Monroe has won the conference four years in a row and has been to at least the state quarterfinal round in each of those seasons, but the Redhawks want more. Monroe, coming off a 13-3 year, has its first test on Friday with a home game against Lexington.
Bishop Ford's four touchdown runs helped Hough High defeat Sun Valley 34-20 in Charlotte's Memorial Stadium on Thursday night in the season opener for both. The 4A Huskies led by 20 points twice, but the 3A Spartans wouldn't go away.
10 Union County teams open the high school football season on Friday, and five of them are playing at home. Here's a breakdown of the matchups.
The Yellow Jackets relied mainly on one player on offense last season, but expect to be much more diversified this season.
The Panthers evened their preseason record (1-1) with a 12-point home win over Kansas City. The Panthers' starting defense gave up just two field goals, QB Cam Newton knocked off some rust and rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin continued to impress.
Cuthbertson is loaded at the skill positions, and second-year coach David Johnson considers the veteran defense the strength of the team. The Cavaliers won just four games last year, but the program looks like it's on the upswing.
Piedmont's coming off an 8-5 season and a playoff win. The Panthers lost nearly all of their starting linemen from last year, but most of their skill players are back. 'We're probably better than we were this time last year,' says veteran left guard Dillion Chaney.