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Football Night in Mecklenburg WEEK 10 STAFF PICKS Each week, our sports staff predicts the winners of every game involving Mecklenburg County teams. Friday, Oct. 15 Ardrey Kell at East Mecklenburg Charlotte Catholic at Garinger Charlotte Country Day at Providence Day Harding at West Mecklenburg Hough at Mooresville Independence at Rocky River Lake Norman at West Charlotte Mallard Creek at Hopewell North Stanly at Berry Northcross (Virginia) at Charlotte Latin Olympic at Waddell Providence at Butler Raleigh Ravenscroft at Charlotte Christian South Mecklenburg at Myers Park Vance at North Mecklenburg Fayetteville Village Christian at SouthLake Christian Arden Christ School at Hickory Grove Lake Norman Charter at Fayetteville Trinity Christian Brown (continued from page 22) ping. Many of Brown’s JV teammates looked for him to set the tone for practices and games, and he responded. After the JV season ended, he moved up to varsity full time for the playoffs and ultimately played a key role in Charlotte Christian football lore, hauling in the winning touchdown pass in triple overtime of a state-semifinals win at Charlotte Country Day. This season, with a stellar senior class that included his older brother, Kelby, having graduated, it seems a bit like old times for Brown. “It reminds me of when he was a sophomore playing both JV and varsity,” said his father, Kelby Brown Sr. “That year, he just led the team. He was emotional, and he never came off the field. “He’s eased back into that mode now. I can see he’s getting excited. Usually, he’s a quiet leader, but it’s more visible now because he knows he needs to lead the team.” Brown, though, usually doesn’t have to say much, especially to college recruiters. Just over a year ago, when his brother was making recruiting visits to college campuses, Brown would tag along. Kelby Jr. was a highly sought-after linebacker who ultimately chose to attend Duke after considering schools such as Wisconsin, C. Jemal Horton Chris Hunt Aaron Garcia Denny Seitz Ardrey Kell Charlotte Catholic Charlotte Country Day West Mecklenburg Mooresville Independence West Charlotte Mallard Creek Berry Charlotte Latin Olympic Butler Charlotte Christian South Mecklenburg Vance SouthLake Christian Hickory Grove Trinity Christian Last week: 17-1 Season: 125-23 Northwestern, N.C. State and Illinois. While wooing Kelby Jr., scouts inevitably would take a long look at the towering Kyler, who bench presses 325 pounds and squats 365, and begin salivating. “They were surprised by how big and tall I was,” Brown recalled. “They would look around at each other and say, ‘Wow, this guy’s big. We can’t wait until next year when we can start recruiting you.’ “Being a junior, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait.” It didn’t take long. In September of his junior year, Brown received his first scholarship offer – from East Carolina. That season, despite missing two games with an ankle injury, he registered 33 tackles, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. By January, he also had offers from Duke, Oregon and Illinois. Vanderbilt and West Virginia promised scholarship offers if he attended their summer camps. His final two choices were Duke and Oregon. “I sat down and thought a long time about the positives and negatives of both schools,” Brown said. “I thought about who was going to be there, who I would hang around and the coaches. “I just couldn’t find anything wrong with Duke, so I chose to go there. They have great academics, and it’s really close to home. Plus, I’ll be able to play with my brother, which is a big positive.” Ardrey Kell Charlotte Catholic Charlotte Country Day Harding Mooresville Independence West Charlotte Mallard Creek Berry Charlotte Latin Olympic Butler Charlotte Christian South Mecklenburg Vance SouthLake Christian Hickory Grove Trinity Christian Last week: 15-3 Season: 121-27 Ardrey Kell Charlotte Catholic Charlotte Country Day Harding Mooresville Independence West Charlotte Mallard Creek Berry Charlotte Latin Olympic Butler Charlotte Christian South Mecklenburg Vance SouthLake Christian Christ School Trinity Christian Last week: 16-2 Season: 119-29 Ardrey Kell Charlotte Catholic Charlotte Country Day Harding Mooresville Independence West Charlotte Mallard Creek Berry Charlotte Latin Olympic Butler Charlotte Christian South Mecklenburg Vance SouthLake Christian Hickory Grove Trinity Christian Last week: 15-3 Season: 116-32 The Browns didn’t exactly grow up dreaming of playing college football together – mainly because they didn’t grow up playing football. Their mother, former Charlotte Christian girls basketball coach Connie Brown, played at Northwestern University, so they played hoops and soccer for much of their childhood. Their father, a former offensive lineman at Northwestern University, felt they didn’t need to take to the gridiron early in life, so they didn’t take up football