Championship Central

The state championship matchups have been set for all eight North Carolina classifications. Check back here throughout the week and on Saturday for updates from the North Carolina high school football championship games.

2017 Preseason All-Gridiron Team Announced

Carolina Gridiron is proud to announce the 2017 preseason All-Gridiron team. Congratulations to each of the players that were selected and best wishes for a successful 2017 season.

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, II and III 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 are able to yearly put together the most comprehensive statewide high school football jamboree/scrimmage list in North Carolina. Be sure to check back each year for more scrimmages and jamborees.

Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings

The final 2017 Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings have been released. Congratulations to Mallard Creek, Charlotte Catholic, East Duplin, and Mount Airy for finishing #1 in their classifications.

2018 NCHSAA Head Football Coaching Changes

As of 5/05/2018, 55 NCHSAA schools have made our Football Head Coaches changes list.

Latest news: Chris Brookshire resigns from Smoky Mountain. Whiteville names JP Price as new HC.

SchoolOld CoachNew Coach
Andrews, T.W.Kelly Clarkvacant
ApexRobert GrahamBritt Morton
AveryJason PhelpsMac Bryan
BandysTrent Lowmanvacant
Bunker HillDavid HayniePatrick Clark
BunnDavid WeathersbyDale Murphy
CaryMike KirstJason Wilkes
ChaseDaniel BaileyCort Radford
ClintonBob LewisCory Johnson
ConcordGlen PadgettMarty Paxton
Corinth HoldersBubba WilliamsAdam Khavari
CroatanDavid PerryAndrew Gurley
Currituck CountyJohn Wheelervacant
DraughnScott LambertChris Powell
East Chapel HillRay Hartsfieldvacant
East DavidsonDavid Hinesvacant
East SurryDavid DiamontTrent Lowman
East MeckBerry Shufordvacant
East MontgomeryDavid Paddockvacant
Eastern GuilfordDoug RobertsonJoe Glass
FreedomJim Bob BryantLuke Little
HardingSam Greinervacant
HeritageDewayne WashingtonWallace Clark
Hickory RidgeJason SeidelSam Greiner
HokeDavid JorgensenGeorge Small
HopewellQuinn MartinJamelle Byrd
Lake NormanRob McNeelyJonathan Oliphant
LakewoodJames LewisBarrett Sloan
Lee CountyBurton Catesvacant
LumbertonMike SetzerKelly Williamson
McMichaelChris Walsh (1)Daniel Bradford
MidwayJason FussellCory Barnes
MooresvilleMarty PaxtonThad Wells
Mount AiryKelly Holdervacant
New BernBobby Curlingsvacant
North BrunswickDarren WillisBryan Davis
North LenoirKim BrownJim Collins
North PittGarrett Wingate (2)Greg Watford
Northern NashRandy RaperAndrew Farriss
Robinson, J.M.Joe GlassMike Helms
Smoky MountainChris Brookshirevacant
South GarnerNew SchoolDaniel Finn
Southeast HalifaxGreg Watfordvacant
Southeast RaleighDaniel Finnvacant
Southern AlamanceAndrew CarrouthFritz Hessenthaler
Spring CreekDaniel Robinson (3)Daniel Robinson
StarmountScott JohnsonSandy Grinton
ThomasvilleGil MaxwellDoug Robertson
TuscolaTommy PursleyJT Postell
Webb, J.F.Tony MidgetteJonathan Adcock
WeddingtonTim CarsonAndy Capone
West BrunswickKelly WilliamsonBrett Hickman
Western GuilfordBryant MillerBrian Terwilliger
White OakEric LearyJonathan Bryd
WhitevilleLuke LittleJP Price

1. Interim coach, replaced Darnell Wiggins midseason
2. Interim coach, replaced Brent Wooten prior to season
3. Interim coach, hired full-time

Catholic Rides Running Game to 3A Crown

DURHAM – Charlotte Catholic rushed for 272 yards on their way to the 3A state championship on Saturday. The win was the Cougars' fifth in school history. Milan Howard's 160 rushing yards were enough to garner the game's most valuable player award.

Both teams exchanged long scoring drives in the first quarter as Chris Walton found Paul Neel to open up an early lead for Charlotte Catholic and Havelock responded with a Khalil Barrett run to tie the game at 7 after the end of one quarter.

Walton added a rushing touchdown in the second quarter and Havelock immediately responded with a Zack Sabdo touchdown pass to take a 14-13 lead. The score stayed like this until sophomore Lamagea McDowell hit pay dirt twice to finish out the scoring.

Championship Game Awards

East (Havelock) Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Welton Spottsville
East Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Zach Sabdo

West (Charlotte Catholic) Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Chase Foley
West Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Lamagea McDowell

Championship MVP – Milan Howard

Wake Forest Posts Shutout in Second Straight Title Win

WINSTON-SALEM –John Jiles hauled in a 20-yard pass in the end zone with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter which ended up being the go-ahead score for Wake Forest, giving the Cougars their second straight 4AA state championship, 14-0, over Mallard Creek. This was the third time these two teams have matched up the state title game, but the first time Wake Forest was able to top its Charlotte foe.

Devon Lawrence led Wake Forest with 135 yards rushing but found himself bottled up for most of the first half of the game. Fellow running back Marquis Dunn broke through for a 54-yard score with 3 minutes left in the game and Lawrence added a late score to seal the scoring for the Cougars and get Wake Forest back to the type of running stats that the Wake Forest faithful are used to seeing.

Mallard Creek's Nasjzae Bryant tried to get the Maverick offense moving, but the Wake Forest defense stood tall throughout the game. Bryant's 100-plus yard day was minimized by poor snaps and other miscues that kept the Mavericks out of the end zone.

Both quarterbacks were limited in passing action, possibly as a result of the inclement weather. The Wake Forest defense was stifling and only allowed 112 yards of offense by Mallard Creek. Javon Terry played a role in this by picking off a pass and tallying a couple tackles.

With the win, Wake Forest became the first team from Wake County to win back-to-back titles since Raleigh High School won three straight in 1912 to 1915.

Championship Game Awards

West (Mallard Creek) Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Jacob Roberts
West (Mallard Creek) Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Nasjzae Bryant

East (Wake Forest) Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Javon Terry
East (Wake Forest) Most Outstanding Offensive Player – John Jiles

Championship MVP – Wake Forest – Devon Lawrence

Cherokee Defeats North Duplin to Win 1A Title

RALEIGH – The Cherokee Braves won their first football championship on Saturday with a 21-13 win over North Duplin in 1A action at Carter-Finley Stadium. Quarterback Tye Mintz led the Braves with 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns and was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.

Also moving the ball well for Cherokee was Isaiah Evans, who rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries. Evans's 11-yard scamper with 9:02 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winning score and the Braves' defense withheld a late North Duplin rally and held on for the victory.

The Rebels were able to move the ball well throughout the game, but were plagued by turnovers. William Archer and Kenny Sheppard each scored for North Duplin in an effort that fell just a bit short.

Click the image for stats from the game.