the list of 2018 preseason Conference USA Football award winners, as chosen by the league’s 14 head coaches. Florida Atlantic junior RB Devin Singletary was selected as the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, Florida Atlantic senior LB Azeez Al-Shaair was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, while Southern Miss senior K Parker Shaunfield earned Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

"Motor" Singletary was named C-USA Most Valuable Player last season after scoring a nation-leading 32 rushing touchdowns last season (nine more than any other player) and 33 total TDs (five more than any other player). He scored more rushing touchdowns last year (32) than previous school career record-holder Alfred Morris had in four years from 2008-11 (27). Singletary also topped 100 yards in each of the final 11 games of the season for the Owls. Both the rushing TD’s and total TD’s are new C-USA records in those categories, breaking records held by UCF RB Kevin Smith, now his running backs coach. Singletary finished fifth nationally with 1,920 rushing yards and FAU was sixth nationally in rushing at 285.9 yards per game.

Ben DeLuca
Al-Shaair was a first-team All-Conference USA selection in 2017 after he set a new Florida Atlantic single-season record with 147 tackles. He posted nine games with double-digit stops and also helped the defense with 11 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four passes defended and one forced fumble. Al-Shaair already holds the schools’ career tackles mark with 354.

Shaunfield converted the first 89 extra-point attempts to start his career (a school record) and is now 104-for-106 all-time as a Golden Eagle. The first team All-C-USA performer converted 17-of-20 field goals last season, including 15 in a row at one point. Shaunfield was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2017.

Defending conference champion Florida Atlantic had the most overall preseason selections with six, while Marshall produced five and Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee each had players comprising four spots. Eight schools had multiple players named to the squad.

The league’s 23rd football season begins on Thursday, August 30. The 14th annual Conference USA Football Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1.

2018 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON AWARDS


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Devin Singletary, Jr., RB, Florida Atlantic

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., LB, Florida Atlantic

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Parker Shaunfield, Sr., K, Southern Miss

Offense

QBMason Fine, Jr., North Texas
QBBrent Stockstill, Sr., Middle Tennessee
RBSpencer Brown, So., UAB
RBDevin Singletary, Jr., Florida Atlantic
OLReggie Bain, Sr., Florida Atlantic
OLChandler Brewer, Sr., Middle Tennessee
OLJordan Budwig, Sr., FIU
OLLevi Brown, Jr., Marshall
OLO'Shea Dugas, Sr., Louisiana Tech
TEHarrison Bryant, Jr., Florida Atlantic
WRTyre Brady, Sr., Marshall
WRJalen Guyton, Sr., North Texas
WRTy Lee, Jr., Middle Tennessee
WRTeddy Veal, Sr., Louisiana Tech

Defense

DLJaylon Ferguson, So., Louisiana Tech
DLFermin Silva, Sr., FIU
DLKevin Strong, Jr., Sr., UTSA
DLOshane Ximines, Jr., Old Dominion
LBAzeez Al-Shaair, Sr., Florida Atlantic
LBKhalil Brooks, Jr., Middle Tennessee
LBChase Hancock, Sr., Marshall
LBJosiah Tauaefa, Jr., UTSA
DBBen DeLuca, Jr., Charlotte
DBMalik Gant, Jr., Marshall
DBShelton Lewis, Sr., Florida Atlantic
DBAmik Robertson, So., Louisiana Tech
DBJalen Young, Sr., Florida Atlantic

Special Teams

KParker Shaunfield, Sr., Southern Miss
PJack Fox, Sr., Rice
KRIsaiah Harper, Sr., Old Dominion
PRDarrell Brown, Jr., Old Dominion
LSMatt Beardall, Jr., Marshall


2018 NC HS FB Scrimmage/Jamboree List



Welcome to our annual list of upcoming North Carolina High School Football Jamborees and Scrimmages.

Our goal every year with this list is to help boost exposure, interest, and attendance at these fun events.

Coaches and fans, if you want us to add your Jamboree/Scrimmage or know of one taking place, please add it by using the link below, contact us via e-mail at scrimmages@carolinagridiron.com, or reach out to either Brian Barnes (t: @NCGridironNews) or Justin Jones (t: @NCGridiron) on Twitter.

We are constantly adding to this list, especially as we get closer to scrimmage week. So be sure to check back often.

Add your scrimmage or jamboree here.


