CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Mecka 4A Conference could lead to intrigue this football season.
The Mallard Creek Mavericks haven’t lost a game since 2012. Mike Palmieri and Mallard Creek won their first-ever state championship last December in Raleigh. Several key contributors from that undefeated team, including running back Jaylen Samuels, are gone. Palmieri is excited that some younger players picked up some valuable experience last year.
“A lot of these young kids we played during points last season, so we are young but it’s no excuse not to reach our goal,” said Palmieri.
Hough is a team that many will have their eye on in 2014. The Huskies are coming off the best season in school history, finishing 10-2 under former head coach Bobby Collins. New coach Miles Aldridge knows it’s going to come down to execution on the field in a loaded conference each and every Friday night for the Huskies to repeat that success.
“We’re going to have to outplay them. I’m not going to outcoach them, so we’ll have to outplay them. We can’t make mistakes and be a good, sound, discipline football team,” said Aldridge.
A.L. Brown is ready to shake off the disappointment of a 7-5 campaign in 2013. The weight of Kannapolis is always on the Wonders’ shoulders each and every season. The team also puts a lot of pressure on itself. “We demand a lot of our players and of ourselves,” said AL Brown head coach Mike Newsome.
Newsome added, “Our fans demand a lot of us, we know what the expectations are and we know what we have to do. We have to work hard to achieve our goals.”