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Coach Michael Hertz

Michael Hertz is hired as new Porter Ridge football coach

Porter Ridge High School hired Michael Hertz as their new head football coach. Hertz replaces Zach Bevilacqua, who stepped down at the end of the season after two years at the helm. Coach Hertz returns to Porter Ridge after being away for a few seasons serving as the Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Providence […]

2AA State Championship

Monroe’s last hurdle to title and perfect season

The Monroe Redhawks (15-0) are one game, one win away from a perfect 16-0 season and a 2AA State Championship. The team that stands in their way are the Bunn Wildcats who come into this state championship tilt riding a 12-game winning streak to a 13-2 overall record. Bunn’s offense is all about the ground […]

Cory Smith

Cory Smith named new Forest Hills football coach

Forest Hills High School has named Cory Smith as its new football coach, replacing long-time head coach John Lowery, who resigned his coaching position last month. Smith, a lifetime Union County resident and graduate of Sun Valley High School. As a quarterback for Sun Valley, playing under Coach Scott Stein, Smith was a 2-Time all-South […]

MiQuille Bryant

Monroe Redhawks advance to final in 46-6 win over East Lincoln

The Redhawks are going back to Raleigh for the second time in three years after defeating East Lincoln, 46-6 in the 2AA Western Regional final. The last time Monroe advanced to the state final was in 2013. That happened to be the last time East Lincoln lost a football game, and it just so happened […]

Carolina Varsity preview

CarolinaVarsity previews East Lincoln vs Monroe

We are only a few days from the 2AA Western Regional Final game featuring two undefeated 14-0 teams, East Lincoln and Monroe. Monroe defeated East Lincoln in the 3rd round of the 2013 playoffs, 34-18.  A good number of players from that game have gone on to graduate. The two quarterbacks that played in that […]

Coach Tim Carson

Weddington loses in double-OT thriller to end season

Weddington’s season came to an end last night at Crest High School losing in a double-overtime thriller, 47-44. If you were a Weddington fan checking into the game late in the third quarter, you would have never expected overtime. The Warriors were trailing by three touchdowns at the 2:59 mark of the third period and […]

Coach Sowell's 100th win

Sowell gets Powerade bath after 100th win

On the sidelines with the game clock ticking down a few Monroe Redhawks were planning a postgame celebration for their coach, Johnny Sowell. Sowell, unsuspecting of the hijinks behind him, on the verge of his 100th career win, watched his Redhawks close out Maiden, 58-20 in their second round playoff game. Enter defensive linemen, Izaiah […]

Coach Johnny Sowell

Monroe pounds Maiden for Sowell’s 100th career win

Monroe pounded Maiden, 58-20, to advance to the third round of the playoffs and earn their coach, Johnny Sowell, his 100th career win. The Redhawks started slow but after a penalty-filled first quarter in which they led, 9-6, Monroe outscored Maiden the rest of the way, 49-14. Junior quarterback Zeph Wall threw four touchdown passes […]