Wednesday, August 8

Time: 11:00 AM
Maiden HS
Teams: Watauga, Maiden

Time: 4:00 PM
Trask HS - Pender County Jamboree
Teams: Trask, Pender, TBA

Time: 5:00 PM
Burns HS
Teams: Burns, Hickory, Chase, North Lincoln

Time: 5:00 PM
Crest HS
Teams: Crest, Concord, Hibriten, Freedom, Northwest Cabarrus

Time: 5:00 PM
East Rutherford HS
Teams: East Rutherford, Patton, Madison

Time: 5:00 PM
Eastern Guilford HS
Teams: Eastern Guilford, Ragsdale, Reidsville, TW Andrews

Time: 6:00 PM
Cherryville HS
Teams: Cherryville, Lincolnton

Time: 6:00 PM
East Burke HS
Teams: East Burke, Bandys

Time: 6:00 PM
Hertford County HS
Teams: Hertford County, Perquimans, Weldon, Rocky Mount Prep, Chesapeake Christian

Time: 6:00 PM
Parkland HS - Deaton Thompson Stadium
Teams: Parkland, East Forsyth, Charlotte Catholic, Mount Tabor, Alexander Central, North Davidson, West Montgomery, needs one more team
Admission: $5

Time: 6:00 PM
Pine Forest HS - BSN Sports Cumberland County Jamboree
6:00 PM: Farmville Central vs Westover; Rolesville vs Overhills
7:00 PM: Union Pines vs E.E. Smith; Triton vs Terry Sanford
8:00 PM: Scotland vs Cape Fear; Lumberton vs Pine Forest

Time: 6:00 PM
Richmond HS
Teams: Richmond, Mooresville, Anson, Marlboro (SC)

Time: 6:00 PM
R-S Central HS
Teams: R-S Central, Draughn

Time: 6:00 PM
South Point HS
Teams: South Point, Statesville, South Mecklenburg, South Iredell

Time: 6:00 PM
Southeast Raleigh HS
Teams: Southeast Raleigh. Hillside, Knightdale
Admission: $5




Thursday, August 9

Time: 6:00 PM
Jack Britt HS - BSN Sports Cumberland County Jamboree
6:00 PM: St. Pauls vs Douglas Byrd; West Bladen vs Gray's Creek
7:00 PM: East Montgomery vs Hoke; Eastern Wayne vs South View
8:00 PM: Lee County vs Seventy-First; Apex Friendship vs Jack Britt

Time: 7:00 PM
Northside HS - MFCU Jamboree
7:00 PM: Jacksonville vs Lejeune; Dixon vs Kinston
7:35 PM: Jacksonville vs Kinston; Dixon vs Lejeune
8:15 PM: White Oak vs Wallace-Rose Hill; West Craven vs Spring Creek
8:50 PM: White Oak vs Spring Creek; West Craven vs Wallace-Rose Hill
Admission: $6 for adults, 5 & under free




Friday, August 10

Time: 4:00 PM
Wilmington's Legion Stadium - BB&T Jamboree
Games TBA
Teams: New Hanover, Hoggard, Ashley, Laney, North Brunswick, West Brunswick, Wallace-Rose Hill

Time: 4:30 PM
Wake Forest University's BB&T Field - Kickoff Classic
4:30 PM: AL Brown vs Reagan
5:30 PM: Surry Central vs Oak Grove
6:30 PM: East Forsyth vs Richmond
7:30 PM: Mount Airy vs Randleman
8:30 PM: Weddington vs West Forsyth
Admission $10

Time: 5:00 PM
Ayden-Grifton HS
Teams: Ayden Grifton, Bertie, South Central, North Lenoir

Time: 5:00 PM
Draughn HS - Burke County Jamboree
5:00 PM: Patton vs North Buncombe
6:15 PM: Freedom vs R-S Central
7:30 PM: East Burke vs South Caldwell
8:45 PM: Draughn vs North Buncombe
Admission: $10

Time: 5:00 PM
Dudley HS
Teams: Dudley, High Point Central, Page, Ben Smith, Asheboro, West Charlotte, Rocky River, Vance

Time: 5:00 PM
Mooresville HS - Carolina Preps Jamboree
5:00 PM: Lake Norman vs Central Cabarrus
6:00 PM: West Caldwell vs Davie County
7:00 PM: Cox Mill vs Charlotte Christian
8:00 PM: Hickory Ridge vs Hickory
9:00 PM: Mooresville vs Statesville
Admission: $6

Time: 5:00 PM
Reidsville HS - Farm Bureau Jamboree
Teams: Reidsville, Rockingham County, Southeast Guilford, Northeast Guilford, Eastern Guilford, Western Alamance

Time: 6:00 PM
Alexander Central HS
Teams: Alexander Central, Maiden

Time: 6:00 PM
Edenton Holmes HS
Teams: Edenton Holmes, Camden, Pamlico, Jones Senior, Hickory (VA), Surry (VA), Nansemond-Suffolk (VA), Life Academy (VA)

Time: 6:00 PM
Grimsley HS
Teams: Grimsley, Northwest Guilford, Northern Guilford, Western Guilford, Ragsdale, Southern Guilford, North Davidson, Ledford
Admission: $10 Adults, 10 & younger free

