Austin Kendall



Coming off of an 87-14 season, I return for another year of high school football picks.  We begin with a very tough slate of week 1 games.   A winning record this week could be considered success.  Let’s take a look at these games


Charlotte Catholic vs Charlotte Christian   =  Two of the top programs in the state lock horns for a week one match-up.  This one is tough to pick as both teams are so well coached.   I debated back and forth and in the end I am going to go with Charlotte Catholic.  I see a path to victory for both teams, so nothing here will surprise me.  If Catholic does not contain Elijiah Deveaux, they struggle to win.   The same can be said about Christian containing Jaret Anderson.   Catholic is said to have added a few new wrinkles on offense, let’s see what happens.  Good luck to both of these outstanding teams.


Ardrey Kell vs Weddington   =   This game is always close and this year should be no different.   Both teams have plenty of talent to go around.  Ardrey Kell has a no coach and probably a different looking offense.  The Weddington defense is always so strong.  I am going with Ardrey Kell here to grab a season opening win in the fourth quarter.


South Meck vs Marvin Ridge  =   I know Marvin Ridge is going to be a lot better this year, strong coaching upgrade an another year for those young players.  South Meck had a strong season last year and return many of their top players.   There will be a sea of orange out at the stadium to support the Mavericks,   I am going with the visitors on this one, South Meck.


Butler vs Olympic  =   Finally an easier game to pick, Butler rolls in this one.


Victory Christian vs Cuthbertson   =   Should be a good tuneup for a few Austin Kendall to JT Cauthen TD passes.   Cuthbertson is poised for another special season with one of the top QBs in the country.


Charlotte Country Day vs Myers Park  =   A Saturday matchup at Memorial Stadium between two neighboring schools.   Country Day will play a very tough football game.  Year two for Coach Scott Chadwick at Myers Park will be a plus in this game for the Mustangs.  I am going with Myers Park here.


Independence vs  Mallard Creek   =   A classic matchup of powerful football schools.  Somehow Mallard Creek is able to stay loaded with top football players on their roster.   Mallard Creek is the new version of Independence from the last decade.    Mallard Creek wins the season opener on their way to a probable state championship.