The Spiders lose their first three games, then win 13 in a row to capture the 3A State Championship!
From Thursday October 5th's Charlotte Observer
BUILDING A CYBER FAN BASE
When Lane Stribling set out to create a Web site dedicated to the Kannapolis A.L. Brown High School football team, he wasn't deterred by even the greatest challenge.
A lifetime Kannapolis resident, Stribling was unknowingly researching much of the future site's content during 40 years of attending nearly every Wonders game.
But there was one problem. He barely knew his way around a computer.
Like several other local residents who recently turned their prep football passion into an e-pastime, the techno-challenged Stribling labored through, and today he has one of the most comprehensive prep football Web sites in the area.
Kannapolisfootball.com is full of Kannapolis football history, updated statistics for this year's team and many other extras. (Also check out southrowanfootball.com, facseagles.com and the developing concordspiders.com.)
Stribling, a retired mill worker, said he started researching material for the site about five years ago. By frequenting the history room at the Kannapolis branch of the Cabarrus County library, he uncovered newspaper articles and photographs from 80 years ago.Highlights of the Kannapolis football site include a couple of historical pages that chronicle the football team, the Kannapolis City Schools system and A.L. Brown's Memorial Stadium. Included are a couple of photographs from Kannapolis' first high school team in 1924.
Particularly appealing are the pages documenting every A.L. Brown season since 1952, the year that school opened. Coaches' names, team records, key players and a couple of paragraphs tell the story of each season.
Stats upon stats
The "For the Record" page includes tidbits on coaching records, records against certain opponents and Wonders' players who have represented the team in season-ending all-star games. And you probably won't find this many statistics for the Wonders' team and the other South Piedmont Conference teams in the same place anywhere else.
Stribling said he puts in as many as 15 to 20 hours a week updating the site. It costs him about $85 annually to run it.
"I love the fact that I can do this for all the players, coaches and fans that have been such a big part," he said. "It's the least I can do for all the great moments these teams have given us over such a long, long time.
"I hope to be around a long, long time and to continue to make this Web site the very best I can make it."
Runs site from a distance
Chris Hughes spends most of his time serving his country. He spends his spare time serving his high school alma mater.Hughes, a former South Rowan football player and assistant coach, produces southrowanfootball.com from more than 100 miles away. He is in the Army at Fort Bragg -- a sergeant working with a special operations medical team. Hughes travels back to Landis each fall Friday and, usually, one other time during the week to supervise the team's game-day video productions and to get material for the Web site.
A self-proclaimed sports-history nut, he said he started compiling information on South Rowan about the time he became an assistant coach in 1999.
On the day before official practice began last year, Hughes said, he spent about three hours getting it off the ground and within a few days had a full-fledged site.
With the help of newspaper files, Hughes researched the score from every South game since the school opened in 1961. Based on that information, he has Raiders' scores sorted by opponents, coaches and decades, each with its own page.
Because individual statistics were not as important to fans and readers decades ago, Hughes' "school records" reach only as far back as the mid-'70s, but they are pretty thorough. The site has inclusive offensive statistics for every South team since 1992.
"Parents can look at their child on there," first-year South Rowan coach Jason Rollins said. "The kids like it because they can see things on there like who the player of the week is. It helps us as a staff, because we can put things on there that the kids need to see."
Rollins has embraced the site and considers it one of the tools he can use to turn the football program around. The "Head Coach Corner" page allows Rollins to post Players of the Week and information on team workouts.
Hughes said the South Rowan booster club has approached him about producing an all-sports Web site. He said he already has sites in the works for the boys' basketball and baseball teams, but plans on turning the maintenance of them over to those sports' coaches.
Web idea is growing
First Assembly's site, facseagles.com, and Concord's concordspiders.com provide their teams' fans with basic information, such as roster and schedule, and game capsules written by the sites' respective administrators. Both sites have a collection of quality game-action photographs.
The Concord site is aiming to set a high standard, with pages under construction for a team history, season-by-season results, and individual records.
What type of impact has the Internet had on prep football teams? Hughes' southrowanfootball.com has had almost 35,000 hits in its 14 months.
That's about five times the combined population of Landis and China Grove, the two towns South Rowan High primarily serves.
Congratulations Concord Spiders: 2006 3A State Champions!
Concord defeated Western Alamance 35-28 in overtime to win the State 3A Championship. It is the second title for the Spiders in 3 seasons.
Concord opened the scoring with a Mike Moore 5 yard touchdown run. Western Alamance would answer after a blocked punt to tie the score at 7-7 on a Donald Britt 25 yard touchdown pass. Concord would answer with a strong drive capped by Jimmy Drye's 28 yard touchdown reception. On the ensuing Warrior possession Dee Bost stepped in front of Donald Britt's pass and returned it for a touchdown. The Spiders took a 21-7 halftime lead.
Concord went on the road for the first time in the 2006 playoffs Friday night and defeated the host Yellow Jackets 24-13.
It was a strong team effort with the defense and offense both making play after play. The Yellow Jackets had won 13 straight after losing their first game of the season.
The Spiders opened the scoring in the 1st quarter as Dee Bost found Lance Lewis on a 27 yard pass play. Chad Myers would add a 20 yard field goal to extend the Concord lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter. The Spiders would strike again as Roger Smith took a screen pass 71 yards to put the Spiders up 17-0. Carver would put together a solid drive which resulted in a touchdown on Rashaun Brown's 20 yard run. Concord would threaten again but the drive ended when Bost's pass was intercepted near the Carver goal line.
