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C. Jemal Horton/MMHW photo Charlotte Christian senior linebacker Kyler Brown has committed to play at Duke University. Matthews resident Brown helps Charlotte Christian without always being vocal by C. Jemal Horton jemal@matthewsminthillweekly.com The toughest, coolest guys in all those football TV commercials usually are the ones doing the screaming and fist pumping. sports shorts You know the ones: Ray Lewis barking in the huddle and gyrating as he leads his Baltimore Ravens from the tunnel onto the field. Or that freakishly muscular guy in those Under Armour ads motivating his teammates by standing before them and bellowing, “We must protect this house!” Hey, whatever works. But Matthews resident Kyler Brown knows there are different ways to lead a team. And for the Charlotte Christian senior outside linebacker, it rarely involves screaming and fist pumping. Besides, who needs screaming in high school when you’re nearly 6 foot 6 and a ripped 220 pounds? “Kyler’s a quiet kid, but he leads by example,” Charlotte Christian coach Jason Estep said. “He plays extremely hard, and I think the kids know exactly what he’s going to bring every Friday night. He doesn’t need to do all the other stuff.” Not that Brown doesn’t get excited; he just usually gets more pumped up for team success. And this year, despite a host of young players and injuries, the Knights are off to a 5-3 start to the season and play host to Raleigh Ravenscroft on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Brown, of course, has been a major reason Charlotte Christian has been so successful. In the Knights’ first six games, he had six sacks and 54 tackles. But his strong play is inspired by his goals, with the top one being helping Charlotte Christian reach its fourth consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championship game. From there, he’d like to win his second state title and make the all-conference and all-state teams for the first time in his career. And if accomplishing those feats requires him to be a more outspoken leader, well, he’s definitely willing to work on that. “I’m not the most vocal person you’ll come across, but there definitely are people on the team who can help me with that,” Brown said before referencing teammates Buddy Craft, Brett Cherry, Matthias Farley and John Ahlert. “I just want to win, so I’ll do whatever it takes, even speak out more. But I think what separates me from a lot of players is my work ethic. I’ll push myself to the limit, and my teammates know that.” That was evident during his sophomore season, when he played both varsity and JV and, yes, was a more emotional leader out of necessity. That year, Brown played pretty much every role for the Knights’ JV squad – catching passes, sacking quarterbacks, tackling runners, punting and long-snap- (see Brown on page 24) Matthews home to one of top paralympic athletes in nation by C. Jemal Horton jemal@matthewsminthillweekly.com Sean Burns, a Matthews resident, recently received two major honors associated with the sport for athletes with physical disabilities. Last week, the U.S. Paralympics released its first High School All-American Track and Field Team, and Burns made the squad in five different events: the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, discus and javelin. In addition, Burns was one of only eight All-Americans selected to participate on the 2011 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field World Championship team that will compete in New Zealand in January. Burns is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the javelin. He’s also ranked second in the 200 meters and third in the 100, 400 and discus. Four Lions make All-MAC soccer The Metrolina Athletic