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Battle for the Bell kicks off the season

Independent Tribune photographer James Nix captured this shot of Concord Coach Glen Padgett and A.L. Brown Coach Mike Newsome at last year's Battle for the Bell

Independent Tribune photographer James Nix captured this shot of Concord Coach Glen Padgett and A.L. Brown Coach Mike Newsome at last year’s Battle for the Bell

First live TV in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC  – Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official media partner and TV home of the NCHSAA, will kick off its inaugural season of live Thursday Night Football tonight, beginning with the 80-year old “Battle of the Bell” rivalry game between Concord and AL Brown on Thursday, August 20. All games will air exclusively on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and feature an in-depth half-hour pregame show, halftime interviews with the participating schools coaches and/or conference representatives as well as live interviews with the coaches and players following each game.

On-air talent for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel’s exclusive Thursday Night Football coverage will feature play-by-play announcer Chris Edwards, color commentator Jay Sonnhalter, and pre-game anchor/sideline reporter Erin Summers.

If you can’t get the Time Warner broadcast, Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast live audio with John Voncannon and Chris Hudson calling the action.

Time Warner Thursday Night Football Game Schedule
  • Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.: Concord at AL Brown
  • Thursday, Aug 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Garner at Cleveland
  • Thursday, Sept 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Mt. Airy at Elkin
  • Thursday, Sept 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Chapel Hill at SE Raleigh
  • Thursday, Sept 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Northern Guilford at Reidsville
  • Thursday, Sept 24 at 7:30 p.m.: Orange at Southern Durham
  • Thursday, Oct 1 at 7:30 p.m.: Washington at Plymouth
  • Thursday, Oct 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Western Harnett at Southern Johnston
  • Thursday, Oct 15 at 7:30 p.m.: West Rowan at East Rowan
  • Thursday, Oct 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Northeastern at Pasquotank
  • Thursday, Oct 29 at 7:30 p.m.: Ragsdale at East Forsyth
  • Thursday, Nov 5 at 7:00 p.m.: Vance at Hough (Pregame will start at 6:30 p.m.)

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also air high-profile Friday night NCHSAA football games by tape delay each week throughout the course of the season, as well as a select number of tape-delayed Saturday night matchups. The Friday night football programming on TWC SportsChannel this season is presented by Wingate University. Fans can view the most up-to-date programming schedule at

Charlotte Kickoff Night Saturday

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Scholastic Sports Marketing is proud to announce the return of the “CharlottePreps.TV Kickoff Night,powered by OrthoCarolina.” The event’s exciting doubleheader will once again be featured at the newly renovated Memorial Stadium in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, on Saturday August 22nd, 2015 season at 5:00 p.m.

First up, the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers will take on the Myers Park Mustangs, in a long-awaited public-private matchup. This game is especially poignant as Country Day very recently hired former Mustang Defensive Coordinator, Drew Witman, as their new Head Coach. Drew is replacing his father, Charlotte coaching legend, Bob Witman. Bob resigned earlier this year after 25 years of coaching at Charlotte Country Day. With the schools being only five miles apart, the winner of this game looks to take away the ultimate bragging rights within the South Park – south Charlotte area.

For the second game of the night, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Mavericks of Mallard Creek will take on the Independence Patriots. The Mavericks offer an exciting challenge for Independence, as they come into the game as back-to-back NCHSAA 4AA State Champions. Independence finished their impressive 2014 regular season undefeated, falling only to Hough in the 3rd round of the NCHSAA 4AA State Championship playoffs.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Middle School Athletics. Tickets can be purchased in advance online: $10 for Saturday’s doubleheader.

 Complete North Carolina schedule

Chris Hughes and Carolina Preps have a complete list of this week’s games in North Carolina here. Chris and his crew will be following games all across the state.


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