until they were in middle school. “I didn’t want them to get burned out,” Kelby Sr. said. “A lot of kids get burned out from soccer and baseball and everything else. I felt unless they were going to wind up being quarterbacks, they didn’t need to play at a younger age. They could be developing (skills needed in football) in other sports. “Once they decided they were going to play football, it was kind of cool, because it was new to them.” That’s when the family dove into the sport head first. On autumn weekends, they would trek to different college games. One week, it was Ohio State. Another week, it would be Tennessee, Clemson, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Elon, Liberty or Appalachian State. “We’d do that just for them to get on campus and see what the atmosphere was like,” Kelby Sr. said. “That’s when they really started getting excited about football, and they both worked hard at it.” And just because Brown has his college scholarship doesn’t mean he’s going to let up any time soon. He eats as much as he can in an effort to gain more weight and muscle. He lifts weights as often as possible. He wants to keep leading the Knights this season, both physically and emotionally. “He was very gracious in previous years with the seniors, but now he’s stepping up to lead the team,” his dad said. “He’s not a very vocal guy, but the coaches are saying he’s moving out of his comfort zone and becoming vocal with the players, which is very important. I’ve seen him develop from a leadership standpoint, and that’s very exciting.” But for Brown, it’s definitely not about being the guy making the most noise, head-butting teammates, imploring them to leave everything out on the field. “Kyler’s pretty similar to me,” Estep said with a smile. “I’m not a real vocal guy, either, but I think the guys know I’m going to prepare them. Our team hasn’t had a lot of vocal leaders. We kind of just go to the field, go about our business and try to plan for the next game. We’re not that team that’s going to be hitting our pads and all that stuff. We just try to make plays. “And that’s what Kyler does – he makes plays.” q Page 24 • Oct. 22-28, 2010 • Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly www.matthewsminthillweekly.com

While examining the state of the U.S. school system, “Waiting for Superman” takes time to tell the stories of students from different families, regions and backgrounds who are all fighting for the same things: good schools, good teachers and the promise of a bright future. (From left) Bianca, Daisy, Anthony, Francisco and Emily ‘Waiting for Superman’ by tim ross movies@matthewsminthillweekly.com Read this review. Then read it to your school-aged child. Then have your child read it to you. Not because anything I write is so important but because what I am writing about in this review is. Finding a good school and, more importantly, great teachers is the single most crucial thing you can do for your child. That is the central message of “Waiting For ‘Superman,’” a new documentary from Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award-winning documentarian of “An Inconvenient Truth.” Maybe this message is obvious to most parents, but if your child is not blessed with good teachers, which is far from a guarantee, their chances of having a career instead of just a job are very low. The job-versus-career line comes from one of the parents in the story. She knows her child’s future depends upon her education, but she is largely unable to help. Seasonal selections: spooky-sweet cinema For some, Halloween is a time to celebrate and remember those who have departed; for others, it’s a great excuse to get in costume and let their wild have a night out on the town; and for others, it means some of the best, bloodcurdlingest, fright-filled and tantalizingly tackiest flicks ever created. Ranging from the scary to the sentimental, we asked Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group staffers to talk about what films get them in the spirit of the season. Melissa Spinelli, advertising representative I have been watching a ton of Halloween movies lately! My top picks are “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” – a must watch every year; “Poltergeist” – still scares me to this day, especially with the real-life horror stories that happened to the cast and behind the scenes; and “Halloween (1978)” – classic. www.matthewsminthillweekly.com Enough pressure for you? It gets worse. Guggenheim tells a story filled with sobering facts about how fragile a child’s education can be. Chart after chart – crafted with interesting animation – illustrate how the odds are stacked against millions of American kids to even finish high school, much less graduate with grades sufficient to go to college or have a career. The film opens with Mr. Guggenheim driving past three public schools in his neighborhood to take his kids to a private school. If the director of a documentary