Conference recently released its 2010 all-conference boys soccer team. Covenant Day School placed four players on the squad: Cameron Church, Jack Hill, David Leonard and Grayson Owen. Other all-conference members include Will Cavanaugh (Hickory Grove), Michael Djali (Concord First Assembly), Miles Duncan (Hickory Grove), Samuel Dye (Gaston Christian), Jacob Farthing (Hickory Grove), Jimmy Kelly (Gaston Christian), Jason Lee (Northside Christian), Scout Monteith (Gaston Christian), Michael Ritch (Hickory Grove), Kevin Scott (Hickory Grove), Maverick Starkey (Northside Christian), Kevin Trautman (Northside Christian) and David Whitaker (First Assembly). Meineke bowl tickets on sale Tickets for the ninth-annual Meineke Car Care Bowl now are on sale. College football’s first bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Meineke Car Care Bowl takes place Dec. 31 at Bank of America Stadium. The 12 p.m. game features the Atlantic Coast Conference against the Big East Conference. Upper-level seats are $40, while lower-level seats are $75. Individual tickets can be purchased by visiting any TicketMaster outlet in the Southeast, visiting www.ticketmaster.com or calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Carolina Panthers’ box office at Bank of America Stadium. Club Level seats are only available through ticket and sponsorship packages by calling1-800-618-8149 or visiting www.meinekecarcarebowl.com. The Meineke Car Care Bowl has averaged more than 60,000 fans each year, with three sellouts in its eight years. For more information, please visit www.meinekecarcarebowl.com. q Page 22 • Oct. 22-28, 2010 • Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly www.matthewsminthillweekly.com

Football Night in Mecklenburg passing Players School Games Comp. Att. Yds. Int. TDs Evan Guest Independence 8 128 229 1,958 9 15 Marquise Williams Mallard Creek 8 116 178 1,941 5 27 Sam Spence Charlotte Latin 8 100 188 1,722 4 21 Sam Remick SouthLake Christian 8 84 174 1,450 8 12 Riley Ferguson Butler 8 76 152 1,385 6 9 Chauncey Concepcion Providence 8 88 153 1,319 1 15 Morgan Roberts Charlotte Country Day 8 66 117 1,249 3 17 Price Litton Providence Day 8 77 137 1,066 4 9 Michael Irvin North Mecklenburg 8 73 169 1,001 10 6 Cole Blythe Hopewell 8 59 121 844 7 7 Michael Dorsainvil Lake Norman Charter 8 67 150 825 9 8 Chase Ferguson South Mecklenburg 7 38 67 720 4 6 Ronnie Stinson Garinger 8 56 127 715 6 9 Drew Davies Ardrey Kell 5 46 86 703 3 5 Chris Macon Hickory Grove 6 52 113 692 6 6 Blaine Anderson Myers Park 7 48 86 663 7 6 interceptions Player School Games No. Domonique Ardrey Carolina Pride 8 5 Andre Diouf SouthLake Christian 9 5 Grant McGarity Providence Day 8 5 Demetri Allison SouthLake Christian 9 4 Jack Brodowicz Charlotte Catholic 9 4 Wake Hamilton Charlotte Country Day 8 4 Michael Russell Hopewell 8 4 Chris Shaffer Providence 7 4 Austin Stewart Butler 7 4 Andrew Yost North Mecklenburg 8 4 Brendan Carroll Charlotte Catholic 9 3 Karl Roberts North Mecklenburg 8 3 Brandon Sansbury West Charlotte 4 3 Brandon Santiago Charlotte Country Day 8 3 punting (minimum five attempts) Player School No. Yards avg. Tommy Hibbard Butler 23 51.44 Chase Marshall Lake Norman Charter 23 42.97 Ryan McGuirt Providence Day 13 40.50 Nathan Deering Hough 35 39.22 Andre Diouf SouthLake Christian 19 35.82 Miller Snyder Myers Park 26 37.65 Garrett Huneycutt Charlotte Christian 25 37.24 Austin Holland North Mecklenburg 7 37.10 Patrick Harrow North Mecklenburg 20 36.59 Push'em back, Push'em back, waaaay back. rushing Player School Games Att. Yards TDs Justus Pickett Ardrey Kell 7 141 1,426 25 Josh Covington Providence Day 8 151 1,311 18 Chauncey Concepcion Providence 8 104 920 12 Dondre Lewis-Freeman Hopewell 8 131 819 10 Steven Bevilacqua Charlotte Catholic 