Time: 6:00 PM
Hibriten HS
Teams: Hibriten, South Point

Time: 6:00 PM
Lincolnton HS
Teams: Lincolnton, Watauga, Ashe

Time: 6:00 PM
Olympic HS
Teams: Olympic, East Mecklenburg, TBA

Time: 6:00 PM
Northside HS - MFCU Jamboree
6:00 PM: James Kenan vs Richlands; Princeton vs East Carteret
6:35 PM: James Kenan vs East Carteret; Princeton vs Richlands
7:15 PM: West Carteret vs East Duplin; Swansboro vs Aycock
7:50 PM: West Carteret vs Aycock & Swansboro vs East Duplin
8:30 PM: Northside vs Croatan; South Lenoir vs Southwest Onslow
9:05 PM: Northside vs Southwest Onslow; South Lenoir vs Croatan
Admission: $6 for adults, 5 & under free

Time: 7:00 PM
Hickory Grove Christian
Teams: Hickory Grove Christian, Lake Norman Charter

Time: 7:00 PM
Shelby HS - Cleveland County Jamboree
Teams: Shelby, Burns, Kings Mountain, Crest, AC Reynolds, Robinson, TBA



Saturday, August 11

Time: 9:00 AM
Vance County HS (Former Southern Vance HS)
Teams TBA

Time: 2:00 PM
Cardinal Gibbons HS - HighSchoolOT Jamboree
2:00 PM: Enloe vs. Lee County
3:20 PM: Apex Friendship vs. Southern Durham
4:40 PM: Hillside vs. Terry Sanford
6:00 PM: Middle Creek vs. New Hanover
7:20 PM: Jordan vs. South View
8:40 PM: Cardinal Gibbons vs. Clayton


Conference USA and Charlotte 49ers Announce Broadcast Schedule for 2018 Season

IRVING, Texas – Conference USA has announced its broadcast schedule for the 2018 football season. The current confirmed schedule features games to air nationally by all five of the league’s primary partners and every C-USA football game is expected to be available on traditional linear television or via streaming and social media.

CBS Sports Network kicks off the selection process of nationally broadcast games, followed by Stadium, beIN SPORTS, Facebook and ESPN Networks. The majority of these exposures will take place on Saturday, with select Thursday and Friday night telecasts also being featured.

“We are very excited that every C-USA Football game will be available this season on various platforms through our valued partners,” said Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod. “We are coming off a very successful season with nine bowl teams and look to build on that success this fall with our fans able to follow all of the exciting action.”

The 2018 regular season begins on Saturday, August 25 when Rice hosts Prairie View on ESPN+ and continues through Saturday, November 24. Over the course of those three months, every game in a C-USA stadium will be available through its partners and road games will be available via FOX, FS1, FSN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ACC RSN, the SEC Network and ESPN+.


The 2018 C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 1 will air on CBS Sports Network at a time to be determined.

ESPN is scheduled to carry all six of C-USA’s bowl games in which it has a guaranteed selection.

2018 CHARLOTTE 49ERS FOOTBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE


DateGameTimeNetwork
Sat 9/1Fordham @ Charlotte6:00 pmESPN+
Sat 9/8Appalachian State @ Charlotte6:00 pmESPN+
Sat 9/15Old Dominion @ Charlotte6:00 pmESPN3
Sat 9/29Charlotte @ UABTBAESPN3
Sat 10/13WKU @ Charlotte3:30 pmESPN+
Sat 10/20Charlotte @ Middle Tennessee3:00 pmESPN3
Sat 10/27Southern Miss @ Charlotte2:00 pmESPN3
Sat 11/10Charlotte @ Marshall2:30 pmESPN+
Sat 11/17FIU @ Charlotte2:00 pmESPN3
Sat 11/24Charlotte @ Florida AtlanticTBAStadium

Kickoff Times, TV Selections Announced For Pair of ECU Home Non-Conference Games

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The kickoff time for ECU’s season-opening contest against North Carolina A&T, scheduled for Sept. 1 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, has been set for 6:00 p.m. (ET) and will be streamed live on ESPN3 according to an announcement by the American Athletic Conference on Thursday afternoon.

The matchup with North Carolina A&T marks the first meeting between the two programs and follows a visit by fellow-Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member James Madison last September. The Aggies, who went 12-0, captured the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) national championship by downing Grambling State 21-14 in the Celebration Bowl at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The American also released a 3:30 p.m. (ET) start time for the Pirates’ Sept. 8 non-conference home bout against in-state opponent North Carolina, slated for broadcast on ESPNU. Including 2018, ECU's schedule has featured at least one ACC opponent in 23 consecutive years. The Pirates, who have faced UNC seven times since 2007, currently own a two-game win streak against the Tar Heels.

As previously announced, ECU’s Sept. 15 contest at Virginia Tech is scheduled for a 12:20 p.m. (ET) kickoff and will be broadcast on the ACC Network.

Season tickets remain on sale with packages starting as low as $175 each. Purchases may be made via ECU's Online Ticket Center or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.


The remainder of the Pirates’ kickoff times will be announced once other television broadcast schedules have been finalized.