meant to increase awareness about reforming the public school system takes his kids to a private school, what does that say about his findings? At least he is candid about it and proceeds to paint a very ugly picture of our current public school system. According to Guggenheim, America’s public schools were the envy of the world in the Grade: HHHH out of 4 MPAA Rating: pg for some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking Genre: Documentary Studio: paramount Vantage Alison Woo, book club editor For me, Halloween begins with the classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” This time of year isn’t just about Hallowen but also great pumpkin patches, the leaves turning colors, glorious mums, sweater weather and football. This show tunes me into all those great things and, of course, lays the groundwork for “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which is just around the corner! Stacie Mounts, graphic artist Of course, it must be “Beetlejuice!” Steve Pigg, graphics director “Fright Night” kara lopp, Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly editor Is it bad that I don’t have any Halloween movies I like to watch? ’50s and ’60s, but now we are so far down the list in science, math and overall grades, we may never recover. There were villains aplenty in this story, but first, the heroes. Guggenheim follows several parents and their kids, all of whom are on the razor’s edge that is life in a failing public school. From the Bronx to L.A. we watch as Daisy, Francisco, Anthony, Bianca and Emily try to navigate school at various grade levels. All of the children except for Emily live in the inner-city but even the California suburbs don’t insulate Emily from iffy grades and an uncertain future. Guggenheim is consistent in choosing kids whose parents are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to get their children a good education. Most of the parents are, however, unable to spend much time with the kids outside of school and are left with a quest to find a school near home that is committed to excellence and has teachers dedicated to that mission. The parents – and the kids – are genuinely interested in finding a school and succeeding despite the odds. Perhaps one of the most important lessons of “Waiting For Superman” is that inner-city (see ‘waiting for Superman’ on page 26) ryan hill, movie critic Swallow this: “Evil Dead 2” is the greatest horror film ever made. It may not be the scariest horror movie, or even the funniest, but director Sam Raimi cranks up the dial to 11 for 90 minutes and doesn’t let up until the credits roll. Bruce Campbell is a film god. Edgar Wright’s “Shaun of the Dead” is everything that is great about zombie movies, with an added layer of self-awareness that makes it the arguably the best zombie movie ever made. If it isn’t the best, it’s at least the most watchable. One, two, Freddy’s comin’ for you ... Wes Craven’s classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is everything that was great about ’80s horror – an outstanding villain in Freddy Krueger, a score heavy on the synthesizers, a pure, angelfaced heroine and Johnny Depp getting swallowed up by his bed. What’s not to love? And any Halloween movie list that doesn’t have John Carpenter’s “Halloween” on it is trying to be too cool for the room and should be mocked mercilessly. Every slasher movie over the last 30 years owes its existence to “Halloween.” It’s a classic for a reason. cathy kowalski, advertising representative Oddly enough, one of the first that comes to mind is “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” The scene where they dress E.T. up like a ghost to go trick or treating is endearing. Also, I feel like “Red Dawn” fits the spirit of the season. (see spooky-sweet on page 26) opeNINg FrIDaY, oCT. 22 “the cOMPany Men” (R) “heReafteR” (PG-13) “PaRanORMal activity 2” (R) “yOu will Meet a tall daRk stRanGeR” (R) Box oFFICe WeekeND 1. “Jackass 3d” (R) $50.4M 2. “Red” (PG-13) $21.8M $50.4M $21.8M 3. “the sOcial netwORk” (PG-13) $10.3M $62.4M 4. “secRetaRiat” (PG) $9.3M $27.3M 5. “life as we knOw it” (PG-13) $9M $28.6M 6. “leGend Of the GuaRdians: the Owls Of Ga’hOOle” (PG) $4.2M $46M 7. “the tOwn” (R) $4M $80.5M 8. “My sOul tO take” (R) $3.2M $11.9M 9. “easy a” (PG-13) $2.6M ToTal $52.3M 10. “wall stReet: MOney neveR sleePs” (PG-13) $2.4M $47.9M On videO Oct. 26 “AttAck on DArfur” (r) “the Girl Who PlAyeD With fire” (r) “Sex AnD the city 2” (r) “South of the BorDer” (nr) “Winter’S Bone” (r) tv On dvd “CSI: New York – The Sixth Season” “Deputy: The Complete Series” “Johnny Carson: Tonight Show Collection” “Star Wars The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Two” “Twilight Zone: Fan Favorites” “The Venture Bros.: Season 4, Volume 1” “War of the Worlds: The Final Season” Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly • Oct. 22-28, 2010 • Page 25

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