9 109 812 16 Thomas Passenant Charlotte Country Day 8 70 723 9 Deion Walker Butler 8 70 705 18 Sam Remick SouthLake Christian 8 126 689 9 Nick Johnson Charlotte Catholic 9 75 684 9 Jahwan Edwards Butler 8 105 652 9 Marquise Williams Mallard Creek 8 N/A 630 12 Chris Williams Providence 8 102 603 7 Jela Duncan Mallard Creek 5 44 594 8 Corwin Moore South Mecklenburg 7 56 515 7 Nyjee Fleming Independence 8 112 513 8 Jalen Ross Charlotte Latin 6 94 501 5 Quintarus Jordan Hough 7 83 500 3 Aaron McNeely Mallard Creek 8 37 455 5 Jonathan Adams Carolina Pride 8 62 441 4 Simms McElfresh Charlotte Christian 8 88 431 6 Denzel Heath Hopewell 8 52 413 6 Morgan Roberts Charlotte Country Day 8 65 407 7 Michael Campbell South Mecklenburg 6 70 401 6 Scoot Simmons West Charlotte 5 48 385 7 Stevie Magyer Hickory Grove 6 71 373 2 Ashton Stroud SouthLake Christian 8 82 368 6 Thomas Armstrong Charlotte Latin 8 30 367 4 receiving Player School Games Rec. Yards TDs Travis Hallman SouthLake Christian 9 30 638 6 Kevin Asante Mallard Creek 6 24 580 7 Ben England Providence 8 30 542 7 Tyler Miess Charlotte Latin 8 25 532 7 Rashaan Brown North Mecklenburg 8 35 531 5 Adisa Batten Independence 8 27 521 5 Justus Pickett Ardrey Kell 7 25 510 12 Jamel Harbison Mallard Creek 6 35 472 8 Adrian Gamble Independence 8 19 464 5 Matthias Farley Charlotte Christian 8 27 449 7 DeQuan Barnes Independence 8 31 408 3 John Brockington Garinger 8 22 402 7 Napoleon Belk Myers Park 7 21 400 6 Michael Massardo Charlotte Latin 4 21 393 3 DeMario Johnson South Mecklenburg 7 16 390 5 Demetri Allison SouthLake Christian 9 20 384 3 Lee Harrison Charlotte Country Day 8 27 372 6 Alex Scearce Lake Norman Charter 8 21 372 6 Brandon Mobley Hough 7 29 362 3 Brent Spisak Mallard Creek 8 17 333 3 Kris Frost Butler 8 13 327 3 Wake Hamilton Charlotte Country Day 8 16 327 5 Deion Walker Butler 8 17 319 1 Zach Ferguson Butler 8 18 317 1 Leroy Jackson Hopewell 8 19 312 4 Darren Albertson Myers Park 7 18 300 0 Thomas Armstrong Charlotte Latin 8 14 257 2 Austin Duke Independence 8 15 252 3 MECKLENBURG STATISTICAL LEADERS tackles Player School Games No. Andrew Yost North Mecklenburg 8 107 Roy Mewborn Independence 8 93 Derek Passenant Charlotte Country Day 8 86 Chris Shaffer Providence 7 86 Stephen Amoah Butler 7 78 Jimmie Gipson Independence 8 75 Latham York North Mecklenburg 8 72 Dan D’Andrea Providence 7 71 Mark Bridges Butler 7 71 Khalil Gonzalez Independence 8 70 Darnell Foster North Mecklenburg 8 67 Taylor Jurney SouthLake Christian 9 66 Robert Stack Providence Day 8 65 Chad Guthrie Providence 7 64 Travis Hallman SouthLake Christian 9 64 Bobby Troutman SouthLake Christian 9 63 Matt Blanton Myers Park 7 62 Jack Brodowicz Charlotte Catholic 9 61 Breon Sturdivant Independence 8 61 Peter Kalambayi Butler 7 60 Josiah Starnes Carolina Pride 6 60 Colton Walls Charlotte Latin 6 60 Justin Askew Providence 7 58 Colin Parsons Butler 7 56 Kyler Brown Charlotte Christian 6 54 Scott McGinnis Charlotte Latin 8 54 Mychel Turner Myers Park 7 54 Brandon Broom Hickory Grove 6 51 Kris Frost Butler 7 51 sacks Player School Games No. Latham York North Mecklenburg 8 10 Andrew Yost North Mecklenburg 8 7 Kyler Brown Charlotte Christian 6 6 Daniel Garces Providence 7 6 Austin Kennedy Ardrey Kell 5 6 Dejon Stevenson North Mecklenburg 8 6 Jon Harrison North Mecklenburg 8 5 Charles Hazzard SouthLake Christian 9 5 Taylor Jurney SouthLake Christian 9 5 Romeo Okwara Ardrey Kell 5 5 Nick Velardo Providence Day 7 5 Justin Askew Providence 7 4.5 Brett Cherry Charlotte Christian 6 4 Eric Ives Providence Day 7 4 Tahji Watt North Mecklenburg 8 4 Collin Parsons Butler 7 4 Bobby Troutman SouthLake Christian 9 4 Royce Turnbull Charlotte Country Day 8 4 don’t suffer in silence. 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