The Spiders took the second half kickoff and established quickly who would control the second half. Roger Smith capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown run. Carver would add another score with a short touchdown pass, but their 2 point conversion attempt failed. The Concord defense would force a turnover late and the game ended with Dee Bost taking a knee near the Carver goal line.
Concord's 24 points were the most given up by Carver this season. Dee Bost finished 16-27 for 383 yards and 2 touchdowns. Five different receivers caught a pass for the Spiders. Jimmy Drye led all receivers with 98 yards on 4 catches. Roger Smith added 70 yards rushing with a touchdown run and catch. Fullback Mike Moore would add 57 yards as well.
The Spider defense stepped up and contained the potent Carver rushing attack. Calvin Hillie had a monster night with 14 tackles. Mike Moore added a fumble recovery.
With the win the Spiders advance to the 3A Championship game against Western Alamance. It is the Spider's second trip to the final in 3 seasons. The Championship game will be played at N.C. State's Carter Finley Stadium Saturday at 12PM.
Stats courtesy Scott Dyer and Billy Lyerly.
Congratulations to Head Coach E.Z. Smith and the Spiders! See you at NC State!
The Spiders defeated Anson 34-3 Friday night at Robert C. Bailey Stadium.
The first half saw both defenses hold the offenses in check. Concord had a couple of scoring opportunities but could not capitalize due to miscues and penalties. The first half ended with both teams scoreless.
Anson WR Rasaun Rorie took the 2nd half kickoff and returned it to the Concord 21 yard line. That would setup a 32 yard field goal from Dakota Martinez. Anson stopped Concord on the next possesion, but the Spider defense would step up. Spider DB Lance Lewis intercepted QB Dennis Rorie's pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown.
The Spiders beat Asheville 21-13 in a hard fought contest Friday night.
Asheville took the early lead on their opening possesion on a 13 yard touchdown pass from QB Rahkeem Morgan to Rico Parks. Concord would respond with a trick play on the ensuing kickoff. WR Dustin Burris fielded the kickoff and threw a lateral across the field to WR Lance Lewis. Lewis scampered 85 yards for a touchdown elluding several Cougars along the way.
In the second quarter Mike Moore added a 6 yard touchdown run to give the Spiders a 14-7 lead. The Cougars would advance deep into Spider territory but the Spider defense held the Cougars to a field goal attempt. Reed Turchi came on to attempt a 32 yard field goal but had it blocked by Spider DE Delano Johnson. The Spiders went into halftime with the 14-7 lead.
It took a while Friday night, but Concord's offense got going in the 2nd quarter in route to a 39-9 first round win over RS Central.
In the 1st quarter RS Central kept Concord's offense bottled up but could only manage a 25 yard field goal themselves. RS Central was up 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the 2nd quarter Concord blew the game open. Dee Bost scored on a 3 yard keeper to put the Spiders on the board. Roger Smith added a 19 yard touchdown run. Dee Bost found Lance Lewis on the 2 point conversion. The Bost to Lewis connection would add two more touchdowns in the quarter. Mike Moore added a two point conversion run after a Hilltopper penalty on the PAT attempt. Chad Myers would add a 25 yard field goal just before the half.
The Spiders are the #4 seed in the Western 3A Regional and will host R-S Central Friday. The Complete Western Regional Bracket is listed below. Click on the links below to view complete brackets for 3A and 3AA.
#10 Morehead (7-3)
#2 Carver (10-0)
#15 North Iredell (5-5)
#6 West Iredell (9-1)
#11 North Gaston (7-3)
#3 Hunter Huss (8-2)
#14 Rockingham County (5-5)
#8 T.W. Andrews (8-2)
#9 Anson Senior (8-2)
#1 West Rowan (10-0)
#16 E.E. Waddell (4-6)
#5 Asheville (7-3)
#12 Fred T Foard (7-3)
#4 Concord (8-2)
#12 R-S Central (5-5)
The Spiders traveled to Anson Friday night and dismantled the host Beatcats 46-20.
Concord jumped out to a big lead quickly and never looked back. QB Dee Bost had another stellar night going 22-32 for 336 yards and 2 touchdowns. TB Roger Smith also added another touchdown pass and three rushing touchdowns. Complementing Bost was a strong performance by Concord's receiving corps of Lance Lewis, Jimmy Drye, Dustin Burris, and Matt Beecher. Beecher recorded two touchdowns on the night, Burris added the other.
Concord's defense turned in another strong effort. QB/DB Dee Bost made an acrobatic interception. Antwan Haynie and Matt Beecher both recovered fumbles for the Spiders. Defensive end Delano Johnson batted down three pass attempts. Nathaniel Sedergren added Concord's lone sack.
The Spiders cruised to a 49-6 victory over Sun Valley Saturday night at Robert C. Bailey Stadium.
Concord took the opening kickoff and immediately marched down the field. QB Dee Bost found WR Lance Lewis for a 12 yard touchdown pass. Sun Valley drove deep into Spider territory on the ensuing drive but Dee Bost recovered a Spartan fumble to stop the drive.
The Spiders took command in the 2nd quarter. Bost again hit Lance Lewis this time on a 70 yard touchdown connection. Sun Valley turned the ball over again as Matt Josey recovered for the Spiders. Concord continued the aerial attack as Bost found WR Jimmy Drye for another touchdown.
Concord continued their strong play as they beat Piedmont 35-9 at Piedmont Stadium Friday night.
Lance Lewis had an interception return for a touchdown. Roger Smith had two rushing touchdowns and 100+ yards on 15 carries. Jimmy Drye added a touchdown reception from QB Dee Bost. Bost finished the night 12-19 for 219 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTS.