MINT HILL, N.C. — The fourth annual CarolinaPreps.com Jamboree will take place at Rocky River High School on Friday night, August, 15.
In the first matchup at 5 p.m. the Anson Bearcats will take on the Greyhounds of Statesville.
The Anson High Bearcats were able to weather the Southern Guilford Storm in the first round of the 2013 playoffs before losing to eventual 3A champion, Havelock.
Coach Luke Hyatt welcomes back rising senior J’Maine Harris who is coming off a season that saw 1250 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. He can also get it done on the ground. According to maxpreps.com, J’Maine had over 100 carries for 275 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Bearcats scrimmage number 16 ranked Statesville at 5 p.m.
Speaking of Statesville, the Greyhounds are ranked in the CarolinaPreps.com top 25.
The team is coached by Randall Gusler. Gusler saw some success as they beat South Iredell in the last game of the year, and then again the following week in the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs.
As a sophomore, quarterback Travis Ramseur was outstanding throwing the ball for the Greyhounds. Travis had over 3300 yards in the air and 34 touchdowns!
The Greyhounds expect big things this season.
Following the first game Hopewell will play Cuthbertson.
Hopewell is one of those teams that believes in the whole mantra “It isn’t how you start, but how you finish.”
The Titans started out the 2013 season 1-5 before finishing off the year on five game win streak heading into the playoffs.
They lost the first game against High Point Central 38-21.
With conference rivals William A. Hough and A.L. Brown, the road to a conference title is challenging. Not to mention state champion Mallard Creek plays in the 4A Mecka conference.
The team the Titans play Friday night is the Cavaliers of Cuthbertson.
The Cavaliers finished the 2013 season 4-8 overall and just 2-3 in conference. Oh, how things can change in an instant. The Cavaliers will welcome back quarterback Austin Kendall. If you have not heard of this kid I suggest you make a trip to Waxhaw for a Cavalier game.
Austin is a rising junior that has scouts salivating. Austin just recently committed to the University of Tennessee for 2016. A lot can change by the time February 3, 2016 rolls around. That of course being National Signing Day.
Last summer, Austin left Cuthbertson High School for Charlotte Christian. Kendall left Cuthbertson after throwing for 1500 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games as a freshman.
He then led Charlotte Christian to their second consecutive NCISAA 3A state title.
Look for big things out of Cuthbertson High School this season.
The host team, Rocky River, gets the second ranked team in North Rowan, according to CarolinaPreps.com.
Rocky River is coming off an impressive season that led them to a conference title. The team gets back Naiil Ramadan. Nail split snaps last season, but is ready to lead the team in 2014. Not to mention they have a star in cornerback Jaire Alexander- who can shut down the opposing team’s best receiver.
Coach Fowler says of Jaire, “I expect him to be 10 times better this season.”
If that is the case, look out 4A Southwestern conference. Jaire is coming for your best player.
The team Rocky River plays Friday night is North Rowan which is ranked as the second best team, according to the CarolinaPreps.com rankings.
The Cavaliers of North Rowan were 13-0 last year before losing to eventual state champions, Shelby.
The Cavaliers welcome back running back Jareke Chambers who rushed for over 600 yards and five touchdowns last season as a junior. Jareke has over 2000 yards, 25 rushing touchdowns in his career. According to maxpreps.com he averages over nine yards-per-carry and 144 yards-per-game.
Coach Joe Nixon and players are expecting nothing short of a state title this season.
No disrespect to any of the previous team, but the finale may just be the best pre-season match-up of 2014. The last game of the evening will be at 8 p.m. and will put 4A state champion Mallard Creek, who comes in as the number one ranked team, against 4A state runner-up third ranked Scotland.
First Mallard Creek:
What more can you say about a program that pitched four shut-outs, posted an overall record of 17-0 and has only lost two games in the past two seasons? They come in as the number 9 ranked team in USAToday’s Super 25. They simply have been magnificent.
The Mavericks allowed just 182 points last season, and scored 875!
Anything less than another state title will be a failure for coach Michael Palmieri.
As for Scotland- this team is solid. They come into the 2014 season as the third ranked team in CarolinaPreps.com poll.
Coach Richard Bailey welcomes back a talented group of young men.
They will have to contend for a state title without arguably their best player. Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe suffered a fractured skull in an ATV accident and has been hospitalized at Charlotte’s Carolinas Medical Center. Georgia Tech will honor his scholarship, whether he can play or not, according to published media reports.
Sounds like can’t miss pre-season football. If you are going to go, better get there early!