CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Catholic could be one of the more interesting stories in Mecklenburg County this fall.
The Cougars won the South Meck 8 Conference Championship one year ago behind running back Elijah Hood. Hood torched defenses in a brilliant senior season for Catholic, rushing for more than 3700 yards and scoring 53 touchdowns. There are some interesting storylines for the Cougars this season. Hood is now a freshman at North Carolina, and Charlotte Catholic has a new coach in Mike Brodowicz. He takes over for the legend Jim Oddo and is still trying to come to grips that his team no longer has Elijah.
“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player, he’s irreplaceable.”
“We’re going back to the way Catholic was before Elijah, a multifaceted, everybody is involved, nobody can key in on one player type of offense. It should make us more dangerous this year.”
South Meck is ready to have a say in the South Meck 8 Conference title discussion. The Sabres were 3-8 in 2013, but head coach Rocky White has 16 starters back and his team has had a great offseason. White hopes it could be a sign of things to come.
“Over the last two years we’ve had to play a lot of young guys. We hope they’ve matured. We’ve been satisfied with giving ourselves an opportunity to win, so now we want to win,” said White.
Berry Academy also won three games in 2013. The Cardinals have been dealing with a numbers problem in their program the past couple of seasons. Expectations aren’t particularly high with Andrew Howard’s bunch, but that’s fine with Berry.
“We are flying under the radar, that’s true. We are going to take what we have and make the best of it. We are just going to take the guys we have and play football.”
Walter Aikens and the Harding Rams are hoping they can win a few in 2014. The Rams went winless in the South Meck 8 last year, but they feel like they can contend for a conference title this season, behind quarterback Xzavier Capel and receiver Nick Robinson. Capel is already embracing his leadership role.
“We have to create chemistry with the young guys. We have to show them what’s right and what’s best to keep each other lifted.”
Robinson discussed his motivation for the season adding, “”Every day in the weight room I got a chip on my shoulder. I know when we step on the field we’ll have to step up and play big.”
Harding opens the season at home against Garinger August 22.